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Awesome Benefits of LED Garden Lighting for Landscapes

The stars of modern lighting, LED lights are incredibly energy-efficient and durable. Bringing us one step closer to saving the planet, LED light bulbs are a power saving and all-around smart solution. With LED lighting, you can officially welcome both your interior and exterior into the technologically-savvy present day. Below, we have highlighted some of our favorite reasons to use LED garden lighting in your landscape.

Awesome Benefits of LED Garden Lighting for Landscapes

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  • Their lifespan is truly enviable. Amazingly, if left on for 8 hours a day, one LED bulb can be expected to last up to 20 years! Unlike a standard bulb, an LED bulb does not burn out but instead becomes less bright over time.
  • There’s just no excuse not to strive for energy efficiency these days. LED bulbs operate at around 80-90% energy efficiency as compared to 20% for a standard bulb. Consequently, you’ll save on electricity costs and spend less time on maintenance.
  • Free of toxic chemicals and 100% recyclable, LED lights are environmentally friendly and undeniably green.
  • The sturdy components of LED lights lead to a high level of durability. Because they are able to withstand rough conditions and resist shock and vibrations, LED lighting is great for outdoor use. Wind and rain? No worries!
  • LED bulbs operate at a much lower temperature than incandescent bulbs, which means no unfortunate burnt fingertips.
  • If you’re looking for a way to direct light into a very specific area of your landscape, then LED lighting might be for you. LED illumination systems have the capability to deliver light more competently than conventional lighting.
  • Frequently turning your LED lighting on and off won’t affect its life expectancy or quality of emission. Additionally, LED lights reach full brightness almost immediately as opposed to traditional lights, which may require several seconds.
  • LED lighting is fairly easy to use in an outdoor setting because it works with a low-voltage power supply. This means it can also be used with a solar energy source!

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If you’d like to consult with a company with professional lighting experience, contact Lifescape today. We have the knowledge to expertly help light your garden areas.

Water-Wise Perennials for Colorado Xeriscapes

If you picture cacti, sparse shrubbery, and rocks when you think of xeriscaping, please don’t! Even though xeriscaping might have quite a “dry” reputation, it can actually manifest into vivid, dynamic garden landscapes. According to Colorado State University, the recent ingenuity and experimentation of modern gardeners has resulted in a new positive outlook on water-wise gardens — one that is supported by the recent widespread availability of water-wise plants from dry climates around the globe.

Water-Wise Perennials for Colorado Xeriscapes

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Just because water-wise plants survive on less water than other more traditional varieties doesn’t mean they aren’t also beautiful. In reality, they have the potential to be not only useful but also vibrant and provocative. In a modern Colorado garden, you’ll often find grasses, perennials, and wildflowers that are native to the Rocky Mountain area. Another popular option is introducing plants originally hailing from the Himalayas, Andes, Middle East, and South Africa.

Perennials are well-suited for Colorado xeriscapes for several reasons. They survive for more than two years, require plenty of sun to flower, and rejuvenate the landscape. Of course, native plants are also loved for their drought tolerance and infrequent need for watering. We absolutely love the idea of mixing them with shrub borders and especially using them to create a unique, visual display of color.

Popular water-wise perennials native to Western North America are pentsemons which create stunning red, orange, white, blue, and lavender flowers, red-orange blanket flower, and crimson-flowered beebalm.

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Other prized North America flowers include yellow black-eyed Susan, purple coneflower, poppy mallow, New England aster, gayfeather, and perennial flax.

Add a bit more flavor to your garden with perennials from the Mediterranean region. Three that typically thrive in Colorado are lavender, red valerian, and iris.

For the lucky homeowners with numerous trees, a select few water-wise perennials will actually do quite well in shady conditions. These plants include golden banner, cardinal flower, candy tuft, harebell, gasplant, pansy, and columbine.

With drought being a big concern for most of Colorado, you can’t argue that planting water-wise perennials are a smart decision. For help selecting the perfect perennials for your Colorado xeriscape, contact Lifescape.

Top Outdoor Living Trends for 2015

With summer around the corner, it’s even more important to keep your outdoor living area from falling to the wayside. Check out these outdoor living trends for 2015 to stay in the game this season:

low water perennials in Colorado

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  1. Natural Landscapes. Thankfully an ongoing trend, natural landscaping techniques like xeriscaping are becoming increasingly popular. Xeriscaping is a low-irrigation gardening technique, but you can also adopt native plants and other green gardening products. For example, seed-grown native wildflowers are not only beautiful but also environmentally friendly.
  2. Edible Gardening and Eco-Conscious Plants. Who doesn’t love plants you can eat? Edible plants are useful and beautiful, and you can eat food you harvested yourself! Plants are inherently eco-conscious, but being safe for children and pets is an even bigger plus. Blueberry plants and edible berries are wonderful choices for gardens.
  3. Support for Bees and Butterflies. Delightedly, people are becoming more and more aware of the plight of our magnificent bees and butterflies. Homeowners are now planting milkweed to attract Monarch larvae and plants like lavender to attract bees.

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  4. Colors. This season, elect to be fashion-forward in your interior and exterior. Don’t be afraid to liven up your patio with bold colors — varying shades of pink, pastels, and light and airy hued bulbs are a must have this season. You’re not just limited to colorful plants, either! Choose colorful plant containers to add even more personality to your outdoor area.
  5. Innovative Outdoor Entertainment. As American homes shrink in size, more and more homeowners are looking to transform their outdoor areas into a genuine living space. This shift has resulted in the increasing availability of outdoor products geared towards entertainment. Who wouldn’t want a pizza oven to entertain children and guests at an outdoor gathering, or a heater so you can continue to enjoy your patio well into winter?
  6. Portable Gardens. Convenient and charming, container gardens add foliage and a natural touch to even the tightest of spaces. Vertical wall planters offer incredible flexibility and can pretty much be hung anywhere in the home or outside.

For help turning your outdoor area into a modern liveable space, contact Lifescape today.

Put the Green Back in Your Lawn: Top Lawn Care Tips

April is National Lawn Care Month, and we want to help you get your lawn green again with some lawn care tips.

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First, you want to examine the content of your soil to be sure it is healthy. Good soil contains microorganisms, is well drained, and promotes oxygen flow. You can contact your local county extension agent or other community resources to test the pH balance of your soil to determine what nutrients may need to be added.

Determine if the grass you have or are considering planting is suitable for your climate. This is a major factor for Colorado homeowners, as many homeowners opt for grass-free landscapes due to drought restrictions and our climate. If you do go with grass, you can either lay sod or grow it from seed. Planting season will depend on the type of grass. Keep grass moist but not too wet.

Another reason to have your soil tested is to help determine how much and what type of fertilizer you may need for your lawn. Going with a slow-release fertilizer is best for reducing runoff and being sure the nutrients are absorbed. Fertilizing your lawn is a very meticulous process. Follow the 4R’s for best results: “right fertilizer at the right rate at the right time in the right place.”

Apply good mowing practices such as not cutting grass too short, not cutting the grass when it is wet, switching directions each time you mow, spreading grass clippings on your lawn, and following safety guidelines.

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Lastly, try to avoid using chemical pesticides to control pests. Avoid pests by keeping your lawn healthy. If pesticides are necessary, be sure to follow all safety guidelines when applying.

For more tips on growing and maintaining a green lawn, contact Lifescape.

Lifescape Colorado Wins an ELITE Award from ALCC

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We are excited to announce that Lifescape has won an ELITE (Elevating the Landscape Industry Through Excellence) Award from the Associated Landscape Contractors of Colorado (ALCC). The award was given for our Castle Pines Residence project in the Installation/Construction category. The project was recognized by our industry peers as the top in landscape design and construction in the state of Colorado in 2014, so this is a tremendous honor.

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The Castle Pines Residence represents a mountain modern landscaping style. This can be seen through “a simplified plant palette, crushed gravel, clean lines, and a few perfectly placed landscape features,” according to the award judges. In addition, each part of the landscape features a focal point, such as a garden, a sculpture that complements its surroundings, a fire pit, and a winding path that leads to a patio. Together the project delivers style and functionality.

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We enjoyed working with the client’s architect to blend the landscape with the design of the home. Located in the Castle Pines Valley in Castle Rock, Colorado, the home is in the middle of the wilderness, set back from the road about 400 feet. Despite its rugged setting, the landscape features well-manicured turf and hand-pruned boxwoods that complement a native grass meadow. Another unique feature of the home is the rooftop landscape that was installed above a newly added automobile gallery. Care was taken to be sure it looks like it is a part of the original home.

Let us design an award-winning landscape for you by contacting Lifescape.