Landscape Maintenance

Lawns, like trees, are an essential part of your homes outdoor landscape, and a healthy lawn starts with healthy roots. A perfectly cut lawn is not easy to find. That’s why we strive to make your lawn looking at its best with our premium service. When you hire us to care for your lawn we include mowing, edging, weed trimming, and yard clippings collection.

My Landscaper's lawn care service professionals work with an exclusive formulation of nutrients to help achieve the attractive lawn you’ve always wanted. Our Denver landscapers provide complete lawn care services, from fertilization and grub control to pest and disease management solutions.

  • Weekly Lawn Mowing
  • Spring & Fall Spruce-Up
  • Flower Bed Weeding
  • Shrubs & Tree Pruning
  • Lawn Core Aeration
  • Annuals & Perennial Plant and Flowers up-keep
  • Organic Lawn Fertilization
  • Plantings- Annual, Perennials, Trees up to 17’. Fruit trees (flowering or fruit bearing), Shrubs, many types of ground cover, and wonderfully colorful Colorado Flowers

We also provide lawn renovation and restoration services. Consider core aeration to improve the penetration of air and water into the soil, which encourages deeper root growth and better turf quality. Over-seeding and slit-seeding helps to thicken turf, which in turn reduces the establishment of undesirable grasses and broadleaf weeds. Contact us for a complete evaluation of you individual property.

Checklist for Lawn Care in the Fall Season

September 14, 2016

It's almost the end of the summer in Denver, but your lawn still needs maintenance! You still have to maintain your landscape. To have a head start for the fall season, there are some simple steps to take right now before summer comes to an end. If you live in temperate or cold climate, the fall is usually better to think about next year’s landscape, if you want to maintain a healthy lawn throughout the year. No matter where you live, there are specific things to consider for your lawn. You will only need to make some slight variations.

The Grass
There are many homeowners who believe that their lawns do not need much care during the fall season since the grass will grow more slowly. However, this is the furthest thing from the truth. During the fall season, grass is still absorbing moisture, energy, and nutrients in order to prepare for the long and dormant wintry months. If you give your lawn the attention it needs now, then you will be rewarded with lush landscape during the remaining months.

Maintain Landscape
For that reason, you need to keep watering and mowing your lawn as you need to, all through the fall season. As the fall season comes to a close, drop the blade in the mower at its lowest setting to give the lawn its last two mows for the year. In doing so, more sunlight will get to the crown of the grass. There will also be fewer leaves turning brown when winter rolls around.

Promoting the health and growth of your grass root will help to protect your grass against insects and weeds. It will also prepare your lawn for next season. Make sure that you apply fertilizer on your lawn, especially for winterization. Apply the fertilizer before the grass stops its growth. The appropriate combination of quick release and slow release elements is critical.

Lawn Watering
Even though the summer heat will dissipate during the fall, this does not mean that your lawn does not need water. If you live in a northern climate area, your lawn will need watering up to the initial freeze. If you live in a southern climate area, you should have your lawn watered every two or three weeks once the temperature on the ground is above freezing.

The Seeding
Grasses during the warm season should be seeded during the summer or spring. Grasses during the cool season needs to be planted during the fall season. After thatching or aeration, take the chance to over-seed your lawn. Where there are dead patches on the lawn, try to repair them. Use a combination of mulch, seed, and fertilizer.

The Maintenance
Keep the lawn trimmed to its right height as you make preparations for the winter months. Even though, the growth of your grass will be slower during the cooler months, it should still be long enough for insulation and short enough to prevent matting under the weighty snow. The last grass cutting should be shorter than normal.

If you need help to improve your lawn or continue with your lawn care for the fall season, speak to the experts at My Landscaper. You can also call 720-882-5772 for an in-depth discussion.

Is My Lawn Unhealthy Due to Soil Compaction?

September 7, 2016

Many homeowners want to improve and enhance the quality of their lawn, but are uncertain how to begin. There are several aspects to enhancing your lawn and it starts with some simple steps. In fact, some basic steps can make a whole lot of difference between having a healthy loan and just the average. However, many homeowners are not taking advantage of this.

Soil Quality

Like flowers that are planted in a garden, the quality of the soil is essential to having healthy grass. To achieve a healthy lawn, then, it is important to place a lot of emphasis on the soil. Soil compaction has always been a deterrent when it comes to maintaining a healthy lawn. For that reason, aeration is one way to reduce soil compaction. Spring is the ideal time to get this done.

Lawn Aeration
When you aerate your lawn, there are several things that it does. These include:
  • Reduction of compaction from traffic or regular lawn mowing
  • Opening up the space, allowing air to reach to the roots
  • Reduction in soil compaction allows for better drainage
  • Grass plants have a better ability to use up the nutrients and water
In addition, normal aeration reduces thatch buildup. You can allow half an inch of this thatch because it offers a certain amount of cushion and it also protects the roots. Heavy buildup of thatch will only reduce water and the absorption of nutrients. It can also suffocate the roots.

The Frequency
Lawns can struggle to remain healthy due to soil compaction. If there is heavy traffic on the grass, it should be aerated at least once each year. Heavy clay soil will require more frequency in aeration. If you have sandy soil or receive light traffic on the lawn, it has to be aerated at least once per year as well or once in two years. If you reside in warm weather, you can aerate more frequently.

The Climate

For cooler climates, a single aeration is fine. However, if your soil is compacted, you should aerate the lawn during the early spring season. If you notice that your lawn is thinning out because of disease or winter damage, then you should aerate before you start fertilizing and seeding. This will help to thicken the grass more quickly.

Core Aeration
The easiest and simplest way for you to aerate your lawn, use a machine that takes out plugs of soil. While you can do it by hand, it is better to use a machine for improved results. You can rent one of these aeration machines for a day from a local garden center.

Getting Ready
When you are ready to aerate, make sure that the soil is only moist and not completely wet. If the soil is sandy, be sure to lightly water it one day prior to the aeration. If you have heavy clay soil, you should water it two days prior to the aeration. For complete aeration, take the machine across the lawn two times, go one time from east to west and then another time from north to south. Remove any plugs that have been left behind.

Are you ready for improve your lawn, creating a healthy landscape. Contact My Landscaper today to discuss your landscape needs. You can call 720-882-5772 to schedule a consultation.

Strategic Steps to Repairing Your Denver Lawn

August 17, 2016

In the city of Denver, you will notice that many neighborhoods have almost perfect and pristine green landscape. In fact, it may seem like an obsession or competition among neighbors to maintain their lawns. Most property owners with damaged lawns don’t understand the semantics that go into repairing a lawn. To maintain a healthy lawn, the best line of defense is usually to use organic material to topdress and fertilize the lawn. This should be done at least once each year. In addition, the lawn should be mowed correctly and it should be periodically aerated to discourage a buildup of thatch and to prevent soil compaction.

Going Organic
Even though, there are several herbicides and pesticides that are still legal in the United States, more individuals have started to become aware of the negative effect that these things leave on the ecosystem. It is essential then to select an organic lawn care system and soil modification in order to balance the soil. The life and state of the soil provides plants with the necessary nutrients and plants in turn provide their nutrients to the soil in sugar and carbohydrate form. This process is called exudates. Fertilizers that are chemically based will always have a harmful impact on the microorganism population. It often kills the whole population and the soil, leaving it totally void of existence.

The Professional
For that reason, you may have to consider lawn repair as a way to get rid of weedy or thin patches on your lawn. A professional landscaper will find it easy to get this done. To start, you have to handle the issue as soon as you notice the damage. The objective is to prevent it from spreading. The weeds will quickly fill up the bare lawn, if you don’t replace it with new grass. The landscaper will repair your lawn using a two step procedure.

First Step
The first step will be determining and establishing the underlying cause. It could be a mishap where there was a fertilizer spill that caused your lawn to have the bare spot. It could also be that your lawn has a chronic disease or have been plagued with vicious insects. It could also be that your lawn is not getting enough moisture or light. If you can fix these insufficiencies, the next step will be easier.  

Second Step
Now, the patches have to be repaired. You can do so by seeding it with new grass. If you live in a northern state, then the ideal time to have this done is in the fall season. This gives the grass enough time during the cool season to grow stronger roots prior to facing the summer. If you live in a southern state, this should be done in the spring season.

When it comes to having a freshly repaired and healthy lawn, you definitely have to solicit the professional help from an expert landscaper. Contact My Landscaper today to discuss your lawn repair needs. You can call 720-882-5772 to schedule a consultation.

Core Aerate Your Lawn with Denver Landscaping Services

July 6, 2016

To maintain the health of your yard, there are basic lawncare techniques to practice such as mowing, weeding,  fertilization, and watering. However, matted grass and compacted soil can prevent some nutrients from reaching the deeper levels of soil and roots in your yard. To ensure these levels get the air and water they need to thrive, it’s important to core aerate your lawn. As your Denver landscaping experts with knowledge of the local terrain and what it requires to keep it looking its best, we can assist you with this process.

What is Core Aeration?
Core aeration is the perforation of lawn, involving the systematic removal of small plugs of grass and soil to allow air, water, and other nutrients to penetrate the roots. The roots will grow deeper and stronger with better natural soil aeration, leading to a lusher, more robust lawn. Heavily clumped areas of grass, known as thatch buildup, can block roots from receiving light and nutrients; compacted soil is too dense to allow the necessary circulation of air and water. Lawn aeration, also known as “soil cultivation,” helps solve these primary issues. Hollow- and open-tined tools are commonly used to make deep holes that lie close together; your professional local landscaper will know which equipment to use to greatest effect, depending on the particular needs of your yard.

What are the Benefits?
Aerating your lawn offers many advantages, including increased water absorption through the soil and roots, increased fertilizer retention, more nutrients exchanges, reduced water drainage, less thatching of the grass, and less soil compaction. The grass will also have more resiliency, becoming more resistant to heat stress, drought, and insect pests. Frequent aerations will continue to improve your yard throughout the year, although late spring and early fall are the most ideal times for professional treatment.

Which Lawns Need Aeration?
If your lawn gets heavy foot traffic and overall use, such as from children, pets, mowers, or frequent entertaining, then the soil is more likely to be compacted. Yards that are installed as part of new home construction are vulnerable to soil compaction too, as the nutrient-rich topsoil can be lost and the subsoil pressed down during construction. Soil layering is another potential culprit, which occurs when sod is placed over existing soil in a yard. Finer sod particles traps water in the upper layers, preventing drainage to the deeper soil and causing inhibited root growth.

What Happens Next?
After the experts aerate your lawn, it will be dotted with the small plugs of grass and soil they pulled. These will break apart and disintegrate back into your grass within weeks on their own. After a week or so, expect to see the aeration holes sprouting with new, active root growth, which means the grass is beginning to get more air, light, and nutrient flow. There should also be obvious signs of better drainage (less puddling after rainfall) and your lawn should hold up better between waterings.

We at My Landscaper offer comprehensive, premium lawncare services in Denver, from installation to maintenance. Call us at 720-882-5772 to learn more about the benefits of core aeration and what we can do to help you achieve a vigorous, healthy yard year-round.

The 7 Principles of Denver Xeriscaping Design – Save Money and Water

June 2, 2016

We have a finite amount of water in Denver, and in some years, less than others. By grouping plants by their water needs, using mulch and drought tolerant plants, you will be conserving water, and therefore lowering your water bill. Here at My Denver Landscaper, we are your Denver service experts fully qualified to deliver and maintain impressive, functional, and enduring outdoor environments.

For most of the western United States, over fifty percent of residential water used is applied to landscape and lawns. Xeriscape can reduce landscape water use by 60% or more. Your landscape is an investment in your comfort and in the value of your property. A good Xeriscape will increase your property value by as much as 15%. Xeriscape can also reduce water and maintenance costs by up to 60%.

Defining Xeriscape

Xeriscaping is a method of gardening that involves choosing plants that are appropriate to their site and creating a landscape that can be maintained with very little supplemental watering. Xeriscaping was a word coined in the 1970's in Denver, to refer to water-wise, or water-efficient, landscaping.

The Seven Principles of Xeriscaping

1. Planning and Design - Have a Plan. Don’t fight your site. Create planting zones and group your plants by their needs.

2. Choose Appropriate Plant Material. Incorporate a few plants that need to be coddled, but for the most part, selecting plants that thrive in your area during low water conditions will give you the best results. This often includes native plants that we take for granted.

3. Soil Improvement. The key, as always, is incorporating generous amounts of organic matter. This will improve water penetration and retention in any type of soil.

4. Mulch. Mulching is a naturally occurring process, but we want things tidy, and we rake away all the leaves and debris that could decay into the soil to nourish it. Mulch moderates soil temperature, holds moisture, slows erosion, and suppresses weeds that would compete with your plants for food and water. It also gradually decomposes and feeds the soil.

5. Practical and Appropriate Turf Areas. Most of us still want some areas of lawn in our landscape, and many of us want way too much lawn. Plant grass sparingly. Remember, grass takes 2-3 times more water than a xeriscaped landscape.

6. Efficient Watering. Not all plants need the same amount of water and those needs may change with the seasons. Use efficient watering systems.

7. Appropriate Maintenance. Yes, even
a xeriscape garden will require maintenance. Watering, weeding, pruning, deadheading and organic pest management will all factor into the quality of your garden.

Give My Denver Landscapers, LLC a call for a free estimate for all of your Denver landscaping services. We will meet or exceed your expectations. Each project we undertake is managed with detailed professional attention. Once My Denver Landscaper undertakes a project, we dedicate all of our skills, experience and full resources to seeing it through to a successful completion in the most efficient, methodical and thorough manner.