Aspen Landscape Management
Landscapes are like raising children. They require never-ending attention. Our managementÂ division excels at taking care of lawns, shrubs, trees and gardens. They use organic amendments for fertilizer and an assortment of treatments for weed and pest control. Â Our team of expert landscapers are regularly in Aspen, Carbondale, and Glenwood SpringsÂ Colorado.
We offer spring and fall clean ups (including lawn aeration, irrigation start up and winterization, edging, trimming and raking) as well as weekly, biweekly or less frequent care. Our service area encompasses Cordillera to Glenwood Springs, Carbondale, Basalt, Aspen, Silt and New Castle. Our crew is professional, dependable, hard working and dedicated.
Landscaping Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)
What is Aspen Spring Cleanup?
- Remove debris, rake up dead leaves, branches, etc.
- Prune dead limbs on trees and shrubs.
- Weed all flower beds and mulched areas.
- Remove overgrown plants: divide or replace.
- Apply pre-emergent herbicide
- Often includes irrigation start up. This involves turning on the water, setting the clock, adjusting the heads and repairing any damage from plowing or animals.
How do I make our lawn look like the golf course?
- Irrigate deeply; it is generally better to apply more water less often for deep root development and drought tolerance. Â Most lawns thrive when watered two-three days/week during the summer months.
- Fertilize regularly, including at least three applications per season
- Weed or apply herbicides, as needed.
- Mow, as needed. Preferred height for healthy turf is 2 – 2 1/2 inches.
- Aerate at least once a year. Spring is preferredÂ season to aerate in Aspen and Carbondale.
When is the best time to prune my trees and shrubs?
- As a rule, most trees in the Roaring Fork Valley should be pruned in early spring, before buds begin to swell.
- Most shrubs may be pruned any time. The exception would be spring blooming shrubs, such as lilacs and viburnum. These should be pruned just after flowers finish and before the buds set for the following year.
Are there tricks to pruning or can I do it myself?
- Many homeowners do their own pruning, with varying results. The most important thing is to understand how pruning will affect future growth. Mature trees should always be pruned by a professional. A few suggestions:
- The rule of thumb is to remove no more than 1/3 of the total plant material.
- Step back from shrub/tree and look at it frequently.
- Start with limbs that are crossing, rubbing and touching.
- Have a reason to prune: increase production (fruit & flowers) improve health, direct growth.
- Only prune at the right time. In Aspen and Carbondale, that usually means at the beginning or end of the season. (see above answer)
- Here is more detail provided by Colorado State University Extension Service.
Can’t I do the design myself? Do I really need to pay for this?
- Many homeowners do their own design and are very happy with the results. The time to call a professional is if you don’t have time to do this planning, are not happy with how your landscape looks and don’t know where to go or simply want a professional look. It is important to realize you get what you pay for. Good designers always charge for their time.
How do I select a good designer?
- The most common way is to ask friends, neighbors and associates for a referral. If you see a property you really like, find out who did the work. There are also professional associations who will provide a list of companies who are members. The Better Business Bureau maintains records on firms, especially members or those with complaints on file.
- You can & should interview designers before hiring. It is always a good idea to prepare for the interview with a list of questions and some ideas regarding where you want to go. Designers all have their own style. Finding a designer who ‘fits’ with your vision is similar to finding an architect. Obtain references and call to find out how responsive the designer is to clients.
I have recently purchase a home but am not crazy about the landscaping? What can I do to make it meet my needs and vision?
- Â The best way to start is to drive around your neighborhood and look at other properties. If you see a landscape you really like, make a note of the address or take some pictures. When you return home, see if any of the elements you like would work on your property. If you are struggling with this, call a designer to help. Dwyer Greens & Flowers specializes in landscape make-over. Â Much of our work takes us to Carbondale, Basalt and Aspen Colorado Â We are based in New Castle and also service Edwards to Parachute. Â Our team of designers, stonemasons, irrigation specialists and landscapers can transform your property to fit your vision.
How should I select a landscaper?
- Ask your friends, neighbors or associates if they are using someone and are happy with the service. Take note of well maintained properties in your neighborhood. Find out who is doing the work. Interview before hiring.
- It is usually NOT a good idea to select a landscaper, based on price only. There are many people who have entered the industry with the slow-down in construction who have little or no experience, are not insured or trained.
- Verify the firm has insurance (worker’s compensation and liability are essential). Ask for references to ensure they have the knowledge, skill and resources to complete your project in a timely manner.
Is insurance really necessary?
- If you hire a firm or individual without insurance and there is an accident, you will probably be liable. This include personal injuries, damage to utilities from digging or damage to your home or a neighbor’s property.
How about a landscape architect? Do I need one?
- If you are building in a high end development, the covenantsÂ often require a Landscape Architect sign off on the landscaping plan before a building permit is issues. Many homeowners use landscape designers with great success. A designer may not have the formal schooling but could have better knowledge regarding local plant material best suited for this area.
- With renovations, it depends upon where you live and you final goal. Minor renovations may not require anything drawn on paper. It is usually a good idea to have a plan sketched out on paper (at a minimum) for major renovations. This facilitates the process and alleviates confusion regarding what work will be performed.
Do I need a landscape installation firm and an irrigation specialist?
- Many landscape installation firms (including Dwyer Greens) have irrigation specialists on staff and include irrigation as part of their service portfolios.