Enhance your Colorado Fall and Winter Decor!
As chilly autumn winds make way for Colorado’s true winter, the cold can make going outside a chore. But that doesn’t mean you should abandon your landscape. With containers, you can keep color in your yard all year long and even create something special for the holidays. Here are some tips to ensure colorful container plants into the New Year.
Autumn, holiday and winter color themes will keep color in your yard alive all year long by brightening up your outdoor containers.
Incorporate some fire orange, yellows, and cool shades of purple and blue to create a wonderful autumn theme. Cold hardy plants are preferred such as kale, mums, pansies to stand up against the winter weather.
Use ornamental grasses, cornstalks, or branch clippings from your landscape to add texture that also helps give your container design a longer life span. Add in a few pumpkins for a more festive look.
For winter themes build upon the evergreen colors with some bright reds and shades of blue/silver. If you’re looking for a bright red, a winterberry holly or redtwig dogwood branches will do the trick. Layer pine, cedar, and spruce evergreen clippings; you most likely can clip these from your yard.
Add clippings of eucalyptus or willow to add blues and silver in the container. Branches in the center of your container design create height and to add a cheerful feel spray paint the branches. Remember living plants, and evergreen clippings will want to be watered on a warmer winter day!
If you desire to dress up your garden with Fall & Winter containers, we can help. Contact Us today to discuss our décor services that can get your garden ready for this holiday season.
LANDSCAPES is the signature event for the
National Association of Landscape Professionals.
Every year, this is the largest, most anticipated landscape and lawn care industry experience and we’re proud to announce that Lifescape Colorado has won a Grand National Award for our work on the Polo Club Villa project!
Troy Shimp was the landscape designer and he faced the challenge of preserving a 50’ mature spruce and specimen elm tree already on site as well as providing sustainable paths for water to travel without disrupting the classical landscape intended to mimic an Italian villa on a half-acre lot.
Shimp worked with other experts at Lifescape and designed a classical style landscape with statement pieces throughout the yard with a permeable paver driveway to preserve the trees.
The roots of several large spruce trees were directly under the proposed driveway location. To add to the complexity, the homeowner requested the shady portion of the driveway to be heated with a snow melt system.
A certified arborist approved as the Lifescape crews exposed these roots with careful hand shoveling and pressurized air, then designed a special bracing system for additional support. The pavers were specially tumbled to match the home’s architecture with an instant aged effect and four years later, the trees are still healthy.
The small lot for the large home provided challenges and the flat lot needed a drainage system for heavy rains. Dry wells were constructed to manage excess water while a beautiful fountain incorporating antique tiles complements the fireplace in the courtyard. The courtyard’s tri-color tiles complement the driveway, creating a sense that it has always been.
This properly scaled landscape created perfect harmony with the home’s old world architecture and we’re happy that Troy Shimp has been recognized for this work. We at Lifescape proudly treat every project with this award-winning concentration and care to ensure the client gets everything they want while creating a beautiful solution that’s sustainable.
If you’re interested in sitting down with our experts, drop by our new offices, slightly south of Platte River Drive or contact us at 303.831.8310 and schedule a time today.
Lifescape celebrating 40th Anniversary & Grand Opening of New Location
For the past 40 years, Since 1976, Lifescape Colorado has created amazing landscapes around Denver and now we are in remodel mode at our new location able to do something for ourselves!
After an enjoyable experience in the Rhino district, Lifescape has opened our new offices slightly south off of Platte River Drive in a facility that allows all our departments to be in one location.
Our Landscape Architecture team assists our customers with the initial consultation and conceptual design of their new or existing landscape. Construction operations finalize a project’s scope and implement the plan, and the maintenance service team walks through aftercare. To ensure it will not only look great after it is built but evolve beautifully with similar appeal and less impact on our natural resources.
As a company, we have followed a similar strategy for our new place of business. Our new design center and yard will showcase to our customers how Lifescape created a landscape with an emphasis on sustainability, executed the plan and will maintain it for years to come.
We want to thank all our partners in the design community and our wonderful clients that have allowed us to be their trusted landscape advisors for the past 40 years. We would not have the successful projects to show for it without them. Be sure to stop by, help us celebrate 40 years of excellence with us and learn how we can create an eco-conscious design you will cherish for another 40 years.
For more information about how we can assist with your project, please contact us at 303.831.8310.
Many thanks to all that joined us for our Grand Opening Celebration. Here are a few pictures from the event.
Probiotics are microorganisms used for their beneficial qualities for humans and many medicines have recently been introduced to do just that. But did you know there are plant probiotics?
Plants like Legumes have had beneficial bacteria in their roots, something scientists have known for years. These bacteria ‘fix’ vital nitrogen and produce something plants can easily use. At Lifescape, we use the probiotics to fortify the soil food web and balance the soil ecosystem.
This leads to stronger, more resilient plants that are better able to withstand insects, disease and the semi-arid Colorado climate. We specialize in water-efficient landscapes and plant probiotics increase the uptake of nutrients while growing a deeper, more web-like root system.
The key to our organic fertilizers is the ingredients, which include:
- Kelp – A seaweed known to help human metabolism, it also promotes seed germination, plant cell division and stimulates uptake of plant nutrients.
- Endo & Ecto Mycorrhizae – Forming a symbiotic relationship between roots and fungus, it’s used to assist with water and nutrient uptake.
- Humic & Fulvic Acids – This enhances seed germination and promotes root development while supporting respiration of microorganisms in the soil.
- Concentrated Compost Tea – Slightly different than your morning beverage, it helps foster a biologically diverse soil ecosystem with indigenous microorganisms like protozoa and nematodes.
- Yucca Extract – This edible plant from Mexico and the Caribbean, it serves as a natural spreader sticker, wetting agent and soil conditioner.
With the use of these organics in your landscape your plants will grow faster and lawns will be greener. Lifescape offers an organics program as part of our maintenance and construction packages, so you can see these types of results in your garden. For more information, contact us at 303-831-8310.
Everyone wants a stunning backyard, an eye-grabbing landscape that pulls both residents and guests alike to the outdoors. But sometimes we tend to forget about the path one must take to get there.
Hardscapes are the walkways that connect home to garden, the patio you step outside upon and the driveways where we park our cars. It is still months away, but the freeze-thaw climate that is Colorado’s winter is right around the corner. It can cause concrete to crack, blemishes that can be difficult and expensive to fix.
The designers at Lifescape have replaced many cracked concrete driveways, patios and walks. When they consider paver systems for hardscapes, they look for strong, durable and environmentally friendly products from Belgard that have proven to stand the test of time.
Belgard comes with limitless options, allowing the hardscape to easily match your landscape design thanks to an array of colors and sizes to choose from. They are interlocking, so they move as a system, which means no cracking and there is little to no maintenance with pavers.
They also feature permeable interlocking concrete pavers (PICP) that can filter and direct stormwater to underground aquifers that helps to recharge local groundwater supplies. They eliminate standing water while aiding landscaping by reducing water demand and erosion.
Let our experts help you design the ideal hardscape for your home with a paver system that will blend seamlessly with your Colorado landscape. Call 303.831.8310 to set up your consultation today.