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Now Is The Time To Focus On Your Hardscapes

With fall upon us and winter months coming, now is a great time to think about hardscapes.

Whether it’s a driveway, a stone path, a patio or even something more elaborate such as a fire pit or water feature; now is a great time to visualize the areas where you can perk up the beauty of your property and home.

Here are a few pictures of our past projects to inspire you for your next outdoor living project.

Pavers – Replace your old cracked concrete with decorative pavers.  Colorado’s freeze thaw climate in the winter causes concrete to crack and can be difficult and expensive to fix.

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Stone Path or Walkway – A stone path doesn’t have to be something only used to traverse a section of your yard.  Take the time to plan and make it another beautiful addition to your landscape.

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Fire Pit – For something more elaborate, invest in your new social gathering spot and build a fire pit.  It is a great place to relax and enjoy the company of your friends and a warm fire.

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Water – Take advantage of the charm a water feature can bring to any yard or garden.  It’s a great way to bring the design of your yard to the next level and the quiet ripple of the stream provides another great place to relax to let the stress of the day fade away.

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Don’t “Fall” Victim to These Gardening Blunders

Every garden season has its joys, as well as its potential pitfalls. The good news is that many garden and landscape problems are preventable. When fall arrives in Colorado, make sure you avoid the following common garden mistakes.

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Forgetting to safeguard plants from wildlife. As temperatures drop, food sources for deer and other creatures dwindle. This can make your plants extra appetizing to hungry animals. Even if you’ve chosen deer-resistant plants, desperate wildlife might nevertheless find your greenery tempting.

You can prevent damage to your garden in several ways. Bring potted plants inside while you’re away and at night, and incorporate deer-proof fencing or repellents. If these steps don’t work or you need more information about preventing wildlife from eating your plants, you can always look to Lifescape Colorado for expert advice.

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Pruning too early in the season. Pruning entices plants to create new growth which isn’t desirable when they’re about to go into dormancy. New growth is susceptible to damage from freezes, which can stress the entire plant. Wait to prune trees, bushes or other woody plants until sure signs of dormancy. This might include a change of autumnal foliage colors.

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Underwatering. It’s easy to remember to water plants when days are warm. However, you shouldn’t cut down on watering in the fall. Cooler weather doesn’t mean plants, which haven’t gone dormant yet, need less water. Check soil moisture by touch rather than by sight, as looks can deceive, and maintain your normal watering schedule.

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Applying the wrong fertilizer. While it’s a good idea to add compost and other organic soil amendments in the fall, you should avoid applying nitrogen-heavy fertilizers. Like pruning, nitrogen encourages new growth and this is not desirable when frost is imminent. In fall, stick with adding organic matter, such as compost, and removing decayed or diseased plant material.

At Lifescape Colorado, we provide year-round gardening and landscaping services. Contact us today to learn how we can help you maintain a beautiful outdoor space all year round.

Our Expert Advice for Beginner Gardeners

Whether you’re growing a vegetable garden or want to cultivate a landscape full of greenery and beautiful blooms, a special satisfaction comes with watching your landscape thrive. When starting anything new, it’s always helpful to receive some advice from the experts. Here are a few gardening tips every Colorado gardener should follow.

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Care for the soil before planting. First, test the pH and nutrient level of your soil by using a testing kit or by submitting soil samples to a local extension office. After receiving the results, make any necessary amendments to make sure your soil is in tip-top shape.

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Choose the best locations for lighting needs. Always research particular plants’ lighting needs before planting. While some plants will thrive without much work, they’ll be much healthier if they receive adequate light. It’s typically easy to find out whether plants need full sun, partial sun or shade, but if in doubt, you can always contact a professional landscaping service.

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Plan for drought. Here in Colorado, it’s difficult to predict what the weather will be like from season to season. A wise gardener is a proactive one and considers the possibility of a future drought. Whenever possible choose landscape plants with low water needs. For all types of gardening, including vegetable gardening, protecting your landscape from drought means, in part, making sure the soil holds sufficient moisture. Extras, such as an irrigation controller, can also help you conserve more water.

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Keep things tidy. This means keeping the garden weeded, thinning plants and removing dead or diseased plant parts quickly. Although there are exceptions, most plants dislike being crowded. Furthermore, crowding can contribute to the spreading of pests and plant diseases.

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Start small. If you’re growing a vegetable garden, focus on just a few types of vegetables the first year. In time, as you learn more about gardening, you can increase the variety. Plants to consider starting with include tomatoes, salad greens and culinary herbs.

When you’re starting a new garden or want to design a new landscape, you don’t have to do it alone. Contact us at Lifescape Colorado to learn how we can help you design your dream landscape.

Big Ideas for Small Space Landscapes

A modern lifestyle often means larger living spaces on smaller plots of land. You can take advantage of this by implementing big ideas for your small Colorado landscape design. Choosing multiple focal points, the right color combinations and a precisely placed hardscape, your small garden space will pack a powerful punch.

Here are five tips for creating a stunning landscape in a small space.

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Every inch counts. Your landscape should be precisely plotted beforehand because every inch matters. The difference between 6 to 12 inches here or there can mean a lost opportunity for a water feature or seating area. Using graph paper, sketch a variety of plans so you can see where pathways, hardscape features, planter beds, etc. make the most sense. Use this opportunity to meet with a professional landscape designer to correct potential mistakes before they become a reality.

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Identify focal points. Determine a couple of focal points ahead of time. Perhaps there are existing plants, trees, or features you would like to highlight. Maybe you have a unique piece of garden art already selected. Place them strategically to add interest in multiple locations, rather than displaying them all front and center. This will make your space more interesting.

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Use color to create dimension. When you place bright, bold colors in the foreground, the muted colors in the background seem to recede, lending the illusion of more space. You can use this trick to your advantage when selecting your shrubs, flowers and ground cover. Include plants that yield interest in the fall and winter months.

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Create uncluttered flow. Even a small garden space should flow. Create walkways that lead from one area to another. Using the right proportions, paths and open spaces will create a sense of scope and spaciousness.

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Make it cozy. Embrace the smallness of your space by making it cozy. A border of tall, lush shrubs with a well-placed cafe table and chairs can create a private, peaceful sanctuary.

Would you like professional assistance making the most of your small garden space? Contact the Colorado landscape design experts at Lifescape Colorado.

Bold Container Garden Designs

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Bold container gardening is a simple way to impact your landscape design. Containers can fill a small garden space with a variety of blooms. And if you rent your home, you’ll have a fully landscaped yard that can move with you to your next home. Containers can be as permanent or as transient as you like. When Colorado container gardens are thoughtfully planned out, they add visual interest year-round.

Here are ideas for incorporating bold container garden designs into your landscape.

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Consider your architecture

One way to approach container gardens is to consider them an enhancement of your architecture.You can purchase containers that mimic the shape or color of your existing buildings and hardscape, using the plants to enhance decor. In this front yard design, the large terra cotta pots match similarly tinted pavers and form a wall-like hardscape from which the colorful geraniums greet visitors and passersby.

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Repetition

A series of matching containers can be used to stand out on their own, or they can be designed to tie into the surrounding architecture. The use of three vertical concrete pots with boxwood plantings mirrors the tree line and is mirrored again by the miniature versions on the table. You can also group similar pots together for a more powerful impact. The look will change depending on whether you use the same plants or opt to plant them all differently.

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Bold containers

Your containers themselves can become the visual focus. The clever containers featured on bhg.com are interesting before you even plant them. Look around for used goods that can be re-purposed into container gardens, like tool boxes, slightly chipped ceramics, wheelbarrows or vintage pitchers and tubs.

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Miniature landscape plans

Consider your containers to be little landscapes when selecting and placing your plants. Create different heights, color patterns and think seasonally to keep them looking great all year. New to landscaping? Use these guides from bhg.com for inspiration, or hire a professional landscape designer to get started.

Contact Lifescape Colorado and design bold container gardens to accent your landscape.