Trees are an integral part of the most successful Denver landscape designs. They add value to your property, make the yard more comfortable to use in the summer, and even give you a way to express your creativity through holiday decorations. While many species thrive along the Front Range, native evergreens often do best. They’re uniquely able to handle the heavy snow and high winds the Denver area gets so often. But they still need routine care and maintenance. Here are a few tips to help you care for those trees throughout the year.
Embrace the Mulch
We talk a lot about mulch and for good reason: it’s the best way to protect your plants from erosion and drought. The mulch holds moisture in the soil even in direct sunlight and helps keep the soil around the roots from eroding away in high winds or heavy rain. The best way to care for your evergreens, whether they’re newly planted or established, is to spread mulch around the base of the trees. Once you spread the mulch, keep an eye on it every few months. You may need to add more to fully protect your trees over time.
Keep Dead Growth at Bay
One of the reasons that evergreens are so popular along the Front Range is that they’re incredibly low-maintenance trees. They require minimal trimming and virtually no preventative pruning. In fact, the trees tend to thrive when you leave them alone. However, that doesn’t mean they won’t need the occasional bout of TLC. Evergreens, like all trees, can develop dead growth either due to storm damage, insects, or plant diseases. The sooner you can remove that dead growth, the better off the tree will be and the nicer your landscaping
will look. Keep in mind that it’s best to let an experienced tree care and landscaping expert remove the growth. This will reduce the risk of damage to the rest of the tree.
Stay on Top of Watering
Though evergreens don’t need routine pruning and trimming, they still need plenty of water to thrive, especially when they’re younger and less established. The best thing you can do is implement a regular watering schedule. Keep the soil around the trees damp but not wet whenever you can. If you notice the temperatures starting to rise or the area goes into a severe drought warning, do what you can to keep your trees hydrated. Remember, it’s better to let your grass and smaller plants go than it is to let the trees die due to lack of water.
Get Help as Needed
Even the most die-hard DIY gardener will run into issues that they’re not comfortable handling on their own. If, at any point, you feel overwhelmed or confused about how to best care for your landscaping and your trees, don’t leave it up to chance. Contact Wild Irishman Tree and Landscape
and let our team help you take care of your plants the right way. We’ll make sure everything is in great condition so you can enjoy your yard for years to come.