Learn more about the keys to healthy trees and shrubs from the Colorado Master Gardener Program's pruning guide at http://www.ext.colostate.edu/mg/gardennotes/616.pdf and Gardener's Supply Company early season pruning guide at https://www.gardeners.com/how-to/early-season-pruning/7889.html
Free Water Wise Landscape ClassesColorado Springs Utilities (CSU) offer classes from experienced instructors to help you with your yard.
Learn new skills for lawn care, clean up, drip irrigation, lawn design, water wise plants, grass care, and other tips spring through fall.
There is no charge for classes and reservations are not required, unless otherwise noted; however, seating is limited and first come, first served.
All classes are held at CSU's Conservation and Environmental Center, 2855 Mesa Road, home of their beautiful Xeriscape Demonstration Garden. For more information, call (719) 668-8232
You can see the class descriptions and schedule at www.csu.org/Pages/classes-events.aspx
Prep your landscape for spring with winter watering
Winter watering gives your lawn and landscape plants a better chance of greening up in the spring.
Water one to two times per month at mid-day, from November to April, when the temperature is above 40 degrees Fahrenheit.
To water, use a hose-end sprinkler or watering wand and water slowly so it can soak in. Remove the hose from the spigot after watering to prevent freeze damage.
Visit csu.org to get more winter watering tips.
Watering landscape plants during the winter and early spring is critical during drought. It prevents winterkill due to dehydration. prevents mite damage to lawns, and ensures early spring root growth occurs to sustain plants through the summer. Water your landscape once per month until you turn on your irrigation system. Learn more at https://www.csu.org/CSUDocuments/sustaininglandscapes.pdf