Metco Landscape, Inc. Newsletter 
June / 04 / 2014

Get outside and smell the roses!  

June is National Rose Month and a great time to get in your yard and enjoy your outdoor space. The days are getting longer and the nights are warmer triggering a lot of our shrubs and perennials to start flowering and allowing the vegetables to be transplanted outside. It is also a good time to take inventory of your plant material to determine how they survived the winter. By this time, most plants should be showing signs of life through flowering and / or leaves developing on branches. Take your time and smell the roses in "your garden".

In This Issue
Outdoor Living in Colorado 


Outdoor living is becoming increasingly popular in Colorado. We have seen everything from the addition of a fire pit to full outdoor living rooms and kitchens. Many outdoor kitchens today are equipped with grills that include multiple cooking surfaces, countertop prep areas, and refrigerators. Long gone are the days of plastic stacking chairs. There are dozens of outdoor sectionals, custom sofas, and weather resistant upholstery that comes in a variety of colors and patterns to choose from. Extending your home's living space to the outdoors also increases property value and adds additional square footage for entertaining. 


In addition to expanding your living space and having somewhere to enjoy the nice weather, spending time outside also improves brain function, restoring your attention and memory. Studies show that spending time in the sun and raising your vitamin D levels can help prevent cancer, heart disease, autoimmune diseases and diabetes. However, too much sun can be dangerous so don't forget the sunscreen!   


If you are looking to create an outdoor oasis of your own, let our team help your outdoor living dreams become a reality. Click here to contact Metco's custom department today! 
June Maintenance and Planting Tips

By June you've accomplished a lot, be sure and take a break for inspiration! Visit your local botanical garden to see the roses and perennials in bloom.  

Trees and Shrubs
  • Prune early flowering shrubs such as lilacs and forsythia after blooms have faded.   
  • Water trees and shrubs only as needed and remember to adhere to local water restrictions and guidelines.   
  • Visit a Colorado Nursery & Greenhouse Assoc. member for assistance with selections. Find a CNGA retail location near you.  
  • Flowers, Ground Covers, Perennials, and Ornamental Grasses  
  • Remove foliage from spring-blooming bulbs after leaves have completely died back.  
  • Continue deadheading and weeding as needed. Deadhead or pinch back annual flowers to keep them bushy and full of blooms.  
  • Adjust your sprinkler so that established bluegrass lawns receive about 1 �" of precipitation a week. Avoid water waste by monitoring how much water your sprinkler puts out and by setting your sprinkler to run in a way that avoids runoff away from the lawn.  
  • Raise your mowing height on cool season turf lawns (like bluegrass) to 3" and continue to mow as needed removing only 1/3 of the blade at each mowing.  
  • If you have a Buffalo grass or other warm season turf lawn, fertilize in late May or early June, right after the grass starts to green. Fertilize at a rate of � to 1 lb of nitrogen per 1,000 square feet. Un-irrigated Buffalo grass lawns may only require fertilization every other year if the clippings are returned to the lawn.   
  • It's a good idea to set out heat loving veggies like tomatoes, squash, pumpkins, cucumbers, and peppers when night temperatures are consistently above 50 degrees.  
  • Remember to weed regularly.  

Metco Team Spotlight

Metco Landscape, Inc. is in the midst of our busiest season but we found a little time to stop and smell... the burgers! 


Metco is fortunate enough to have great relationships with our vendors. The photo to the right is of a barbeque sponsored by Arbor Valley and MHC to treat the guys after a long day. Thank you to all of our clients, vendors, and employees for a great start to the season!


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