With the Colorado winter bound, we’re not far removed from traveling around to the numerous holiday lighting displays that adorn landscapes and homes.
While we all pleasure in the beauty, it’s easy to forget the hours of effort outside in the shivering cold necessary to make it all happen. This year, why not stay inside where it’s warm and allow Lifescape to hang your holiday lights.
Whether it’s on fences and trees, bushes and barns or setting up over 9,000 lights before your dinner party, our landscape experts can outfit exterior lights to highlight your landscape for the season.
We also hang garland, wreaths, even chestnuts over an open firepit. This is a service we’ve provided for years and understand all the intricacies that come along with lighting a celebration.
To speak with our team about lighting up your home for the holidays, contact us today at 303.831.8310 or stop by our new location slightly south off of Platte River Drive.
In the late fall — when temperatures drop and plants go into dormancy — is the perfect time to prepare your Colorado garden for the long winter ahead. All steps taken now will give your landscape a better chance of flourishing with fewer pests and disease next spring. Here are four important steps that should not be overlooked.
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Clean up your landscape. This helps prevent pests and disease from over-wintering. Concentrate on first removing and discarding all diseased or pest-ridden plants and debris that have fallen to the ground. Next, inspect your plants and trim off diseased parts. Pull up dead annuals, and make sure you remove old stems and other plant parts from your vegetable garden. Plant debris that show no signs of disease or pests can be placed in your compost pile or worked into the soil.
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Keep watering trees and shrubs. As long as temperatures remain above freezing, you should keep to your current watering schedule. This moisture will aid your trees and shrubs as they head into dormancy.
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Tend to your perennials. Most perennials that have little winter interest can be and should be cut back. Evergreens and ornamental grasses should be left alone as they’ll provide nice color and texture through the winter season. Perennial beds can be treated with a layer of fresh organic mulch to give them extra protection against fluctuating winter temperatures.
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Protect vulnerable plants. Most hardy plants and shrubs can withstand the cold, but some may need a little help. For example, small evergreen shrubs will benefit from a wind blocking structure, while roses and bulb beds will appreciate a layer of organic mulch. Small trees may need barriers to protect them from wildlife. When in doubt, err on the side of caution with plants, and remember that you can always contact Lifescape Colorado to care for your garden year round.
At Lifescape Colorado, our professionals can get your garden ready for winter and flourishing by next spring. Please visit our maintenance page to learn more about our landscape maintenance services.
Ice melt season is exciting because it signals the return of spring and sunshine. However, the combination of warm days and freezing nights requires a certain level of diligence to keep walkways and drives free of slippery ice. Unfortunately, most ice-melt products contain some form of salt, and the accumulated runoff from these products can be detrimental to your existing landscape and soil.
Don’t forget that Lifescape offers year-round Colorado hardscaping services, and we’re happy to provide professional assistance maintaining your hardscape and planters. In the meantime, the following tips will protect your landscape from ice melt season in Colorado.
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Be proactive. Using de-icing products before the freeze requires less product overall and makes the cleanup much easier. This method is called anti-icing. Many municipalities have found that spraying surfaces with a 30 percent de-icing product mixed with 70 percent water is more effective than using solid products, which can be blown away and/or tracked indoors.
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Use ice melt products sparingly. You may not need as much product as you think. Find the right balance between enough ice-melt product to do the job, but not so much that excessive quantities make their way into surrounding planter beds.
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Dry don’t sweep. Rather than sweeping the ice melt off the sides of drives and walkways or into the gutter, let the water evaporate. Then, sweep up the remaining salt debris and dispose of it. The combination of using bare minimum product and not sweeping salty water into planter beds will do much to mitigate landscape and soil damage.
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Use containers or wide borders. If runoff from ice melt has been a problem in the past, use this spring to rethink your landscape design. Try leaving a larger border between the edge of your walkways or drives and your plantings. If this isn’t possible, use extra mulch along the borders to protect underlying soil. Then, use frost-resistant containers to keep the plants above ground. Raised beds are also an option for these locations.
Contact Lifescape Colorado to learn more about our winter landscape services or to begin making your spring and summer Colorado landscape plans.
The awnings in your landscape can work wonders in dressing up your home and/or business. Now that the snow is coming in, it is important to remember that brushing heavy snowfall off your awnings is something you want to put into practice. If the awnings on your property are not strong enough or too old to hold heavy amounts of snow, they could crack, tear or even break.
You don’t want to give the snow a chance to melt and refreeze creating ice icicles and ice blocks on top of your awnings, which then becomes a hazard to anyone under or near the awning.
Making sure you have strong structures within the landscape is key for the rough Colorado winters. You need awnings, coverings and other structures to hold up under the intense weather conditions so that you won’t have to budget for yearly repairs every time a heavy snow fall hits the Denver area.
Contact Lifescape Associates in Denver if you want quality, durability, and expert craftsmanship built into the structures, awnings and coverings in your landscape.