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How Does Your Garden Grow?

Spring is here. We've got the tips and tricks on where to buy seeds and seedlings, plus key guidelinesfor gardening success in the Centennial State.



Photo: Tagawa Gardens

Tagawa Gardens

7711 S. Parker Road

Centennial


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As a community of plant enthusiasts, we are passionate about learning. Each year, we grow with our gardens. Our educational programs are designed to help you succeed in your Colorado landscape and to encourage you to try new things!


SPRING TIP

Never work your garden soil when it’s wet! If you feel like getting a headstart on prepping your beds even if they’re wet, as my brother used to say,“Just sit down ’tilt he feeling goes away.” Colorado’s clay soils will easily (and it seems almost permanently!) turn into adobe clods when they’re tilled, dug up, or even walked on if they’re wet. Once all the air in the soil has been pressed out, it can take years to make that soil rootf riendly again.



The Sprucery

4647 N. Hwy. 83

Franktown


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A full service nursery. There are over 20 acres for you to explore, a 200-foot waterfall, landscapes, and a plant selection you won’t find elsewhere.





SPRING TIP


Newly planted trees generally need about 10 gallons of water for each caliper inch of the tree. This means that a 2” diameter tree needs approximately 20 gallons of water per watering! Water should be applied slowly, allowing the water to soak into the soil to a depth of 12 inches or more. We recommend that you apply water to all your newly planted trees once per week if there is no snowpack on the ground and the temperature is above 40o Fahrenheit. If it is very cold for one whole week, skip that week and water twice the following week!




Pine Lane Nursery

18200 Apache Drive

Parker


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The nursery is locally famous for growing unique and colorful annual hanging baskets and patio pots every spring, ready every year just in time for Mother’s Day.



SUMMER TIP


We all know that Colorado is extremely hot and dry during the summer months. Making for the questionof “can I plant trees in the summer months?” The answer is yes! Tree roots actually grow faster during the summer, and with just a little extra TLC the summer is a great time to plant.




Tree Source

9610 N Motsenbocker Rd

Parker


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Interconnectivity of expert growing, specialized purchasing, and intricate logistics with over 350 acres of growing grounds in Idaho and Oregon, supplying over 100,000 trees, 200,000 shrubs and 200,000 perennials a year.





SPRING TIP


Check your trees for signs of winter damage, such as:

Split or cracked bark (freezing temperatures can make trees brittle and can crack bark).

Broken or hanging branches.

Signs of road salt damage, such as “burned” evergreen leaves.

Evidence of rodent damage, including torn and chewed bark and roots.




Arbor Valley Nursery

2979 N.Highway 83

Franktown


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Over 40 years of experience. Arbor Valley is changing the future of the landscaping industry by helping our customersdo their jobs more quickly, easily, and profitably.




SPRING TIP


Choosing the right plants is essential for creating a beautiful and functional outdoor space. The plants you choose for your garden will not only add visual interest, but also play a role in creating a healthy ecosystem. They can provide shade, attract pollinators, and improve air quality. Three factors to consider include climate, sun exposure, and soil type.



Plum Creek Valley

441 S. Perry St

Castle Rock


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Started as a way to fill a community demand desiring access to locally grown, high- quality flowers and plants, these "seasonal garden markets" provide communities access to the highest quality perennials, annuals and vegetables.




SPRING TIP


The common belief that Colorado’s outdoor planting season begins on Mother’s Day is a bit out of step with current weather patterns. Fall is going later and spring is starting later. To be on the safe side and prevent tender plants from frost, wait to plant warm-weather- loving plants until later in May.





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