How to dispose of your Denver tree leaves this fall


September 18, 2019

As you prepare for fall, there are several things that you should be prepared for - particularly what comes when the trees start to change colors. As you know, the closer fall and winter gets the more your leaves will start to shed their leaves! While the colors are certainly gorgeous, it can cause some potential issues when it comes to bagging and disposing of leaves. 

The Disposal
You have several different options for disposing of your leaves. For the most part, all are relatively easy and low-lift. 
Woods: Do you live by the woods? We’d recommend taking a leaf blower and blowing the leaves back into the woods. This option is not only easy, but it keeps you from spending time bagging leaves and keeps everything completely natural!
Bag: As always, you can rake and bag leaves. Bagging leaves can be difficult though. Not only does it require quite a bit of work, you will either have to put the bags out for the trash or take them to a local dumpster. Quite a few people leave them outside of the house, but it can be quite the eye sore. 
Vacuum: This one might be a new one, but you can always vacuum the leaves up as well. If your city offers this service, this might be the way to go! All you have to do is pile the leaves next to the curb (away from all cars or other important structures), and your city will bring by their equipment to take them off your hands.
Do Nothing: Depending on how many trees you have, perhaps the best thing to do is...do nothing. Letting trees biodegrade is not only good for the environment, but can be good for your lawn and soil. If you have one tree...maybe that’s your best move! Plus, everyone loves saving some time and energy.

The Equipment
The equipment you need is going to depend on what your disposal method is. For instance, if you are going to be getting rid of your leaves in the woods, take a leaf blower and blow them back into the woods. A leaf blower can also help start the piles for your leaf bagging or vacuum. 

When bagging leaves, or forming the piles to bagging/vacuum you will need a lawn rake - something that is wide sprawling with plastic tips. If you use a sturdy, metal, rake you are likely to tear leaves and make your job quite a bit harder!

When preparing your lawn for the fall, it’s important to take your time and take care! But always remember that you can 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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Four tips for fall lawn care, from your Denver landscaping company


September 11, 2019

Can you believe it? The summer is nearly over. While most love fall because of the cooling temperatures - it does create a new set of lawn problems that will require some additional care. Taking care of your Denver lawn year round is essential - especially if you’d like a good growing season in the spring. Here are our four tips for taking care of your Denver lawn in the fall from your trusted Denver landscaping company

Aeration 
Some people are intimidated by aeration, particularly because it feels unnatural to poke holes in your lawn. However, aeration is essential in growing a healthy and strong lawn! When you aerate your lawn, you give your lawn the opportunity to breathe, and give fertilizer the opportunity to strengthen your lawn. Due to mild temperatures, fall is a great time to aerate your lawn. You can aerate yourself (just renting a machine) or you can hire your local Denver landscapers to tackle the job.

Mowing
You might not notice a lot of growth in your grass in the fall, but continuing to mow is still important even in the fall months. As always, when you mow we recommend you leave the grass clippings in the yard to help your lawn mature and grow. While mowing towards the end of the season, be sure to clip the grass to the lowest possible setting to ensure that the last remaining sunlight of the growing season can reach your roots. 

Fertilize
Fall is a great time to fertilize your lawn - the top parts of the grass won’t grow as quickly as they do in the spring/summer, but the fertilizer will be able to reach the deep roots of the grass. Fertilizing grass is a fantastic way to grow strong grass, and keep your lawn looking fantastic for the last growing months. Additionally, with some fertilization your grass will be prepped for the spring.

Seed
Because of the mild temperatures, fall is the perfect time to seed the bald spots in your lawn. By seeding the bald spots, you’re giving your grass a chance to grow in conditions that are more favorable for survival. Just remember, when you lay grass seed it’s important to cover the seed with some dirt. This will give the seeds a safe place to grow, prevent wash away, and also encourage germination. 

When preparing your lawn for the fall, it’s important to take your time and take care! But always remember that you can 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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Five steps to designing the perfect Denver landscape


September 4, 2019

You might have moved into a new home, or are simply looking to revitalize your Denver home’s current landscaping - either way it can be intimidating! But it truly doesn’t have to be. We have your guide to designing your Denver landscaping, and remember, you can always contact Wild Irishman if you need assistance. So let’s get to it, your five steps to designing the perfect landscape.

1. ) Measure, measure, measure
It’s important to start your project with measuring your available space, both in depth and width. Start by measuring the space you’d like to put landscaping in, but be sure to start 2-4 inches away from the side of your house to give your plants some breathing room. 

2.) Research
Your next step will be to research plants that you want to incorporate into your landscaping. We recommend starting online. While local greenhouses might have healthier plants, you’ll get all the information you need in one spot by conducting some initial research online. This includes grow together code, height, width, space needed for planting, as well as hardiness. Pick plants that not only grow together well, but also fit your maintenance needs. For example, if you need a low maintenance plant you might opt for perennials that don’t require much pruning. 

3.) Visit your local Denver landscaping business
Once you have some plants picked out, visit your local Denver landscaping business. This will give you an opportunity to see the plants in person, ask questions, and get an idea for how much you are looking to spend. If you haven’t done enough research or have an idea of what you are wanting to purchase, visit us so we can talk to you further about your options. 

4.) Sketching it out
We recommend that when it comes to planning your landscaping space, that you invest in some grid graph paper. You can use the grid as an easy way to measure out how much space you have, and how much space each plant needs. When sketching your available space, make sure you incorporate fixed features such as house lines, light poles, or additional structures. We recommend that you sketch everything on your grid paper. This includes any existing plants you have in your landscaping that you’d like to keep, as well as what plants you intend to incorporate. 

5.) Let’s get going! 
You’ve picked your plants, sketched out your plan...let’s get going! Head back to your local landscaping store to pick up the plants, dirt, mulch (if you’d like) and other plant essentials and get to planting! We recommend picking a mild day to plant, as it is highly recommended that you don’t transfer plants during a heat wave. Once you get your landscaping set, be sure to give all plants a good water! 

Always remember that you can 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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Your Denver landscaping ABCs: Part Three


August 28, 2019

Welcome back to our third part in the Denver landscaping ABCs series. We have nine more plants that we love, plants that you should consider purchasing. Always remember that you can contact us with any questions, or if you need help building your perfect landscape. 

Q - Quercus: Quercus, more commonly known as an oak tree. We love the versatility of oak trees, as there are dozens of different species. Beautiful, strong, and ultimately hardy - the oak tree is the perfect addition to your lawn as long as you have the space! 

R - Rain Lily: Rain Lilies are beautiful, sun-loving plants that will do well with little space. If you are looking for something a little less-flashy, the rain lily is perfect for your pots and flower beds. Just remember, this plant will need to be watered weekly after planting for the first time, but will be relatively low maintenance after the first 2-3 months.

S - Spirea: Spirea is one of our favorite shrubs, and why wouldn’t they be? With pretty white flowers, the spirea can tolerate full sun and part-sun conditions with moderate watering. The best part of a spirea is that they are tough - making them perfect for someone who may struggle with keeping plants around.

T - Tiger Lily: Known for their beautiful color, Tiger Lilies make the perfect addition to any landscape. Just be cautious of color schemes, as the bright orange color of Tiger Lilies can easily overpower other color schemes in your border. 

U - Uvularia: This United States native is a unique one. Not only is it a perennial, but it’s known for leaves and flowers that hang towards the ground. The perfect indoor or outdoor plant, the uvularia will grow to be approximately 18” tall.

V - Verbena: Verbena is some of the gardens’ most beautiful colorful plants, and they are widely popular! These plants are perfect for edging, or to add to the border of your flower bed. Just remember, it does need well drained soil but it is drought tolerant! 
 
X - Xerophyllum Asphodeloides: Believe it or not, there aren’t many plant names that start with “x” unless you get technical! Commonly known as a “turkey beard,” this plant perennial herb that has sharp leaves and beautiful white flowers.

Y - Yellow Snapdragon: We love the look of these beautifully unique plants. Not only do we love the look of Yellow Snapdragons, we love how easy they are to care for. These plants are heat tolerant, and thrive in both part-sun as well as shady conditions.

Z - Zebra Plant: We love the Tiger Plant, but if you are living in the Colorado area you will have to make this an indoor plant. This plant loves filtered sun, and only for part of the day. Keep an eye on the beautifully striped leaves, if they start to burn the plan is getting too much sun. 

BONUS - We told you last week you’d get ten plants this week! This bonus plant is probably our favorite on the list. Yellow alyssum create beautiful “baskets of gold,” in your garden. They will quite literally spread beautiful yellow flowers wherever they are planted. Only growing to 6-12 inches tall, this beautiful plant helps to crowd out weeds and provides perfect ground cover. 

Always remember that you can 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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Your Denver landscaping ABCs: Part Two


August 21, 2019

Looking for your Denver landscaping ABCs - we’ve put together a series just for you. Our Denver landscaping ABCs is your key to learning about (and ultimately picking) our favorite plant for each letter of the alphabet! Here are the second eight plants we have to recommend, and why.

I - Ivy: Ivy is a multi-functional plant, and perfect for a number of different spaces. If you are looking for ground cover, something beautiful to add in a pot, or looking for a climbing plant - Ivy is for you! Plant your Ivy in a beautiful sun-full area, and water it plenty.

J - Jasmine: Jasmine comes in many different varieties, meaning you can find the one that not only fits your preference, but your growing ability as well. Most of the time, you’ll need to plant Jasmine in a part-sun or full sun area. It all depends on the type though. 

K - Kalimeris: Kalimeris is a flower that thrives in hot and humid environments - however it does require some additional love and care. If you want to encourage them to rebloom time after time, you’ll have to shear them. 

L - Lavender Bush: Known for their fragrant flowers, lavender bushes are some of the best additions to a garden or flower bed. Plant your lavendar bush in a well-drained area, that will get plenty of sunlight. 

M - Marigold: Marigolds are a gorgeous and bright flower, something that is perfect to add some color and vibrancy to your flower bed. While beautiful in color, they do need full-sun to grow healthy and strong.

N - Narrow-Leaf Coneflower: A species of the Sunflower, Narrow-Leaf Coneflowers are native to North America and often times a great addition to your local garden and landscaping. This colorful plant producers flowers at the end of each of their stalks that are visually pleasing. 

O - Oleander: With pink and white flowers, Oleanders are truly beautiful...but they are also dangerous. We only recommend these as outdoor plants, and if your home does not have any animals. If your household has small children, it’s also best to either avoid this type of plant or carefully watch your children. Their sap, and even leaves, are toxic and deadly. Proceed with caution!

P - Peony: Peonies are another plant that provides you with a ton of color options. This popular plant does best in full-sun, and even have a lovely fragrance that is emitted. Just make sure you talk with us about the best type of peony for your lawn, and when you should plant it. 

Join us for our next blog - part three where we will explore the remaining ten plants that will be the perfect addition to your landscaping! Always remember that you can 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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