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Project Spotlight: Colorado Golf Club

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Design by Lifescape Colorado

Located just south of Denver in Parker, Colo., the Colorado Golf Club stretches over 7,604 pristine yards and plays to par-72. When Bill Coore and Ben Crenshaw first set out to design it, they envisioned a course that would glorify the natural landscape, while providing a haven for golfers of all levels. Their success is irrefutable. The Championship Course offers nice challenges for even the world’s top players.

In 2007, T&L Golf named the Colorado Golf Club one of the top 10 new courses of the year, and GOLF Magazine even named it one of the “10 to Watch” worldwide. Most recently, the Championship Course hosted the 2010 Senior PGA Championship and the 2013 Solheim Cup.

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Design by Lifescape Colorado

Lifescape Colorado has had the honor of designing and installing the entire clubhouse complex and entrances for the elite golf club. Now, our Lifescape Care team maintains the highly-manicured areas of the entrances and the native prairie near the clubhouse.

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Design by Lifescape Colorado

Working on a golf course that hosts professional tournaments presents many challenges, but the first challenge we faced was having to bring the landscape back to life. The building of the Colorado Golf Club was brought to a halt during the 2008 economic downturn, and it wasn’t until three years later that the construction was finally completed. In 2011, the Lifescape Care team was faced with the challenge of restoring the overgrown and neglected landscape.

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Design by Lifescape Colorado

Our scope of maintenance work for the Championship Course ranges from mowing perfect lines in turf areas to training vines and diligently pruning and deadheading perennials. In several ways, we’re also getting the opportunity to put our true horticulture expertise into play.

  • Installing season color amidst drastic swings in weather conditions
  • Caring for over 220 roses on the rose terraces (a focal point of the clubhouse)
  • Executing special irrigation and pest and disease monitoring of the 50-foot transported ponderosa pines
  • Battling necrotic ring spot in the turf area with broadleaf weed control pre-emergent and summer and fall fertilizations
  • Designing and executing a patriotically-themed landscape for the internationally televised 2013 Solheim Cup event
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Design by Lifescape Colorado

The year-long Solheim Cup project was particularly exciting and challenging. After having our design approved by the executive leaders hosting the tournament, we ended up grappling with a major curve ball as Colorado temperatures broke records from 1872. The special rose program we were forced to develop and execute as a result was well worth it. The colorful landscape display was even the opening image on NBC News’ coverage of the event!

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Design by Lifescape Colorado

Working with the CGC continues to be an incredibly fulfilling partnership as we help them overcome budget constraints, unpredictable weather and disease and pest infestations. We maintained a strict awareness of the active course and its members by adhering to course rules and flexible service schedules. Lifescape invites you to visit the course and immerse yourself in this award-winning landscape.

Learn about Lifescape Colorado and our landscape architecture, construction and maintenance services by calling 303.831.8310.

Navigating Saturated Soils

From droughts to floods to blizzards, our beautiful state must navigate extreme weather conditions. Among the other things this entails, it means gardeners and landscapers have their work cut out for them. After flooding, soil will be saturated and specific measures should be taken in order to keep plants healthy.

Drying Out

It may sound obvious, but hold off on all irrigation until soil is no longer saturated. Some of your plants may appear drooping as if thirsty or show other signs similar to drought-stress. These symptoms, however, are a result of plants being waterlogged after heavy moisture.

Saucers of outdoor container plants should be emptied, and saucers should be set aside so that water can be allowed to drain out the bottom of pots. If heavy rain is in the forecast again, do not replace the saucers.

When soil finally seems to be drying out, it’s still important to keep a close eye on the weather. Closely monitoring rain patterns will be necessary to irrigation schedules.

Replacing Nutrients 

Heavy rains wash nutrients out of soil. This often means your plants will need an extra application of nutrients after the rains have stopped.

Watching for Plant Diseases

Heavy moisture provides an ideal environment for fungus and other plant diseases. Black spots on tomatoes, for example, may indicate blossom end rot. Also, be aware of powdery mildew, which is likely to show up on particular plants prone to this condition.

 

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Source: Wells Design Landscapes via Houzz

 

When nature unleashes a torrent upon an area, it is a good time to assess which landscaping areas held up well under the wrath and which did not. Note remaining areas of standing water in the yard. These areas may indicate a need for either improving the slope or improving the drainage ability of the soil.

For expert assistance regarding waterlogged soil, soil drainage, plant care and all of your landscaping needs, contact us at Lifescape Colorado. We offer many types of services, including landscape maintenance.

5 Low-Water Ferns for Colorado Landscapes

When imagining a drought-tolerant landscape, many people do not picture ferns. There is also a myth that you cannot grow ferns out west. However, you can indeed grow ferns in the west and several types do fine with little watering. Here are few of the low-water ferns that can grow in Colorado.

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Source: Norm Plate via Sunset magazine

Autumn fern: Found in woodlands and forests, it grows to two feet and boasts interesting colors. Fronds are multi-colored in spring, with hues of pink, copper and yellow, which turn green in summer. In autumn, rusty brown replaces the green and red spores appear on the undersides in winter.

Giant chain fern: A very tall fern in its natural habitat, it will grow up to six feet high in a cultivated landscape. This is an excellent fern for creating natural dividers or any space that could benefit from height.

Western sword fern: Western sword grows its tallest in moist years, but can still handle dry times. It is native to western forests and can add a woodsy feel to the landscape.

Colorado male fern: This low-maintenance fern grows up to three feet high in optimal conditions of shade and moist, fertile soil. It can handle some sunlight, but to avoid extra watering, consider a shady area first.

Long Ear Holly fern: An evergreen fern that adds a touch of green to the landscape through all seasons, the Long Ear Holly is not only drought-tolerant, it also handles freezing temperatures. Grow several together for a wonderful cluster of shiny green fronds.

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Source: Tish Treherne via Sunset magazine

Many ferns enjoy moist soil, but that does not mean they like soggy, muddy soil. Whether they are grown in a container or directly in the ground, the best soil is rich but well-drained. Most ferns also prefer indirect sunlight or shade to full sunlight, and this should always be considered when using these in a landscape design.

Interested in a drought-tolerant landscape? The landscaping professionals at Lifescape Colorado can assist you in choosing the best low-water plants and designing a landscape that is beautiful while also water-wise and low maintenance. Contact us to discover more about our services.

Transforming Outdoor Spaces with Carpentry

Outdoor structures – trellises, arbors, pergolas and other carpentry – have the wonderful ability to add function and interest to landscapes while also creating a connection between homes and landscapes. But with this carpentry, there can be more than meets the eye. These structures can serve multiple purposes and add unexpected function. Here are some reasons – which you might not immediately think of – to boost your landscape or garden with one of these support structures.

Trellises

A trellis is usually incorporated into gardens and landscapes to hold climbing plants. Here a trellis doubles as a fence enclosing a courtyard and adding privacy while still not stealing attention away from plants and greenery.

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Photo via Houzz

Arbors

Sometime in the shape of an arch, arbors can be used to add definition and privacy by placing them at the beginning or end of a walkway or by creating a tunnel effect.

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Photo via Houzz

Arbors can also be added to areas of the garden which could benefit from a little height. Or, they can be built with a swing, like this arbor design by our team here at Lifescape.

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Arbor and swing design by Lifescape in Denver

 

Pergolas

This narrow pergola may seem insignificant but it actually serves an important function. It filters the sunlight just enough to keep plants from being scorched by the sun.

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Photo via Houzz

Designed and constructed by the Lifescape team, this pergola turns this outdoor space into a beautiful garden scene complete with a stage for entertaining. When there aren’t horns and strings, this space makes a wonderful outdoor dining area.

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Pergola design by Lifescape in Denver

See some of the other trellises, arbors and pergolas that Lifescape has designed for clients across Colorado by browsing our gallery. If you’re ready to do more with your yard so you can actually use (and enjoy) it more, contact Lifescape. Our talented team of landscaping professionals can work with you to develop a custom landscape design that is functional and beautiful year round.

How Well Do You Know Your Soil?

Have you ever proudly planted a garden that you lovingly watered, weeded and sunned, only to have the once-promising harvest not grow beyond the sprouted stage? What could have gone wrong? Perhaps it was the soil. Poor soil conditions can influence the success of your garden, which would have benefited from a test to make sure the topsoil was a stable environment for plants to flourish.

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The success of your garden depends on the health of the topsoil
— Image via Lifescape

Every geographic region in the world has a different type of topsoil comprised of varying minerals and organic matter. Colorado’s climate, geography and geology do not produce the most nutrient-rich soil in all the land. Particular to the Front Range, the resultant soil profile is mostly thick clay that lacks organic matter, which and impedes proper drainage and root growth, thereby stunting plants’ maturity. The best way to combat this problem is to mix the clay soil with sand or organic materials such as compost, dead leaves, grass clippings, or peat moss.

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The Front Range’s soil profile mostly contains thick clay
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To find out if the dirt in your yard is conducive to optimum plant growth, it is a good idea to have the topsoil tested. Front Range soil tends to have a high pH — specifically with alkaline and calcium; therefore, it is difficult to grow plants that require acidic soil. A topsoil test will determine if your soil has too much or too little nutrients like iron, nitrogen, phosphorus, potassium and many more elements. A test will also uncover contaminants in the soil.

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Rhododendrons thrive best in acidic soil — not readily found on the Front Range.
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But knowing the pH of the topsoil isn’t the only thing to consider before planting a garden. You’ll also need to scope out:

  • Land grading. Steep slopes affect soil erosion. Conversely, the bottoms of hills can collect too much water. 
  • Existing vegetation. How well do other flora and fauna in the area fare? Does the land have a tendency to invite weeds? Is there competition for space with surrounding trees and plants?
  • Sunlight and shade. Most plants require at least six hours of direct sunlight per day, so make sure the proposed garden area receives the minimum amount.
  • Underground and overhead barriers. Septic tank systems, large tree roots, and utility pipes and wires will only get in the way of any landscaping. If you plan on planting tall shrubs or trees, ensure that  utility wires overhead won’t be an issue.
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When planning a garden, consider the land’s limitations.
— Image via Lifescape

Understanding the makeup of the soil in your yard, as well as other factors that contribute to soil’s health, is an important step in the planning stages of a landscaping or gardening project. Contact  Lifescape in Denver to help you configure the perfect way to make your garden grow!