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Give the Gift of Landscape Design

Searching for that elusive perfect gift? This year, think outside the box and consider giving the gift of landscape design. Here are several ways that Lifescape Colorado can make this year’s gift one that can be enjoyed for years to come:

1. A new landscape plan for the new year.

Does someone on your list have a landscape that is dated, stale or unsustainable? Let the Lifescape design team bring in new life, color and style with a new, professionally crafted landscape design. Your loved-ones will be ready for the new year with a roadmap to beauty, functionality and sustainability.

2. Make a dream outdoor entertaining space a reality.

Has your significant other been dreaming of a paver patio or an outdoor fireplace for the backyard? Make these dreams a reality by engaging our talented design team to create your ideal outdoor living area. We’re a full-service landscape design firm and can help with the design and construction of your outdoor space as well as the ongoing maintenance.

3. Alleviate the burden of landscape maintenance.

Is there someone in your life that would rather do anything but cut the grass? By gifting our landscape maintenance services, you not only give your loved one a healthy and thriving yard, but also time for activities that they enjoy! And everyone will enjoy improved curb appeal and property value.

4. Improve functionality and sustainability.

Make the yard more functional for that special person in your life by adding a patio for outdoor entertaining or adding trees and shrubs near windows to help keep the home cooler during summer months. Replace plants with water-wise foliage and upgrade to smart irrigation options to save water and money.

Giving the gift of landscape design this holiday season will add value to your loved one’s life and will be something that friends and family will enjoy for years. Let us help you think outside the box with your holiday gifting.

Contact us at Lifescape Colorado to learn how we can help you give the gift of landscape design.

Plan Now for a Colorful Spring Landscape

Although we’re currently in the thick of fall, now is the ideal time to start planning for your spring landscape. By working with a landscape professional now, you can plan for beautiful color, proactively make changes and add hardscapes, outdoor living or other features to enhance your outdoor space.

Here are some ways that the Lifescape team will help you plan a beautiful spring landscape:

1. Plant bulbs.


Fall is the ideal time to plant bulbs. Bulbs must be planted before the ground freezes but in time to go through the chilling process that is necessary for them to bloom properly in spring. A Lifescape expert will help you determine the best varieties to plant and the optimal locations in your landscape for tulips, daffodils, and other colorful spring flowers to provide maximum impact.

2. Incorporate hardscapes.

Hardscapes are an attractive way to highlight flower beds, walkways and walls. The fall is a great time to replace cracked concrete drives, walkways and patios with permeable interlocking pavers that allow for the movement of rainwater through the surface. Our talented designers can help you incorporate hardscapes into your landscape, enhancing your home’s year-round curb appeal.

3. Plant trees and shrubs.

Adding trees and shrubs to your landscape will provide shade, beauty and wind protection for your outdoor living space. Planting in the fall before the ground freezes will allow them to establish root systems and be better prepared for beautiful spring growth.


4. Avoid the spring rush.

Many homeowners choose to wait until spring to make enhancements to their landscape. This, along with the natural cycle of growth makes spring the busiest time of year for landscapers. Avoid the spring rush by scheduling projects in the fall while our Team has more availability and can complete your landscape upgrade quickly.

Enjoy the colorful spring garden that you’ve always wanted. Contact Lifescape now to make the most of our beautiful fall weather.

Colorado Fall and Winter Container Decor Tips

Fall and Winter Containers Lifescape Colorado

Enhance your Colorado Fall and Winter Decor!

As chilly autumn winds make way for Colorado’s true winter, the cold can make going outside a chore. But that doesn’t mean you should abandon your landscape. With containers, you can keep color in your yard all year long and even create something special for the holidays. Here are some tips to ensure colorful container plants into the New Year.

Fall and Winter Containers Lifescape Colorado

Autumn, holiday and winter color themes will keep color in your yard alive all year long by brightening up your outdoor containers.

Autumn theme 3Incorporate some fire orange, yellows, and cool shades of purple and blue to create a wonderful autumn theme. Cold hardy plants are preferred such as kale, mums, pansies to stand up against the winter weather.

Fall and Winter Containers Lifescape Colorado

Use ornamental grasses, cornstalks, or branch clippings from your landscape to add texture that also helps give your container design a longer life span. Add in a few pumpkins for a more festive look.

Fall and Winter Containers Lifescape Colorado

For winter themes build upon the evergreen colors with some bright reds and shades of blue/silver. If you’re looking for a bright red, a winterberry holly or redtwig dogwood branches will do the trick. Layer pine, cedar, and spruce evergreen clippings; you most likely can clip these from your yard.

Autumn theme 1Add clippings of eucalyptus or willow to add blues and silver in the container. Branches in the center of your container design create height and to add a cheerful feel spray paint the branches. Remember living plants, and evergreen clippings will want to be watered on a warmer winter day!

If you desire to dress up your garden with Fall & Winter containers, we can help. Contact Us today to discuss our décor services that can get your garden ready for this holiday season.

Lifescape Wins NALP Grand National Award at LANDSCAPES

LANDSCAPES is the signature event for the
National Association of Landscape Professionals.Lifescape - Polo Club Villa ILifescape Wins NALP Grand National Award

Every year, this is the largest, most anticipated landscape and lawn care industry experience and we’re proud to announce that Lifescape Colorado has won a Grand National Award for our work on the Polo Club Villa project!

Award recipients photo 10.20.1615-Polo Club Villa Landscape Plan

Troy Shimp was the landscape designer and he faced the challenge of preserving a 50’ mature spruce and specimen elm tree already on site as well as providing sustainable paths for water to travel without disrupting the classical landscape intended to mimic an Italian villa on a half-acre lot.

Shimp worked with other experts at Lifescape and designed a classical style landscape with statement pieces throughout the yard with a permeable paver driveway to preserve the trees.

Lifescape - Polo Club Villa II

The roots of several large spruce trees were directly under the proposed driveway location. To add to the complexity, the homeowner requested the shady portion of the driveway to be heated with a snow melt system.

A certified arborist approved as the Lifescape crews exposed these roots with careful hand shoveling and pressurized air, then designed a special bracing system for additional support. The pavers were specially tumbled to match the home’s architecture with an instant aged effect and four years later, the trees are still healthy.

Lifescape Polo Club Villa patio

The small lot for the large home provided challenges and the flat lot needed a drainage system for heavy rains. Dry wells were constructed to manage excess water while a beautiful fountain incorporating antique tiles complements the fireplace in the courtyard. The courtyard’s tri-color tiles complement the driveway, creating a sense that it has always been.

This properly scaled landscape created perfect harmony with the home’s old world architecture and we’re happy that Troy Shimp has been recognized for this work. We at Lifescape proudly treat every project with this award-winning concentration and care to ensure the client gets everything they want while creating a beautiful solution that’s sustainable.

Student round table 10.20.16

If you’re interested in sitting down with our experts, drop by our new offices, slightly south of Platte River Drive or contact us at 303.831.8310 and schedule a time today.

Spring Showers

The cliché that April showers bring May flowers is a cliché because it is true. “Spring showers landscaping” takes on more importance as nature offers that benefit naturally.

It is up to you to take advantage of it and use it to make your landscape beautiful and accentuate your home’s appearance.

April showers

Maintenance is key to keeping the yard looking great not just in the spring but all year-round.  Here are a few basic ideas for your yard.

  • Keep plants watered and fertilized properly.
  • Keep weeds down
  • Prune back dead parts of plants
  • Cut off blooms after they have bloomed

Now is the perfect time to take inventory of your landscape. Consider adding annuals, make changes to your lighting or add interest to your patio with a creative paver design.

The spring is a time for new things, so consider what you might do to improve your landscape’s appearance and health with some creative “spring showers landscaping” projects.

Need help with your spring project contact us today and let us bring your landscaping to life.