The days are getting shorter and with holidays just around the corner, it’s already time to start thinking about adding festive holiday lighting to your landscape. Here are some suggestions:
Get started early.
Being proactive with your holiday lighting will ensure that your home and landscape offers a welcoming glow to visiting family and friends. Now is the time to line up a professional designer or installer so that you can stay ahead of the seasonal rush and leave time for the other busy aspects of the holiday season.
Safety comes first.
Some intrepid homeowners may enjoy the annual ritual of risking life and limb to hang their own holiday lighting, but for the rest of us it’s best to leave that to the pros. Engage installers with experience in exterior illumination, a good understanding of the dangers of working with electricity and proven safety procedures for working on roofs, tall ladders and in trees.
Experienced and reputable professionals
The Lifescape team offers years of experience in handling large-scale holiday lighting projects. Our professionals have established safety practices and work year round installing exterior lighting and working with tall trees, so when the holidays come, we’re always ready to go. We even install the holiday lights at the Governor’s Mansion – including the famous Millennial Tree!
Use high quality low voltage LED lighting.
Lifescape is a Sustainable Landscape Charter Partner with the Association of Landscape Contractors of Colorado, and the use of LED low voltage lighting is part of our commitment to being a green-friendly company. High quality LED systems are safer to install and maintain, use less energy and are more cost-effective for homeowners in the long term.
Contact Lifescape today to learn how we can help you brighten up the season with holiday lighting.
The National Association of Landscape Professionals (NALP) is the trade association for the landscape industry and represents the voice of more than 100,000 landscape professionals. Each year this organization hosts the NALP Awards Program at its Landscapes conference to recognize landscape professionals for their exemplary work at a national level. Lifescape Colorado is honored to have received two prestigious Grand Awards at the LANDSCAPES 2017 conference on October 19th in Louisville, Kentucky.
The Grand Award is the NALP’s top category and recognizes interiorscape, landscape, and lawn care professionals who design and create superior projects. The association judged all entries on the basis of difficulty, craftsmanship, attention to detail, and specific criteria listed for each category.
Below is an overview of the two projects that Lifescape Colorado received Grand Awards for:
Grand Award: Small Residential Design/Build Category
We received the Grand Award in the small residential design/build category for our York Street Revival project in Denver, Colorado. Lifescape Colorado was engaged to create a beautiful backyard makeover complete with an outdoor kitchen, dining area, pergola, lighting, fireplace, spa, plantings, hardscape, and more to compliment a 1920’s home. The project was executed over the course of three years and truly gave this historic home a new life.
Grand Award: Residential Landscape Management Category
We were honored to receive another Grand Award at the 2017 Landscapes Conference in the residential landscape management category with our Georgian Charm project in Englewood, Colorado. This project features Georgian-inspired architecture with a mixture of formal gardens and more relaxed meadows and plantings on a 2.5-acre site. After the initial install, Lifescape Colorado transitioned to a year-round garden management plan.
Since 1976 Lifescape Colorado has been completing quality, custom residential and commercial projects in the areas of landscape design, project construction, and customized maintenance programs. Our attention to detail, award-winning designs, and craftsmanship construction sets us apart from the competition.
Contact us to learn more about how we can help you take your Colorado landscape to the next level.
Although we’re currently in the thick of fall, now is the ideal time to start planning for your spring landscape. By working with a landscape professional now, you can plan for beautiful color, proactively make changes and add hardscapes, outdoor living or other features to enhance your outdoor space.
Here are some ways that the Lifescape team will help you plan a beautiful spring landscape:
1. Plant bulbs.
Fall is the ideal time to plant bulbs. Bulbs must be planted before the ground freezes but in time to go through the chilling process that is necessary for them to bloom properly in spring. A Lifescape expert will help you determine the best varieties to plant and the optimal locations in your landscape for tulips, daffodils, and other colorful spring flowers to provide maximum impact.
2. Incorporate hardscapes.
Hardscapes are an attractive way to highlight flower beds, walkways and walls. The fall is a great time to replace cracked concrete drives, walkways and patios with permeable interlocking pavers that allow for the movement of rainwater through the surface. Our talented designers can help you incorporate hardscapes into your landscape, enhancing your home’s year-round curb appeal.
3. Plant trees and shrubs.
Adding trees and shrubs to your landscape will provide shade, beauty and wind protection for your outdoor living space. Planting in the fall before the ground freezes will allow them to establish root systems and be better prepared for beautiful spring growth.
4. Avoid the spring rush.
Many homeowners choose to wait until spring to make enhancements to their landscape. This, along with the natural cycle of growth makes spring the busiest time of year for landscapers. Avoid the spring rush by scheduling projects in the fall while our Team has more availability and can complete your landscape upgrade quickly.
Enjoy the colorful spring garden that you’ve always wanted. Contact Lifescape now to make the most of our beautiful fall weather.
As our temperatures in Colorado begin to cool down, the change in seasons presents the perfect opportunity for a variety of landscape updates and installations. Here are a few ideas that will enhance your outdoor experience this fall and in the months to come:
Here are several ways that our team at Lifescape Colorado can help you plan a colorful spring landscape:
Plants, trees, and bulbs
Fall is the ideal time to plant bulbs as the soil is still warm and workable. Plant bulbs before the first freeze arrives, which is historically mid-October in Denver. Planting in the fall will give bulbs an opportunity to establish a healthy root system for your spring landscape. Your landscape designer will help you determine the optimal locations in your yard where tulips, daffodils, and other colorful spring flowers will thrive.
Hardscape and Pavers for walkways and patios
As your plants and flowers begin to be less of a focus during the cooler months, fall is the perfect time to consider adding to or upgrading hardscape, replacing cracked or uninteresting pavement with beautiful, textural pavers or adding a patio or outdoor living area. By getting started now, you’ll likely avoid the spring rush that can often slow down getting your project scheduled.
Fireplaces, Fire Pits and Fire Bowls
Adding a fireplace, unique fire bowl or fire pit will turn your outdoor living area into a year-round space for relaxing and entertaining. As the evening temperatures dip, you’ll still be able to enjoy the outdoor beauty that Colorado offers this time of year. Whatever your style is, the team at Lifescape Colorado will help create a beautiful, functional design that fits your lifestyle and landscape.
As daylight hours shorten, now is the perfect time to add visually dramatic, high-tech landscape lighting. Allow your home and landscape to stand out beautifully and extend opportunities for outdoor living and entertaining after dark. Enhance security and highlight points of interest throughout your landscape with high quality, low voltage LED fixtures that allow for greater sustainability and longevity.
As you consider landscape enhancements this fall, contact the Lifescape Team for help navigating the best options for your specific property. You’ll see why we have been a preferred landscape expert since 1976.
With cooler weather ahead, many of the plants in your landscape will be going into dormancy for the season. Now is the time to start planning for late fall garden preparations that will help your landscape flourish with fewer pests and diseases come spring.
Here are several ways that our landscape professionals at Lifescape Colorado can set your fall garden up to thrive come spring:
The experts at Lifescape Colorado carefully clean grounds and gardens to prevent pests and disease from over-wintering. Removing pest-ridden plants and debris is a top priority. We identify problem foliage and can often save plants by removing diseased parts. Dead annuals should be removed and composted, assuming they show no signs of pests or disease.
Water trees and shrubs.
Photo Credit- Spring Hill Nursery
Stick to the recommended watering schedule for trees and shrubs while temperatures remain above freezing. The moisture that your trees and shrubs receive in late fall will be beneficial as they head into dormancy.
Aerate and Fertilize.
Late fall is a great time to have your lawn aerated to allow for better penetration of water, oxygen, and fertilizer. Within 48 hours of having your lawn aerated, our experts apply an appropriate fertilizer carefully selected for your landscape needs.
Cut back perennials.
Photo Credit- Spring Hill Nursery
As color fades, our maintenance experts cut back perennials and add a layer of organic mulch to protect them from harsh winter temperatures. Evergreens and ornamental grasses will provide welcomed color and texture throughout the winter months until the perennials awake again in the spring.
Protect vulnerable plants.
Some plants in your garden will need extra protection during the winter months. For example, a wind-blocking structure can be used to protect small evergreen plants. Giving roses and bulbs an extra layer of mulch will help them to thrive come spring. The Lifescape professionals know your landscape and how to protect your vulnerable plants from the winter weather in Colorado.
Contact Lifescape Colorado now to start planning your winter landscape preparations. Learn more about our year-round landscape maintenance services!