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Enhance Outdoor Ambiance with Landscape Lighting

When it comes to creating an exceptional landscape, some of the first features that come to mind are plants, trees, shrubs, and hardscapes. However, lighting also plays an integral role in enhancing the ambiance and functionality of your outdoor spaces. We incorporate many of the design principles from our landscapes into our lighting designs, such as layering, points of interest, and themes.

How Lighting Enhances Outdoor Ambiance

Exterior lighting should go beyond a bulb by the front door. The strategic placement of outdoor lighting will create a mood, enhance landscape features like prominent trees or hardscapes, and increase the functionality of your space. Lighting can create a peaceful, zen-like oasis or an energizing entertainment space. It helps extend outdoor living and entertaining long after the sun goes down and increases safety by illuminating dark areas, stairs and walkways.

Energy-saving Outdoor Lighting

Our lighting designers use a variety of low voltage outdoor lighting solutions to illuminate a landscape. Being green-friendly and focused on sustainability, we use LED lighting fixtures as they’re energy efficient, provide warm white light and come in many designs.  New low voltage lighting transformers have the technology to offer zoning features, colored lights and easier control capability.  We can even connect everything to your home automation system or smart phone.

Add beauty, value, security and functionality

  1. Layer lighting. Just as we use a variety of layers and textures with your landscape design, our lighting designers suggest combining low lights, spotlights, overhead lights and water feature lighting. This layering effect will add visual interest and bring your landscape alive at night.
  2. Illuminate pathways and stairs. Lighting pathways and stairs help create a point of interest in your landscape and improve safety after dark. If you’re considering adding a patio or pathway to your landscape, it’s smart to take outdoor lighting into consideration at the beginning to create a seamless look.
  3. Add overhead lighting. Create a magical outdoor space by moon lighting or uplighting. Our designers can help you choose a lighting solution that will compliment your unique outdoor space and enhance outdoor ambiance and entertaining.

Contact us at Lifescape Colorado to learn how we can enhance your landscape with lighting and design outdoor entertaining spaces that can be enjoyed long after the sun goes down.

Holiday Lighting to Brighten Up the Season

The days are getting shorter and with holidays just around the corner, it’s already time to start thinking about adding festive holiday lighting to your landscape. Here are some suggestions:

 

Get started early.

Being proactive with your holiday lighting will ensure that your home and landscape offers a welcoming glow to visiting family and friends. Now is the time to line up a professional designer or installer so that you can stay ahead of the seasonal rush and leave time for the other busy aspects of the holiday season.

 

Safety comes first.

Some intrepid homeowners may enjoy the annual ritual of risking life and limb to hang their own holiday lighting, but for the rest of us it’s best to leave that to the pros. Engage installers with experience in exterior illumination, a good understanding of the dangers of working with electricity and proven safety procedures for working on roofs, tall ladders and in trees.

Experienced and reputable professionals

The Lifescape team offers years of experience in handling large-scale holiday lighting projects. Our professionals have established safety practices and work year round installing exterior lighting and working with tall trees, so when the holidays come, we’re always ready to go. We even install the holiday lights at the Governor’s Mansion – including the famous Millennial Tree!

 

Use high quality low voltage LED lighting.

Lifescape is a Sustainable Landscape Charter Partner with the Association of Landscape Contractors of Colorado, and the use of LED low voltage lighting is part of our commitment to being a green-friendly company. High quality LED systems are safer to install and maintain, use less energy and are more cost-effective for homeowners in the long term.

 

Contact Lifescape today to learn how we can help you brighten up the season with holiday lighting.

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.