A Flavorful Harvest

harvesting carrotsThanks to the hot summer this year, gardens all around Denver are thriving and even causing some crops to be harvested ahead of schedule. If you are unsure about what vegetables in your veggie garden can be harvested right now, take a look at some great tips from the ALCC that will help you to evaluate ripeness and whether the vegetable is ready to be picked.

Melons

Can be harvested when the fruit easily separates from the vine and the skin is hard.

Beans

Beans are ready to be picked when the inner seeds begin to slightly bulge through the pod.

Carrots

Pull away the soil from the top of the root, if root is about 1 inch in diameter, it is ready to be picked.

Potatoes

When most of the vines are dead, potatoes are ready to be harvested.

Onions

When half of the leaves have dried out and fallen over, dig up onions just slightly then leave them in the soil for almost a week more.

Everyone wants a great tasting harvest, so for the best flavor, make sure you harvest your vegetables in the cooler hours of the morning or evening.

What vegetables are you looking forward to harvesting this fall?

 

Photo Credit: gardenguides.com

The Right Furniture enhances your Outdoor Living Rooms

It takes the right outdoor furniture pieces to complete the look of a fabulous outdoor living room. They have to be comfortable, durable, weather resistant, and fashionable.  Your outdoor living rooms are the main entertaining areas of your home’s outdoor environment. Top them off with exquisite style and great comfort.

outdoor furniture

The fabrics, textures, colors, and designs all make a difference in creating the perfect outdoor atmosphere. It’s amazing what the right outdoor dining table and chairs do for your outdoor dining room. It creates a space that is comfortable and home-like.

furnished patio

 Furniture can also add the needed burst of color to your patio that brings in the perfect pop, making the space come alive.

 outdoor bistro dining set

 The furnishings can also help to reinforce the theme within your outdoor areas. A beautiful bistro style dining set can be the perfect place to enjoy a cup of coffee and a delicious pastry while you admire your garden.

If you live in the Denver, Colorado area and need professional assistance creating the right look for your landscape, contact Lifescape Associates by calling 303-831-8310.

Pretty Pathways in the Garden

More than likely your garden is your place of relaxation and rejuvenation. It should be a pleasure for you to take a seat and just admire your flowers or enjoy a stroll through the landscape. That is why it is important to have pretty pathways that allow you to leisurely walk through the yard without having to worry about stepping on your precious bulbs and well-manicured grass.

You want plenty of space to walk, so be mindful of how wide your paths should be.  Installing a border around your paths is a great idea if you don’t plan on having a path installed made of concrete or stone pavers. Also, ask your Landscape designer about how you can create aesthetic interest with your pathways. A straight path may seem boring to you, so consider different path designs that could enhance the beauty of your garden.

Contact a designer at Lifescape if you need help designing and installing pathways in your Denver area landscape. for

Architectural Plants that thrive during Drought

The best way to describe an architectural plant is a plant that is grown to be admired for its form and foliage. As we all know, it has been pretty dry in the Denver area as well as all over the state. So finding architectural plants that thrive without much water are ideal. Lifescape wanted to share two great plant options with you that will not only add architectural interest to your yard, but can thrive in drought conditions.

Giant Sacaton

Giant Sacaton

Photo Credit: plantselect.org

The Giant Sacaton grows to be a large 506 foot tall by 4-5 feet wide architectural specimen grass. This low water plant is also a native planting. All the Giant Sacaton needs is a few good deep drinks of water during the summer and it will grow lush and full with beautiful lacy golden flowers.

 

Yucca

Yucca

Photo Credit: cooltropicalplants.com

Within in the Yucca family there are a variety of species, from tiny plants to those that grow to be 3 to 4 feet. And best of all, they require almost no maintenance. Beaked yucca has a beautiful blue-green color and resembles a palm tree. (Source: denverpost.com)

Does your Denver area yard need some architectural interest?

 

 

 

Seeing Squirrel Damage in your yard?

squirrel in tree

Since this has been a dry year, there have been quite a few reports of squirrels doing damage to trees in the Denver area. The major reason why squirrels are damaging the trees is because they are looking for water. Usually getting water from water and mud puddles, or water that rests in your gutter along the roof, squirrels are going for moisture that exists in the sap of trees since there has not been a lot of rainfall. However, the trees are already thirsty for water themselves.

If you see signs of squirrel damage on your trees, here are 3 tips that can help:

1. Water once a month through October. You want to soak the soil with a deep root watering device. 6 to 8 inches deep is good.

2. Know where to water. Imagine a circle where the outermost branches extend over the ground (drip line). You want to water at various points within the drip line. Water close to the trunk as well as far from it.

3. Fertilizer. When Labor Day comes, add fertilizer to your deep-root watering device. During this time you want a fall blend that has the micro-nutrients good for fall fertilization.

Have questions about damage you see in your Denver area landscape?

Source: alcc.com, Photo: shutterstock.com