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Add some seasonal splash with colorful Holiday containers

Just because the cooler temperatures are rolling in doesn’t mean that you have to abandon beautiful colors and points of interest throughout your home and landscape. Colorful and festive holiday containers can bring a splash of cheer to porches, outdoor living areas and landscapes. Here are some ideas:

Fall themes and autumn colors. It’s not too late!

The talented designers at Lifescape create beautifully rich containers with natural autumn décor featuring ornamental grasses, cornstalks, pumpkins – even branch clippings from your landscape to add texture and give your container design longer life. With Thanksgiving just around the corner, it’s not too late to get your fall containers in before friends and family arrive!

Festive holiday greenery and décor.

 

Celebrate the season with evergreen colors and textures, vibrant bright reds of winterberry holly or redtwig dogwood branches, and layered clippings of pine, cedar, and spruce. The Lifescape design team works with clippings of eucalyptus or willow for welcomed hues of blue and silver that add variety and interest to your holiday display.

Beautiful holiday containers add style and sparkle to your landscape throughout the holiday season.

Contact us at Lifescape Colorado to learn how we can create the perfect holiday containers for your landscape.

Enhance Outdoor Ambiance with Landscape Lighting

When it comes to creating an exceptional landscape, some of the first features that come to mind are plants, trees, shrubs, and hardscapes. However, lighting also plays an integral role in enhancing the ambiance and functionality of your outdoor spaces. We incorporate many of the design principles from our landscapes into our lighting designs, such as layering, points of interest, and themes.

How Lighting Enhances Outdoor Ambiance

Exterior lighting should go beyond a bulb by the front door. The strategic placement of outdoor lighting will create a mood, enhance landscape features like prominent trees or hardscapes, and increase the functionality of your space. Lighting can create a peaceful, zen-like oasis or an energizing entertainment space. It helps extend outdoor living and entertaining long after the sun goes down and increases safety by illuminating dark areas, stairs and walkways.

Energy-saving Outdoor Lighting

Our lighting designers use a variety of low voltage outdoor lighting solutions to illuminate a landscape. Being green-friendly and focused on sustainability, we use LED lighting fixtures as they’re energy efficient, provide warm white light and come in many designs.  New low voltage lighting transformers have the technology to offer zoning features, colored lights and easier control capability.  We can even connect everything to your home automation system or smart phone.

Add beauty, value, security and functionality

  1. Layer lighting. Just as we use a variety of layers and textures with your landscape design, our lighting designers suggest combining low lights, spotlights, overhead lights and water feature lighting. This layering effect will add visual interest and bring your landscape alive at night.
  2. Illuminate pathways and stairs. Lighting pathways and stairs help create a point of interest in your landscape and improve safety after dark. If you’re considering adding a patio or pathway to your landscape, it’s smart to take outdoor lighting into consideration at the beginning to create a seamless look.
  3. Add overhead lighting. Create a magical outdoor space by moon lighting or uplighting. Our designers can help you choose a lighting solution that will compliment your unique outdoor space and enhance outdoor ambiance and entertaining.

Contact us at Lifescape Colorado to learn how we can enhance your landscape with lighting and design outdoor entertaining spaces that can be enjoyed long after the sun goes down.

Lifescape Colorado Receives 2 Grand Awards at Landscapes 2017

The National Association of Landscape Professionals (NALP) is the trade association for the landscape industry and represents the voice of more than 100,000 landscape professionals. Each year this organization hosts the NALP Awards Program at its Landscapes conference to recognize landscape professionals for their exemplary work at a national level. Lifescape Colorado is honored to have received two prestigious Grand Awards at the LANDSCAPES 2017 conference on October 19th in Louisville, Kentucky.

The Grand Award is the NALP’s top category and recognizes interiorscape, landscape, and lawn care professionals who design and create superior projects. The association judged all entries on the basis of difficulty, craftsmanship, attention to detail, and specific criteria listed for each category.

Below is an overview of the two projects that Lifescape Colorado received Grand Awards for:

Grand Award: Small Residential Design/Build Category

We received the Grand Award in the small residential design/build category for our York Street Revival project in Denver, Colorado. Lifescape Colorado was engaged to create a beautiful backyard makeover complete with an outdoor kitchen, dining area, pergola, lighting, fireplace, spa, plantings, hardscape, and more to compliment a 1920’s home. The project was executed over the course of three years and truly gave this historic home a new life.

Grand Award: Residential Landscape Management Category

We were honored to receive another Grand Award at the 2017 Landscapes Conference in the residential landscape management category with our Georgian Charm project in Englewood, Colorado. This project features Georgian-inspired architecture with a mixture of formal gardens and more relaxed meadows and plantings on a 2.5-acre site. After the initial install, Lifescape Colorado transitioned to a year-round garden management plan.

Since 1976 Lifescape Colorado has been completing quality, custom residential and commercial projects in the areas of landscape design, project construction, and customized maintenance programs. Our attention to detail, award-winning designs, and craftsmanship construction sets us apart from the competition.

Contact us to learn more about how we can help you take your Colorado landscape to the next level.

Fall Garden Preparations for a Colorado Winter

With cooler weather ahead, many of the plants in your landscape will be going into dormancy for the season. Now is the time to start planning for late fall garden preparations that will help your landscape flourish with fewer pests and diseases come spring.

Here are several ways that our landscape professionals at Lifescape Colorado can set your fall garden up to thrive come spring:

Clean up.

fall garden preparations

The experts at Lifescape Colorado carefully clean grounds and gardens to prevent pests and disease from over-wintering. Removing pest-ridden plants and debris is a top priority. We identify problem foliage and can often save plants by removing diseased parts. Dead annuals should be removed and composted, assuming they show no signs of pests or disease.

Water trees and shrubs.

Photo Credit- Spring Hill Nursery

Stick to the recommended watering schedule for trees and shrubs while temperatures remain above freezing. The moisture that your trees and shrubs receive in late fall will be beneficial as they head into dormancy.

Aerate and Fertilize.

Late fall is a great time to have your lawn aerated to allow for better penetration of water, oxygen, and fertilizer. Within 48 hours of having your lawn aerated, our experts apply an appropriate fertilizer carefully selected for your landscape needs.

Cut back perennials.

Photo Credit- Spring Hill Nursery

As color fades, our maintenance experts cut back perennials and add a layer of organic mulch to protect them from harsh winter temperatures. Evergreens and ornamental grasses will provide welcomed color and texture throughout the winter months until the perennials awake again in the spring.

Protect vulnerable plants.

Some plants in your garden will need extra protection during the winter months. For example, a wind-blocking structure can be used to protect small evergreen plants. Giving roses and bulbs an extra layer of mulch will help them to thrive come spring. The Lifescape professionals know your landscape and how to protect your vulnerable plants from the winter weather in Colorado.

Contact Lifescape Colorado now to start planning your winter landscape preparations.  Learn more about our year-round landscape maintenance services!

Maximize Your Home’s Curb Appeal

The gorgeous weather that we experience in Colorado this time of year provides the perfect opportunity to improve your home’s curb appeal. Our team of design professionals at Lifescape Colorado will help you to create a setting in your front yard that passersby won’t be able to help but stop and admire.

Here are our landscaping suggestions to enhance your home’s curb appeal:

Plant a pristine foundation planting and prune.

After a bountiful season of growth in the summer, many of the plantings in your landscape have become overgrown, especially shrubs against the house. Proper pruning can make a significant difference in your property’s exterior appearance. Having a landscape professional remove limbs from shade trees will make your house visible and train your trees, plants, and shrubs at a young age to grow accordingly.

Add colorful planting highlights near the walkway.

Opt for species of perennials that will provide pops of color at your feet, such as penstemons, daylilies or salvia. Don’t forget to plant flower pots by the front entry.

Don’t neglect your lawn.

Our maintenance team will help keep your lawn weed-free and will mow with a clean edge, which will give your landscape a tidy appearance.

Garden Tour

Replace cracked concrete with pavers.

Allow us to improve the appearance of your walkway and patio by replacing old concrete with long-lasting pavers. Porous, permeable pavers are aesthetically-pleasing and add function to your landscape as they’re durable and replenish the water table.

Incorporate landscape lighting.

Landscape lighting will illuminate walkways throughout your landscape to improve safety. You can also use landscape lighting to accent plants and points of interest in your yard.

Engaging a professional to make these enhancements to your landscape in Colorado will improve your home’s curb appeal and property value. Contact us at Lifescape Colorado to learn how we can help you to maximize your home’s curb appeal while you enjoy the benefits.