Don't Power Rake!

Posted: Thursday, April 11, 2013

Don't Power Rake! That's right, don't power rake. Power raking is a mechanical method developed for removing large amounts of thatch  build up from turf.

The fact is, it's already too late to power rake and doing a power raking now can damage your turf that is now just coming out of dormancy and beginning to grow. The machines used for power raking tear at new grass tissue while loosening dead thatch. It can stress the turf rather than help it.

Actually, the best time to power rake is in February or March while the turf is still dormant or brown. 

The whole point of power raking is to decrease the thatch level in your turf. A thatch layer of 1/2" or less is just fine. Any more and your turf could be getting cheated out of valuable moisture and nutrients. Not to mention creating an ideal environment for insects and disease.

If you think you have significant thatch build up, we have a solution. Our "Organic Thatch Buster" product is a liquid product that can literally liquify the excess thatch and turn it into usable nutrients for your turf. To fuel this process, our product is packed with thatch-eating microorganisms and enzymes. Thatch and clippings break down quickly into rich, deep humus, which is nature's best fertilizer. Its easy, clean and safe. Give us a call or email us to learn more. 

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Landcape Drought-Savvy Practices

Posted: Friday, March 29, 2013

Landscape Drought-Savvy Practices 

We understand why water providers have set limits for outdoor water use this summer. This does not mean that consumers have to ignore their landscapes. 

Spring is an ideal time to plant. Research from Colorado State University states groundcovers, perennials, shrubs and trees that are for Plant Hardiness Zones 3A to 7A can be successfully planted as soon as the soil can be worked. Practices such as soil amendment and mulching should always be used to further improve plant establishment and long-term health.

 

Before watering on your allocated day, make sure your landscape actually needs the water. Typically April is a month with a decent amount of natural precipitation, so it’s possible that only a small amount of supplemental water will be needed. Before watering, always check soil moisture by inserting a screw driver into the soil. If it inserts easily, that area doesn’t need watering. Also be aware that all areas may not need equal amounts of water. Look for dry spots and apply water where needed. This is a perfect time to upgrading your sprinkler system to include more efficient equipment like irrigation timers, rain sensors and efficient nozzles. Rebates are available for many of these items. 

 

Water conservation is the responsibility of every consumer. If 50% of the water used is outdoors, then the other half is used indoors. While outdoor use is the focus during the summer months, indoor conservation should always be practiced.

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Denver Water restrictions

Posted: Friday, March 29, 2013

 

The official word from Denver Water: March snows have not done enough to improve the current drought conditions. Most of Colorado is in the second year of a severe drought and above-average temperatures, which has led to low snowpack and low reservoir levels across the state. As a result, at its meeting today, the Denver Board of Water Commissioners adopted a resolution declaring a Stage 2 drought, which means customers will have two assigned watering days a week beginning April 1.

 

“The last time we declared a Stage 2 drought was in 2002,” said Greg Austin, president of the Denver Board of Water Commissioners. “We are facing a more serious drought now than we faced then. Our goal this summer is to insure the availability of high-quality water to our citizens, given current conditions and an unknowable end to the drought cycle, protecting not only the quality of life of our community but also the long-term security of our city’s system.”

 

Jim Lochhead, CEO/manager of Denver Water said: “Because of the dry conditions, our reservoirs haven’t been full since July 2011. We would need about 7 feet of additional snow in the mountains by late April to get us close to where we should be. Therefore, we need everyone’s help to save water indoors and outdoors this year. Together, we need to save 50,000 acre-feet of water, or 16 billion gallons, by next spring. We’re asking every person to think before turning on the tap.”

 

Mandatory watering restrictions begin April 1, meaning Denver Water customers may only water two days a week and must follow this schedule:

·       Single-family residential properties with addresses ending in even numbers: Sunday, Thursday

·       Single-family residential properties with addresses ending in odd numbers: Saturday, Wednesday

·       All other properties (multi-family, HOAs, commercial, industrial, government): Tuesday, Friday

 

In addition, customers must follow the standard annual watering rules:

·       Do not water lawns between 10 a.m. and 6 p.m.

·       Do not waste water by allowing it to pool in gutters, streets and alleys.

·       Do not waste water by letting it spray on concrete and asphalt.

·       Repair leaking sprinkler systems within 10 days.

·       Do not water while it is raining or during high winds.

 

The utility asks customers to be conscientious about water use this spring. While April is a good time to set up and examine irrigation systems, they don’t need to be used yet. Instead, postpone turning on sprinklers and automatic systems and hand-water sloped areas of the lawn or sections that are receiving full sunlight if they are dry. April is typically a cool month with some precipitation, so it may not be necessary to water lawns two days a week, which will help save water. 

Snowpack in the South Platte and Colorado River basins from which Denver Water receives water are 59 percent of average and 73 percent of average, respectively. That snow is what serves as Denver’s water supply.

 

As part of the Stage 2 drought declaration, the board also adopted a temporary drought pricing structure to encourage customers to use even less water and help reduce revenue loss to ensure Denver Water’s vast water collection, treatment and distribution system stays operable and well-maintained. Customers will see the pricing on bills on or after June 1 of this year. The drought pricing will remain in effect until the mandatory restrictions are lifted. The utility plans to cut operating expenses, defer projects and tap cash reserves to help balance finances through the drought.

 

As always, customers’ bills will vary depending on how much water they use. An average summer bill for a single family residential customer who doesn’t use less water would increase about $6 a month. Most residential customers who significantly reduce their water use will see a reduction in their bill — even with drought pricing — in comparison to normal usage at 2013 rates.

 

“Because our primary goal is to ensure water is available for health and safety needs, the first 6,000 gallons of monthly water use will not be subject to drought pricing,” said Lochhead.

 

Average monthly indoor use of water is 6,000 gallons. Approximately 70 percent of single family residential customers use 18,000 gallons per month or less during the peak summer months.

 

As it does every year, the utility will enforce its rules with a team of employees — this year named the “drought patrol.”

 

“The purpose of our drought patrol is as much about educating customers as it is about enforcing Denver Water’s rules,” said Lochhead. “As we have in previous years, our monitors will have face-to-face interactions with customers to discuss our restrictions””

 

Customers who receive repeated watering notices will be subject to Stage 2 drought fines, which start at $250 for a single-family residential customer who has previously received a written warning.

 

Citizens who see water leaks or broken sprinklers in Denver’s parks should call 3-1-1. To report water waste elsewhere, call Denver Water at 303-893-2444.

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Spring is right around the corner

Posted: Thursday, March 07, 2013

March is the perfect time to start thinking about your seasonal lawn care needs. Spring is right around the corner! Contact us to learn how we can help!

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New Website Up and Running!

Posted: Sunday, January 15, 2012

Happy New Year! We are super pleased to showcase our new site. We hope you find it helpful and informative. We would also like to take this opportunity to announce our new partnership with Natural Technologies and their amazing Organic products. We will be blogging about these products, their benefits, and how to learn more about Organic land care in the near future. Stay tuned!

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New Website Up and Running!