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Greetings! Goodness what a summer! What with all that moisture through June, when we don't normally have it, and that nary a trace of monsoon rains when we are used to getting them in July and August. And my, were those last 2 months HOT! So happy Autumn is upon us. THRIVING Columbine Landscapes is pleased to announce that we have been certified by La Plata County Thrive! Living Wage Coalition as a Living Wage Employer!
WEED MAT SOUNDS LIKE SUCH A GOOD IDEA BUT... With all the moisture this lovely spring has brought, I've been getting more questions and requests lately for weed mat aka landscape fabric. Well, it's no secret that I hate the stuff and I tell everyone I can why. My mentor who I had the pleasure of working with back in 2001 when I was just learning the trade wrote an informative article that sums up
Drought in our region is the norm, not the exception. With thoughtful planning it doesn't have to be a calamity. Look at how and when you water. On average we use 5-10 times more water than necessary for a healthy landscape. Irrigation must be fine tuned for the site - talk with your irrigation company now as they turn on your system. Adjust according to exposure: Fully shaded areas often need up to 30%
Check out our work at the Durango Outdoor Exchange on North Main We're proud to announce a rainwater harvesting landscape you can check out in person! Our latest landscape installation is at the new location of Durango Outdoor Exchange at 3677 Main Ave (the old Pizza Hut). It features passive rain water harvesting earthworks to direct runoff from the roof and paved surfaces to the landscape where the plants will be watered naturally,
We've been blessed with so much moisture this year so far; what are your plans to make the best use of it? Such a nice question to have the opportunity to ask! Gratefully the weather has done a 180 since I was crafting this newsletter a year ago and announcing the talk I gave with FireSmart on Fire Mitigation. What a year! WHY CARE ABOUT RAIN WATER HARVESTING? Typically we expedite the flow of rainwater
We are proud to have been recently featured in the Durango Herald, in an article about our Passive Rainwater Harvesting Landscapes! In March, Eva and Colleen travelled to Tucson, Arizona for an intensive 7-day course about passive rainwater harvesting and how to maximize the ability to collect rainwater in a landscape. They are now both Certified Water Harvesting Practitioners.
After hardly a winter last year, I am feeling enthusiastic about it this time around. I had to laugh thinking about this the other day. I know some of you will understand and I hope it brings you a smile too. In sharp contrast to my midwestern upbringing, being a Coloradan means: you just might shovel snow with sandals on, there's good reason to wear a wide brimmed hat in the winter time, you get giddy talking with friends and strangers alike about how great it is that's going to precipitate in the winter, and the sun is so intense you can feel hot when it’s only 20 degrees Fahrenheit outside.
Hello and happy fall! It's finally cooling down a bit which makes this is my favorite time of year with cool nights and warm days. And it's a great time for planting! New plants planted in the fall are afforded the opportunity to focus all their energy on getting roots established in their new home without having to put any effort into pushing out new leaves, flowers or fruit above ground. Fall planting gives plants a real jump start on establishment...
My new friend Kit Strange and I toured the state with plants, gardens and trucks as our focus. Oh yes, I did say trucks. As Kit explained, she is fascinated with anything on wheels and that I witnessed as we crossed the state: semis, old, new, and small, she loved them all. Oh, but back to the botanical aspect that makes Kit a celebrity. Kit was introduced to me as an alpine bulb specialist for Kew Royal Botanic Gardens; if you don’t know, the premier botanic garden of the western world. My friend and mentor Panayoti Kelaidis, of Denver Botanic Garden fame, called me up and explained that he was organizing a month-long speaking tour for Kit starting in Alaska and ending in Denver. Sure, they could fly her from Durango - her second to last stop - to Denver, he explained, but then she’d miss the entirety of the Rockies.
Drought in our region is the norm, not the exception. With thoughtful planning it doesn't have to be a calamity. Look at how and when you water...With thoughtful planning it doesn't have to be a calamity.Look at how and when you water. On average we use 5-10 times more water than necessary for a healthy landscape