When it comes to creating water-wise landscapes built to handle the semi-arid Denver climate, the design and construction team at Lifescape are the best. Now you can follow along as they revive the landscape and entrance area at their new office.
Formerly a church with a large open area, the renovation will showcase a variety of modern hardscape and interesting plant combinations on display for all to see.
The experts at Lifescape will be working within the restraints of the existing retaining wall system to freshen up and modernize this unkempt entry. Be sure to check back here to watch as our team turns this space into something amazing!
There’s something special about the natural beauty you wake up to everyday here in Colorado. Therefore, there must be something special about the trees that truly thrive here. Here are some examples of trees that will make your landscape even more amazing.
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Austrian Pine – Planted as part of the nation’s great Dust Bowl Shelterbelt project, it has thrived in some of the worst climate and soil conditions. These large evergreens grow in an oval shape, are great for screening and can provide nesting sites and shelter for owls.
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Winter King Hawthorn – This small- to medium-sized ornamental is truly a four-season tree. It produces showy fruits in the fall and winter, flowers in the spring and a clean summer foliage. Growing best in full to partial sun and well-drained soil, it can adapt to poor soil, heat and drought; making it ideal for our semiarid climate.
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Gambel Oak – One of the state’s major tree species also known as the Rocky Mountain white oak, it thrives in open areas of low precipitation where subfreezing temperatures do not last year long. Rising up to as much as 15 feet in elevations over 4,000 feet, it’s an important food source for deer, livestock and squirrels, who store the acorns for winter.
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Japanese Tree Lilac – With a beauty that also produces a lovely fragrance, this small flowering ornamental tree shines as a single or multi-stem with clusters of white flowers on a naturally attractive shape with a reddish bark. Thriving in any well-drained soil, it seldom suffers from insect or disease concerns.
Kentucky Coffeetree – It has extreme drought tolerance and grows in just about any soil with a spreading canopy that can shield gardens from direct sunlight. It’s not very attractive before reaching full height, but then serves as a great shade tree adding visual interest to your yard.
Colorado’s gold Aspen trees stand out in the fall, creating a variety of colors that draw visitors from all over the world to experience this natural exhibition. If you don’t want to swat at insects while inspecting your backyard showcase, try these tips to attract butterflies and detract insects in your gardens.
Bring on the butterflies –Rabbitbrush and the Butterfly bush are both plants native to Colorado. Therefore they will thrive in the arid atmosphere. But they also attract butterflies and other pollinators like honey bees and birds. Hyssop brings a beautiful bloom and butterflies.
Companions to keep pests out – You work hard on your vegetable garden and certainly do not want insects invading your hard work. The best way to circumvent this is to utilize companion planting. Planting the right combination together is a good way to keep insects away from your garden. Asters and sunflowers work great as a pair to ward off insects, and catnip can keep weevils and ants away from just about all vegetables.
Colorful garden to plate – Tomato and basil plants are companions, both as plants and as the foundation of your next pasta sauce. The bright red blends well with summer squash in green or yellow. Mix in sweet or bell peppers, which come in colors varying from the traditional red and green to orange, purple and even chocolate brown. Growing garlic can help repel aphids and some beetles from your peppers.
By definition, a trend acknowledges a movement in a general direction. Here in Colorado, residents have moved towards enjoying the space outside their home. Take advantage of these trends in your landscape for another reason to step outside.
Outdoor Living: Bring the beauty of your home to the outdoors by extending your living area outside. Complement your home by bringing design elements outdoors with a new patio or fire feature. Return to your youth with an adult tree house or repurpose a storage container to create a backyard studio. Whether you entertain or utilize the space for artistic expression, ensure your landscape fits your needs.
Landscape Technology: LED lighting or dimmable lights allows you to control the mood from your mobile device. You can also integrate additional controllers like heating elements, an outdoor sound system and smart irrigation controllers to put the power in the palm of your hand.
Edible Gardens: Your hands can be responsible for your meals whether you have a large yard or an urban rooftop garden. Consider trying your hand at gardening and grow your herbs and vegetables. Find a sunny place and build raised garden boxes, place containers or even carve out a small space in a planting bed to create an edible garden. Gardening is green, calming and easy on the pocketbook.
Updated Planting: Your garden space can be planted with a color scheme in mind, mixing tone-on-tone to create a fresh look. A container garden can be planted for holiday décor and a pop of seasonal color. Plan for our four seasons of weather by selecting plantings that provide textures, colors, and evergreen for year round interest.
Modern/Contemporary: Pairing a fountain and a fire pit creates the foundation where mass plantings emit either mystery or harmony. Use raw materials like corten steel or board from concrete to offset and bring a modern edge to your space.
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The relatively low humidity in Denver means beautiful sun-filled days. It also means conserving water is important. If you’re interested in creating a water-efficient landscape for your home or property, make sure you incorporate these four tips into your outdoor project.
Soil Prep –
Before you start planting, good soil prep is key to successful planting. Amend your beds with compost or planters mix and till to a minimum of 6” deep, the deeper, the better. A good soil prepped bed will allow for your plants to be more tolerant of drought like conditions. It’s hard to soil prep after you plant, so plan and don’t skimp on adding good soil!
What will make it wet –
The best time to water is in the morning, so fungus doesn’t attempt to grow with your plants overnight. Installing an irrigation system ensures you can sleep as late as you want. Just make sure your system includes a rain sensor that will shut down the system when it measures the pre-determined amount of water needed for your landscape.
Right Plant. Right Place –
Every site has microclimates, make sure to understand what the microclimates are on your property. Group plants that have similar water and sun exposure needs together.
Make use of mulch –
It reduces water evaporation and protects a plant’s root zone from weeds. It also can keep an even soil temperature. Permanent mulches like rocks do not improve soil structure like organic mulches (bark mulch, compost, and pine needles). Just be sure to keep at no more than a 2 to 3” depth and have a small gap around your tree trunks and plants to prevent mold growth