Plant & Gardening Trends

Late Fall Garden Tips

Keep an eye on the weather, especially overnight lows.  The Denver metro area has experienced a light freeze which may have affected tender annuals, perennials and vegetables.  Until the ground is frozen perennials, trees, shrubs and bulbs may be planted. Don’t forget to water in any new plantings.  Make a note on the calendar to provide winter watering to any new plantings monthly through the... Read More

More Fall Garden Tips

Lawn Care Fertilize with lawn fertilizer now, and then again in October.  Fertilome Winterizer would be an excellent choice. Aerate your lawn to open up the root zone to accept more water. Water the lawn well a day or two before aerating the lawn. It should be moist a couple of inches deep, but not soggy.  Flag any sprinkler heads to avoid damage. Consider seeding... Read More

Fall Bulb Planting

Selection The earlier bulbs and corms are purchased in the fall, the better the selection. Select the largest bulbs of a variety, because there is a direct correlation between bulb and flower size. Generally, a gardener selects the site before purchasing bulbs. This site usually is conspicuously located to show the flowers off to their best advantage. If the bulbs will remain in this location... Read More

September Garden Care

“You may delay, but time will not.”            ― Benjamin Franklin Labor Day Weekend is growing dim in our memories and most believe this is the end of the gardening season…not yet!  The average first frost in the Denver metro area is the first week of October (caveat: it can be as early as mid-September or as late as the end of October).  Keep some lightweight... Read More

Creek Side Gardens Fall Garden Tips

Fall is for Planting! Perfect time to plant trees, shrubs, perennials, vegetables. Soil is warm until early November to help grow new roots. Get a head start for next season. Take advantage of sale prices from suppliers. Find the right plant for the right location – sun or shade, tall or short, early-mid-late season etc. Plant trees and shrubs. Add beauty, shade and increase the... Read More

More August Garden Tips

Elm Leaf Miners are active now! Leafminers are insects that feed within a leaf, producing large blotches or meandering tunnels.  Although leafminer injuries are conspicuous, most leafminers produce injuries that have little, if any, effect on plant health. Leafminers are insects that have a habit of feeding within leaves or needles, producing tunneling injuries.  Areas mined by insects die and dry out. Although injuries produced... Read More

August Garden Tips

Number one August assignment is to sit back, relax and enjoy your summer garden in all its glory!  Invite friends and neighbors over to show off and celebrate all of your hard work! If you can’t sit back and relax…there is plenty to do…. August perennials are rich with color!  Take a look at your perennial gardens at home.  Then come to Creek Side and... Read More

Summer Garden Pest Review

Japanese Beetles are here! Japanese beetle can be very damaging to plants.  Adults feed on leaves, buds and flowers of many common garden and landscape plants.  On leaves feeding is usually restricted to the softer tissues between the larger leaf veins, which results in a characteristic feeding pattern known and described as ‘skeletonizing’.  More generalized ragged feeding occurs on softer tissues, notably flower petals; rose... Read More

Timely Summer Garden Tips

Hot weather tips: When temperatures are over 90 degrees, check flowers twice daily for water, in the morning and again in the evening.  Some pots/beds may require additional water applications to fight the heat.  Don’t get caught over-watering when temps cool down again like next week.  Flowers that may be struggling should be moved to a protected location to take off the stress.  When it... Read More

Japanese Beetles are Here!

Because Japanese beetles have a flight area of several miles, they are swarming in now from all over right now.  Adults feed on leaves, buds and flowers of many common garden and landscape plants, especially roses, grape vines and Virginia Creeper vines.  On leaves feeding is usually restricted to the softer tissues between the larger leaf veins, which results in a characteristic feeding pattern known... Read More