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2016 Annual Spring Cleanup, Expanding
Recycling Services, and EarthWeek
Friday, April 29 from 7a-7p
Saturday, April 30 from 7a-7p
Items accepted at the event include landscape
materials such as leaves, grass clippings and limbs
(less than six inches in diameter), scrap materi-
als, unwanted appliances and electronics. A fee will
be charged for appliances containing Freon ($20
each). All other items may be dropped off free of
Routine household trash, hazardous materials,
paint, tires and electronics with glass screens will
NOT be accepted.
In addition to the Single-Stream Curbside Recy-
cling Program, city residents can recycle used tires,
green waste in residential quantities, fluorescent
tube lamps and CFLs, and electronic waste with
glass screens at the Public Works facility (1221
6450 Rd.), Monday through Thursday, from 9a-3p.
This program will begin April 4.
The expansion of services is provided without
charge as a courtesy to the City of Montrose resi-
dential trash collection customers only. Customers
must check in at the Public Works reception desk
and present a current Colorado driver¡¯s license and
a copy of their recent utility bill prior to unloading
any materials. For a complete listing of guidelines,
please refer to the attached flyer.
The City will offer limited special collection services
when personnel and equipment are available. Fees
for this service begin at $15. To schedule a spe-
cial collection or to obtain additional information,
please call 970.240.1480.
The City of Montrose sponsors and coordinates a
full schedule of Earth Week activities each spring.
A different theme is highlighted each year to raise
community awareness of how individuals can help
preserve a healthy environment for themselves
and future generations. In recognition of and to
celebrate the 100th Anniversary of the National
Park Service, the 2016 theme is Big Country: Wa-
ter, Land, and Sky.
For more information on Earth Week and to view a
complete listing of activities visit:
or contact
Stacey Ryan at:
Home & Garden
2016 April/May
Pg 7 - The Sunshine Express
Childbirth Options
Bloomin¡¯ Babies co-owner discusses
merits of natural birth
Natural childbirth is getting lots of atten-
tion these days from researchers who¡¯ve
noticed a trend among American women
to deliver their babies in non-hospital
Recent studies support the wisdom of
this shift toward minimally invasive
childbirth, said Patty Kandiko, a certified
nurse midwife and co-owner of Bloomin¡¯
Babies Birth Center in Grand Junction
- the Western Slope¡¯s only midwife-run
birth center.
¡°In a low-risk pregnancy, the outcomes
at midwife-staffed birth centers are
comparable to those in hospitals,¡± she
said. ¡°And women who deliver in birth
centers are less likely to undergo medi-
cal interventions, such as induced labor
and Cesarean section, a major surgery
that prolongs their recovery and increas-
es their health risk.¡±
¡°Our clients come to us because they
want more control over how their baby
is born,¡± Kandiko said. ¡°They don¡¯t want
to be pressured into unnecessary and
costly procedures, and they want sur-
roundings that are homelike and calm.
It¡¯s not that in-hospital births are ¡®un-
natural,¡¯ but we approach pregnancy and
delivery as natural life events, not an
illness that needs a cure. Our model is
low-tech and noninvasive; we¡¯re dis-
inclined to intervene unless there¡¯s a
medical need.¡±
If the need for hospital care arises dur-
ing a natural delivery, she said, Bloomin¡¯
Babies has a working relationship with
nearby St. Mary¡¯s Hospital to care for its
¡°Childbirth isn¡¯t a one-size-fits-all expe-
rience,¡± Kandiko said. ¡°It¡¯s an intimate,
momentous event in the life of a family
and should happen in the setting that
is most comfortable, and safest, for
mother and baby.
and not water amount. Instead of several light
sprinklings, give your lawn one thorough watering
(about an inch a week) and you¡¯ll ensure more of
the water is absorbed by your lawn instead of being
lost to evaporation.
* Cut right, cut smart
When it comes to lawn care, having the right mow-
er makes all the difference. Husqvarna lawn mow-
ers with high performance cutting decks will give
superior cut quality and performance and most are
capable of bagging, mulching or straight discharge.
If your lawn is rough or hilly, a self-propelled drive
system can take the work out of mowing. Some
models now even have capability of four-wheel
drive to further reduce effort.
* Trim back overgrown trees and bushes
The most beautiful yard in the world can be quickly
overshadowed - literally and figuratively - by un-
kempt trees and bushes. How far you trim back
your trees and bushes is a matter of preference,
but any dead branches should be removed. After
that, make sure you trim uniformly and clean up
when you¡¯re done to finish that polished look.
* Take the time to aerate
One of the most effective ways to support new
grass growth is to aerate your lawn. Using a me-
chanical or manual aerator, you can punch small
holes in the soil, allowing much-needed water, air
and nutrients to make it down to the root structure,
supporting future grass development and long-term
yard health.
* Get motivated to mulch
Regular mulching reduces weeds while promoting
the health and growth of your lawn by returning
needed nutrients back to the soil. In addition, be-
cause mulch clippings are comprised of 85 percent
water and just 5 percent nitrogen, leaving them on
your lawn can satisfy as much as 25 percent of your
fertilizer needs. So the next time you feel the need
to bag, opt to mulch instead.
After months of winter weather, you¡¯re ready to
relax on your beautiful green lawn once again, and
getting there is easier than you think. Apply the tips
above and you¡¯ll be able to create the yard that¡¯s
perfect for everything you have planned for the
season. For more tips on improving your lawn and
to learn more about Husqvarna mowers and dealer
locations visit:
5 things you can
do to improve
the look of your
lawn today
(BPT) You¡¯ve wait-
ed all winter for the
chance to trans-
form your lawn
from that drab,
frozen tundra into
the lush, green oa-
sis you know it can
be. But this trans-
formation doesn¡¯t
happen overnight,
and you can¡¯t ex-
pect Mother Nature
to take care of
everything herself.
Getting your dream
yard is going to
require a little work
on your part, but
the rewards are
worth the efforts
and as you¡¯ll see,
even the small-
est changes can
have a big impact.
Follow each of the
five simple tips
below and you¡¯ll be
enjoying your yard
all season long.
* Water more
heavily, less
When it comes
to watering your
lawn, less is more,
provided you¡¯re
talking about wa-
tering frequency
Time For Spring Cleaning
A Healthy
Get An Early Start On Spring
(BPT) A good green thumb knows early starts in the
garden or yard ensure lush, healthy plants, espe-
cially if you¡¯re planting trees.
Young trees do best when they are put into the
ground in spring and have ample time to establish
themselves in the soil before either extremes of
heat of cold hit.
Few things can be so practical and as beautiful as
a tree. It¡¯s no wonder that with the rising popular-
ity of the do-it-yourself lifestyle, more people are
deciding to plant trees in their yard. Here are five
simple reasons why:
1. A mature tree can add up to $10,000 to your
property value.
2. Trees can reduce energy costs by providing
shade to a house in the summer.
3. Trees naturally offset carbon emissions.
4. Because many change from season to season,
trees add a variety of different colors to your yard
and allow for a range of creative choices and com-
5. Trees help make memories. Watching a tree grow
in your yard from year to year builds a connec-
tion between you, your family, your home and the
memories you make there.
An easy way to get started
The nonprofit Arbor Day Foundation (www.arborday.
org/earlyplanting) is encouraging people to get an
early start on their tree planting this year by offer-
ing 10 free flowering trees with a $10 membership.
Which 10 flowering trees a new member will receive
is based on what the state forester recommends or
other trees selected for your area to ensure they
thrive when planted.