Many Coloradans plant trees in the spring because it’s the best time of year to get new trees established, and communities around the state will be hosting plantings this week to recognize Colorado’s Arbor Day, which this year falls on April 20. With the exotic, tree-killing emerald ash borer (EAB) establishing its presence in the state, there’s one more reason for planting in Colorado communities this year.



Erie-based Outdoor Craftsmen was recently recognized at The ELITE Awards by the Associated Landscape Contractors of Colorado (ALCC) for its work on a highly sustainable landscape in Lyons. This year, the company placed as one of two finalists in the category of Sustainability.

To complete the residential landscape in Lyons, Outdoor Craftsmen designed an outdoor space that incorporated sustainable practices throughout the construction process. The company extensively reused existing materials and selected locally sourced materials for the project, incorporated native plants, used xeric landscaping

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