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Fabulous Fall Hardscaping Ideas

Is your home the social center for family and friends during the holiday season? Our team at Lifescape Colorado is more than happy to assist you with all of your hardscaping needs that can add warmth and light to your luxury outdoor space.

These fall hardscaping ideas can enhance your curb appeal, as well as your outdoor living spaces, so you can enjoy these areas even through the coldest and darkest hours of the season.

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Enhance curb appeal. Impress your guests by re-paving your driveways and walkways. Pavers can be matched to your existing landscape and their permeable nature is ideal in a climate where freezing and thawing is the norm. Don’t forget to install beautiful lighting elements that will illuminate your design and increase safety.

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Add another patio. Does a part of your yard remain unused for most of the year? Perhaps it’s time to add a patio. Patio spaces can be as simple as a square of attractive pavers bedecked with chairs and a table. It’s also another great space to sip a cup of coffee, converse with a friend, or to watch the stars.

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Augment your outdoor kitchen. What’s missing from your outdoor wish list? An outdoor kitchen, complete with grill, oven and sink, makes holiday meal preparations a snap and it also gives guests a place to spend time until the meal is ready to be served.

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Gather ’round the fire. Fire pits and outdoor fireplaces are a must for Colorado hardscapes. Even on the coldest nights, a fire pit is a popular hangout for party goers and after-dinner revelers.

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Celebrate slopes with terraces. Cooler fall weather makes terracing a much more comfortable enterprise. Building terraces into your hillside will transform a barren, steep slope into a beautiful showpiece.

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Spruce up your seating areas. A big group of friends and family with your holiday cooking will cause an overflow into your outdoor space. Be prepared for this by expanding your outdoor seating areaswith comfortable, flexible furniture.

Are you ready to get a start on any of the above fall hardscaping ideas to get your home ready for the fall and winter? If so, contact the design and build team at Lifescape Colorado today.

Popular Plants to Grow in October

October brings chillier weather to Colorado, but that doesn’t mean you can’t continue to enjoy a colorful garden. Many plants offer beautiful fall interest and can thrive well in our climate all year long. Here are five to consider growing in your garden this October.

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Compact White Fir: The compact white fir’s (Abies concolor ‘Candicans’) silver needles can provide an interesting contrast to other plants in your landscape. Placing these near other evergreens or showy fall shrubs can accentuate the colors in your garden.

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Cyclamen hederifolium or C. coum: These flowering plants offer attractive foliage in late summer. C. hederifolium’s pink blooms arrive in September, while C. coum blooms in the winter. Plant them in the ground or in containers with well-draining potting soil. Cyclamen is hardy in zones 5 – 9.

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Serviceberry: This small tree provides colorful interest with stunning fall foliage, beautiful winter bark, white blooms in the spring and dark berries in the summer. Serviceberry (Amelanchier laevis), is also drought-tolerant, isn’t too picky about sun or shade, is low maintenance and grows well in zones 2 – 9, making it suitable for any Colorado garden.

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Oakleaf Hydrangea: Hydrangeas are well known for their large blooms, but the Oakleaf Hydrangea (Hydrangea quercifolia) also offers eye-catching, deep red foliage in the fall. As a low-maintenance plant that is hardy in zones 4 – 9, the Oakleaf Hydrangea is an attractive, practical plant to grow here in October.

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Witch Hazel: You may be familiar with witch hazel for its medicinal use as an astringent. However, the shrub’s value goes beyond the medicine cabinet. It is a showy plant with colorful blooms and foliage for visual interest. You might opt for the Ozark (Hamamelis vernalis) variety in the fall for its vibrant orange foliage.

Remember that Lifescape Colorado can help you bring your fall garden dreams to life. We offer many gardening and landscape services, including maintenance packages to meet your needs. Contact us today or visit our landscape services page to learn more.

Proper Shrub Maintenance for Colorado Gardens

Shrubs are not only sustainable options for a healthy garden, but they also add long-term beauty to Colorado landscapes. However, without proper maintenance, even the hardiest of shrubs may succumb to disease. To keep your shrubs healthy and beautiful for many years to come, consider the following garden maintenance tips below.

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Young or newly planted shrubs require regular watering until they’re fully established. This helps them form a strong root system, vital to health and longevity. Native shrubs are better adapted to our drought-prone climate. Nevertheless, these low-maintenance plants still need to be watered. Many newly planted shrubs require a thorough soaking at least once a week throughout the growing season. You should continue watering through the fall until the ground freezes, especially your evergreen shrubs.

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Use drip irrigation or soaker hoses to water the soil throughout the root zone. Overhead watering is more wasteful, and sometimes water left on foliage leads to sun scorching. Soil amendments and fertilizer should be applied according to the needs of each specific type of shrub. If you don’t know your soil’s pH level, have it tested and amend it as necessary for your shrubs. Some shrubs prefer more acidity than others do.

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Pruning is important for aesthetic reasons, as well as for shrub health. Avoid pruning haphazardly or at the wrong time. Shrubs that flower in early spring can be pruned as soon as they stop blooming. If you prune too early, your shrubs might produce fewer blooms. Shrubs that bloom in the summer should not be pruned until winter after they’ve become dormant or in very early spring before you see them greening.

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Both new and established shrubs will thrive better if you remove old, damaged or diseased branches so healthier branches can receive more airflow and sunlight. You should also remove branches that are tangled or are rubbing against other branches.

Good shrub maintenance takes some time and effort. If you’d rather leave the hard work to our experts at Lifescape Colorado, just contact us today, and we’ll get started. We offer a variety of garden and landscape services that can keep your shrubs looking healthy and beautiful.

Wavyleaf Oak

There are roughly 400 species of oak tree (Quercus), all of which are native to the Northern Hemisphere. Oak trees are revered for their lush foliage, their ability to adapt to severe soil and climate conditions and their stalwart personalities. It’s impossible to live with oaks and not fall in love with their beauty.

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While many oak species do well in our Rocky Mountain climate, only one is considered a Colorado native plant — the Gambel Oak (Quercus gambelii), which is also referred to as a scrub oak. Over time, this hardy hillside-loving survivor has hybridized with other shrub oak species to yield the Wavyleaf Oak (Quercus undulata).

Wavyleaf Oaks are persistent survivors. They thrive in arid climates above 4,000 feet and are found as high as 10,000+ feet. These hybrids have given botanists something to talk about as their inter-breeding habits have yielded virtually unclassifiable subspecies.

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On average, these oaks grow as low as four feet and as tall as eight feet high. They have broad green leaves, ranging from one- to three-inches in length. Because of hybridizing, their leaf patterns can have deep lobes, shallow lobes or no lobes at all. The Wavyleaf Oak bears fruit in the form of acorns. So, between the leaves and acorns, they have become a favorite food source for mule deer, elk and big horn sheep. They also attract porcupines and rabbits, both of which enjoy making a meal of their inner bark. Additionally, dense branches and foliage provide respite and protection for all kinds of birds.

Landscapers love these trees because they’re virtually pest free and their dried leaves can be mulched and used in plant beds to repel slugs, grubs and other pests (never use their green leaves for mulch as it can inhibit plant growth).

Contact the team at Lifescape Colorado and learn more about how native plants can help enhance your landscape design.

Hardscaping Haven: Build a Garden You Can Live In

Why design a garden to look at when you can build an outdoor space to live in? Thoughtfully designed Colorado hardscapes allow homeowners to relax outdoors year-round. By analyzing your landscape, evaluating the most common wind directions and watching where water drains on your property, we can identify which areas of your outdoor space will be optimal for year-round enjoyment. Afterwards, we can design the necessary hardscape features to facilitate the process.

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Design a patio for a nice transition. Your patio is a great place to start. If you’re starting from scratch, we can help you determine the best size and shape for your patio, based on the proportions of your usable geography. If you already have the foundation in place, we can start looking at what features would make the patio more user-friendly every season. Perhaps a retractable sunshade for the summer months or a covered area for the winter is the best option.

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A raised deck space. A simple, but incredibly useful hardscape feature is a raised deck located off a bedroom or family room. Just a handful of square feet can yield a closure-optional space for you to sit down in and enjoy a change of scenery. Add a simple container garden or water feature to transform your deck into a private sanctuary.

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Fire pits and seating areas. Extra seating areas are always appreciated. They let you enjoy different areas of the garden for different purposes and activities. A section of pavers can be combined with a fire pit or chiminea and extra chairs to create a magical post-sunset hangout spot. Your patio is another place where an outdoor fireplace is desirable.

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Walking paths. Don’t feel like braving the hottest or coldest days on the streets? Hit the pathways of your own garden or backyard and you can still get a dose of Mother Nature, as well as a bit of exercise. You’ll benefit from the elemental protection of your landscape design.

Give Lifescape Colorado a call so our design team can get started on designing the hardscape of your dreams. With the right features and aesthetic appeal, you’ll want to spend every waking minute of the day outdoors this season!