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February 2019

The Best Trees to Grow in Your Colorado Garden

The Best Trees to Grow in Your Colorado Garden

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The Best Trees to Grow in Your Colorado GardenIt can be hard to find trees that will thrive in the abrasive Colorado environment, from the soil to the different altitude and temperatures. It can also be a challenge to decide on a particular tree once you know which ones are actually good for the area where you live, because aren’t they supposed to give you some pleasure as you watch them grown, anyway?

Well, that’s why we’ve compiled this list of trees that grow well in Colorado, accounting for general hardiness, resistance to droughts and temperature changes, and overall beauty of the species. No matter which one you choose, this list will make sure that you’re house looks as beautiful on the outside as you keep it on the inside!

Japanese Tree Lilac

Let’s begin with the smallest tree on the list, one that blossoms in beautiful white flowers during late June and has an amazing fragrance; the Japanese Tree Lilac! It can grow up to be anywhere from 15 to 20 feet, both tall and wide, and you’d be surprised at how trouble-free they are in comparison to other trees.

They’re perfect for the Front Range in general because they’re pretty resistant to droughts after growing for a couple of seasons, and even after their flowers have faded they still provide shade with their dense foliage. You can’t go wrong with it!

American Hornbeam

The lovely bark texture, elegantly shaped fruit, and warmly colored fall-foliage make the American Hornbeam a great choice; not only for the shade it provides during the summer but for its classy winter look as well.

A moderate grower, this tree can reach up to 30 feet tall and should be watered at a normal rate for at least the first three years. Though not as much as the Japanese Tree Lilac, it is also a bit resistant to drought.

Canyon Maple

A Colorado native! Although it can grow up to 40 or 50 feet if watered correctly, it’s still considered a medium-sized tree perfect for both small and large yard projects. Its growth rate is not fast by any means, but providing good conditions will make it adequate to see it reach its full potential within a few seasons.

Thanks to it being relatively free of diseases and insect problems, and having good wind resistance, the Canyon Maple is a longer-lived tree, and it’s a perfect choice if you’re looking to add some variety to the landscape.

Burr Oak

Another large tree on our list is the beautiful Burr Oak, which can grow up to 50 feet tall and has, like the Canyon Maple, a moderate growth rate. This is a tree with a lovely bark that gets furrowed as it ages, and their leaves look great both in their deep-green summer and yellowish-brown fall colors.

A yearly producer of acorns as well, this oak resists the cold pretty well and is capable of adapting to a large variety of soils, so you should have no problem adding it to yours.

Ussurian Pear

One of the hardiest species of pear, this is a dense deciduous tree that will grow up to 35 feet and require more special considerations than other entries on this list. It can also be quite messy, and you’ll have to be careful with some details such as how often to water your vegetable garden in the summer. But it’s a fantastic option for anyone looking to add an accent or shade to their yards, provided it’s large enough for it.

The Pear’s lovely white flowers blossom in mid-spring, and the burgundy shade of the leaves during fall will make it quite a spectacle every year. Be wary of its fruit; however, as it will make it necessary to clean up you let it just drop to the ground.

Create the Perfect Study and Relaxation Space at Home

Create the Perfect Study and Relaxation Space at Home

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Create the Perfect Study and Relaxation Space at HomeIt’s ironic to think that, when it comes to studying or relaxation, our homes are usually both the best and worst place to do so. On the one hand, they’re our safe space, and have everything we know and value close; on the other hand, they’re also full of distractions big and small. Fortunately, there are many ways to adapt one of your rooms to be the perfect, alone-time room you need.

Creating a personal space in your home is not hard, but you should follow these simple guidelines to make sure that you’re taking out distractors, tidying and organizing things to your advantage, and choosing the right room to do so. We’ll show you how!

A room to study

Get a desk, chair, and supplies

A desk that’s not too low or too high is necessary, so get one that reaches between your waist and rib cage and your chair should be comfortable, keep your back straight and let your feet rest flat on the ground. Anything fancier than that could be a distraction.

For supplies, make sure that you have everything you need for that study session so you won’t have to get up to get something. The basics are, of course, pencils, erasers, highlighters, and a notepad. You can also add a ruler, calculator and thesaurus or dictionary, but keep those in a drawer until you’re sure you need them.

Make sure you have adequate light

If your study area is too dark, you can get eye strain or even doze off after a while. Fluorescent light is too harsh to study with, so go for a desk lamp focused on your study material, and a light overhead bright enough to keep shadows to a minimum.

If you’re studying during the day and there’s enough natural light coming into the room, then, by all means, take advantage. But remember that it will diminish as the day passes, so don’t depend entirely on it.

Keep it organized

After each study session, separate what you’ll store back into drawers or table, and what you’ll leave on your desktop as is. That way you won’t have to deal with clutter the next time you study, but won’t lose track of your progress, especially if you’re reading from several books at once or taking complex notes.

It should go without saying, but to properly concentrate on the task at hand, remember to keep everything unrelated to your studies out of the room. Your phone can stay inside the drawer, or in a far corner of the room.

Make it yours!

You can decorate with motivators, such as pictures of loved ones or posters that inspire you, maybe even some potted plants. It’s your space, after all, and anything that will boost your mood (without distracting you) is welcome.

A room to relax

Take everything out

Don’t worry, everything won’t stay out, but some things will. You need to create a minimalist ambient to keep your head clear, so bring back only the furniture and objects that will help that goal. A nice reclining chair, some cushions, plants, an ottoman, and a small table to put books and glasses on, it all depends on what you have at hand.

No screens, no gadgets

No, you won’t become a secluded hermit if you keep the screens out of the room, but they can cause stress. Keep tablets, smartphones and TV’s out, but you can keep a Bluetooth speaker in the room in case your relaxation method includes some nice, calming music or soundscape.

No clutter means endless possibilities

Keep clutter away so you have enough space to do whatever you want as soon as you get the itch: Meditate, break into dance, exercise, stretch, anything goes! An uncluttered room helps to unclutter your mind, remember that and your new minimal tendencies might even spill over to the rest of the house.

Many people find concentrating while studying too hard, but it’s pretty easy when you actually know how to create a study environment at home. The key in both cases is to get rid of distractors, creating a space where you can be alone with your thoughts and be able to listen to yourself. If you have to space and the need for it, why not start preparing it for the big makeover?

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