We love living close to the mountains, and so do some of our favorite plants! Colorado’s high-altitude climate is drier and cooler than some areas, but at Detailed Landscape, it’s a challenge we’re familiar with. Here are some tips for your growing garden:
- Know your soil.
Mountain soil can have too much clay and iron for some species of trees and some broad green-leafed plants. Consider aerating, adding organic matter to the soil and composting for your garden. Mulching the surface of the soil can moderate temperature, reduce evaporation and curb runoff.
- Beware of rapid temperature changes.
Reduce plant injury by gradually reducing your watering in the summer, and stop watering your lawn after the first freeze. The weather changes rapidly on the Front Range, and when it turns unseasonably warm during winter, take advantage of the day and water your plants! While the best time of year to fertilize is in the fall, avoid high-nitrogen fertilizers to prevent cold damage. Finally, plan your landscaping with airflow to prevent cold pockets in case of a cold snap.
- The air is dry. Really dry.
Fort Collins gets an average of 14 inches of rain a year, which is not enough for some plants. That’s one of the reasons Detailed Landscape has our own greenhouse, where we grow water-wise perennials and native plants, including succulent cacti, Colorado flowers and tall grasses. We recommend these plants for a water-wise landscape.
- The sun is intense.
Consider a sunny, open area for flowers, but plant flowers with smaller leaves. These will be able to tolerate that sun and the occasional hailstorm. Do you need help planning and planting the garden of your dreams? When it comes to choosing the best plants for Colorado landscapes, we’re experts. Contact us and get started today!