heron.jpgHere is an opportunity for a type of gardening that very few of us have probably ever done! How often do you get the chance to create a wetland? Well you can volunteer and help Colorado Springs Utilities improve Fountain Creek by planting trees and shrubs to create a stable wetland on Saturday, September 24. The volunteer event runs from 8:00 a.m. to 12:00 a.m. A bit more info and contact information can be found on the project’s flyer. Fountain Creek Wetland Volunteer Flyer

Fall is an excellent time to plant new trees. Why not consider an elm?

An elm?!? What??

Elms have certainly gotten a bad reputation, and people rarely think of them when needing to plant a new shade tree. Dutch elm disease has wiped out nearly 100 million American elms in America since 1930. In addition to its American elms, Colorado Springs also has many Siberian elms growing in the area. This tree’s reputation as a “trash tree” is well deserved. It is highly vulnerable to damage by elm leaf beetles, succumbs to bacterial wetwood, plants thousands of volunteer seedlings annually, and drops twigs whenever it is stressed (and it is always stressed). (more…)

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Acer saccharum 'Caddo'

Q: At this time of year, I always love to see the beautiful fall colors of the trees in town. Where I grew up, we always had gorgeous sugar maples, but I have heard that they don’t do very well here. Are there any maples that do well here and have great fall color?

A: When picturing a beautiful maple tree in its autumn foliage, many people (just as you did) immediately think of the fiery orange-red sugar maples (Acer saccharum), that they see in pictures of New England. You are right. Most sugar maples do not thrive in our arid growing conditions. They prefer a bit more moisture and acidic soil. However, don’t let that discourage you from considering a maple. If you choose an appropriate variety, a maple can be a gorgeous tree in your landscape. (more…)