Did you know that investing in your landscaping can pay you back? We’re not simply talking in your home’s worth, but bringing more value to your environment and your own well-being. Take a look at three ways your landscaping can pay you back.
1. Can cut cooling costs – cooling costs can be lowered as much as 25% by carefully selecting and placing trees around your home. Also, shading your air conditioning unit can increase its effectiveness by 10%.
2. Vegetable gardens can pay back times two -The amount of money you spend on growing your own vegetables can bring back 7 to 10 times the initial investment in your own locally-grown produce. The second way a vegetable garden can pay you back is by burning calories. It’s a fact that 45 minutes of gardening can burn as much calories as 30 minutes of aerobics?
3. Energy that comes back – Water and maintenance used to keep plants healthy don’t go down the drain when you consider things like turf grass, which serves as a natural filter to reduce pollution by purifying the water passing through its root zone.
Are you ready to find out more about how investing in your landscaping can pay you, your family, and your community back? Contact a designer at Lifescape for more information. 303-831-8310
It is very important that as professional landscape contractors, we dedicate time and effort into gaining more knowledge and skill sets that will help us to create beautiful, healthy landscapes for all of our clients.
Last week, Lifescape attended the Material Marketing Grand Opening event. “Materials Marketing is America’s oldest, largest and only fully integrated stone manufacturer of hand-carved architectural stone and tile.” This was a great event for Lifescape Associates to network and get new ideas from interior designers, architects, builders, and engineers. Working with various disciplines can help us create a smooth transition from indoors to outdoors while matching the architectural character of a home.
If you want to enhance the beauty of your Colorado landscape with hardscapes and landscape structures that create a seamless flow of beauty, contact Lifescape Associates by calling 303-831-8310.
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For those who are becoming more invested in their gardens, one key thing you must remember is that the quality of your plants, vegetables and fruits depend on the soil and what you put in it. Make sure you check your dirt and the quality of the seeds you are planting. It is important to know what type of soil you have because your efforts to grow certain plants may not give you the best results. For Colorado, having low organic matter less than 1 percent is typical. In order to get the soil to 3 to 5 percent organic matter, which is the desired range, you will have to amend the soil.
Get a soil test before you begin adding amendments. You need to learn what needs to be added first. The soil test will give you vital information about the PH of your soil, salt content, content of minerals and the amount of organic matter. If this sounds like quite a bit of work, it is. However, this is what you need to know in order to grow the best garden possible.
Contact Lifescape Associates at 303-831-8310 if you need the help of professional landscape designers for your outdoor gardens.
The Associated Landscape Contractors of Colorado (ALCC) honor the most spectacular and innovative landscapes around the state. ALCC’s Awards competition celebrates landscapes designed, installed, irrigated, renovated and managed by association members. The 2010 Excellence in Landscape Awards dinner took place in late February and was a great place to celebrate and discuss the year’s success. Lifescape Associates is proud to have won two Awards of Excellence, one for a renovation project in Denver, the other for a water features project in Cherry Hill.
“These winning landscapes provide a snapshot of the most innovative landscape designs and cutting-edge trends seen in Colorado landscaping today,” – Kristen Fefes, ALCC executive director via landscapeonline.com
The categories from the awards show ranged from landscape construction and xeriscape to interior landscape and use of color.The Associated Landscape Contractors of Colorado has over 700 members across the state and is the premier professional organization for Colorado’s landscape contractors.