Signs of Freeze Damage to Trees in Colorado Springs

Signs of Freeze Damage to Trees in Colorado Springs

Especially in Colorado Springs, trees are an essential element to a landscape investment. As we all know, Colorado is famous for its bipolar, extreme high and low temperature weather. Due to those the dramatic temperatures, specifically during our winters, it’s important to know how to prevent, recognize, and treat damage to your trees caused by freezing weather. Bella Giardino Landscape and Garden Design put together this simple guide to illustrate everything you need to know about freeze damage signs to your trees.

Unfortunately, sometimes, no matter what preventative measures you take, a severe Colorado winter weather event can kill your trees suddenly without warning. These unpredictable days can also take several years to show irreversible signs of damage to your landscape’s beautiful trees as well. This doesn’t mean you should never invest in trees to enhance your luxury landscape; it simply means you should take preventative measures to keep your trees stress-free. Below is a list of tree stress factors and signs to watch out for to give your trees a fighting chance:

  • Winter burn: Dead patches in your pine and spruce trees, especially on their north-facing sides, show previous freeze damage as well.
  • Frost cracks: When the outer layer of wood contracts faster than the inner layers, it causes a crack in the trunk. Once you notice a large crack in your tree trunks, you know you have severe freeze damage.
  • Extreme dryness: Obvious dryness with dead leaves or branches within your trees is another sign of damage from temperature extremes.
  • Drought-stress: Signs of drought-stress include heat scorch, decline, and dieback of trees.
  • Bug problems and disease: If you notice disease or bugs on your trees due to preventative pruning care, it is important that you act fast and involve a tree care professional ASAP.
  • Bleached needles: When evergreen needles quickly turn from their normal green color to a light bleached yellow, this is a clear sign of freeze damage.
  • Blackened leaves: When trees start growing leaves before an unexpected late freeze, their leaves may turn black or brown and fall off, which is another obvious sign.
  • Wind damage: Severe branch breakage or bark stripping due to high winds is an alternative, yet still important symptom, you should watch for too.
  • Stress to young trees: Younger trees are more at risk for stress because they have smaller branches that become more prone to breakage. They also have a less complex root system and have very specific water requirements, so be sure to treat younger trees with extra love.

With our recent crazy Colorado winter weather coming in and out of the forecast, it’s important for you to know what to look for when it comes to the health of your landscape’s trees. These negative degree cold temperatures, freeing wind chill and flurries of snow are all going to negatively affect the growth of your pretty pines or evergreens. Take all this information and make sure to monitor your back or front yard for the next couple months until we can truly get our beautiful Colorado sunny spring weather back. Don’t give up on Colorado Tree Landscaping!

If you have any questions or would like some high-end landscaping advice, feel free to give our luxury landscaping experts here at Bella Giardino Landscape & Garden Design a call today. They’d be ecstatic to help you out!

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Flowers by The Season in Colorado Springs

Flowers by The Season in Colorado Springs

As we’re sure you all know by now, Colorado has a unique climate that can vary from freezing winters to drought-like summers in a moment’s notice. This relentless pattern can make curating and maintaining a beautiful flower garden difficult in this state without a well thought out plan. This blog post is geared towards providing you with the most weather-savvy flower types that can withstand Colorado’s unpredictable weather throughout the year. Below is a fun list our Colorado Springs flower garden design experts have put together for you to utilize and better understand which flower types should be planted at what time of year to increase your home’s curb appeal.

Your favorite luxury landscapers here at Bella Giardino thought it would be helpful to show specific flower types that thrive during particular times of year in Colorado so you can finally create that long-lasting flower garden you’ve always wanted. This guide breaks down each season of the year and when specific flowers should be planted for optimal growth and longevity. Not only do plants, bulbs and flowers significantly increasing your home’s outside aesthetic, but they also help attract pollinators to your stunning new yard that fertilize your flowers and keep them nice and healthy. So sit back, relax, and run through this helpful flower by the season guide so you can create an effective plan for your garden in 2021.

SPRING SEASON: MARCH-MAY

During Colorado’s spring months, focus on those tough, cold-hardy flowers that can withstand any late freezes. Think pastel, Easter colors with fun pinks, purples, and whites during the Spring. The bulbs you planted from last year should pop back up around this time of year as well, so utilize those bulb’s colors with the newly planted flowers for a polished, together look.

SPRING FLOWER FAVORITES IN COLORADO:

  • Pansies
  • Snapdragon
  • Alyssum
  • Decorative Kale
  • Tulips (bulb-planted in Fall to bloom in Spring)
  • Iris (bulb-planted in Fall to bloom in Spring)
  • Daffodil (bulb-planted in Fall to bloom in Spring)
  • Hyacinth (bulb- planted in Fall to bloom in Spring)

SUMMER SEASON: JUNE-AUGUST

Summers in Colorado Springs is the perfect time of year to plant and enjoy a wide variety of beautiful flowers since summers are a bit milder in temperatures and weather. Although we typically don’t receive enough moisture or rainfall to sustain tropical plants during this timeframe, there are still some beautiful drought-tolerant flowers and Colorado native plants that can handle our hot summer days. Native plants are naturally adapted to their specific Colorado Climate, soils, and environmental conditions, so use those natural-born flowers to your advantage.

SUMMER FLOWER FAVORITES IN COLORADO:

  • Petunia
  • Geranium
  • Marigold
  • Zinnias
  • Potato Vine
  • Annual Salvia
  • Coleus

FALL SEASON: SEPTEMBER-NOVEMBER

Fall is a great time to start planting spring bulbs in your garden before the local soil freezes. Planting your bulbs mid-fall gives them a better opportunity to grow a well-established root system for an optimal lifespan. September through November is also time to think about or begin planting those cold-hardy flowers that can survive our Colorado falling temperatures. Remember this is the last chance to plant perennials before the first freeze. A genuine Fall flower color palette includes reds, oranges, and yellows.

FALL FLOWER FAVORITES IN COLORADO:

  • Mums – in white, orange, purple
  • Ornamental Kale
  • Decorative Peppers
  • Millett Grasses
  • Plant any bulbs you want to come up next spring

 

WINTER SEASON: DECEMBER-FEBRUARY

While flowers cannot survive the freezing winter temperatures in our mountainous state, it is still possible to add some zest to your front porch flowerpots and backyard beds. This is an ideal time of year to lay mulch down over your already planted bulbs to keep them nice and moist throughout our winter freezing temperatures. Think of winter as a time to decorate or embellish the flowers you already have planted.

WINTER FLOWER FAVORITES IN COLORADO:

  • Grow an indoor herb garden with basil, chives, mint, parsley, and oregano.
  • Drape evergreen plants with decorative ribbon.
  • Add pinecones to pots to add interest.
  • Don’t forget about those fun Christmas lights

Colorado has such a picturesque environment that does indeed change in weather season to season, but there’s no end to your green thumb flower growing here. Although specific flower types are somewhat limited to when you can plant them effectively throughout the year, you still have some attractive options year-round. The flower garden design experts here at Bella Giardino Landscape and Garden Designs hope this guide to flowers by the season in Colorado Springs gives you some confidence to keep your outdoor living space alive year-round. If you would like a brand-new garden design or garden redesign, give us a call today so we can provide a specialized quote that will get you one step closer to that dream luxury garden you’ve always wanted. Bella Giardino is here for all your flower garden design needs. Happy planting!

New Year’s Resolutions for Landscaping

New Year’s Resolutions for Landscaping

Can you believe it’s already a new year?  2021 is upon us and those new year’s resolutions you’ve devised are a great way to finally motivate yourself to meet those personal goals you’ve had but just haven’t gotten around to. The beginning of a new year, and a new decade actually, can signify a time for a fresh start and finally jump on those aspirations for the year ahead!

What are your goals for 2021? Are they fitness and health related?  Are they focused more on your career or your family? What about your goals for landscaping?  Your home is your safe space, so why not upgrade your outdoor living spaces this year. Maybe it’s time to make your home’s landscape design a welcoming space for entertaining loved ones or to improve the aesthetics or function of your landscape. Regardless of the reason, a new year is exactly what some need to finally make those desired changes to their home!

Your top-rated landscapers here at Bella Giardino Landscape & Garden Designs compiled a helpful list of ideas to add to your landscaping New Year’s resolutions below to give you that final push to get going on your new ideas! Check out our list of garden landscaping ideas and of course, let us know how we can help:

New Landscape Designs & Construction

  • Try a new and fun plant combination in your garden bed. New Year’s Resolutions for Landscaping
  • Add some colorful flowerpots to your front porch.
  • Invest in a paver or brick patio for entertaining.
  • Add a small local specimen tree to your front yard.
  • Install a peaceful water feature for quarantine stress reduction.
  • Add some curb appeal by planting an annual flower garden.
  • Hire Bella Giardino to makeover your landscape.
  • Install a cozy fire pit for roasting marshmallows.
  • Plant bulbs for more spring/summer landscape color.
  • Utilize your outdoor space more with a new seating area.
  • Install an outdoor kitchen for get togethers.

 

New Landscape Maintenance

  • Invest in a professional, local maintenance crew.
  • Invest in a professional cleanup of your landscape.
  • Create a monthly feeding & watering schedule.
  • Hire an experienced, local arborist to prune your trees.
  • Perform a soil test from online instructions.
  • Incorporate sustainable elements to your landscape design.
  • Invest in a more efficient water saving irrigation system.

 

Creative DIY Landscaping

  • Hang a bird feeder in your backyard to bring in more wildlife.
  • Add a water source to encourage pollinators.
  • Plant flowers and foliage plants to personalize your home more.
  • Learn to identify beneficial insects.
  • Utilize Pinterest to try new landscape design decorations.
  • Add stylish chairs to your backyard to actually enjoy your yard.
  • Take pictures and make memories with loved ones outside.

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Our local Colorado Springs team of luxury landscapers here at Bella Giardino encourage you all to do a little more for your outdoor living space more this year. Try out some of the above New Year’s Resolutions for Landscaping ideas, or make up your own, to make 2021 a more enjoyable and prosperous year, not only for your landscape, but your family as well. We hope this list helps you organize your 2021 New Year’s landscaping resolutions! And always remember, if you need help with your landscaping projects, Bella Giardino Landscape & Garden Design is always happy to help. Call us today for a personalized quote to meet your needs.

Thanksgiving Meal Ideas from Your Garden

Thanksgiving Meal Ideas from Your Garden

First things first: Happy Thanksgiving from all of us here at Bella Giardino Landscape and Garden Design! We hope you, your family and your friends all enjoy the precious time you share together this year, whether it is in person or over a video call. We all still have so much to be thankful for this year, so don’t forget that!

Now, as we all probably agree, 2020 has gone by in a flash, so it’s no surprise that none of us feel like it’s really Thanksgiving time. But we are here, so let’s pull out or festive hats and get some delicious Thanksgiving meal ideas ready! Although Thanksgiving is a little late in the gardening season, and most of us are most likely not thinking about our garden at this point in time, it may help to plan your garden now for next year’s Thanksgiving Day meal! We have some easy yet fun vegetable ideas to add to your garden that you can plant and incorporate into your Thanksgiving dinner for 2021. There is nothing more fulfilling that eating a meal that came from what you harvested yourself.

Side Dishes

There are so many delicious side dishes that was can add to our Thanksgiving feasts, but we often have too many to choose from and fit on our plates. We thought we would provide you with some yummy yet healthier ideas that can come directly from your own backyard to add to your side dish options next year. Below are some incredible side dish ingredients that can be grown in your garden and frozen or stored for use next November:

  • Sweet Corn
  • Green Beans
  • Sweet Potatoes
  • Zucchini
  • Potatoes
  • Brussel Sprouts

The corn and green beans should be canned or frozen just after they are harvested in the summer months, but the rest of these items can then be harvested right before the holiday time frame. Potatoes do need to be cured in a warmer, humid location but then they can be stored at a cooler temperature for multiple months. Brussels sprouts are typically harvested in the Fall and can withstand below freezing temperatures, so they can be grown through the season and harvested fresh on Thanksgiving Day as well. All the other veggies above can be stored and saved as needed to ensure they are kept fresh for everyone’s favorite family feast. Regardless of your taste buds, any of the above vegetables can act as perfect side dishes that everyone will love!

Desserts

The most popular, staple desserts for Thanksgiving are typically pumpkin or apple pie. Either seem to always be present on the dinner table for this family feast, so how perfect is it that you can grow the ingredients yourself! Just like the side dishes, the main portion of these delicious desserts can be grown in your very own garden.

Pumpkins are perfect harvest options for Fall since they are great for both Halloween and Thanksgiving. Of course there are many different types of pumpkins for both holidays, so choosing the proper species of pumpkin for your pumpkin pie is very important. Processing pumpkins are the perfect type for making pies since they work better for baking purposes and are more manageable in size. These pie pumpkins are usually smaller, sweeter, and less watery than a jack-o-lantern type of pumpkin, which makes them much easier to bake with. So just make sure the type of pumpkin seed you plant next Spring is the type that you’ll need for baking.

Apples can also be picked from your own tree in your backyard and can be preserved in multiple ways. People often use them to make their infamous apple pie filling, so these fruits make it very easy to freeze or can for storage until Thanksgiving Day. Fresh apples store fairly well under home storage conditions for up to 6 months, so they can just be harvested and stored indoors for use in your holiday pies until you need them. Interestingly, apples store best around 32 degrees, so we all know how simply living in Colorado makes that stipulation much easier for us!

Although you may not be able to grow all ingredients needed to make your Thanksgiving dinners from your backyard gardens, a good portion of your dishes can come from your homegrown fruits and vegetables. Colorado does limit us to growing specific items, but for the majority of essential ingredients, we can harvest most of our own Thanksgiving dinners ourselves! Keep this in mind when you go to plant your garden next year so you can properly prepare for what ingredients you do want to grow in your own backyard for the 2021 holiday season. The feeling of providing for your friends and family is absolutely amazing and worth all the extra work.

Once again, take time this Thanksgiving to be thankful for all that you do have because 2020 has definitely shown us what could be taken from us in a moments notice. So be safe but still share love with family and friends this year. Happy Thanksgiving from your luxury landscapers!

Happy Thanksgiving

Unique Patio Options for Small Backyards in Colorado Springs

Unique Patio Options for Small Backyards in Colorado Springs

Our Colorado Springs Luxury Landscapers here at Bella Giardino often ask our clients, “what better way to complete your landscape than with a backyard patio?” However, we have received a consistent answer recently of, “well, our backyard is too small for a patio.” After getting this reply quite a bit, we think it’s about time to address your actual options since many homeowners here believe their backyard is way too small to add a patio to it. We are here to prove you wrong! There are actually many landscaping ideas for small backyards when it comes to a relaxing area like a patio, so let us enlighten you on some ideas for your small backyard!

Whether you’re one who wants to create a space conducive for a quick daytime retreat or fun friendly dinner under the stars, there are surprisingly many options for a patio in a small backyard. Regardless of if you want your patio to act as a dining area, a fireside lounge, or a full-on family space, our professional landscaping designers have some clever ideas to leverage every inch of your tiny backyard for your benefit.

Small Backyard Landscape IdeasSome of our past Colorado Springs landscaping projects for those clients who have a somewhat smaller backyard have concluded quite successfully, despite the client’s skepticism of the idea. We have completed several different patio designs in small backyards, like a quant eating space with a table and chairs, a brick-floored option with succulents surrounding, a simple lounging space for sun tanning and even a cozy fireplace patio combination for those summer nights. All of these landscape designs turned out to be so lovely and perfect for the smaller-sized area we had to work with. You’d be surprised at what our team of experts can accomplish in such a tight space! So trust us when we say we can place a patio in just about any space, even if you’ve always seen it as “small.”

For some other patio design ideas that work very well in small backyards, here’s a list of style options our team put together for you:

Some Specific Patio Style Ideas:

  • INTIMATE DINING PORCH
  • MOROCCAN-INSPIRED PATIO
  • GARDEN WALL PATIO
  • MOUNTAINSIDE LOUNGE
  • DELIGHTFUL SECLUDED PATIO
  • RUSTIC FRENCH PATIO
  • LIMESTONE CABANA
  • COZY AND RUSTIC GUEST PATIO

Don’t let your landscaping dreams get defeated by your backyard size. Where there is a will, there is a way, and Bella Giardino’s luxury landscape services allow for abundant creations in almost any space available. Let our professionals design the perfect patio for you and the perfect patio to fit your small backyard! Give us a call or schedule a consultation today to see what options you truly have for a new home patio.

Pumpkin Spice & Everything Nice for Autumn Time

Pumpkin Spice & Everything Nice for Autumn Time

11 Fantastic Colorado Fall Color Trees and Shrubs for Your Landscape Design

Summer 2020 has been nothing but eventful, but now that it’s almost October, it is now a thing of the past! Pack away those up those flip flops and sun dresses, and breakout the scarves and pumpkin spice everything because…Fall is here! It’s that time of year where Colorado mountains begin to flourish with tones of yellow, orange and red as a chill begins to arise in our morning air, and also the time where it becomes acceptable to have everything pumpkin spice flavored without judgement. Who doesn’t love a little PSL obsession?!

But aside from those environmental changes and acceptable habits for coffee flavors, Autumn in Colorado is the perfect escape for photographers and landscapers alike. Autumn means rich warm-toned landscapes, orange and red leaves changing, dramatic silhouettes at sunset, morning fog, and stunning reflections throughout the state. No wonder so many people are flocking to live here in Colorado Springs. But how do you get that Fall Color look for your own home? Our landscaping experts here at Bella Giardino Landscape and Garden Design have curated a list of the perfect Fall color plants to add to your landscape to get these stunning glimpses each year. Below are precisely those Autumn colored plants or Fall foliage you can add to your yard today to feel more of the Pumpkin Spice season coming on!

Great Fall Color Plants for Your Landscape

Try these underused but worthwhile trees and shrubs for an autumn landscape pop every year during this time!

Aspen Trees

Native to the state of Colorado, these trees are very self-sufficient when it comes to watering. Plus, they automatically change their leaf colors right around September/October so they are the perfect hands off addition to your yard.

Fall Landscaping Trees & PlantsBigtooth or Wasatch Maple

Another Colorado-native, medium-sized tree with bold orange-to-red fall color as well. Similar to Aspens, these trees are well adapted to our diverse climate, soils, elevations and temperatures.

“Miss Kim” Lilac

Medium-large lilac bush with low to moderate water needs. This hardy, late-blooming lilac with dark green foliage and stellar burgundy fall colors also has a stunning Springtime pale-blue, fragrant flowers as well.

Serviceberry Bush

A great foothills shrub with upright to spreading branches, small, rounded leaves and clusters of small white flowers. It’s blue-black fruit attractive to wildlife for an added bonus on top of the mellow pale-golden to red fall color change.

New Mexico Privet

Stellar choice for xeriscaping and an extremely drought-tolerant plant. These are a large shrub to small tree with a dense, grayish-green foliage, yellow flowers before it’s leaves, blue-black fruit on some, and buttery yellow fall leaf color!

Western Chokecherry

This hardy, irregular branching shrub has shiny dark green leaves that complete a typical Fall cycle of yellow to orange to red every year. It also has elongated flower clusters with suckers to form thickets, in addition to their beautiful dark purple fruit for that diverse fall color.

Smooth Sumac

Another drought-hardy shrub with bright green leaves and pyramidal clusters of yellow flowers that produce fuzzy dark red fruits in fall and into winter. This plant is another outstanding red fall color characteristic too.

Three-Leaved Sumac, or “Skunkbrush”

This strong shrub with arching branches and glossy green three-parted leaves contains  small pretty yellow flowers before it’s leaves and natural reddish hairy edible fruits that alter into our beloved Autumn colors.

Fall Time in Colorado SpringsGolden Currant Shrub

Tolerant across a wide variety of conditions, this plant has some pretty cool yellow clove-scented flowers in late spring, but then change to orange and then deep red in the Fall. These also have yellow to black fruit as well, that attracts an even more colorful array of birds to your yard.

“Red-Twig” / “Red-Osier” Dogwood

This native medium-sized tree is adaptable to both plains and montane environments. It has a gorgeous red stem in winter, flat, white flower clusters followed by white to blue fruits attractive in the Spring, and yellow to red fall color leaves to complete the look.

Pumpkin Vines

These perfect Autumn-themed plants not only grow like crazy, they produce the beautiful orange pumpkin fruit that are the typical Fall objects used for decorations, Halloween activities and the source all thing PSL.

Contact Bella Giardino Landscape & Garden Designs today for more pumpkin spice and Fall additions to your Colorado Springs landscape. Contact our experts today!

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