by Client Care
on Tuesday, May 7th, 2013 at 4:31pm.
Gardening is a favorite pastime for many of Colorado’s residents, not only because it helps to beautify their properties, but it is also therapeutic and can help save you money on fresh summer produce! But, if you have ever planted anything in Colorado’s notoriously rocky clay soil, you know that our area presents its own set of challenges for gardeners of all kinds. Here are some tips and suggestions on how to make your Colorado garden grow lush and strong.
1. Know your soil by having it tested. The results of the test will tell you what you need to do in order to amend the soil to make sure the plants you select will have the best chance of producing. 2. Take note of the micro-climate of your particular yard. During this process you will want to evaluate your planting area options to determine where the most sun falls, the shadiest area, and which spots collect the most moisture. 3. Pay attention to the citywide watering policies and understand that a dry season with a lot of restrictions is a definite possibility. 4. Choosing native plants is best, since they are accustom to Colorado’s sometimes harsh, sometimes mild summers. 5. Protect your plants from sudden weather by covering them up during especially cold nights and hail storms. 6. Keep the plant’s watering and sunning directions with the plant to ensure they receive the right amount of both each day. 7. Use organic mulches and soils to improve the condition of your soil over a period of a few years. 8. Do compost to create natural food for your plants and soil. You can also recycle water that has been used to boil vegetables for plant watering, just make sure to let is cool down first! 9. Remember to prune your plants. By removing the dead buds, flowers and leaves, your plants will use the energy they produce more efficiently. 10. Do not overcrowd your plant beds. Certain plants need to be spaced a specific distance from each other to ensure that their roots and blooms can stretch out.
Best nurseries in the Colorado Front Range:
• The Tree Farm Nursery & Garden Center - 11868 Mineral Rd. Longmont 303-652-2961 http://www.thetreefarm.com/ • Tagawa Gardens - 7711 S. Parker Road Centennial 303-690-4722 http://www.tagawagardens.com/ • Paulino Garden Center & Nursery - 6300 North Broadway Denver 303-429-8062 http://www.paulinogardens.com/ • Echter's Nursery & Garden Center - 5150 Garrison St. Arvada 303-424-7979 http://www.echters.com/ • Timberline Gardens - 11700 W. 58th Ave. Arvada 303-420-4060 http://www.timberlinegardens.com/ • Nick's Garden Center and Farmers Market 2001 S. Chambers Rd. Aurora 303- 696-6657 http://www.nicksgardencenter.com/ • Sturtz and Copeland - 2851 Valmont Rd Boulder 303.442.6663 http://www.sturtzandcopeland.com/ • County Fair Garden Center - 2190 S Colorado Blvd Denver 303-757-4949 http://www.countryfairgarden.com/ • O’Toole’s Garden Center - 9400 Wadsworth Parkway, Westminster 303-423-8361 http://www.otoolesgardencenters.com/ • Urban Roots - 1000 Acoma Street Denver 303-893-4064 http://www.urbanrootsdenver.com/