Things to know before planting a tree to enhance your Denver landscaping


May 22, 2019

Trees are lifelong investments, and proper care in the early stages of a tree’s life is essential to ensure strong development. Incorporating trees into your yard will help to provide shade for grass and plants, but also add great curb appeal and tie your yard together. There are certainly a few things you should know before planting your Denver tree.

What Tree to Buy
When buying a tree look at what type of tree fits in your yard, how high it will grow, and the growing zone. If you have questions about what trees you should consider, contact our Wild Irishman Landscaping team, we are here to help!

When to Plant 
The first step in planting a tree is determining when is the best time to plant it. We recommend planting your tree in the early spring, or the fall. Both of these seasons will give your tree time to establish its roots and grow prior to enduring a hot Denver summer, or a brutal Denver winter. 

Steps to Plant
Your first step in planting a tree is to ensure that you are not digging or planting near any underground utilities. If while digging the hole for your tree you hit a utility line, that can cause another set of issues which you might be liable for. Once you find a digging spot that you are able to dig in, and that fits for your landscaping needs, start to dig a shallow, broad hole. 

Your hole should be 2-3 times the size of the root ball of your tree, but only as deep as the root ball. When you place your tree in the hole, you should be able to see the trunk flare. The trunk flare is the point at the base of the tree that begins to flare out. When you purchase a tree, typically the root ball is covered by a container of some sorts, which you will have to remove before planting your tree. 

After placing the tree in your newly created hole, you will need to loosely fill it with dirt. You want the hole to be firm to eliminate any air pockets that will cause dry roots - but not so firm and dense that it doesn’t allow the tree to grow. After filling the hole you should take time to determine whether the tree should be staked - if so, stake the tree six or so inches away from the tree trunk. After planting your tree, be sure to provide it with plenty of water throughout the summer to keep it growing and healthy. When watering, make sure that you keep the soil moist, but not oversaturated. We recommend placing some hay or even mulch at the bottom of the tree to help maintain moisture.  

All lawns need to have some sunlight exposure in order to thrive. If you are ever unsure or have questions about planting trees, please contact Wild Irishman. We are here to give you A+ service, and help you create the beautiful yard of your dreams. From landscaping design, water service, maintenance and paving - we have all the services you need to achieve your perfect lawn. When we work through landscaping design, we will always incorporate shade as appropriate and needed. Contact us as soon as you can to make an appointment or to get a free quote! 
 
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The importance of incorporating shade in your Denver landscape


May 15, 2019

As you look to revamp your landscaping, take notice of the importance of incorporating shade in your landscape design. Incorporating shade into your Denver landscaping design will help to keep your plants, and grass, shaded from the hot sun. Even plants that should be placed in direct sunlight need a break from the sun every once in awhile, but here are some of the easiest ways you can incorporate shade into your yard. 

Trees
The easiest way to add shade, but the most time intensive, would be planting trees in your yard. Trees will cast great shade over your lawn, but unless you purchase mature trees you are in it for the long haul. If you don’t have a lot of yard space, that’s okay. Smaller ornamental trees can assist with a little bit of shade and add some depth to your space.

Gazebo/Pavilion
Adding a Gazebo is a great way to provide shade to yourself, and anyone who chooses to sit outside in your yard. The Gazebo structure itself can also provide some shade to plants immediately surrounding, or those that are housed within the Gazebo. Pavilions are similar to Gazebos, but they also incorporate a canopy into the structure. The pavilion will provide shade similar to that of the Gazebo, but it’s a slightly different look. 

Fences
When properly positioned, installing a fence in your yard can provide shade to many of your plants that line your property. Fences when placed next to other structures on your property can add additional shade as well. 

Tall Plants and Bushes 
While not as tall as trees, taller plants and bushes can add a beautiful ornamental piece to your yard, and provide shade for nearby plants and living creatures. These tall plants and bushes can be planted around the perimeter of your yard, patio/deck, or you can plant them in containers around your home.

When incorporating shade in to your lawn, don’t overdo it. All lawns need to have some sunlight exposure in order to thrive. If you are ever unsure or have questions about the best ways to incorporate shade into your landscaping design, please contact Wild Irishman. We are here to give you A+ service, and help you create the beautiful yard of your dreams. From landscaping design, water service, maintenance and paving - we have all the services you need to achieve your perfect lawn. When we work through landscaping design, we will always incorporate shade as appropriate and needed. Contact us as soon as you can to make an appointment or to get a free quote! 
 
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How to prune your Denver landscaping


May 9, 2019

As we move into late spring, it is the right time to take a look at your Denver landscaping and determine what needs to be pruned, and how to do so. Think of pruning like a haircut for your plants - pruning keeps plants growing healthy and well. By starting a pruning schedule, you can ensure that the landscaping you’ve spent so much time taking care of will stay healthy for the summer months to come. 

Why?
The first thing you might be wondering is why should you prune at all. Pruning encourages fruit and flower production in the plant, but also improves the health of your plant overall. Through pruning, you can also shape/control the growth of your plant. Pruning can also keep things safe out and around your home. There are a few reasons you shouldn’t prune plants though, including to control the height of your plant. For example, it’s okay to cut off dead branches, but don’t cut off the top of a tree because you aren’t sure about the height. 

What Do I Need to Prune? 
You can’t prune with just anything, and depending on what your pruning depends on what tools you need. Pruning and lopping shears are used when pruning small shrubs, flowering bushes or really anything with branches less than 2 inches in diameter. However, these aren’t the only tools at your disposal. You can also utilize tools such as pole pruners, hedge shears and pruning saws - but all depend on what you are hoping to trim. For questions regarding what tool is right for you and your needs, contact us at Wild Irishman Landscaping.

General Guidelines
When pruning, you should only prune things that are damaged, diseased, dying, or dead. By getting rid of anything that meets the “four D’s,” you are ensuring you are only cutting off things that won’t harm your plant. If you start pruning parts of your plant that don’t fit in those categories, you are going to cause unnecessary stress to your plants. 

When Should You Prune? 
We recommend pruning in the late spring, but it does depend on what you are pruning. There are several guides you can find online, but we are always here to help answer your pruning questions and provide you with recommendations.

How to Prune
When it comes to pruning, we have the following tips: 
Structure: Don’t prune anything that would affect the overall structure or stability of the plant. 
Lines: Take time to follow the overall lines of your plant. By following the natural structure of your plant, you’re guaranteed to have a well-shaped plant! 

If you have questions about pruning, reach out to us. Wild Irishman is here to give you A+ service, and help you create the beautiful yard of your dreams. From landscaping design, water service, maintenance and paving - we have all the services you need to achieve your perfect lawn. Contact us as soon as you can to make an appointment or to get a free quote! 
 
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Six tips for a perfect Denver summer lawn


May 1, 2019

Summer is just weeks away and the weather is already getting warmer. With the summer weather comes a different set of lawn care problems and needed maintenance. But don’t fear! We are here to help you with your Denver landscaping needs. Check out our six tips to maintaining a perfect lawn this summer.

Water, Water, Water
Yes, during the summer months it will be important to keep your grass hydrated and moisturized, however you must do so carefully! Water your plants less often but more effectively - aim to water in the early morning or evening, before the sun comes out. Watering during the day in the middle of a hot summer sun will actually cause your grass to dry out quicker. Consider investing in a drip irrigation system versus in hoses or sprinklers. A drip irrigation system will water plants and grass slowly overtime. 

Grass Health
Continue to monitor your grass health throughout the summer months - this includes weed pulling, fertilizing, and mowing the grass to the correct length. If you mow grass too short, the grass will dry out and lose its ability to maintain and hold moisture. 

Don’t forget your plants!
When paying attention to your grass, it can be easy to forget all of the beautiful plants you’ve purchased to complete your landscaping, and decorate your lawn patio with. Be sure you are watering your plants as needed, and watching their health as well. Consider investing in plant food and keep an eye out for pesky critters that might devour your plants.

Weed Maintenance
You will likely continue to grow weeds in your lawn throughout the summer. Be sure to monitor weed growth and respond accordingly. If you only have a few weeds here and there, it might be better to get out there and pull them directly. If your lawn is becoming a breeding ground for weeds, you might want to reach out to our experts to help you formulate a plan. Be cautious and careful when using weed killer, it can be easy to use too much and ultimately damage your lawn.

No matter how you decide to handle your weeds, try to do so immediately before they begin to spread. You’ll regret not handling your weed problem sooner if they start to spread like wildfire and you’ll be forced to invest in alternative solutions. 

Mosquito Control
You’ve taken the time to create a beautiful outdoor living space - make sure you can enjoy it! Mosquitos run rampant during the summer, be sure to invest in outdoor mosquito repellent and limit the number of standing water sources you may have around your home. 

Consult a professional
Our team of experts at Wild Irishman is here to help you navigate all of your summer landscaping questions and needs. Our experienced team can help you develop an affordable plan to achieve your dream lawn without the stress and worry.

From landscaping design, water service, maintenance and paving - contact us as soon as you can to make an appointment or to get a free quote
 
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The 2019 Denver Landscaping Trends You Need to Know


April 24, 2019

As you look to revamp your landscaping, take notice of some of the biggest up and coming trends of 2019. Gone are the notions that your patio should only be used for grilling, and welcome to the year of outdoor living. Take a look at some of our biggest Denver landscaping trends to watch this year.

Low Maintenance

Probably the best landscaping trend of 2019 is planting a low maintenance, but stunning, garden. Low maintenance landscaping includes planting perennials, investing in an irrigation system, and removing any plants, trees, or shrubs that cause more problems than they solve. 

Outdoor Living

Investing in functional outdoor living spaces is becoming more and more important, particularly for those looking to increase the value of their home. To make a fantastic outdoor living space, you need to invest in something that is low maintenance, but also perfect for entertaining. Which means it will be extremely important to invest in outdoor speakers, televisions, and an outdoor kitchen if you love to cook. 

Structures

Turn the necessary structures, such as hose storage boxes and sheds into more than just an eyesore. By using salvaged materials and other DIY options, you can create unique structures that truly make a difference in the curb appeal of your home. It’s important not to let the need for functionality overshadow the need for aesthetics. 

First Impression

Keep your first impressions in mind - curb appeal truly adds value to any home and is essential in creating a space that truly keeps you happy and at peace. This might include planting along a walkway, adding lighting, adding seasonal planters, and incorporating plants with complementary colors. Curb appeal is extremely important in raising the value of your own home, but also that of your neighbors. 

Incorporating Food

Incorporating food, whether it be in a plantar or in a garden, might be the most cost effective trend of 2019. By growing your own food you can not only save money, but control what (if any) fertilizers and pesticides are being used near your fruits and vegetables. Fruits and vegetables are easier to grow than you would think - pick some of your favorites (that are suitable for your climate) and get to it! 

Upgrade your furniture

The furniture you use will make or break your outdoor living space, which is why it’s important to pick furniture that will create a functional space and last. While investing in outdoor furniture can be an expensive undertaking, it is also worth the price. You’ll want to purchase furniture that is water resistant, comfortable, and easily stored if needed. Don’t just pick the neutral color of furniture either, colorful furniture that really pops is becoming increasingly popular. 

Always remember, Wild Irishman is here to give you A+ service, and help you create the beautiful yard of your dreams. From landscaping design, water service, maintenance and paving - we have all the services you need to achieve your perfect lawn. Contact us as soon as you can to make an appointment or to get a free quote! 
 
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