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Best Landscape Enhancements for Fall

As our temperatures in Colorado begin to cool down, the change in seasons presents the perfect opportunity for a variety of landscape updates and installations. Here are a few ideas that will enhance your outdoor experience this fall and in the months to come:

Here are several ways that our team at Lifescape Colorado can help you plan a colorful spring landscape:

Plants, trees, and bulbs

 

Fall is the ideal time to plant bulbs as the soil is still warm and workable. Plant bulbs before the first freeze arrives, which is historically mid-October in Denver. Planting in the fall will give bulbs an opportunity to establish a healthy root system for your spring landscape. Your landscape designer will help you determine the optimal locations in your yard where tulips, daffodils, and other colorful spring flowers will thrive.

Hardscape and Pavers for walkways and patios

As your plants and flowers begin to be less of a focus during the cooler months, fall is the perfect time to consider adding to or upgrading hardscape, replacing cracked or uninteresting pavement with beautiful, textural pavers or adding a patio or outdoor living area. By getting started now, you’ll likely avoid the spring rush that can often slow down getting your project scheduled.

Fireplaces, Fire Pits and Fire Bowls

Adding a fireplace, unique fire bowl or fire pit will turn your outdoor living area into a year-round space for relaxing and entertaining. As the evening temperatures dip, you’ll still be able to enjoy the outdoor beauty that Colorado offers this time of year. Whatever your style is, the team at Lifescape Colorado will help create a beautiful, functional design that fits your lifestyle and landscape.

Landscape lighting

As daylight hours shorten, now is the perfect time to add visually dramatic, high-tech landscape lighting. Allow your home and landscape to stand out beautifully and extend opportunities for outdoor living and entertaining after dark. Enhance security and highlight points of interest throughout your landscape with high quality, low voltage LED fixtures that allow for greater sustainability and longevity.

As you consider landscape enhancements this fall, contact the Lifescape Team for help navigating the best options for your specific property. You’ll see why we have been a preferred landscape expert since 1976.

Fall Garden Preparations for a Colorado Winter

With cooler weather ahead, many of the plants in your landscape will be going into dormancy for the season. Now is the time to start planning for late fall garden preparations that will help your landscape flourish with fewer pests and diseases come spring.

Here are several ways that our landscape professionals at Lifescape Colorado can set your fall garden up to thrive come spring:

Clean up.

fall garden preparations

The experts at Lifescape Colorado carefully clean grounds and gardens to prevent pests and disease from over-wintering. Removing pest-ridden plants and debris is a top priority. We identify problem foliage and can often save plants by removing diseased parts. Dead annuals should be removed and composted, assuming they show no signs of pests or disease.

Water trees and shrubs.

Photo Credit- Spring Hill Nursery

Stick to the recommended watering schedule for trees and shrubs while temperatures remain above freezing. The moisture that your trees and shrubs receive in late fall will be beneficial as they head into dormancy.

Aerate and Fertilize.

Late fall is a great time to have your lawn aerated to allow for better penetration of water, oxygen, and fertilizer. Within 48 hours of having your lawn aerated, our experts apply an appropriate fertilizer carefully selected for your landscape needs.

Cut back perennials.

Photo Credit- Spring Hill Nursery

As color fades, our maintenance experts cut back perennials and add a layer of organic mulch to protect them from harsh winter temperatures. Evergreens and ornamental grasses will provide welcomed color and texture throughout the winter months until the perennials awake again in the spring.

Protect vulnerable plants.

Some plants in your garden will need extra protection during the winter months. For example, a wind-blocking structure can be used to protect small evergreen plants. Giving roses and bulbs an extra layer of mulch will help them to thrive come spring. The Lifescape professionals know your landscape and how to protect your vulnerable plants from the winter weather in Colorado.

Contact Lifescape Colorado now to start planning your winter landscape preparations.  Learn more about our year-round landscape maintenance services!

Maximize Your Home’s Curb Appeal

The gorgeous weather that we experience in Colorado this time of year provides the perfect opportunity to improve your home’s curb appeal. Our team of design professionals at Lifescape Colorado will help you to create a setting in your front yard that passersby won’t be able to help but stop and admire.

Here are our landscaping suggestions to enhance your home’s curb appeal:

Plant a pristine foundation planting and prune.

After a bountiful season of growth in the summer, many of the plantings in your landscape have become overgrown, especially shrubs against the house. Proper pruning can make a significant difference in your property’s exterior appearance. Having a landscape professional remove limbs from shade trees will make your house visible and train your trees, plants, and shrubs at a young age to grow accordingly.

Add colorful planting highlights near the walkway.

Opt for species of perennials that will provide pops of color at your feet, such as penstemons, daylilies or salvia. Don’t forget to plant flower pots by the front entry.

Don’t neglect your lawn.

Our maintenance team will help keep your lawn weed-free and will mow with a clean edge, which will give your landscape a tidy appearance.

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Replace cracked concrete with pavers.

Allow us to improve the appearance of your walkway and patio by replacing old concrete with long-lasting pavers. Porous, permeable pavers are aesthetically-pleasing and add function to your landscape as they’re durable and replenish the water table.

Incorporate landscape lighting.

Landscape lighting will illuminate walkways throughout your landscape to improve safety. You can also use landscape lighting to accent plants and points of interest in your yard.

Engaging a professional to make these enhancements to your landscape in Colorado will improve your home’s curb appeal and property value. Contact us at Lifescape Colorado to learn how we can help you to maximize your home’s curb appeal while you enjoy the benefits.

Plan now for Spring Color!

Fall is the perfect time to begin preparing your garden for the spring and Lifescape is here to help. In order to create a garden that will be filled with color throughout the spring, there are important steps needing to be taken before the ground freezes. Hardy flowering bulbs need to be planted at just the right time with just the right conditions in order to get the best results for Spring.

Photo courtesy of Spring Hill Nurseries

The following tips are how we are successfully planting spring flowering bulbs in gardens this fall:

  1. Plant bulbs before the freezing temperatures arrive.

While it’s hard to say exactly when the temperatures will hit freezing in Colorado, September and October are usually a safe time to prepare gardens for the spring. It is important to make sure that bulbs are planted before the soil freezes.

Photo courtesy of Spring Hill Nurseries

  1. Take the time to prepare your soil.

For your bulbs to thrive, they will need well-draining soil. Clay soil will need to be loosened up and tilled and amended with compost or organics.

Photo courtesy of Spring Hill Nurseries

  1. Select a variety of bulbs that will extend your blooming season.

To create a spring garden that continuously blooms throughout the season, select bulbs that will bloom at different points in the spring. For example, we plant early and late blooming tulips for lasting color. Crocus also tend to bloom early and will help to welcome the spring season. Daffodils offer bountiful blooms and are deer resistant. Allium bulbs will give your garden a modern look. The more bulbs that planted now, the better spring gardens will look.

Photo courtesy of Spring Hill Nurseries

Our crew of professionals at Lifescape Colorado are ready to help create and maintain beautiful flowering bulb beds throughout the year for your home. Contact us to learn more about our year-round garden and landscape maintenance services.

Create a Fall Landscape that Thrives in Colorado

September is officially here, and the temperatures in Colorado are beginning to drop. Don’t let the change in seasons fool you into thinking that gardening and growing season is over, though. In fact, this is the ideal time to plant many perennials and shrubs in your fall landscape.

Which Types of Plants Should You Consider for Your Fall Landscape in Colorado?

When choosing plants for your fall garden, take color into consideration. Plants that offer seasonal fall color include mums, kale, and pansies. These types of plants are ideal options for replacing your tired summer annuals. However, keep in mind that pansies may overwinter if you water them during dry periods.

Photo courtesy of The Plant Helper

Other great choices for fall plantings include coneflower, aster, golden current, ornamental grasses, and dwarf burning bush. These plants and shrubs will offer a spectacular color during the fall season and come back year after year. You should also mix in some ornamental evergreens as they will provide wintertime interest in your landscape.

Photo courtesy of Monrovia

Use Fall as an Opportunity to Prepare Your Landscape for the Spring

When you take the time to plant native plants and shrubs in the fall, you will give them a leg up for the spring season. While temperatures start to cool down in the fall, the soil is still warm. Planting the right plants and shrubs during the fall will allow them to establish a good root system and thrive in the spring.

 

Take the time now to plant bulbs in the ground for beautiful blooms in the following spring. Ideas for bulbs to plant now include colorful dwarf iris, gaillardia, and galanthus. Cover these plantings with mulch to preserve moisture and protect them from the deep winter freeze.

When choosing plants and shrubs for your fall garden, make yourself aware of their watering needs. Proper watering will help to preserve the vibrant fall colors of plants and shrubs.

Preparing your garden for the fall and getting a leg up on the spring growing season is hard work. Allow our professionals at Lifescape Colorado to help your garden thrive all year-round. Contact us to learn how we can help you with your Colorado landscape and garden year-round.