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Top Benefits of Growing Shrubs in Your Garden

Shrubs are an instrumental part of every garden’s ecosystem. They provide shade, improve soil stability, enhance air quality and create habitats for all types of wildlife. Of course, shrubs and small trees are also beautiful to look at, especially when you choose varieties that add seasonal interest to your landscape.

Top Benefits of Growing Shrubs in Your Colorado Garden Design

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Lower your energy bills. Planting shrubs in the right location can lower your energy bills in both the summer and winter months. In order to benefit year-round, you’ll need to plant deciduous shrub or trees that do well in our climate, such as Purpleleaf Japanese Barberry (Berberis thunbergii atropurpurea), Kelsey Dogwood (Cornus sericea ‘Kelseyi’) or Goldflame (Spiraea x bumalda), all of which add interest with colorful branches, leaves, seasonal blooms and fruit.

You can plant them in front of your eastern and western-exposed windows to provide shade and reduce your dependency on cooling systems. In the winter, deciduous shrubs will shed their leaves and your home will benefit from passive solar heat gain.

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Create wildlife habitats. We frequently share tips for establishing bee, butterfly and bird-friendly landscapes. Most of the time we’re usually talking about the food, pollen and nectar from these plants. However, shrubs also provide homes. They’re great for nesting, cooling off, burrowing underneath and/or escaping from less agile predators.

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Borders and privacy. The aesthetic value of shrubs is one benefit that can protect you from an unattractive view. Use shrubs wisely and your neighbor’s junkyard will cease to exist when you’re enjoying your morning coffee on the patio. You can also use shrubs to grow a living privacy boundary and to separate one area of your yard from another.

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Increase your resale value. Landscaped properties have a greater value than their bare counterparts. Established trees and shrubs are particularly appreciated because it can take some time for them to reach a mature size. Households that have established landscapes appreciate home values 5 to 20 percent higher than those that don’t.

Contact Lifescape Colorado today and benefit from a sustainable garden design that optimizes the growth of shrubs, trees and other native plants.

Fabulous Curb Appeal Tips for the Fall

Fall is a wonderful season to improve your home’s curb appeal. With a mixture of perennial and annual landscaping additions and some Colorado hardscaping improvements, you can create a front yard view passersby won’t be able to take their eyes off of.

Here are four fabulous ways you can enhance your curb appeal with fall interest.

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Embellish a walkway or planter bed. Once your beds are free from dead and faded summer plants, start embellishing your walkways or planter beds. You can work with a professional landscape architect to design hardscape features that look great in any season. Incorporating pavers or stones with a little color can add interest even when other landscaping features aren’t at their visual peak.

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Think about colorful ground color. Do you already have trees in place that provide fall color (think aspens, evergreens and the Colorado autumn blaze maple)? If so, all you have to do now is add color to the bed of your garden. Try planting species of perennials that can yield visual accents at your feet, like cranberry cotoneaster, kinnikinnick or wintercreeper.

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Go crazy with fall flowers. There are plenty of fall flowers that can add vibrant colors to your garden. These colors include, but are not limited to various shades of red, yellow, orange and deep purples. Plumbago will bloom purple from early to mid-fall and then delight you with deep red foliage throughout the rest of the season. Additional fall flowers that do well in Colorado include geraniums, chocolate flower, penstemon mexicale and native prickly poppy.

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Add lighting. As the days grow shorter, the need for exterior lighting grows stronger. Now is the time to begin planning exterior lighting changes that can enhance your outdoor space when the sun goes down. You also need to consider designing a safer environment when it freezes and snows. Think about adding lights to walkways, stairs and the edges/corners of upright hardscape features so they’re more visible to guests.

There’s no need to do all this work yourself. Contact Lifescape Colorado so we can begin planning for your fall landscape improvements to enhance your home’s curb appeal. Our crew will do all of the work so you can enjoy the benefits and results.

The Importance of Autumn Composting

Composting is an easy way to recycle organic waste, while producing a healthy, sustainable product for your garden. Autumn is the ideal time to focus on creating compost, as well as for adding compost and other amendments to improve soil composition and texture. Here are some of the top benefits of soil improvement and composting in the fall.

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Source: Better Homes and Gardens

Composting puts organic garden debris to excellent use. One of the important garden and landscaping tasks in the fall is to remove dead plants and clear away old stalks, stems and leaves. Nearly all disease-free plant matter, whether green, brown or decayed, can be collected and added to the compost pile. This keeps organic waste from needlessly filling up trash receptacles, while offering a valuable soil amendment. You can remove old compost to free up bins for newly collected plant material.

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Adding compost in autumn renews depleted soil. During the spring and summer, plants rely on nutrient rich soil to grow. Compost can be added around flowers, trees or shrubs and worked into the soil for next year’s vegetable garden. This revives soil in one of the most sustainable, earth-friendly ways.

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Creating well-balanced compost is the easiest in the fall. As trees shed leaves in preparation for winter, there’s an abundance of both decaying and fresh leaves, which each add value to compost. Brown, decaying leaves add carbon and can break down compost faster, while the nitrogen in green leaves, grasses and other fresh plant debris, feed microorganisms that break down raw organic substances in compost.

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Organic soil amendments require time to release nutrients. By adding compost, kelp and other appropriate amendments now, enough time will have passed for the nutrients to release into your soil in the spring.

Our experts at Lifescape Colorado understand how to create and maintain green and sustainable Colorado gardens through all seasons. To learn how we can help you this fall or any other time, contact us today.

Get the Most Out of Your Second Harvest

While it may be hard to believe, you can harvest a variety of vegetables, including kale, arugula, carrots, rutabagas and broccoli well into November! If experienced Colorado gardener Ann Caffey can do it right here in her Rocky Mountain garden, so can you. With some prior planning and a little protection, hardy vegetables will continue to produce long into the autumn season.

Augment Your Colorado Garden Design & Get the Most From Your Second Harvest

It won’t take extra work to keep a thrilling amount of extra veggies around your pantry and refrigerator when you’re summer harvest is winding down. Here’s what you need to do:

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Source: Better Homes and Gardens

Transform a spent raised bed into a waffle. As September draws closer and a raised bed or two has petered out, clear the garden and create a sunken bed that will provide a little protection for your new plants. Then, plant hardy cold-weather crops. Your best bet is to practice deep watering, giving the plants a couple of inches of water twice a week to encourage strong, and deep root growth. By the time it starts snowing in October to early November, you won’t need to water anymore.

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Cover your beds with straw. Make sure you cover your cold weather crops with a layer of straw and perhaps a little plastic. Straw will keep soil moisture from evaporating quickly, while insulating roots when the temperature drops.

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Source: Better Homes and Gardens

Grow a variety of vegetables. In addition to the traditional greens and cruciferous vegetables, consider experimenting with a few other crops. Garlic and blueberries can be planted in September and harvested in the spring. Radishes are a quick crop and can be planted in early September and harvested 30 days later.

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Source: Better Homes and Gardens

Start your seeds or buy your transfers. Grow your fall plantings in a shady spot in mid-summer, or purchase transplants and plant them no later than early September.

Do you have any questions about adding a second harvest to your Colorado garden design? Contact Lifescape Colorado to get the most out of your second harvest.

Alpine Forget-Me-Nots

If you’re seeking a pretty flowering plant that grows well in our Colorado landscape, we recommend introducing the Alpine Forget-Me-Not to your landscape. This small, but vibrant perennial is a Colorado native, which means it’s well suited to our climate and growing conditions. This plant also provides much-loved aesthetic appeal with its true blue blossoms.

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Let Alpine Forget-Me-Nots Bring Life to Slopes and Rock Gardens

Alpine Forget-Me-Nots (also known as Eritrichium nanum) grow wild on Colorado mountains, as well as on high-altitude, mountainous terrain in other western states. Their blue flowers, which bloom from April through August, provide splashes of color that stand out vividly against the backdrop of their natural rocky habitat.

By adding these plants to your own sloping or rocky landscape, you can achieve a similar aesthetic effect. While Alpine Forget-Me-Nots share many similarities with standard Forget-Me-Nots, the alpine variety favor different growing conditions and have shorter stalks, growing no higher than 6 inches tall. Dainty leaves covered in tiny hairs add to the flower’s appeal.

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This flower’s rich blue blooms offer a simple way to add color interest to an otherwise bland landscape. Since these adaptable plants grow well in either full sun or partial shade, you’ll have some flexibility when choosing their bed. One of the most important considerations is soil, which should be well draining. This is typically not a problem when Alpine Forget-Me-Nots are planted in rock gardens or scree gardens.

You can propagate Forget-Me-Nots by division or by letting them self-sow. If you’re buying new plants and intend to add them to rocky areas of your landscape, make sure you plant true Alpine Forget-Me-Nots and not another species, which may be harder to grow in rock gardens.

Always remember that our professionals at Lifescape Colorado can bring expert care to your garden and landscape. Contact us today to learn about our many services.