Responsible Plant Health Care

Responsible Plant Health Care

Waiting for warmer weather can be like waiting for the grass to grow. That is, if you can see it under all the snow we got this season. But finally, after all that snow, rain, and tumultuous weather, our plants have finally begun to bloom. As the quote says, April showers do indeed bring May flowers, and that means it’s time to look at your options for plant health care.

There are many types of plants local to Colorado, from trees to shrubs, to a stunning array of flowers. And there are a variety of ways to care for them. Due to an inconsistent climate here in Colorado, owed in part to dryness, rampant temperatures, and differences in elevation over the state, only the sturdiest of plants seem to survive. 

Now, an adequate amount of rain and sunshine can do wonders for plants, especially if they’re planted and growing in the proper environment. However, those two basics of plant health care can only do so much for the nutrient-deficient soil, which can prove to be an issue in certain zones here in Colorado. Sometimes your plants need an extra boost of minerals and other supplements to help with growth and overall health. 

So in order to avoid disease and preserve your plants, ArborScape has the tools to help you responsibly care for your landscape with a multitude of plant health care services that can keep your yard fresh and lively through any season.

 

Traditional Trees

blue spruce health care

While there are many different types of species of trees in the area, keep your eye out for familiar natives that grow well in certain zones of the state. While you can probably recognize the colorful maples and sturdy pines, there are many differences between the types of trees, such as height, how the leaves sprout, and even how the bark forms on trunks.

There are the cottonwoods that our allergies clearly love, and are traditionally found near springs and moist woodlands or along streams. Some grow up to 60 feet while other types can get to 190 feet- almost as tall as an air traffic control tower! Now, while cottonwoods have glossy, green leaves, the Narrowleaf speaks for itself with its narrow leaves and pointed tip while the Plains have a broader leaf with toothed margins.  

Locusts are fast-growing trees that can reach up to 100 feet tall! With long compound leaves with oblong leaflets, these trees are great for ornamental purposes or for shading your home!

Firs prefer moist soils in higher elevations and can grow from a range of 60 feet to over double that height. The bark on these trees starts out gray and smooth but when they mature can have broad, corky ridges along the trunk. Because firs fall under the evergreen category, their leaves tend to be short, flat, and slightly rounded.

Elms tend to be shaped likes vases or umbrellas with rising branches coming from a single trunk. They have veined green leaves that are toothed and uneven at the base while the bark tends to be a dark grey or brown with ridges and a flaky appearance.

Pines tend to grow exceptionally well in dryer, nutrient-poor soils and have a growth range from between 20 feet to 160 feet in the proper conditions. Most of these species start out with a darker bark in the early years before it turns into a reddish shade with scaly ridges upon maturity. And you’ll notice like other evergreen needles, their leaves tend to be a bit stiff and light green when healthy. But the different types of pines grow in different densities and can shift into different shades depending on the tree’s overall health.

And, of course, there’s the Blue Spruce– our state tree that grows best in well-drained, sandy soils, but still has enough moisture to grow strong and healthy. With proper care, they can grow from 70-115 feet. They have evergreen needles, so are green, stiff, and have extremely sharp points. Meanwhile, the bark is gray-brown with thick scales.

 

Standard Shrubs

Responsible Plant Health Care

Meanwhile, there are also quite a few different species of shrubs throughout the state that, like trees, can grow and bloom well if given the right nutrients and proper care. Shrubs like the mountain mahogany grow in the Foothills and their blooms are sweet-smelling, while the rabbitbrush is more aggressive and grows better in the upper Sonoran life zones. Then there’s the chokecherry that can be pruned into a tree-like shape and has the potential to grow edible black fruit that attracts native wildlife. In all actuality, all these plants help provide a safe haven for wildlife, and a beautiful landscape for you.

Due to the natural attraction trees and shrubs have, these blooming plants tend to come with bugs and other insects. While many can be friendly and helpful for your plants, there are still some that need special attention if you want to keep your trees and shrubs from becoming brittle and damaged. So getting the proper treatment can be crucial to the preservation of your plants.

The timing of the treatment and application is critical! Some services can only be performed in certain weather conditions, or before the blooming season. For example, fruit trees should be pruned during their dormant seasons before they bloom so as to prevent overgrowth, improve air circulation within the tree, help reduce branch breakage, and increases the tree’s ability to form flower buds that will eventually grow into fruit.

Plant Health Care

An important service to ensure healthy plants is our deep root fertilization, a balanced formula of micronutrients and slow-release nitrogen, and a root stimulator to promote soil health and plant growth that we inject directly into the soil. We also add a beneficial Ectomycorrhizal Fungi to promote new root hair development, which assists in the absorption of moisture and nutrients from the soil. We perform these injections in the spring and fall so your plants can have the proper nutrients all year long.

And if you’ve missed the time window for this service, we’ve got you covered with EnviroTree: a spray-on fertilizer that’s sprayed on the trunk area of trees so as to be absorbed during the summer months, as sometimes it gets too hot for injection-based fertilizers.

We learned through Earth Day that trees are incredibly invaluable when it comes to our climate. They remove a lot of pollutants from the atmosphere and absorb carbon dioxide, which helps with the removal and storage of carbon. Then by releasing the oxygen back into the air, we can all breathe in clear, fresh air- humans and wildlife alike. 

And now that it’s actually warm enough to venture outside, you can enjoy the lush landscape of plants blooming all over your yard, and won’t have to worry about keeping them happy and healthy because here at ArborScape, we work hard so you and your plants don’t have to. Check out our website to see how we can help you enjoy these spring blooms to the fullest.

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