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    Three Summer Landscaping Tips

    Want your landscapes to stand out this summer? Here are three summer landscaping tips to make sure your landscapes stands out and out lasts the rest!

    1. Focus on Maintenance

    The easiest way to maintain the beauty and safety of your commercial landscape is by employing regular maintenance that is both consistent and timed for effectiveness. Pruning, watering, and fertilizing should be done at specific times so that they will be most effective. When plants and trees are allowed to grow without management they can become unruly, unsightly, and unsafe for your guests and tenants.

    2. Reduce Water Usage

    When it comes to summer watering, less is more, when timed correctly. We encourage you to water your plants with less frequency but with a more thorough approach. We recommend that your lawn receive one inch of water weekly. Additionally, this is best done during the hours of 5am-6am; this early watering time helps ensure your lawn isn’t competing with evaporation due to the hot sun.

    3. Treat for Pests

    We encourage pro-activity when dealing with pests over the summer as they commonly reach an all time high during this time of the year. Untreated, these critters can have a disastrous effect on your commercial landscape. Taking the steps to have a protective and preventive plan against pests such as Japanese beetle grub and aphids can make a large difference in the longevity of the landscape you are protecting. We recommend doing this in a way that is healthy for your environment, local pollinators, and your tenants. This will increase the life of the landscape while preserving the life that your landscape provides.

    To learn more about our Landscaping services, contact Denver Commercial Property Services today!

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    How To Prepare Your Commercial Landscape For Fall

    Revitalize Mulch and Dethatch

    Mulch is great at protecting landscapes during the high heat of summer and cold chills of winter. Before the temperature plummets, we recommend revitalizing and extending the life of your mulch by turning it over. Use this opportunity to add more mulch as needed to protect your commercial landscape. 

    Another important task to complete at this time is the detaching of your lawn and landscape. Remove all dead roots, grass, stems and branches that may have accumulated on your property during the summer months. Removing this debris will make your property safer and tidy your landscape in preparation for the winter months.

    Protect your Shrubs and Trees

    We advise that you wrap those shrubs and trees that need protection from low temperatures. This task must be done carefully to care for the plants and in time before the first frost of the season. This will prevent damage due to cold temperatures or harm caused by snow removal chemicals that may be used nearby. 

    We also recommend that property managers organize winter watering. Trees are hugely valuable to your property, make sure they are cared for over the winter months with professional winter watering. This is also a fantastic time to plan for trimming and pruning that is best done during the winter months. 

    Plant for Fall & Spring

    The end of the growing season approaches quickly, use it as an opportunity to plant fall annuals such as chrysanthemum. This will add interest to your landscape as we transition into a new season. This will also be a great opportunity to plant bulbs for spring, new shrubs, and trees. 

    Prepare for the Holidays

    While you are working on clearing the debris and planting new bulbs this would be an ideal time to schedule and plan for the installation of your holiday decor. Installing lights and decorations will be easiest before the harsh weather begins, and while installation schedules are still open. When the holidays arrive the only task you’ll have is the flip of a switch. 

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    Benefits of Air Excavation for Trees

    DCPS Landscaping is now offering air excavation services as part of our tree health care initiative.

    Using an Airspade we are able to gently dislodge the soil around tree roots. This allows us to reveal the roots, metal, or pipes beneath the soil’s surface, we can then provide care to the roots without damaging the tree.

    We now offer three air excavation services intended to restore and maintain the good health of your valuable trees!

    Basel Proximity Root Excavation

    Intended to correct girdling roots. This can be identified by parts of the tree in decline or distress.

    Vertical Mulching

    For amending soil, adding more nutrients on a small scale. This is used when the soil has poor drainage, and is in need of additional nutrients.

    Radial Trenching

    For amending soil, adding more nutrients on a large scale – covering the entire root plate.

    Watch our video below to learn more and see the Airspade in use.

    Air Excavation Service Benefits

    ·      Expose girdling roots for correction

    ·      Improve soil profile by adding amendments

    ·      Reducing soil compaction

    ·      Helps in exposing other sub-surface issues that may contribute in poor tree health

    ·      Helps increase overall health & vigor of the tree

    ·      Can be used to expose roots for proper root pruning during other utilities excavation


    Getting the Process Started

    Denver Commercial Property Services is committed to ensuring your trees live a long and healthy life. Invest in air excavation for your valuable trees by calling 720-770-TREE.

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    Extra Moisture Promises Beautiful Blossoms and Worrisome Weeds

    Most of Colorado experienced abundant precipitation in March, and high moisture levels in our soil should promote gorgeous blooms on flowering trees and shrubs. Only a late frost before or during blossoming time could spoil the anticipated show. The downside is the unusually high levels of weeds germinating in all that moist earth. Fortunately, at Denver Commercial Property Services, we are gearing up to meet your business and commercial landscaping needs as springtime unfolds.

    Halt Early Weeds and Pests

    More weeds may appear on your property than you’ve seen in years. Prickly lettuce and cheatgrass are winter weeds currently flourishing, so spread pre-emergent herbicides on turfgrass and ornamental borders now.

    Focus on insecticide applications for Ips Engraver Beetles in early April. Keep pine and spruce trees strong and healthy to help with control.

    Undertake Needed Pruning

    Expect your trees and shrubs to exhibit rapid growth and require early pruning to reduce leverage. Our plant specialists at DCPS can also assist with bacterial fire blight problems.

    Watch Degree Days for Effective Broadleaf Control

    Perennial dandelions and other broadleaf weeds require adequate degree days for weed control success. Depending on spring weather, the optimal application time is typically late April or even early May.

    Aerate The Lawn

    Power-raking or de-thatching is never recommended. However, Core aeration is, perhaps, the best cultural practice anyone can do for the health of a lawn. Benefits include relieving compaction, increased oxygen to the roots, and better soil percolation. Cores should be left on the lawn. Aeration also helps reduce the incidence of diseases like Necrotic Ring Spot and Summer Patch. At least one aeration per year is recommended. However, if you want the best results, schedule aeration for both spring and fall.

    Time Ash-Lilac Borer Applications Correctly

    Pheromone traps provide the best indicator of when to begin ash-lilac borer treatments. When adults appear in the traps, usually after the middle of April, it’s time to commence spraying.

    Delay Lawn Seeding and Crabgrass Control

    Since soil temperatures determine grass seed germination, the best time for seeding your commercial landscape is late June. Because pre-emergent herbicide use is vital this year, later seeding provides more success. Likewise, wait for soil warmth of 60 degrees for crabgrass control since this annual weed doesn’t germinate before that.

    Protect Pollinators 

    Refrain from applying insecticides when any plant is in bloom. Active bees may carry the toxic substances back to hives and endanger the health of the colonies.

    Contact Our Experts at DCPS

    Give Denver Commercial Property Services a call today at 720-770-TREE to learn how we can help prepare your commercial landscape for the growing season.

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    Landscape Benefits of Winter Pruning

    Many property owners tend to pay less attention to their landscapes during the winter months. Aside from snow removal, they may not think maintenance is essential when the temperatures are cold, and the growth has stopped. On the contrary, winter is actually a great time to prune your trees and shrubs.

    Encouraging New Growth

    Flowering shrubs such as forsythia, lilac, viburnum, and others produce more flowers when the wood is young. As these shrubs age, the wood will stop producing as many flowers, and the branches will get thicker and harder to prune. Pruning during the dormant season by removing up to one-third of the oldest and largest stems (canes) will make room for new, more vigorous growth leading to more flowering in the Spring. Essentially, this helps rejuvenate the plant annually, which extends the amount of time you can enjoy it as part of the landscape.

    Avoiding Disruption

    Removing trees and shrubs from your landscape can often disrupt the soil and the surrounding shrubbery. By scheduling this work during the winter when the ground is harder, the chance of turf damage or causing injury to surrounding plant material is reduced. If the removal of a tree, or the pruning of a shrub, does happen to cause damage to a neighboring plant, corrective pruning to repair the damaged roots or above-ground portions and improves the chance of the damaged plant’s recovery.

    Avoiding Insect Infestations

    Some trees and shrubs are more susceptible to disease & insect damage than others, but many of those insects & spreading diseases slow or completely stop in the Winter. If you take care of pruning during the dormant season, you greatly reduce the amount of pheromone the tree may put out attracting certain insects that could carry diseases or fungi and you’re allowing the pruning cuts to dry out a bit before the pruning wound begins to develop new tissue. Certain diseases can spread during the growing season on flowering & fruiting trees as well, so you run the risk of fireblight, a contagious disease-causing bacterium, or other tree bacterium or nectria canker.

    And don’t forget, all trees & shrubs need supplemental watering during Colorado’s dry Winters, at least once a month, from November to April.

    Getting the Process Started

    Denver Commercial Property Services is committed to ensuring your landscape is beautiful at all times of the year. Invest in winter pruning for your commercial landscape by calling 720-770-TREE.

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