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The Benefits of Using Organics in Your Landscape

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?

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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.

8-4-16- 2The 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.

 

Paver Systems for Hardscapes

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.DSC_1763_SMe

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.

PaversThe 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.

Hardscape DesignThey 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.

Dealing With Yellow Grass

Source: Colorado State University

Source: Colorado State University

Do you see patches of straw-colored sections in your yard? While the initial diagnosis may be your turf isn’t getting enough water, there’s a common turf disease making the rounds in Colorado.

Ascochyta leaf blight is a common problem on Kentucky bluegrass lawns according to a report by Colorado State University. The Ascochyta fungus “likely survives as spores” on clippings or dead leaves. That’s why the first line of defense against this problem is proper turf management.

Keeping lawns and plants watered is an important part of proper management. Associated Landscape Contractors of Colorado recently released reasons why mulch is good for your landscape, including how the organic materials decrease evaporation rates from your soil by as much as 35 percent.

Mulch insulates plants, suppresses weed growth and provides an even appearance. It comes in a variety of colors and can even be crafted from your local pruning debris. However, you shouldn’t increase your trips out with the lawnmower to create your next batch of mulch.

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Frequent mowing and dull mower blades can make the Ascochyta even worse, so it’s important to keep a lawnmower’s blades clean with bleach, especially if it’s being used on multiple properties.

Keys to solving this problem are:

Uniform soil moisture – With properly placed mulch and a well-monitored water irrigation system, drought stress won’t be a concern.

Have patience – Ascochyta blight isn’t a crown or root disease. Therefore while it looks bad on the surface, it’s just that – on the surface. With enough time and normal management practices, your lawn will recover, and new leaves will emerge.

If you are experiencing these issues with your lawn, contact us today at 303.831.8310 and let us help with your lawn maintenance needs.

Trends In Landscaping

 

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.

Lifescape ColoradoUpdated 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.

** We are excited to let you know we have moved to our new office at 455 South Platte River Drive. Please change our address on your correspondence. We appreciate your patience during this transition.**

A time of change….Lifescape is moving!

LifeScape is Moving

Spring is a time for new beginnings in nature, and we have some big changes ourselves. Since it is spring, we thought it would be a great time to announce we will soon be moving to our new office location. We will have more room, it will make us more efficient and will benefit our customers as well by having all our departments in one location.

It is our 40th anniversary. It is hard to believe we have been in business creating amazing landscapes around Denver since 1976. We have loved being in the Rhino district, but over the years as our business has grown the space has become too small. We will be moving our office and yard slightly south off of Plate River Drive.

Since we are the experts of landscaping, you can be sure we will do some ourselves as we renovate the building at our new design center. Stop by and watch us grow!

At Lifescape, we have built our business on creating and maintaining the best possible gardens, yards, and landscaping that make your home or business stand out. We will continue to do that, and with our new design center and yard, it will be easier for our customers to see the process from creating the landscape to executing it, maintaining it from start to finish.