01 November 2012

Your Winter to do list...

  • Cut back this season's perennials after they are finished.
  • Leaf clean-up for health -- the plant's and your health (great exercise!)
  • Clean out your annual beds and prepare them for next Spring.
  • Cut back the ornamental grasses.
  • Lightly thin trees and shrubs.
  • Plan and take on small renovation projects fall and winter.
  • Yank out those overgrown, 20 year old junipers that you don't want and prepare that area for a Spring planting.
  • Set up you sprinkler system winterizing.
  • If you have leaking plastic manifolds you can replace those with copper in the Winter, be ready for Spring.
  • Aerations are not far off now!
Longmont HOA

24 October 2012

Residential Snow Removal

Unlimited Plow and Shovel Special! $399 for the Entire Winter.

Attention Niwot - Summer Set, Waterford, Niwot Hills, Leagcy Ridge, nearby neighborhood.  $399 for the entire Winter's snow removal service.

Includes driveway and one walk.  It is done if there is two inches of snow accumulation.

Call now 303-485-2189




18 October 2012

Sprinkler Blowouts

Its time to blowout your sprinkler system!

We are winterizing irrigation systems from Oct. 22 - 28.

Cost for an avgreage sized yard it $40.00.  We are working from Longmont, Niwot and East out to Frederick, Firestone, Dacono and Erie.

Give us a call now to get your sprinkler system blow-out schedualed 303-485-2189

or email.  customerservice@berggrenblooms.com

23 September 2012

Ice-melt, harmful to childern, pets concrete, cars?

Q. Is ice-melt harmful to children, pets, concrete, cars, the environment or other property?

A. This question can be answered generally. The label and Material Safety Data Sheet of each particular ice-melt product should be read carefully. In varying degrees between the different compounds the answer is; yes. If these products come in contact with skin the area should be washed with soap and water. An example of a common problem would be walking your dog on a snowy day, when you return from your walk you should take time to wash your dog's paws. Inevitability, your dog has picked up ice-melt products on its paws. This can be tracked into the home and can cause the dogs skin to dry and become irritated. These compounds can also shorten the life of clothing (boots, gloves, etc.)  Sodium chloride (rock salt) being far worse than the others. On concrete ice-melt products that have lower melting temperatures reduces the number of freeze to thaw cycles and are less damaging than ice- melt products with higher melting temperatures. Therefore, sodium chloride (rock salt) is the worst of all the products. The problem is that frequent freeze to thaw cycles can cause concrete to flake. It is not the chemical make up of the ice-melt that causes the flaking it is the thawing and refreezing. Concrete flaking can be caused by the weather without any ice-melt being applied. The danger is especially high with concrete that is less then two years old and which may not have completely cured to reach its full strength. Care should be taken to wash cars soon after a storm has passed. Chloride ions are corrosive to metals; compounds with less chloride are therefore less corrosive. Some ice-melts are even 90% less corrosive then sodium chloride (rock salt.) In the environment, at high levels most of these products can kill plants. Some of them are used as ingredients in fertilizers and won't harm plants in low levels. Sodium chloride (rock salt) is the biggest problem to plants and sand is the biggest problem in the air. Oily residues in liquid magnesium chloride and calcium chloride can be slippery when tracked in doors on hard floors and hard to clean from carpet.

31 August 2012

Crabgrass got you crabby?

Crabgrass grows out-right on the edge of your sidewalk, on the edge of the driveway or at the curb. Crabgrass will be happy at the front edge of your flower garden too. It is not a weed that likes to hide itself in the middle of your back lawn. Oh no, it wants to take the spot right up front where it is most noticeable!

So what is up with crabgrass? Well, it is an annual summer grass. It likes the hot stressed out areas of your lawn the best. The areas of your lawn that are trimmed with a string trimmer are usually cut lower then the rest of the lawn. Pavement, rock beds, walls, a foundation or even the South face of an evergreen shrub reflect heat back on the lawn. The competing lawn doesn't like it. The crabgrass not only doesn't mind the heat, it likes that lack of competition.

A few technical facts about the weed. Crabgrass begins to germinate when the soil is about 55 degrees. Another thing happens at about this soil temperature too, Forsythia blooms. Do you know Forsythia? It is that shrub with straggly twigs, bunching up from the ground. It has yellow flowers on it early in the Spring. It blooms before it has leaves on it. It must be the first shrub to bloom and it is more often planted at the older homes in town. When we see Forsythia blooming we know crabgrass is getting it's start, even though we can't see it yet. Crabgrass is an annual plant. That means it germinates, reaches full growth produces seeds and dies all in one season. Its whole life cycle is lived in one season. This means crabgrass can only start it's life from the seeds that were dropped by the weeds the summer before.

I could have probably skipped telling you all about what it likes and how its life goes and just got right to how to kill it. That is what you really want to know. Well, how to get rid of this pest is all answered in it's life cycle.

First, the natural and obvious way - pull it when you see it. This prevents next season's seeds. Keep the competition strong! Be careful not to mow too low or do your trimming too low. Fertilize, aerate and practice good watering of your turf lawn. Crabgrass doesn't like your strong lawn it likes the weak lawn areas. A healthy lawn is 90% of the fight.

Secondly, you can use a pre-emergent herbicide. These can give good control but timing is the key. Pre-emergents don't kill seeds or growing plants, they kill germinating seedlings. (A word of caution - don't use them if your seeding a new lawn.) One thing that can be hard about the timing is that the soil on the North face of your home is a colder than on the South. It warms up at the edge of the road quicker than in the shade. Cool dry Springs set back the germination time. Germination is earlier in years with wet warm Springs. Use the pre-emergent according to it's labeling. Do not over use the product this can cause damage. If the label allows consider putting it over the entire lawn at half the recommended rate early in the Spring and another half rate mid-spring. Say at about the beginning of April and then again about mid-May. Never going over the total maximum application rate. Sweep granules off the side walk with care, don't use a leaf blower and blow it far from the edge that the crabgrass loves. Then water in the product according to the label. If you are using the product before your sprinklers are turn on for the season, time the application just before rain or snow.

You can use post-emergent herbicides too. These crabgrass killers really only kill crabgrass when it is young. By the time you see two to three of those branches out of the first branch post-emergents won't really work anymore. When you see a well established plant pull or dig it out. Remember it is not coming back from that plants roots in the next year, only it's seeds.

One final tip, don't pick out and try just one of these controls - combine them all. To get the best results use all of your tools, a holistic approach. If you want to control crabgrass without the use of herbicides, pull it and keep your lawn very healthy. It will be more pulling work but you will get reasonable control over it.

Longmont yard care

It is going to SNOW!

That is right, soon enough it will be winter and we will have snow on the ground.

We are busy renewing our snow removal contracts with our customers. We even have a few new customers calling, asking for bids already. You don't want to wait until you are buried in snow to start calling around looking for a plow truck. Give us a call now at 303-485-2189 and we will get you set up on our schedule. That way when it happens, you will be dug out without having to call around.

Our services include:
Plowing , shoveling and plow long walks with an ATV. We also have sand and ice melting service.

Let it Snow!

Longmont, Niwot, Boulder snow removal

01 January 2012

Berggren Blooms serving the Front Range for 12 years!

Celebrating Twelve Years!
Berggren Blooms started business in Longmont in January 2000.
We are so happy to be starting our Thirteenth landscape season. We owe our success to our customers.
So to all of our customers in Longmont, Niwot, Boulder, Firestone, Frederick and Dacono -