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Top Benefits of Permeable Pavers

The water cycle is a contained loop that relies on precipitation, collection and evaporation. Unfortunately, pavement-rich environments make it difficult for water to percolate back to earth’s groundwater layer, as well as to the ocean. Permeable pavers are an attractive, concrete alternative that are also an important addition to water-conscious landscapes.

Add Permeable Pavers to Your Colorado Hardscaping Plan

Pavers are incredibly versatile and can be installed as expansive driveways and patios or as sporadic stepping stones along a dirt path. Here are some of the top benefits of using permeable pavers in your outdoor areas.

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Conserve water and improve irrigation. Mother Nature’s plan is almost always more efficient than our own. By using patio pavers as a hardscaping tool, you allow rain, condensation, sprinkler run-off, etc., to permeate back underground, rather than running off into the streets. This is of immediate benefit to your property’s irrigation plan. All your drought-tolerant plants will require less water from forced irrigation.

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Add a little drought-tolerant green. Can’t decide between a lawn or patio space? Leave some space between your pavers, and you can enjoy the best of both worlds. By introducing drought-tolerant ground cover, you can enjoy a gorgeous extended patio area ideal for entertaining and socializing. Don’t worry, you’ll still be able to maintain a lovely green view.

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Low-maintenance. Permeable pavers are low-maintenance, especially in a climate with extreme temperatures. The contraction/expansion that occurs during freezes and thaws wreak havoc on traditional hardscaping surfaces. Pavers are able to withstand this process due to their porous composition.

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Winter safety. Snow and ice melt faster with permeable pavers, which reduces the amount of salts and/or de-icers you use on your landscape. You can also minimize winter ice hazards by installing permeable pavers.

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Versatile aesthetics. Your paver options are practically limitless. From brick and natural stones to colorful pavers in different sizes and shapes, your landscape architect will be able to plan a Colorado hardscape that complements your home’s surrounding architecture.

Lifescape Colorado is happy to help design and install permeable pavers to enhance your Colorado landscape. Contact us to get started today!

How to Landscape for Privacy

While cities offer accessibility, excitement and culture, it can also mean traffic, noise and lack of privacy. This can make us long for a more rural lifestyle. Fortunately, landscaping can create a rural oasis in the midst of the action, and it will also add desirable privacy too.

The following suggestions will provide privacy from the outside world. Or, you can integrate a private nook within your Denver landscape design.

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Structural Privacy

One of the fastest ways to gain instant privacy is to use hardscaping. Fences, lattice work and screens can work to provide a no-view or partial-view of the outside world.

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Fences. A traditional fence is always a good option for creating a backyard oasis that is kept entirely separate from the outside world. It works in larger spaces, but a smaller backyard may end up feeling boxed in if you aren’t careful.

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Panels or Lattice work. These vertical panels of lattice are more solid than traditional lattice work. By painting them, you can enhance the design appeal for backyard guests. They also provide privacy, while still allowing an outside view. You can use solid paneling for a more stylish barrier.

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Screens. Even freestanding screens can be used for privacy. To winter winds, you will want to reinforce them with metal or wooden posts. Climbing plants can be added for color and greenery.

Fall is the season to design and build your hardscaping, so it’s ready to go when warmer weather returns.

Living Privacy

Besides the use of climbing plants to create privacy on trellises, you can use containers and fast-growing plants for a softer barrier between you and your neighbors.

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Containers. Large-scale containers are an artful way to create a partial physical barrier. Grasses, flowering plants and trees can be added to soften the effect.

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Fast-growing plants. Bamboo and horsetail are both fast-growing and tenacious plants. However, when you contain their roots, they make an excellent living fence.

The best of both worlds. This Better Homes and Gardens article has beautiful examples of how hardscaping and landscaping can be combined to enhance privacy and visual interest.

The design experts at Lifescape are eager to assist you and your Denver landscape design.