Considering a landscaping change? Did you know that the PCVA Guidelines, Section 4.13.4, gives recommendations on allowable plant materials, tree choices, min size of plants/trees to be planted, and number or plants/trees required for both the front/side yards and the parkway?
According to the Guidelines:
A Crime Prevention Officer with CSPD said the best thing that people can do to keep their property safe is make sure to lock the doors on both your home and car. If you park outside your home, make sure to take everything inside with you so nothing seems tempting for thieves. Additional resources provided by CSPD to help you keep your car safe: https://lockdownyourcar.org/
Rake the lawn to remove stray leaves, twigs, dead growth, and winter debris. This allows light and air into the soil, encouraging turf to grow. In early March, consider re-seeding bare or damaged patches of lawn. Rake bare spots firmly with a metal rake prior to seeding. Sprinkle grass seed into a bucket of soil and spread evenly over the bare spot. Keep well watered until seeds germinate and the new grass is established. Because the soil is cold, seedling germination may take several weeks. Do not apply a crabgrass preventer to the lawn if you plan to reseed in the spring.
Precipitation in Colorado is often most bountiful in spring. Delaying the start-up of your sprinkler system may save money and help conserve water. Daily watering is only necessary with new seeds or sod to help establish young roots. In all other circumstances, daily watering only encourages shallow root growth and reduces the turf’s drought tolerance. Begin mowing when your lawn reaches 3.5” high. Remember that the ideal turf-lawn height is 2.5” to 3”. To encourage lawn health and strength, try to not remove more than one third of the leaf blade with each mowing. Grass growth is vigorous in early spring, so edge flowerbeds with a sharp trench between bed and turf. If cool-season turf is in poor condition, fertilize at 0.5 – 1 pounds nitrogen per 1,000 square feet.
Aeration, or core cultivation, is standard Colorado turf care. Aerating supplies the soil with air, reduces soil compaction, helps to control thatch, and lets water and fertilizer move into the root zone. Turf can be aerated at any time when the ground is not frozen. Spring and fall are considered the best times for aeration. Aeration is most effective when actual cores or plugs of soil are pulled from the lawn. Holes should be two to three inches deep and no more than two to four inches apart. Lawns should be thoroughly watered the day before aerating so that longer plugs can be pulled more easily. To avoid damaging utilities, mark sprinkler heads, shallow irrigation lines, and cable TV lines before aerating. Leave the cores on the lawn to allow them to work back into the grass. Lawns may be fertilized and seeded immediately after aeration. Water the lawn soon after aeration. Heavy traffic areas will require aeration more frequently.
For more information on gardening in Colorado, please visit the CSU Extension website at www.ext.colostate.edu and consult with the lawn and garden Fact Sheets. Additional gardening information can be found at PlantTalk Colorado www.planttalk.org.
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The El Paso County Household Hazardous Waste Facility (HHWF) is located at 3255 Akers Drive, Colorado Springs, CO 80922. Call 719-520-7878 for information.
Typical household hazardous waste is accepted from El Paso and Teller County residents at no charge.
Appointment required. Check for the most up to date information, drop off rules, and hours of operation at https://communityservices.elpasoco.com/environmental-division/household-hazardous-waste/