Today marks the launch of the Elati Design Guild, a group of Colorado-based professionals from all facets of the design community. Our mission is to highlight the craftsmanship, integrity and willingness of this community to work in harmony with one another to complete remarkable projects.
As defined by Wikipedia, a guild is an association of artisans or merchants who oversee the practice of their craft in a particular town. The Guild’s home base, www.ElatiDesignGuild.com, is the platform where we will share exactly what it takes to bring our skills together, each Guild member speaking to their craft.
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We hope you enjoy the Elati Design Guild!
Whether you don’t have much room to work with or are just focusing on improving an intimate area, small spaces can provide a big impact on the continuity of your landscape design. But before you jump into any demo you may want to consider these tips.
Make use of what you got – The first thing some people like to do when creating a new design is tear out all the existing elements. Before you demo you may want consider incorporating as many of the current elements that you can into the design as this will help you control the costs. That old tree can be brought back to life by installing a new mulch bed, flowers or perhaps some lighting.
Create zones – Even when you have a small area to work with it is a good idea to create different zones. This will actually make the space feel bigger. By dividing up the space and designating each area its own purpose you can enhance the intimacy of the landscape.
Use color – By using color effectively you can really bring a small area to life. Placing bold and bright colors in an area that you will see them often, such as in front of a bench, can help divide the space and create a little haven for you to relax.
Think vertical – Landscape design is not solely about what goes on the ground but also what goes in the air and on walls. Make use of the vertical space by incorporating greenery on a wall or fences which can bring an element of uniqueness and make the space feel larger.
Create a flow – Whatever you incorporate into your design you want to make sure that the design features work with each other. Creating a lit pathway with flowers on each side that leads to a bench is one way you can make good use of the space while making sure that it doesn’t seemed cramped.
The warm weather is finally here after many months of bone chilling temperatures and it is finally time for us to get outside and have some fun in the sun. And now that the growing season is back in swing it is a great time to expend some of that new found energy on your landscape.
Assuming you have already taken care of the initial activities to ensure a beautiful landscape such as cleaning out old weeds and dead brush, preparing the soil and pruning; it is time to start planning your design and begin planting.
First and foremost you want to study your yard. Don’t just look at your yard, consider the home as well. And be sure to analyze your landscape at different times during the day. This will help you gain a complete picture of your design.
The next step is to consider the type of shrubbery you want to incorporate. Take a trip to your local nursery and do some comparison shopping; keeping your total budget in mind along with color and quantity. But mix it up and have some fun.
Above all, be realistic. From the type and amount of shrubbery you purchase to the level of commitment you are willing to put in. We all have wild imaginations that can create this incredible idea of the perfect landscape but we need to ensure we understand the amount of work and money it will take to complete.
Once you have it all in the ground your work is not over. Make sure to give your yard the proper care it deserves. Just like us, your yard needs its nutrients; feed it.
A team is only as good as its people and here at Lifescape we are lucky to have such a great mix of professionals. Professionals who are not only committed to their craft but also providing the best quality product and service in the industry.
One of those professionals we are lucky enough to call our own is Brant Zirker. He is definitely one of those individuals who comes to work every day with a passion for what he does. He is constantly going above and beyond the call of duty to make sure every client is taken care of.
No job is too big and no task is too hard for Brant. He is always a pleasure to work with and is without a doubt an undeniable leader within the company.
He is always exciting to work with and brings a level of consistency that is unparalleled. That consistency proves invaluable as he is always focused and willing to help others in any way that he can at Lifescape and in the community. He is truly dedicated to his craft, his company, his family and his community by consistently helping others and volunteering as often as he can.
All of this is just the beginning of what makes Brant so great and why he genuinely deserves to be announced as this year’s ALCC (Associated Landscape Contractors of Colorado) ELITE awards company MVP. We couldn’t be happier for Brant and we are so appreciative for all that he does for our team, our clients and our community.
Water conservation is a serious problem facing many cities across America. Often when our design team steps on to a property that we’re renovating we see broken irrigation heads, water spraying onto hard surfaces and running into the gutter; clocks are set to water during the heat of the day and water too long in one cycle.
When we also see vast amounts of turf, it tells us little thought was put into creating an outdoor living space or colorful garden that would add beauty, bring people outdoors and also save water.
Getting people outside and engaging with their landscape is the easy part. It’s even simple to get clients to understand the importance of water conservation. The challenge is to make water conservation our client’s new way of thinking, a lifestyle shift and not a trend.
By implementing the GreenCo Best Management Practices (BMP’s) and thoughtful design into our landscape we can do our part, as vital players in the Colorado Water Plan, to conserve water and shrink the 500,000 acre-feet water supply gap predicted for Colorado by 2050.
What this means is we don’t just “sell” water conservation. We continually educate our clients about the different ways to conserve water and we don’t get much push back; they want to do their part. They hire us to be their trusted professionals and advisors. Up-front planning is critical and implementing in phases over time can be cost effective for most clients. It’s not an all-or-nothing proposition and every little bit contributes to the reduction of water use whether it’s proper irrigation zoning, appropriate head selection and head to head coverage, hydrozoning, upgrading to smart controllers, installing rain sensors, soil prep, plant selection or proper mulching.
As green industry professionals, it’s our responsibility to educate ourselves and apply these best practices for the clients we serve. We can help them see beyond green grass and show them creative, responsible and resourceful ways to better manage water use, which could include reducing unnecessary turf and irrigation zones and instead creating beautiful outdoor living spaces and gardens to enjoy.
Whether it’s a commercial space or a backyard, it’s our challenge as professionals to think outside of the box while not short-cutting BMP’s. Only by creatively working together with our clients can we reduce the municipal water demands by 2050.