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Earth-Wise Horticultural, Inc.

We take our name seriously.  Since 1994, we have been providing a balanced approach to plant health care needs in the unique mountain communities of Colorado. We are a licensed and insured, locally-owned company specializing in insect and disease treatment and tree trimming and removal. Whether you want to protect your trees or keep your plants looking their best, Earth-Wise’s knowledge and superior customer service has you covered. From our base of operations in Glenwood Springs, we service Pitkin, Garfield and Eagle County residences, municipalities and commercial properties.

What's New - Spring 2018

Your Trees are Thirsty!

As spring approaches, trees will start to come out of dormancy, absorbing water and soil nutrients in preparation for bud break. However, due to the current drought conditions, most trees lack adequate soil moisture. Last fall was exceptionally dry and current snowpack levels are well below normal. According to NOAA, Garfield, Pitkin and Eagle Counties are all experiencing severe drought.

Given our unseasonably warm, dry winter and the fact that most irrigation systems won’t be activated for weeks or months from now, we recommend hand watering your trees to ensure they have sufficient water this spring. The following are some guidelines for tree watering:

  • Begin a watering regimen after the snowpack melts and the ground has thawed. Continue until your irrigation system is activated.
  • The easiest way to water is to simply place a garden hose in the root zone of the tree and provide a slow, deep watering.
  • Water when daytime temperatures exceed 45 degrees Fahrenheit and water early enough in the day to allow time for the water to soak in before freezing at night.
  • Water small trees (up to 10” diameter) once per week about 10 gallons per diameter inch of trunk. Water large trees (>10” diameter) twice per month about 15 gallons per diameter inch of trunk.

Of course the above recommendations can be disregarded if Mother Nature brings us a wet spring!