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Plants Fitting Denver Landscaping Needs for Increased Birdwatching


May 17, 2017

Landscaping experts often consider the type of wildlife that may be attracted to certain shrubs, plants and trees in the lawn of your home or business. Often, both business and homeowners do not consider such aspects when creating their personal landscapes. Instead, those individuals are often more focused on their feelings about the color scheme or mood set by the foliage they select for their Denver landscaping needs.

For this reason alone, only professional landscapers should be considered when determining what shrubbery should be used to best spruce up your home or office. However, sometimes those same owners elect to incorporate wildlife into their scene.

Especially when focused on eco-friendly landscaping. One of the more prominent wildlife often attracted to certain plants and trees include birds. A properly organized landscape will help to not only attract certain types but also provide subsistence for different species.

Instead of negatively affecting the surrounding areas by implementing certain shrubs possibly attracting unwanted wildlife, professionals can ensure only invited guest appear. By incorporating some of the following plants and shrubs into your lawn or garden many fascinating birds native to the area should begin to visit.

Finches

Small to medium size birds often reflecting a variety of colors and patterns. Finches do not migrate allowing the same birds to be attracted to your landscape year round. The New England Aster, Red Spike Mexican Hat, Saskatoon Serviceberry and Side-Oats Grama are common shrubs that are known to attract Finches into a lawn or garden.

Most are shrub like averaging only three feet in height.

Sparrows

Similar to Finches, Sparrows are of a similar size and color spectrum but consume seeds and occasionally small insects. These birds are attracted to a similar variety of plants including the above.

White sagebrush, a perennial shrub attracting Sparrows is a beautiful option requiring little water in order to survive. A definitive eco-friendly option for both water consumption and wildlife attractiveness.

Hummingbirds

Considered to be one of the most attractive birds, Hummingbirds are drawn to multiple types of shrubbery. Unlike those plants used for bringing in other types of species often hummingbirds are the only bird attracted to certain plant types.

The Bluebell of Scotland, Dotted Gayfeather and Scarlet Skyrocket are plants that can be incorporated into a landscape for the specific purpose of attracting the hummingbird. Both the Oswego Tea and Showy Milkweed will at times also bring in hummingbird visitors but other bird varieties are more prevalent. You can view more tips for attracting spring and summer hummingbirds from the Bird Conservancy of the Rockies.

Wrens

Small birds reflecting a brown tint or color attracted to the Hummingbird’s above Oswego Tea and Showy Milkweed. Wrens can also be courted by American Plum, Chokecherry, Fragrant Sumac and the Nootka Rose

These plants are larger as some can reach up to 20 feet in height.

Whenever deciding to include specific plants for wildlife attractiveness, the professional staff at Water Solutions Sprinkler Service will be happy to help you decide on the best options for your Denver area lawn or garden focusing on individual needs. Contact us today at 720-435-1495 or visit our website at watersolutionsco.com to get more information about improving your home or business with a professional landscaping service.
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Top Considerations When Upgrading Landscaping and the Need for Sprinkler Installation in Denver


May 10, 2017

Are you looking for some of the best ways to upgrade your landscaping this spring? If you have had the same landscaping for years, it might be time to mix things up. You will generally always keep some of your beloved and more permanent plants like trees or shrubs, all while adding new items to create a new look. You’ll love your upgrades and it will also help boost your curb appeal.

Learn about landscaping upgrades you can make, how incorporating hardscaping can help, and why sprinkler installation in Denver is so important to maintain your hard work:

Landscaping Upgrades

If you do not have as much color in your landscape, consider adding some brightness and color to make it pop with some fresh blooms. When it comes to some of the go-to flowers to add in spring, many homeowners like to add a simple look, which daffodils are well suited for in this climate. They have subtle white or yellow petals with a yellow center. For a spring-like look all year long, consider tulips. Tulips are available in a variety of colors and enable you add many of them to take up quite a bit of your landscaping. Bulbs are a great addition simply because they generally come back year after year. Lilacs are another choice which has a subtle pop of color that could be a great addition to your yard's aesthetic. Lastly, hydrangeas grow to a fairly large size outside the home. They have small flowers which grow in bursts for a unique look and a fantastic scent. For trees, redbuds are gorgeous to plant as they will grow tall and have appealing pink and lavender accents.

Incorporating Hardscaping

Do you love your current plant arrangement but are looking to enhance the overall layout? Hardscaping are the structures that can be incorporated in with landscaping. For instance, you can build a retaining wall in your front yard to raise your plant bed and add a custom look. You can also use hardscaping to hold in mulch around your trees in your yard to help keep moisture at the root. You can also use hardscaping to create tiered structures. This will provide an upscale and unique look that is also incredibly functional. Tiered structures help keep the proper flow of water directed toward your plants.

Water Flow is Key

When it comes to maintaining your landscaping, how are you watering? Did you know that you might be over or under watering your landscape and lawn without realizing it? This can be detrimental to the health of your plants and grass. It can lead to long term damage. For overwatering, oversaturating the roots can damage the root system. It can also encourage the growth of mold and mildew. If you don’t water enough, your plants and grass will turn brown and eventually die. Therefore, a premier sprinkler system can help. A sprinkler system will factor in the outside elements and ensure your plants and grass are only getting the amount of water they need.

If you are ready to make sure your landscaping and lawn is properly cared for, consider sprinkler installation service from Water Solutions Sprinkler Service. As your local go-to sprinkler service, we will make sure you can the quality sprinkler you need and teach you how to use it. To see how we can help you, give us a call at 720-435-1495 today.
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Trees, Shrubs and Plants for Your Denver Landscaping Needs


May 3, 2017

A well-maintained lawn can help both increase the value and appearance of your home or office space. In addition, knowing which plants to use for highlighting areas and making the best appearance can be beneficial in getting the ultimate return on your investment.

The climate around the Denver area is tricky, causing some interesting weather patterns every month of the year, so ensuring you have selected the best foliage for your needs is key. Following is a look at a variety of trees, shrubs and various plants that will flourish in the ever changing weather.

Trees

Often trees are not necessarily used to “spruce” up outward appearances but serve a more meaningful purpose such as a barrier or blockage. However, there are times when one is wanted for alternate uses and the Denver climate caters to a lot of differing species.

Trees often used for windbreaks or privacy include junipers like the Rocky Mountain or Colorado Green. These trees are thicker around the bottom and narrow as they reach for the sky. However, the tree is thick enough to both keep straight-line wind from becoming a factor and keeping your privacy around a home or office.

Box Elder Maples can provide shade and help to break up greenspace depending on the personal preference of the landowner. A Box Elder Maple will flourish, branching out in multiple directions from the top of a typical tree trunk.

Shrubs

Shrubs used for hedging purposes include the Alpine Currant and Blue Spruce among others. However, those interested in adding a little more color to their landscape should target a plant from the Barberry group.

Barberry’s come in multiple colors including: Emerald Carousel, Japanese Redleaf, Crimson Pygmy, Golden and Rose Glow. Similar in style the smaller shrub will brighten any area in which they are utilized.

Plants

A lot of varying factors go into determining what plants best fit a particular area including sunlight and water availability. After a decision is reached on plant types that will flourish in a particular setting, choosing the specific plant can also prove to be a difficult decision.

Plants are often categorized by annuals, biennials or perennials depending on their average length of life, which can often be extended with proper care and hydration. Common perennials include geraniums, daylilies and the Denver Daisy.

Some geraniums will fall under the annuals category and these tend to be the most colorful of the group. Primrose and snapdragons are also flowering annuals that can help make a landscape more appealing by adding an enormous amount of color. Colorado State University, Denver Botanic Gardens, and the Green Industries of Colorado have all teamed up to create a resource for growing in Denver at http://planttalk.colostate.edu/.

The professional staff at Water Solutions Sprinkler Service will be happy to help you decide on the best options for your Denver area lawn or business greenspace, focusing on individual needs and budget. Not only can they assist in landscaping decisions but are able to install professional irrigation services if needed. Contact us today at 720-435-1495 or visit our website at watersolutionsco.com to get more information about the best foliage for your home or business.
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Benefits of an In-Ground Sprinkler System


April 26, 2017

A professionally installed in-ground sprinkler system can provide multiple benefits beyond regulated water distribution. Proper lawn maintenance requires commitment and hard work to ensure lush green grasses surround your home. Following the steps of planting and fertilization comes the most important part of the process, water application.

Above ground systems often require multiple hoses, adapters, sprinkler heads and constant movement rearranging the system. The use of an above ground unit also requires constant observation to ensure proper water distribution and that the system is functioning properly.

An in-ground sprinkler system can help to alleviate these nagging issues while saving a homeowner both time and money. Following are the most beneficial factors of having a professional irrigation system installed for your home or business.

Minimal Effort

As mentioned, providing proper irrigation requires more hard work from the business or homeowner. Hoses need to be attached, then properly placed with the irrigation unit secured and clear of any obstruction.

Depending on the size of the space in need of water, multiple hoses may be required as well as constant movement of the above ground system. If the unit does not reach the entire area it must be repositioned in order to ensure that all of the grass receives a proper water supply. Consequently, reorganizing the sprinkler multiple times may cause some areas of the lawn to receive excess water or none at all if not correctly placed during irrigation.

Further, movement of the above ground system often requires a complete shutdown of the water supply before any transition can take place. Increased work is required by having to shut off the water at the source prior to moving the unit and then initiating supply in a new area.

None of these factors apply to an in-ground sprinkler system. Once installed, the unit can be programmed to apply water at designated times to not interfere with usage. Also, proper application areas are predetermined ensuring that the entire lawn receives sufficient water application during every irrigation cycle.

After installation, watering takes place with the push of a few buttons as opposed to dragging hoses and equipment over an entire property.

Curb Appeal

Having multiple hoses scattered throughout your lawn with various watering units attached not only presents tripping hazards but is also extremely unseenly. The hose reels, hose extensions and end devices only take away from the landscape one is trying to accomplish through precision watering.

A professionally installed in-ground sprinkler system however takes nothing away from the lawn itself. Sprinkler heads are only visible when in-use and nothing takes away from the landscape. Instead of having excessive equipment scattered over the lawn, no part of the in-ground system distracts from the luscious lawn created by proper hydration achieved with the benefits of an in-ground unit.

Proper Coverage

Further, in order to ensure every blade of grass receives an adequate water supply movement of an above-ground system must be constantly taking place. Only by creating more work and headache for the homeowner does the above-ground system prove capable. In fact, if not handled properly certain areas may receive too much water creating even more issues for lawn growth.

Only through increased work and added experimentation can a homeowner ensure proper hydration for every square inch of the landscape. Constant monitoring is required to keep each target area addressed during above-ground system use.

However, an in-ground system can be constructed ensuring that each sprinkler head rotates through precise cycles hydrating each area of the lawn. Heads can be spaced sporadically and then programmed so that no area of the lawn receives excess water. The heads can be programmed to operate in zones making sure that no overlap occurs and all areas of the landscaped space are thoroughly addressed.

Time Saving

The constant monitoring of an above-ground system requires a lot of excess time from the homeowner. Personally timing each watered area and observing to make certain the watering unit is functioning properly adds excessive work and consideration.

A pre-programmed in-ground system requires none of the above. After setting the system to water, which can often be set for multiple days, the time on task required for watering is close to zero. By utilizing the “set it and forget it” feature of an in-ground sprinkler system, time can be better spent on other activities.

Whenever you elect to reap the benefits of an in-ground system, the professional staff at Water Solutions Sprinkler Service will be happy to help you decide on the best option for your Denver area lawn or garden focusing on individual needs and budget. Contact us today at 720-435-1495 or visit our website at watersolutionsco.com to get more information about the best sprinkler irrigation system for your home or business.
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Choosing the Right Sprinkler System for Your Yard


April 19, 2017

As spring and summer approach keeping your lawn or garden watered consistently becomes even more of a priority. Water is the essential nutrient for all life but a lack thereof or overabundance can cause serious problems. A perfect balance can be maintained by installing a sprinkler system that can ensure both the proper coverage and amounts to a specified area.

Watering needs will be dependent on a variety of factors, including the aforementioned coverage and amounts. Other variables may be the type of foliage or groundcover in need and the amount of natural rainfall occurring. Fortunately, new watering systems have been designed to address these circumstances.

Review the following sprinkler systems and dependent on your individual needs a rotary system might be the best option for you.

Spray System

One of most common system used for watering the spray method is comprised of pop-up heads that disperse water, however they can provide water inadequately. Often the heads can be adjusted according to the application area. Most rotations will be full circle, half circle, or even quarter-circle depending on head placement and target.

Traditionally, multiple heads are used to comprise the system allowing for maximum coverage. Heads can also be programmed in variable “zones” to limit water supply, target a specific area, or rotate through if certain areas need utilized during the time of spray. While this is a common system it’s not the best option for all yards and can leave zones where no water is dispersed.

Soaker Hoses

These hoses are most commonly used in gardens as they can provide water to an individual plant or specific area. Instead of dispersing the water throughout a large coverage area only the ground and plants in line with the actual hose receive nourishment.

Water seeps through the actual hose instead of spraying through the air. Typically, soaker hoses can be attached to regular hoses allowing for more coverage without wetting walkways, paths or the area closest to the water supply line.

Drip System

If water usage is a concern a drip system may provide the answer depending on the plants, grass, or soil in need. Drip irrigation basics include water being emitted slowly allowing for the subject to absorb all that is applied. Loss that may occur as a result of runoff, wind, or evaporation with spray units will not occur with a drip system.

These types can be modified to meet the needs of almost any subject. Similar to soakers in terms of application, the drip system provides adequate coverage for those worried about water use and cost.

Rotor System

Similar to the spray system, a rotor system can be adjusted to fit a variety of needs but are usually reserved for covering large areas. While utilizing maximum coverage areas, rotors apply water at lower rates than traditional spray heads and are known as the most efficient system in the world.

We are happy to assist you with determining which sprinkler systems will best suit your needs this year. At Water Solutions Sprinkler Service, we can help you decide on the best option for your Denver area lawn or garden focusing on individual needs and budget. Contact us today at 720-435-1495 or visit our website at watersolutionsco.com to get more information about the best sprinkler irrigation system for your home or business.
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