Solar Energy 101

They say that Colorado residents see 300 days of sun each year. Whether that number is factual remains open to a bit of debate, but there is no denying that we do indeed enjoy quite a lot of sunshine here compared to many other places in the U.S. Take a look out the window right now—is the sun shining? Your…

Swimming Against the Tide – Pools in Colorado

"I enjoy torturing Steve and Ashley with my new design ideas for pools, spas, and water features. Unfortunately for them, they always rise to the occasion..." —Landscape architect Shannon Murphy Steven Simons is a third generation, Texas-bred pool contractor. His mother and father met building pools. His father soon started his own company, with Simons practically cutting his teeth on…

Controlling Pests and Disease Organically

There has been considerable press recently about the dangers of common pesticides, and at various times, I have written about the problems that the birds and bees—our pollinators—are experiencing, possibly due to the use of some insecticides. Many people have also experienced health issues resulting from insecticide use, and some parents are concerned that pesticides used on lawns and gardens…

Is It Safe Yet? When Can I Plant?

Every spring in Colorado, the “Is it safe yet?” question comes up—and every spring brings a different answer. Springtime has always been variable, and as the climate changes, so does the safe planting date. But here are some questions you can ask yourself to determine when the time is right: Has the snow melted? Is the ground dried out enough…

It’s Just Around the Corner…

The calendar says that March 21st was the first day of spring. The days and nights are now of nearly equal length, the ski areas are closing and a sense of renewal is in the air. After a long, snowy winter, we are all ready for longer days, warmer weather and more color in our landscapes.