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The Next PRIDES CROSSING Board Meeting is Monday January 20, 2020 AT 6:30pm @ the Management Office at 14901 E Hampden Ave. #320, Aurora, CO 80014.

Friday, August 24, 2018

God made dirt, and dirt don't hurt!

Soil & The Nutrients You Didn't Realize It Needed




Did you know that soil needs nutrients to properly feed growing plants?


Imagine with me - if you will - bringing home a brand new puppy. Puppies need a lot of different, essential nutrients to grow into healthy dogs, but you can't feed the puppy a steady diet of vitamins. You need to supplement the vitamins with puppy food, water, bedding, baths, adequate play time, and lots of love.

Similar principals go into keeping your soil healthy and productive. Vitamins and essential nutrients are all well and good, but healthy soil also contains wriggly critters and micro-organisms to help break up organic matter, furrow tunnels (free aeration!), and more complex (science-y) tasks.

Along with letting nature run her course, we are obligated to do our part, too. In order to help our soil do its best to help our plants grow healthy and strong, we need to make sure it retains the wriggly critters and micro-organisms.




Helping Your Soil:

When you turn soil on a small or large scale, essential nutrients are rotated to the top layer. Tilling helps to distribute the nutrients, but they are also more susceptible to being washed away by rain, wind, and irrigation systems.
What Should I Do?

If you find yourself in a situation where you need to till the ground, be sure to introduce nutrients through fertilizer and cover the area affected with a stabilizing force. Ground covering cloths and garden bark are a great way to keep the nutrients right where you want them.


What about the Creepy Crawlies and the Micro-Organisms?
Essentially, they will thrive in the most habitable environment. When you clear out the weeds and dead plant life from your garden, make sure to incorporate some of the dead plant life (just from the plants you want in your garden!) back into the soil. This will provide the creepy crawlies the food they need to thrive, and the micro-organisms will be able to re-establish themselves fairly easily in this friendly environment.




Even though these seem like small steps, especially in most of our home gardens, soil degradation is a big issue in the United States. According the the article on Associated Landscape Contractors of Colorado (ALCC) below, "Experts estimate that since colonial times, U.S. soils have lost more than half their organic matter" (2018). Small steps we take now and the information we gain and share may help to spread the word about this increasingly scary problem.




Citations:
Dean, Lyn. “The Secret Life of Soil.” ALCC Home, 21 Aug. 2018, www.alcc.com/the-secret-life-of-soil.

Thursday, August 23, 2018

Waste Management Labor Day service delay

In observance of Labor Day, your pickup schedule will be delayed by one day following the holiday. Please put carts out for service one day later than usual. Remember to position your cart four feet from any other objects, including fences, mailboxes, parked vehicles and other carts, so that we can service it safely. 

Safety is critical to Waste Management every day of the year. The holiday is a good time to remind children to give our trucks plenty of space to operate. Encourage kids to watch safely from the front step. Help them understand what it means to stay 15 feet from a truck.

Please remind children never to try to touch a working trash truck, even if it’s stopped. They should never try to add something to a cart while it’s being serviced. If a ball (or pet!) disappears under the truck, they should not chase it. Get the driver’s attention and wait until the driver indicates it is safe to approach the truck.

If you are hosting an outdoor celebration over the weekend, remember to designate a separate container to gather bottles and cans. Place it near the trash but clearly label as recycling only (“Recycle empty bottles and cans”). Keep food, liquids and trash out of the recycling.

Thank you for doing your part to help keep our community safe, clean and green! 

Thursday, August 16, 2018

What is my House worth?

A Refreshing Look at the Question “What is my House Worth?”

Let’s take a look at some of the stats for our area to get a better idea of what is going on in the local housing market!
In Arapahoe County for July 2018, the average sales price* was:
  • $420,000 for Single Family Homes (up 9.1% from 1 year ago)
  • $258,000 for Condos/Townhomes (up 11.8% from 1 year ago)
In Douglas County for July 2018, the average sales price* was:
  • $508,000 for Single Family Homes (up 6.9% from 1 year ago)
  • $340,000 for Condos/Townhomes (up 11.3% from 1 year ago)

Thursday, August 9, 2018

Hail Harms


In Colorado, what starts out as a regular rain storm, may turn into a full blown hail storm faster than you can react. Not only does hail cause major property damage to your residences and vehicles, but your gardens suffer, too!





<-- Golf Ball sized hail; picture from the Mid-June hail storm in Centennial.

The bigger the hail, the faster it falls, the worse off us ground dwellers and our property will fare.

"Terminal velocity of hail, or the speed at which hail is falling when it strikes the ground, varies. It is estimated that a hailstone of ... 0.39 in in diameter falls at a rate of ... 20 mph, while stones the size of ... 3.1 in in diameter fall at a rate of ... 110 mph." (2018).



Hail happens, so what can you do about it?

Invest in hail resistant plants!

According to this author from CSU CO-HORTS, these plants fared well after a rather intense hail-storm:

·    "Ornamental grasses
·    Lavender
·    Sage
·    Parsley
·    Rosemary
·    Groundcover thyme
·    Most small-leafed trees (honeylocust, linden, maples and crabapples/apples)
·    Broccoli
·    Kale
·    Cosmos
·    Lilacs
·    Pines
·    Spruce
·    Junipers
·    Lamb’s ear
·    Vines trellised to fences/structures (honeysuckle, silver lace vine)
·    Cholla cactus
·    Opuntia cactus
·    Coneflower
·    Scabiosa
·    Yarrow
·    Dogwood
·    Sandcherry
·    Agastache
·    Turfgrass" (2013)

These plants bit the dust (literally):
·    "Squash, cucumbers and other cucurbits
·    Eggplant
·    Peppers
·    Tomatoes
·    Dill
·    Beets (but may recover, since edible part grows below ground)
·    Rhubarb
·    Hops
·    Russian sage
·    Upright sedums
·    Cleome
·    Zinnias
·    Coreopsis (tickseed)
·    Fleshy-leaved sedums
·    Iris
·    Daylilies
·    Peonies
·    Big-leaf trees (catalpa)
·    Heuchera (coralbells)
·    Hosta
·    Blue-mist spirea
·    Winecups
·    Jupiter’s beard
·    Shasta daisy" (2013)







Citations:
“Hail.” Wikipedia, Wikimedia Foundation, 23 July 2018, en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hail#Size_and_terminal_velocity.

Agents, CSU Hort. “What the Hail!? Plants That Stood Up to the Ice Bombs.” CO-Horts, 11 Aug. 2013, csuhort.blogspot.com/2013/08/what-hail-plants-that-stood-up-to-ice.html.

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