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Monday, July 31, 2017

Landscape Tips - Japanese Beetle

Japanese Beetle is a busy chomper

Along Colorado's Front Range from Pueblo to Fort Collins, many yards have been invaded by a large and ugly plant predator. Japanese Beetle, like many other far-away pests, has found an unwelcome place in many Colorado landscapes.

You'll find it most often along it's favorite over-wintering sites--golf courses. Per the Colorado Department of Agriculture, its favorite menu items include:

  • Engleman ivy
  • Linden (except American Sentry)
  • Roses, especially hybrid tea roses
  • Hollyhocks
  • Potentilla
  • Cistina cherry
  • Serviceberry and
  • Buckthorn

In addition, the beetle can be a finicky eater - preferring some plants one year and others the next. However, plants thought to be more resistant include: 

  • Silver maple
  • Red maple 
  • Green ash 
  • Euonymus 
  • Boxelder and 
  • Holly
Tell-tale signs of this pest are the pests themselves. They are rather large and active making them highly visible in the garden. Once they have chomped their way through the meaty tissue of a leaf, only a filigree skeleton of the leaf remains. If you're a gardener, it's plant desiccation that will break your heart to behold.

Treatment and prevention
Systemic products are available that can be sprayed on plants not in bloom. Because roses are almost always in bloom, they should not be sprayed. Once beetles that have ingested treated plants fall dead on a patio or sidewalk, some have reported their odor attracts more live beetles. To avoid attracting other beetles, dead insects should swept or vacuumed and disposed of.

Some nursery experts have discouraged using traps to capture the beetles.
The trap may only trap 60-70% of those attracted, leaving the remaining beetles to attack surrounding vegetation.

The Colorado Department of Ag has a quarantine
for nurseries out of state so that they must be certified to ship plants into Colorado. Likewise, an internal quarantine prohibits uncertified nurseries from shipping plant material out of the Front Range. These measures are meant to limit the spread of the insect and particularly, to keep it from reaching fruit producing areas around Grand Junction.

Friday, July 28, 2017

Annual BBQ & Meeting

Hello Prides Crossing Community!

Just a quick reminder that the Annual Meeting will take place at Aqua Vista Park at the Pool House beginning at 6:30pm this Saturday the 29th.  There will be a Meeting conducting General Community Business, followed by a BBQ with a DJ and lifeguards for those looking to enjoy the pool.

If you cannot attend, please turn in your proxy to Shane via email, to have your proxy count towards quorum.  Proxy came in your postal mail out notice and his also available via this link.

We look forward to seeing you there!

Shane Lussier
Cherry Creek HOA Professionals, LLC |

Friday, July 21, 2017

Landscapes deter crime and violence

Landscapes deter crime and violence

Whether we recognize it or not, simply being around greenery has a calming effect that helps people relax and will even deter crimes and acts of violence.

Researchers have found that in densely populated areas such as inner city public housing projects, fewer crimes and violent acts occur among residents whose buildings have more landscaping than among residents in similar buildings with little or no landscaping.

The natural spaces around us simply create relaxing, therapeutic moments that are good both for us and the people surrounding us.

The other side of this crime and plants coin is that you can use your landscape to deter break-ins around your home. Burglars look for quick and easy access as well as hiding places. That's why where you choose to plant the daisies as well as the roses is important.

According to some law enforcement pros, landscapes are as important - and even more so - than the locks on windows and doors. The goal is to use your landscape to keep burglars from getting to the window in the first place or checking the lock on the door.

Here are 4 basic tips to keep your landscape from being user-friendly to burglars:

#1 - Plant prickly. Burglars would rather pass on windows that have thorny bushes and roses underneath them. Plant the daisies somewhere else and place the pricklies under the windows.

#2 - Cut out the hide-aways. Overgrown, dense shrubs and deciduous trees with branches below 7 ft. from ground level create cover for burglars to cower. If your home is in clean view of the street and neighbors, it's less likely to be a target for break-ins. Neighbors are more apt to notice people in the wrong place around your home when their view is wide open.

#3 - Create some crunch. Walking across gravel mulch under windows undoes the stealth burglars seek. Footsteps in the gravel can alert you and your dog of a possible intruder.

#4 - Brighten the night. Lighting is one of the most effective deterrents to break-ins during dark hours. Use lighting to create ambiance for outdoor living, use it to showcase features within your yard - and also place it strategically where motion sensors will trigger it to light up after you've shut down for the night.

Enjoy your yard for the peaceful side-effects it offers and appreciate it for creating a safer place to live.

Friday, July 14, 2017

Annual Meeting Anouncement for 7/29/17

Good Day Prides Crossing Community!

Please follow the link to view the Annual Meeting Announcement.  Our catered BBQ, Lifeguards, and DJ will be available for our evening on 7/29/17 at 6:30pm.  Please arrive around 6:15pm to sign in for quorum.
If you are unable to attend, please make sure that you forward your proxy to Shane at

Thanks again, and see you there!

Your Board of Directors

Landscape Tips

Get after the weeds!

weeds in lawnIt seems everywhere we look in our yards, there's another weed sprouting up - and most of us would rather NOT spend our time down on our hands and knees pulling them! Here are tips to get - and keep - weeds under control.

The two most important things to know about eliminating weeds are:
#1 - Deal with them before they go to seed. T
hose seeds mean another new crop of weeds about to germinate and grow.
#2 - When removing weeds by hand, dig out the roots.
When you try to pull the plant out of the soil, it often breaks off at the top leaving the root still in the soil. Hand digging helps get the whole plant out of the ground so the weed doesn't grow back.

Prevention is the key
Once existing weeds and seeds are gone,
prevention is top priority. If left in the ground or allowed to re-seed and return, weeds will compete with your tomatoes for water - something we want to avoid. One of the most effective means of deterring weeds is to add mulch around plants. Mulch also offers the advantage of helping soil retain moisture so less water is required.

  • One of the cheapest types of mulch is already in your yard - grass clippings from your lawn. Occasionally catch the clippings as you mow, then place them around veggies to suppress weeds. Bark mulch and weed-free straw also deter weeds and help retain moisture in the vegetable garden.
  • Straw and grass clippings are probably not what you want to see in your perennial garden. For these areas, rock and bark mulch offer more attractive options.
  • Squash plants are another weed deterrent because their very large leaves shade the soil and prevent germination. At the same time squashes deter weeds, they also provide food you can eat. Their huge leaves also add visual interest whether you plant them among edibles or in another open area in the landscape.

Grouping plants close together also helps crowd out weeds. That's why a lawn that is well-maintained and healthy has fewer weeds. There's no place for them to grow.

Know your products
All types of weed-control products may be found at local garden centers - ranging from horticultural grade vinegar to traditional weed killers. Be sure to read the product label and follow the instructions so you don't accidentally kill a plant that's not a weed.  

  • Some products will kill any plant that's green - in other words, both the lawn and the dandelions.
  • Other products are called "selective" because the will kill only the dandelions - not the lawn. Know the weeds you have and find those products that best treat them without harming other plants.
Finally, avoid using pesticides on or around edibles. If you weed your veggie garden and apply mulch, you won't have to worry much about the weeds.

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