Landscaping tips for summer


July 17, 2019

Landscaping is essential for beautiful curb appeal, but it can be intimidating! From planting zones, to watering requirements, buying plants can be overwhelming and often times confusing. Remember, while we can provide you some of the best tips for Denver landscaping, you are always welcome to contact us with any additional questions. As your Denver landscaping company, we can help you with general plant care, tree planting, and general design. Here are our four best tips for plant care:

Lighting
Buy plants that will fit your lighting. Whether it is indoor or outdoor, you need to buy a plant that will get the necessary light for growth, but not too much! For example, hostas grow extraordinarily well in shaded areas, but will burn and die in direct sunlight. When you purchase your plants, they will almost always say on the tag what the light requirements are and if they don’t be sure to ask. 

Watering
Another important thing to keep in mind is the watering requirements. While you want to be sure your plant has plenty of water, it’s always better to underwater than overwater. If you overwater the plants, their roots can actually rot. A good way to tell is always check the soil moisture level. If you touch the soil and it feels damp still, you don’t need to water your plant. Another fun fact? Warm water actually absorbs better than cold water when it comes to watering plants. 

Fertilizers
This can cause controversy, but we recommend skipping the fertilizers when it comes to growing your plants, particularly if you decide to have your plants living indoors. Fertilizers can be dangerous to ingest, and if you are unsure of how to properly use it - you can ultimately kill your plants. If you have fertilized plants in the house, with pets or little ones, it can do serious damage. Always consider what you are putting on your plants before you do!

TLC
Make sure your plants outdoors are getting some quality TLC - which might require some extra work from you. When it comes to giving your plants some TLC, make sure you weed the areas surrounding the plants but also prune plants that need to be pruned. If you notice your plants are struggling in the area they are in, that’s okay - just move them to a more suitable area! Your plants will tell you what’s going on through their color and perkiness.

Landscaping doesn’t have to be difficult, just remember you can always contact Wild Irishman if you need any additional assistance or have questions - 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. Contact us as soon as you can to make an appointment or to get a free quote! 
 
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How to care for your young Denver tree


July 10, 2019

So you’ve planted a tree - now what? Trees are quite the investment, and there is nothing more crucial for your Denver landscape then healthy trees. Once you plant your young tree, there are a few things you will need to remember for the first year of your tree’s life. Check out our XX tips for caring for your young tree, and remember you can always reach out to your local Denver landscaping for additional assistance or if you have questions.

Watering
Watering is going to be a little complicated for the first year of your tree’s life. There are a few things you need to keep an eye on, and remember, when it comes to watering: 
Deep watering: When you water the tree, you’ll need to practice deep watering. Deep watering is when you soak the roots of your tree - meaning you’ll need to water at least 6-8 inches underneath the soil (completely drenching the roots).
Monitor moisture: At least once a week check the soil’s moisture levels underneath the surface. The soil should be moist, but not wet. 
Stress: If your tree starts to wilt at all, you’ll want to take extra care to make sure you are watering enough, but not over watering. Signs of wilting includes leaves changing to a yellowish-brown, or curling.
Mulch: If you are struggling to keep your tree properly moisturized, mulch can help keep the soil and surrounding area moist. 

For the first year after planting your tree, you will need to follow a pretty strict watering routine. While it might get adjusted slightly per tree, overall we tend to recommend the following:
  • Three days after planting: You’ll need to make sure the tree gets 15-20 gallons of water within the first three days
  • Three weeks post-plant: Make sure the tree gets 5-10 gallons of water weekly
  • Six months post-plant: The tree needs 10-15 gallons every other week
  • For the remainder of the year, make sure the roots aren’t soaked, but that they remain moist

Additional Care
Water is going to be the most important part of the early care stages, but you’ll need to pay attention to a few other things. Make sure you also…
Weeds: Keep weeds away from the base of the tree - the weeds will compete with the tree for nutrients and water
Chemicals: Don’t use any herbicides or pesticides in the first year of growth 
Lawn Equipment: Avoid using any lawn equipment that can harm the tree around the tree

We wish you the best of luck with all of your tree care! Contact Wild Irishman today if you need any additional assistance or have questions - 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. Contact us as soon as you can to make an appointment or to get a free quote! 
 
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Steps to get rid of your Denver landscaping weeds


July 3, 2019

One of the biggest annoyances for landscapers and home owners alike are weeds, and no matter what you do they never seem to fully disappear. There are several things you should consider and ways you can help get rid of weeds when working with your Denver landscaping. Here are some of our best tips:

Cover Them Up! 
Have you ever heard of weed barriers? The cover made out of cloth or tarp that you can lay down to cover weeds and keep them from growing in? This is a cheap and effective DIY, however you’ll have to do it right. When you are applying the fabric, make sure to pull up all weeds underneath first (from the root) and cut the fabric to fit around your plants. You don’t want to cover your plants. If you are completely revamping your landscaping now, plant the plants first then lay down the fabric. A lot of people also recommend covering weeds with mulch - but we can promise you they will just grow through the mulch.

Watch Your Watering
Yes, you need to water your grass to help prevent dry out from these hot Denver summer days. But be sure not to water the weeds. Watering weeds will only help them grow, and they’ll keep spreading seeds across your yard. Before watering, take a look at the current state of your yard. Are there weeds everywhere? Take time to pull them out, from the root, and dispose of them in a compost pile or outside of your yard. 

Pull, Pull, and Pull
Pull out weeds from the roots, as we’ve mentioned. But it’s also good to pull weeds just after a rainy day. Wet weeds are easy to pull out, and won’t get caught in the dirt and snap in half. Being careful when pulling weeds, if you snap the weed in half you won’t be able to finish pulling it out until more weeds grow in their place.

Plants
Planting your favorite plants in the right places might be one of the best ways to keep weeds from growing. The shade provided by plants will actually choke off weeds and prevent them from growing and breaking the surface of your lawn. Just think about it, have you ever seen a lot of weeds under hostas? 

Weeds might be pesky, but remember we are always here to help! Contact Wild Irishman today - 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. Contact us as soon as you can to make an appointment or to get a free quote! 
 
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5 trees that will look great in your Denver landscaping


June 26, 2019

As you begin to plan your Denver landscaping project for your home, things can get a little overwhelming. You certainly have a number of options of plants and shrubs that will look fabulous in any design scheme, but have you considered incorporating a tree? We’ve put together our top five tree recommendations you should consider when planting trees - in no particular order. 

Burr Oak
Think carefully before installing this beautiful giant in your yard! This tree is one of the tallest trees on our list - it can grow to be nearly 50 feet tall! The nice thing about the Burr Oak is that it has a moderate growth rate, meaning you’ll get to see the fruits of your labor as long as your stay in your home for a few years. Burr Oak trees have beautiful dark green leaves, and its bark will weather with age - giving the tree character and a beautiful appearance for years to come. Something to consider is that the Burr Oak tree does produce acorns year-round, which would require some additional maintenance throughout the year. 

American Hornbeam
American Hornbeams grow to be approximately 25-30 feet, and also have a moderate growth rate. The most interesting thing about the American Hornbeam, is that it can also grow to be 25-30 feet wide as well (at the top of the tree). With a unique teardrop shape, this tree produces fruit in the fall and has a striking pattern on the bark. 
 
Kentucky Coffee Tree
Another slow to moderate growing tree, the Kentucky Coffee Tree can grow to be up to 50 feet tall. Full of beautiful green foliage, the Kentucky Coffee Tree is perfect for those who love the appearance of full and green trees throughout the year, and love a good fall color change. The Kentucky Coffee Trees blooms beautiful white flowers in early summer that have a light fragrance.

Japanese Tree Lilac
This feature tree is perfect for the front of your yard! Japanese Tree Lilac trees can grow to be 25-30 feet tall, and are relatively low-maintenance. The globe shape of the tree allows for beautiful white flowers to bloom starting in mid-summer, and this fragrance is truly alluring. The white flowers truly pop against the deep green leaves, and after 2-3 years of consistent watering they even become drought-tolerant.  

Sycamore Tree
A landscaper’s favorite - the Sycamore tree has a full and beautiful globe-shape at the top and the bark often flakes off leaving a recognizable gray, greenish-white surface. Sycamore’s can grow to be massive (up to 130 feet) - which requires careful thought and planning before committing. Sycamore trees also grow sticky green buds, which can be pesky, but the splendor of the sycamore tree is well worth it!

Always remember, Wild Irishman is here to give you A+ service, and help you create a beautiful yard and the landscaping 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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Outdoor living trends for Denver homes


June 19, 2019


Outdoor living spaces are not only the trendiest home improvement projects of 2019, but they are extraordinarily functional and the perfect way to entertain all of your guests. There are a few unique trends that you can incorporate into your Denver landscape, particularly when it comes to outdoor living spaces. Take a look at our five outdoor living trends for 2019, and how you can easily incorporate them into your landscaping. 

Flat Screens
Gathering around the TV to watch the biggest sporting event of the season, or simply using the TV as background noise is one of the easiest ways to connect with family members and friends. Incorporating flat screens into your outdoor living space will be a great way to take advantage of the outdoors, while elevating your outdoor living space, increasing your home value and connecting with friends and family on a new level.

Outdoor Kitchens
Perhaps our favorite outdoor living trend is the incorporation of a near fully-functional kitchen in an outdoor living space. This includes sinks, countertops, cookstops, and even small appliances. Outdoor kitchens make preparing and serving meals a breeze, and provide another unique and engaging way to upgrade your home’s value. 

Fireplaces and Firepits
Ahh...nothing is better than a Colorado bonfire! Fire pits are commonplace in several Colorado home backyards, but have you thought of an outdoor fireplace? Outdoor fireplaces upgrade the traditional fire pit and provide a backdrop for TVs, decoration, and a central place for gathering outside of the home. 

Outdoor Bar 
An outdoor bar takes the concept of an outdoor kitchen but focuses it more on adult beverages. Outdoor bars incorporate a refrigeration unit, plenty of shelving for liquor, and a large sink for ice and keeping large quantities of beer cold. Outdoor bars are a way to provide easy access to adult beverages for your party guests - or simply enjoy a drink on the patio with your family after a long day’s work.

Structures
We love a good outdoor living space, but incorporating additional structures are key to increasing the aesthetic value of an outdoor living space and increasing your home value. Additional structures might include pergolas, columns, fountains, backdrops, or screens that help provide privacy and additional visual variety. Structures can also provide stabilization and support for landscaping plants - adding beauty and variety to your garden and landscaping as well. 

Always remember, Wild Irishman is here to give you A+ service, and help you create the beautiful yard and outdoor living space 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 quo
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