you know that November was originally the 9th month of the Roman
calendar? It signified the beginning of colder weather moving
in. We haven't seen a lot of the colder weather yet, which
has been pretty nice. For as long as the warm weather lasts, we
should try to take the time to do a few of the following:
Make sure your trees are in good physical
Water your trees and shrubs.
Water your lawn.
Make sure that your irrigation system is
shut down properly
the beautiful weather while it lasts! From all of us at
Horseshoe Ridge HOA, have a safe and "Happy
this fall has been exceptionally warm, we know that the cold
temperatures are right around the corner. The cold temperatures
offer an opportunity to begin pruning trees and shrubs that are
currently, or potentially, infected by various fungal and bacterial
diseases. These diseases are less active in the dormant season, so
the likelihood of spreading more disease is reduced.
We have seen significant jumps in the occurrence
of fire blight and cytospora canker. The spring weather of 2015 and
2016 has been very conducive to high infection rates. Antibiotic
treatments have been helpful in reducing the damage to fireblight
infected trees, but proper pruning in the dormant season is a vital
part of any treatment program. Removing as much visible infection
from the canopy of the tree, and cleaning up fallen leaf debris
helps to reduce the amount of inoculum that will overwinter in or near
Our Arborists are highly trained help you develop the best program
to care for your trees. Contact us to set up a time to discuss the
best way to keep your landscape healthy.
Fight the Mite!
September and October temperatures
mite activity in the Denver Metro area!
A combination of late fall and winter watering
sprays to reduce mite populations can save areas of turf.
Lawn areas that are west and south facing are
particularly susceptible to lawn mite damage.
However, with the extremely warm and dry weather we have
experienced in the last two months, all areas of lawns are in
danger of mite damage.
Watering lawns during this warm dry span is essential to helping
control costly mite damage. If you find your lawn crunching under
your feet, it needs water. Even a dormant lawn should be soft to
Once we do get colder temperatures, mites are still active in lawns
especially in the sunnier areas. Keep in mind snow cover may last
in some areas while others are completely exposed.
As the winter sun beats down on sun exposed areas it provides extra
heat for the mites to actively feed and breed. Mites handle the
winter cold and move to sheltered and warmer areas when the
temperatures really drop. They then move to the warmest areas of
the lawn to feed. At the same time the sun is drying out the ground
in these warm areas, so there is no moisture to replenish what the
mites are removing from the grass.
of the Month:
your newly planted trees throughout the winter to keep young roots
from drying out. All the effort to plant new trees and shrubs in
the fall can be nullified if you let your new plants fall victim to
our mild and extremely dry winters.
Prepare for Winter
September and October have been extremely hot and dry.
It’s important to water your plants well one last time before they go
dormant. An added layer of mulch can help insulate roots and hold in
moisture. Winter is one of Colorado’s harshest seasons. Cold and dry
conditions threaten the biggest investment in your yard — your trees.
Winter is the driest season in Colorado, temperatures can drop
well below zero and warm Chinook winds can batter our trees. Keep your
trees healthy, avoid winter-kill and minimize insect and disease problems
by having a winter tree care plan that includes watering and pruning.
Winter is an ideal time to prune your trees.