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Lifescape welcomes the Elati Design Guild

Today marks the launch of the Elati Design Guild, a group of Colorado-based professionals from all facets of the design community. Our mission is to highlight the craftsmanship, integrity and willingness of this community to work in harmony with one another to complete remarkable projects.

As defined by Wikipedia, a guild is an association of artisans or merchants who oversee the practice of their craft in a particular town. The Guild’s home base, www.ElatiDesignGuild.com, is the platform where we will share exactly what it takes to bring our skills together, each Guild member speaking to their craft.

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We hope you enjoy the Elati Design Guild!

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.


October is a Time for Pruning

Since severe winter storms are just around the corner, October is a great month to start pruning your Colorado garden. Here are a couple important tips that explain why pruning is important and how it can help your trees and shrubs make it through the winter unscathed.

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There are several reasons why fall is an excellent time for pruning. Deciduous trees and shrubs have lost most, if not all, of their leaves and this makes pruning much easier. More importantly, most trees are going into dormancy and pruning them at this time won’t encourage them to develop tender new growth susceptible to frost damage.

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Since Colorado often experiences heavy snowfall, there is another, and very important, reason to prune in the fall. Snow-covered trees are susceptible to damage from broken branches and can topple in high winds. Removing dead branches and reducing a tree’s crown mass can prevent serious problems. While shrubs don’t pose the same danger as falling trees, many still require some fall pruning to remain healthy and attractive.

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Source: Better Homes and Gardens

To start, first, prune away any dead or diseased branches. Dead branches can snap easily in a winter storm and they also serve no good purpose for the plants. In addition, cutting away diseased stems can keep the condition from spreading. Next, cut away branches that form weak, narrow crotches. The goal of this pruning is to create a tree structure that can better withstand high winds and heavy snow. The strongest branches are typically those that grow out from the trunk at a 90 degree angle. Any branches that overhang a structure should also be cut back.

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Always remember that Lifescape Colorado’s professional, well-trained crew can take care of your fall gardening and landscaping maintenance chores. Just let us know, and we’ll complete the heavy work.

The Importance of Native Trees and Shrubs

The most beautiful and sustainable gardens always feature a variety of trees and shrubs. These plants play an important role in enhancing both a landscape’s aesthetic appeal, as well as the health of its surrounding ecosystem. Here are some special benefits of planting varieties that are well adapted to our climate.

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Source: Better Homes and Gardens

Stop soil erosion. Tree and shrub roots help keep soil in place. This is especially helpful for gardens located on sloping or hilly landscapes.

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Native trees and shrubs help sustain native insects.  Insects are a great food source for native birds and other wildlife. Additionally, pollen from native plants attracts helpful bees and beautiful hummingbirds, creating a sustainable, bountiful habitat for a variety of wildlife. Growing native plants in your sustainable garden provides support both directly and indirectly for native creatures.

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Native shrubs and trees are more drought-resistant. After hundreds of years, these varieties have adapted to our seasonal temperature fluctuations, as well as times of drought. They also generally require less fertilizer and upkeep because they’ve adapted to the soil type and other growing conditions. Choosing native trees and shrubs means less maintenance work, a higher chance your shrubs will survive and less strain on vital environmental resources.

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Native trees and shrubs are disease and pest-resistant. These plant varieties have been exposed repeatedly to insects and diseases common to the area. As a result, native plants develop natural defenses that non-native species often don’t have. However, this doesn’t mean your native plants are immune to all pests or diseases. However, as long as these foreign agents are kept in check, native plants tend to do better in our environment.

When you need help choosing or planting the right trees and shrubs for your landscape design, just give Lifescape Colorado a call. We offer exceptional landscaping services for gardens year round.

Wavyleaf Oak

There are roughly 400 species of oak tree (Quercus), all of which are native to the Northern Hemisphere. Oak trees are revered for their lush foliage, their ability to adapt to severe soil and climate conditions and their stalwart personalities. It’s impossible to live with oaks and not fall in love with their beauty.

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While many oak species do well in our Rocky Mountain climate, only one is considered a Colorado native plant — the Gambel Oak (Quercus gambelii), which is also referred to as a scrub oak. Over time, this hardy hillside-loving survivor has hybridized with other shrub oak species to yield the Wavyleaf Oak (Quercus undulata).

Wavyleaf Oaks are persistent survivors. They thrive in arid climates above 4,000 feet and are found as high as 10,000+ feet. These hybrids have given botanists something to talk about as their inter-breeding habits have yielded virtually unclassifiable subspecies.

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Source: Western Explorers

On average, these oaks grow as low as four feet and as tall as eight feet high. They have broad green leaves, ranging from one- to three-inches in length. Because of hybridizing, their leaf patterns can have deep lobes, shallow lobes or no lobes at all. The Wavyleaf Oak bears fruit in the form of acorns. So, between the leaves and acorns, they have become a favorite food source for mule deer, elk and big horn sheep. They also attract porcupines and rabbits, both of which enjoy making a meal of their inner bark. Additionally, dense branches and foliage provide respite and protection for all kinds of birds.

Landscapers love these trees because they’re virtually pest free and their dried leaves can be mulched and used in plant beds to repel slugs, grubs and other pests (never use their green leaves for mulch as it can inhibit plant growth).

Contact the team at Lifescape Colorado and learn more about how native plants can help enhance your landscape design.