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Create a Water-Wise Landscape

Increasing environmental awareness and heightened attention regarding the benefits of xeriscaping is important in maintaining a water-wise landscape. Lifescape Colorado has always put an emphasis on sustainable landscaping in Colorado to preserve both our local habitats and the planet. A xeriscape, or water-wise landscape, uses sound planning, conscientious irrigation and native plants that can survive dry seasons without being overly demanding on our precious water resources.

Here are professional tips for creating a sustainable, water-wise landscape.

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Start with a plan. Your backyard is like its own ecosystem and you should select your plants and their locations accordingly. The first step is to analyze your property by hour, by day and by season. Get to know which areas are most affected by sun and shade, or where water tends to pool the most after a storm. This will help you design a landscape plan that suits your lot orientation, while making the most of existing geographical features.

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Amend the soil. The healthier and more balanced your soil, the better it will be for producing the nutrients your plants need. The ideal xeriscape soil will be able to store water and drain it efficiently. Try to use organic soil amendments, which are healthier for your landscape and the environment.

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Irrigation. We recommend installing a timed drip or soaker hose irrigation system with a rain sensor, so you have the ultimate control of where, when and how long your plants are being watered. Never water during the day when evaporation rates are at its highest.

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Learn about our native plants. Native plants provide the best chance of ensuring your landscape’s health. Plants that have evolved to survive hot, dry summers, freezing winters and occasional floods will provide seasonal beauty for years to come. Plus, our Colorado native birds and insects prefer the blooms and berries found on our native plants, which means your xeriscape garden will also become a wildlife habitat of sorts.

Contact Lifescape Colorado to learn more about sustainable landscaping in Colorado. We can help you make the most of your water-wise landscape.

Add Holiday Cheer to Winter Container Gardens

Your home isn’t the only place to add holiday cheer this year. There are plenty of ways for you to create a festive atmosphere by adding holiday colors to your Colorado container gardens. From dogwood branches, to vibrant mosses and ornamental twigs, your containers can add visual interest all winter long.

We’ve put together a list of ideas for some inspiration. If you’re feeling a little overwhelmed by all the things you have to do to get ready for the holidays, our Lifescape maintenance team can take care of your landscaping for you.

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Transform an old container. We all have one or two containers that stare forlornly at us once cold weather comes around. These are the perfect place to begin. By adding a mix of evergreen boughs, grasses, pine cones, or other winter-inspired accents, your old containers will add festive cheer within half an hour or less.

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One container – four seasons. With a little planning, you can create a container garden designed to be interesting all year long. By choosing a few plants that will last through the season, you can then select seasonal additions for your container. A pumpkin accent you added for fall can be replaced with faux gifts wrapped in colorful or metallic wrappings for winter.

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The power of redtwig dogwood. We recommend investing in a redtwig dogwood. This deciduous shrub loses its leaves and, as its name implies, leaves vibrant red branches behind. They’re beautiful left standing naturally, or you can cut some of the branches and use them for container arrangements. They look beautiful paired with an evergreen plant, like a dwarf spruce or holly, or simply stuck into the soil with a blanket of vibrant green moss.

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What are some of the ways you add holiday cheer to your Colorado container gardens? We would love to hear your ideas. Or, let us know if the Lifescape team can help you add festive accents to your garden space.

 

Protect Your Winter Garden from Frost

The first frost of the season can be devastating for a backyard gardener, as you bid favorite plants a final farewell. The following Denver landscape maintenance tips can protect your winter garden from the ravages of frost.

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Go native. One of the most proactive things you can do to protect your landscape from a killer frost is to grow native plants that are uniquely adapted to our high-elevation climate. Some plants produce hormones that make them resistant to freezing and sub-freezing temperatures. Our landscape design team can help you select plants that have a higher resistance to cold weather snaps.

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Use conscientious garden design. Study the hardiness of your plants carefully, and strategically select their planting locations. Place sensitive plants in more protected areas and save wide open spaces for hardier varieties.

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Water. This may seem counterintuitive, but watering releases heat-retaining moisture. If a cold snap is predicted, thoroughly soak the ground beneath your plants, with the exclusion of succulents.

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Cover them from top to root. Just as the sheets and blankets on your bed trap your body heat to keep you warm under the covers, your plants can be kept warm by ambient ground temperatures. When a cold snap has been predicted, cover your winter garden bed with old sheets and blankets. Make sure they drape all the way to the ground. Then, remove them once the sun is up in the morning. You can also use newspapers, cardboard, or plant-specific covers.

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Cover the roots. Use a healthy layer of mulch to help insulate roots. Non-man-made mulch, such as wood chips, work best.

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Move containers. While plants in containers are more prone to freezing, you have the freedom to move them into the house, garage, or against a wall/wind barrier, which provides great protection.

If you’re worried about frost protection or need assistance with your Denver landscape maintenance, contact the experts at Lifescape Colorado.

The Importance of Snow Removal

 

It’s all fun and games to sing, “Let it snow, let it snow, let it snow…” until it does. Snow removal in Colorado is never top on a list of anyone’s favorite things to do, but being prepared is the key to keeping it manageable, as well as preserving your walkways and drive.

Peruse this checklist to make sure you’re prepared for snow removal this winter season.

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Protect your landscape. Once the snow gets high enough, it can be difficult to tell where to stop shoveling. Before you know it, you will have hacked away at some of your prized trees and shrubs. By lining your planter beds with tall stakes, you’ll be able to tell where walkways and paths stop, and where fragile plant materials begin. Also, never shake the snow off your plants or shrubs. The frozen branches can snap off, doing irreversible damage to your plants.

Ice melters. You can purchase eco-friendly deicing products at your local hardware store. Typical deicers, or melters, have chloride, which can be destructive to both your plant and animal friends. Look for pet- and plant-safe, chloride-free products. These can even be applied before the storm to help prevent ice from sticking to hard surfaces.

Snow blowers and shovels. Invest in a snow blower that can do the backbreaking work for you. Once the bulk of the snow is out of the way, use an ergonomically designed shovel that prevents repeat bending. Avoid pileups next to the foundation or against wood, where moisture damage is a costly potential.

Act fast. Time is of the essence when it comes to safety. Ice is incredibly dangerous. The longer you wait between the storm and your snow removal, the more ice has a chance to build up. Try to shovel mid-storm to lighten your load.

Hire professionals. Lifescape offers professional snow removal in Colorado. You can schedule our services regularly, or keep us on call when you are on vacation. We make sure your walkways are safe and your landscape is protected.

Not sure if a snow removal product is landscape-friendly? Contact Lifescape today, and we’ll let you know.

A Colorado Gardener’s December Checklist

For many in Colorado, December’s cold weather offers a great excuse to huddle indoors next to a warm fireplace. However, for the Colorado gardener, December is also the time for specific garden and landscaping tasks. Here is the checklist for making the most of your landscape during this festive, yet chilly month.

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Repair hardscape features

By December, many plants have died or have gone dormant. Furthermore, arbors and trellises that were once covered are now exposed. Therefore, this is a convenient time to repair broken slats and beams.

Also, check your walkways for broken pavers and other safety issues. Fallen leaves or snow covering a walkway can hide these problems and create a tripping hazard.

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Prune evergreens and decorate for the season

Shape up your evergreens and keep them healthier by pruning them. December is a great time for this as most will be dormant or partially dormant. Save the trimmings for wreaths, table centerpieces and other seasonal decorations.

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Add mulch

Landscape maintenance is a year-round activity and mulching plants is a vital part of this process, especially in fall and winter. Even if mulch was applied in autumn, you should check it in December to make sure it has not blown away or lost depth. Mulch should be at least between 3 to 5 inches deep to offer the best protection for your plants.

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Maintain your walkways

Prevent guests from slipping on icy walkways. Use sand on concrete and special de-icing chemicals on wood or tile.

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Add hardy trees and shrubs

Hardy shrubs and trees can be planted any time of the year. If your landscape is lacking winter charm, adding these can bring new life and added visual interest. If you do not want to add them right now, make a note to yourself of the areas in which you wish to plant them in the future.

For professional advice and assistance with your December landscaping needs, contact Lifescape at 303.831.8310. We provide year-round landscape and gardening services, including maintenance, planting, architecture and construction.