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Keep Your Pool & Design with Color, Lines, & Texture

Summer seems to keep getting hotter, and having a pool is a wonderful way to cool down quickly. In some cases, however, a pool doesn’t seem to fit in with the landscaping you had done to beautify your backyard. It does not have to stand alone as a feature of your design; landscaping with pools can open up a whole new world of possibilities.

Keep Your Pool & Design with Color, Lines, & Texture

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To create a natural-looking haven surrounding your pool, you want to consider adding texture and variation with plants and trees. Using tall trees at the end and graduating to shrubs and plants surrounding your pool can create a feeling of privacy and relaxation. With this simplistic design-style, you can have a more formal look by using muted colors and repetition of shrubs, trees, and plants or more casual by adding pops of color with brightly colored plants interspersed throughout.

If you prefer the pool to completely blend into your surroundings, especially in a xeriscaped yard, consider a mix of hardscaping and naturally-occurring plants such as those used in your original design. Mix and match shrubs and plants to create the most natural appearance, and consider clumps of ornamental grasses and natural colors of stone to complete the look.

For a formal, meditative feel, you can use sculpture in your pool landscaping design. Create a backdrop to showcase the sculptures using straight rows of hedges or straight lines with classic paving tiles. To keep the look tranquil and formal, stick to muted shades for hardscaping and like colors for any plantings.

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Source: Lifescape Colorado

Privacy fencing is often desirable when planning your pool’s surroundings. Rather than opting for fencing or walls, why not consider growing your own? Privacy can be created by standalone trees and shrubs, a mix of hardscaping materials and plants or even with a trellis combined with climbing plants. All you have to do is decide which style appeals to you most.

Lifescape can help you with unique ideas for landscaping with pools. Visit our online gallery for more inspiration and contact us to create your ideal pool setting.

Solid Rock Wall Designs for Colorado Landscapes

Just like indoor spaces, outdoor spaces also need walls. Whether those walls are made with wood, rock, or even just shrubs or trees, walls help add privacy, style, and structure to landscapes.

Solid rock walls are particularly popular for Colorado landscapes. Here are some ideas for creating a stylish landscape using rock walls:

Solid Rock Wall Designs for Colorado Landscapes

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A rock wall can be so much more than just a divider. We like the idea of using a curved rock wall as the base for a practical seating area that faces a fire pit, for example.

If you have a large lawn, a long rock wall can help break it up and create a border for a patio or planting bed.

A low rock wall can be used as a charming fence around a small enclosed living area or to divide up a large patio into separate living areas.

How about incorporating a fountain in your rock wall? This gives a formal and elegant look to your landscape while making use of space.

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Source: Lifescape Colorado

Of course, rock walls can also aid in adding a level living or gardening space on hilly terrain as well. Terraces work well for especially steep landscapes, while retaining walls are suitable for gentler hills.

Your rock walls will have a different look depending on what type of rock is selected as well as what size rock you choose. Larger rocks make more of a statement and can add that rustic vibe you are looking for. You can mix and match wall rocks with other rocks in the landscape such as gravel paths or patios, too.

What rock wall application best suits your yard? Let us know by leaving a comment.

Awesome Benefits of LED Garden Lighting for Landscapes

The stars of modern lighting, LED lights are incredibly energy-efficient and durable. Bringing us one step closer to saving the planet, LED light bulbs are a power saving and all-around smart solution. With LED lighting, you can officially welcome both your interior and exterior into the technologically-savvy present day. Below, we have highlighted some of our favorite reasons to use LED garden lighting in your landscape.

Awesome Benefits of LED Garden Lighting for Landscapes

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  • Their lifespan is truly enviable. Amazingly, if left on for 8 hours a day, one LED bulb can be expected to last up to 20 years! Unlike a standard bulb, an LED bulb does not burn out but instead becomes less bright over time.
  • There’s just no excuse not to strive for energy efficiency these days. LED bulbs operate at around 80-90% energy efficiency as compared to 20% for a standard bulb. Consequently, you’ll save on electricity costs and spend less time on maintenance.
  • Free of toxic chemicals and 100% recyclable, LED lights are environmentally friendly and undeniably green.
  • The sturdy components of LED lights lead to a high level of durability. Because they are able to withstand rough conditions and resist shock and vibrations, LED lighting is great for outdoor use. Wind and rain? No worries!
  • LED bulbs operate at a much lower temperature than incandescent bulbs, which means no unfortunate burnt fingertips.
  • If you’re looking for a way to direct light into a very specific area of your landscape, then LED lighting might be for you. LED illumination systems have the capability to deliver light more competently than conventional lighting.
  • Frequently turning your LED lighting on and off won’t affect its life expectancy or quality of emission. Additionally, LED lights reach full brightness almost immediately as opposed to traditional lights, which may require several seconds.
  • LED lighting is fairly easy to use in an outdoor setting because it works with a low-voltage power supply. This means it can also be used with a solar energy source!

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    Source: Pixabay

If you’d like to consult with a company with professional lighting experience, contact Lifescape today. We have the knowledge to expertly help light your garden areas.

Beautiful, Creative Grass-Free Landscapes

With today’s busy lifestyles, who has the time to do hours of landscape maintenance? And with Colorado drought restrictions, as well as concerns about the environmental impact of traditional landscaping, many homeowners are looking for grass-free landscape ideas.

Grass-free landscapes decrease maintenance while still making your yard look beautiful. Plus, they can be better for the environment because they tend to require less water, pesticides, etc.

Beautiful, Creative Grass-Free Landscapes

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Stone, gravel, and native plantings are all great options for grass-free landscapes, according to Houzz. The article goes on to say that simply placing young trees in proper locations will enable them to extract groundwater easier, which will decrease the need for watering and create needed shade in your yard.

To add in some texture without resorting to using grass, fill in gaps between pavers with groundcover plants. In the same way, you can add lush vertical plantings by selecting climbing vines and flowers.

If you have a large area to cover, you might consider planting a meadow of native flowers and plants that require little watering and avoid the need for grass.

Different-sized pavers can be used to create outdoor rooms, and they can be arranged in all different ways for unique looks such as scattered, symmetrical, and more.

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Source: Lifescape Colorado

When using stone and gravel, you can pair different colors and textures to create visual interest. Large stones and boulders can be used to add definition or even create a maze designed for meditation.

Of course, raised bed gardens are a great way to not only create a grass-free landscape, but also grow your own vegetables and herbs, which can be used for cooking.

Need some more design ideas for your grass-free landscape? Check out these inspiring yards courtesy of Sunset. The slideshow demonstrates how you can build a patio garden around a mature tree, arrange large pavers with drought-tolerant grasses and young trees, select the right combination of plants to add curb appeal, and more.

For help with your own grass-free landscape, contact Lifescape.

Gorgeous Lighting Designs for Your Landscape

Whether you are designing a new landscape or just looking for a way to spruce up your existing yard, landscape lighting is a feature you should consider. While it is easy to think of what your yard looks like during the day, nighttime offers a wealth of creativity when it comes to lighting your landscape. You will want to focus on highlighting important features of your landscape as well as providing lighting for safety and security.

Gorgeous Lighting Designs for Your Landscape

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Lighting can be applied to any features you want to draw attention to in your yard. Simply installing uplights underneath a large mature tree on your property can create a really neat effect at night. In the same way, adding lights inside or along a water feature creates instant drama. You can even choose white or colored lights for different effects. Lighting a sculpture in your yard is another obvious point of interest, not to mention your home and any unique architectural features.

Consider lighting unexpected parts of your landscape, such as under a bench. The diffused light will softly illuminate the area and create ambiance around the seating area. Another surprise could be adding a strip of lights around tree wells, which creates a unique geometric effect. Some other artistic effects you can create with light are backlighting, which silhouettes an interesting object, as well as reflecting light, which creates a romantic glow.

Fireplaces and fire pits are also types of lighting you may want to add, as they offer a spot to gather, create ambiance and warmth, and can be used for cooking.

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Source: Lifescape Colorado

And, of course, you should be sure to light up all pathways, entryways, stairs, and rails. This not only brings out all the important points on your property at night, but it also provides safety. LED lighting can be used to boost energy efficiency for these frequently used lights.

Depending on the size and complexity of your project, you may need to consult with a company that does professional landscape lighting, such as Lifescape. Contact us today to get started on your project.