Frequently Asked Questions

Question: Which types of trees and shrubs grow in Gunnison?
Answer: There are many types of trees, shrubs and perennials that grow in Gunnison. We specialize in native plants, although use some hybrids for decorative purposes. It is just as important to know where to plant, soil type, water requirements, and when to plant.


Question: When is the best time to plant a tree?
Answer: The spring is the best time. Transplanting trees can cause the tree to go in shock. Spring planting allows the tree to establish some roots prior to our long winters.


Question: Do I need a sprinkler system?
Answer: The simple answer is yes. I have never had a successful landscape project that did not have an automated irrigation system. Hand watering is not accurate or consistent enough to sustain plants in our arid Gunnison environment. Of course there are always exceptions to this, depending on the property.


Question: What type of sprinkler systems do you install?
Answer: We use a combination of different manufacturers depending on the product. I attend irrigation training every winter and stay up to date on the latest technologies. I use Rainbird, Hunter, and Toro products. As for the types of heads, it depends on the application.


Question: Do we transplant native plants from a client’s property?
Answer: Yes. We can dig plants from our client’s property and do so often. We try to use any resources from our client’s property including stone, shrubs, trees and even grasses.


Question: When is the best time to install sod?
Answer: Usually after the last hard frost and anytime into August. September brings some colder nights and it is more challenging to get roots to establish as fall approaches.


Question: When is the best time to fertilize?
Answer: Cut lawns should be fertilized in the spring, mid summer and late fall. Over fertilizing is not recommended. It is a waste of your money as the unneeded nutrients will run off and end up in our lakes and streams causing problems for our natural environment.

Trees and shrubs can be fertilized after they are established. The time varies, depending on the size of the plant installed.


Question: What is the most important aspect of a successful landscape?
Answer: Soil is the most important aspect. It must be balanced with clay, organic material, and sand. Good topsoil improves plant health, helps retain moisture, provides nutrients, and provides an opportunity for healthy root growth.