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5 Reasons to Include Kale in Your Garden

Kale is one of the most nutrient dense plants you can introduce to your garden; and many people enjoy growing it for these very benefits. However, kale also holds interest for many gardeners beyond its culinary properties. Here are five reasons to consider adding kale to your Colorado garden.

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Kale adds a burst of color. Ornamental varieties offer hues of green, red, pink and white. However, you don’t have to stick with these types to get color. You can find culinary kale in shades of blue-green and red.

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Kale also adds texture. You can choose from frilly leaves, smooth leaves and curled leaves or mix and match different types. Varying plant textures break up boring lines and can add visual interest to your landscape.

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It’s easy to plant and grow. Kale is a cool-season crop planted from seed or transplants in late winter/early spring or late summer. It prefers a lot of sunlight in cool weather, but also tolerates semi-shade in warm weather. One of the most important considerations for this plant is the soil, which should be rich in nutrients.

Adding compost to the top 12 inches of your garden soil will help give kale a good start. For extra convenience, you can grow kale in pots as part of your container garden. This allows you to move the plants to a more shaded area when the weather gets hot.

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It can withstand cold. Weather can be unpredictable in Colorado, and near-freezing temperatures can occur unexpectedly in the spring or fall. Kale won’t mind a frost, and ornamental kale can even handle a below-freezing drop down to 20 degrees.

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Kale keeps on giving. One of the best benefits of growing culinary kale is that once it’s established with many leaves, you can start picking off the lower ones to consume. This plant will continue growing and providing you with additional nutrient-packed greenery for the duration of its growing season.

If you’re interested in adding kale or other plants to your garden, let Lifescape Colorado do the work for you. Contact us today to learn more about the many landscape and gardening services we provide.

Beautiful Garden Path Ideas

Garden paths are more than just functional landscape design elements — they can alter the flow, aesthetic appeal and energy of your Colorado garden design. Indeed, a winding “natural” path has a much different visual impact than a straight line of pavers or a square-cornered path found in manicured English gardens.

The following design ideas are great for creating beautiful garden paths that suit your landscape.

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Mysterious path. Paths help lead the eye from one visible area to another. However, you can add an air of mystery and enchantment by creating a path that leads from a central garden area to a more private location. Look at how this flagstone path gently curves behind a patch of taller shrubs and trees that help obscure both its destination and the view from the gazebo.

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Add a gate. Do you have an existing gate that leads from one side of your yard to another? Consider adding a garden gate or arbor to divide the two spaces.  A gate can draw the eye, and if you want more privacy, you can use materials that support climbers to create a natural boundary.

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Create a transition. We love how this backyard contains pavers to create a transition from a more formal and solid patio space to a less manicured yard. The pavers start with a tight formation near the patio and then begin to spread out, leaving planted space in between until they disappear into the landscape beyond.

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Complement your foliage and blooms. If you’re always out in your garden, you’ll want to make sure your landscape elements connect and relate to one another. It’s important to think about the types of plants you have surrounding your future path and then choose a walkway material that will complement them.

Are you interested in adding a beautiful garden pathway to enhance your backyard enjoyment? Contact the landscape design and build team at Lifescape Colorado, and we’ll make it happen for you.

A Colorado Gardener’s July Checklist

July is a month in which your Colorado landscape may require a little extra planning and attention. While your landscape transforms into a colorful oasis, most of your gardening tasks may entail an early morning wake up call so you can head outside before the summer sun heats up.

Here’s a quick garden checklist for you to follow in the month of July.

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Enjoy the floral bounty. If you’ve heeded our advice and created a mostly native landscape plan, then many of your plants will be on auto-pilot this time of the year. You’re getting the visual benefit of the late spring and early summer blooms, as well as the new flowers put forth by your mid- to late-summer bloomers.

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Check out the birds and bees. This is a great time to set up a temporary viewing station. If you don’t have a permanent one in place amongst your beautiful blooms already, a small bistro table and two chairs can be easily moved from flower cluster to flower cluster. Sitting at a small table, you can easily watch bees, butterflies, hummingbirds and other winged creatures partake of the abundant pollen and nectar of your garden blooms.

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General tree, shrub and plant care. Even though your hands will remain (mostly) dirt-free, keep an eye on your plants and trim them as needed. Remove about a third of the old growth on your shrubs as well as any ground-level suckers. Deadhead your blooming plants and remove old flower spikes and other dead/dying plant material to keep your garden looking at its best.

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Keep an eye on the water. July and August are our hottest, driest months and if you aren’t observant, plants can wither quickly if they aren’t getting enough water. Look for signs of water stress and amend your watering accordingly. Don’t forget to look for any leaks or malfunctions in your drip system and soaker hoses before watering deeply.

Remember that Lifescape Colorado offers full landscape maintenance services, and we’re happy to do all the work for you. If you’re worried about a troubling spot in your Denver landscape, contact Lifescape Colorado online, or give us a call at 303.831.8310.

Natural Pest Control Solutions for Colorado Gardens

Landscaping with sustainable practices in mind can help eliminate toxic pesticides that are harmful to the environment. There’s a learning curve involved, but the benefits far outweigh any inconveniences. In addition to polluting the air, soil and water, pesticides also wipe out huge populations of beneficial insects that help eliminate harmful garden pests that can damage your plants.

Take a moment to learn about some of the natural pest control solutions you can use to eradicate the pests you don’t want, while keeping beneficial insects and critters alive and active.

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Use birdhouses and bird baths. Talk about a two-fer; birds who prey on garden pests want nothing to do with your fruits and veggies. We’re fortunate to have a whole host of insect-loving birds here in Colorado, such as bluebirds, nuthatches, grosbeaks, chickadee, swallows and more. Providing a habitat for them near your garden gives them ample access to the creepy crawly things they love to feed their hatchlings. Plus, you get to watch the interesting and playful behaviors displayed by these intriguing members of the animal kingdom.

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Raise chickens. Even a hen or two will do their part in eating predatory garden insects. They also like greens and veggies so it’s usually best to feed chickens hand-picked garden pests, and then let them have free reign of the beds in between crops to eliminate pests and fertilize the soil.

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Identify good guys. It’s worth your while to identify beneficial insects so you know who to keep and who to pick off. Some of Colorado’s native insects are your best ally in eliminating harmful pests. Examples include:

  • Spiders
  • Assassin Bugs
  • Lady Bugs
  • Green Lacewings
  • Syrphid Flies
  • Ground Beetles
  • Preying Mantids
  • And so many more!

You can consult this fantastic guide from CSU to learn more.

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Organic insecticides. There are plenty of organic pesticide options as well, including diatomaceous earth (DE), horticulture oils and Bt (Bacillus thuringiensis). Make sure you discuss them with your landscape designer to learn more about how to use these insecticides.

Lifescape Colorado is committed to helping you design and maintain the most sustainable landscape possible, so make sure you contact us today for more information about our services.

Beautiful Backyard Garden Structures

Landscape designers often speak about the importance of adding three-dimensional interest, as well as color and texture, to outdoor spaces. This can be done by integrating a well-manicured lawn or rock garden to the bottom of your landscape, planting trees in a range of sizes at the low- to mid-line of your garden, or adding garden structures to draw the eye upwards.

In addition to enhancing the visual appeal of your Colorado landscape, beautiful backyard garden structures will also improve the function of your outdoor spaces. Here are five examples of potential garden structures you might consider adding to your landscape.

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Arbors. Arbors can be as simple as a graceful arch or square laden with climbers that welcome guests through your front gate, or they can be more significant in stature, accommodating a bench, chairs or a dining area below. Arbors are fabulous focal points that can separate one area from another.

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Pergolas. Similar to an arbor, pergolas have four supporting legs and are a bit larger. Posts and cross beams cross the top of the structure to form an open roof. Often, they’re accompanied by climbing plants or can be augmented with fabric or natural materials if more shade is needed. Pergolas are often used to highlight existing features, like a pool or fountain, or to create a boundary for a seating or dining area.

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Gazebos. Gazebos take the outdoor garden structure to a whole new level, providing a more sheltered space for dining, entertaining, or quiet reflection. They’re usually round or hexagonal and can be completely exposed or completely enclosed, depending on the climate or your visual preferences.

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Pavilion. Not to be confused with gazebos, pavilions are usually completely square or rectangular in construction and have a sold roof similar to a house. Pavilions provide a larger sheltered outdoor space for entertaining.

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Lath house. A lath house, or lattice house, is built using an open grid, suggestive of a windowed greenhouse, but completely open to the elements. It adds visual interest while preserving an unobstructed view of your surrounding landscape.

Lifescape Colorado offers the landscape design and construction services required to add one or more of these beautiful structures to your Colorado landscape architecture. Contact us today to get started on your new landscape design project.