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Navigating Saturated Soils

From droughts to floods to blizzards, our beautiful state must navigate extreme weather conditions. Among the other things this entails, it means gardeners and landscapers have their work cut out for them. After flooding, soil will be saturated and specific measures should be taken in order to keep plants healthy.

Drying Out

It may sound obvious, but hold off on all irrigation until soil is no longer saturated. Some of your plants may appear drooping as if thirsty or show other signs similar to drought-stress. These symptoms, however, are a result of plants being waterlogged after heavy moisture.

Saucers of outdoor container plants should be emptied, and saucers should be set aside so that water can be allowed to drain out the bottom of pots. If heavy rain is in the forecast again, do not replace the saucers.

When soil finally seems to be drying out, it’s still important to keep a close eye on the weather. Closely monitoring rain patterns will be necessary to irrigation schedules.

Replacing Nutrients 

Heavy rains wash nutrients out of soil. This often means your plants will need an extra application of nutrients after the rains have stopped.

Watching for Plant Diseases

Heavy moisture provides an ideal environment for fungus and other plant diseases. Black spots on tomatoes, for example, may indicate blossom end rot. Also, be aware of powdery mildew, which is likely to show up on particular plants prone to this condition.


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When nature unleashes a torrent upon an area, it is a good time to assess which landscaping areas held up well under the wrath and which did not. Note remaining areas of standing water in the yard. These areas may indicate a need for either improving the slope or improving the drainage ability of the soil.

For expert assistance regarding waterlogged soil, soil drainage, plant care and all of your landscaping needs, contact us at Lifescape Colorado. We offer many types of services, including landscape maintenance.

Outdoor Hot Tub Designs for Luxurious & Beautiful Landscapes

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A long relaxing soak in a luxurious hot tub provides a welcome relief from the stresses of everyday life, but there are additional reasons to add this amenity as an outdoor living feature. When creatively designed and integrated, an outdoor hot tub area can allow you to enjoy your yard even in the dead of winter while adding extraordinary beauty to your landscape. Here are some design ideas for luxurious and beautiful outdoor hot tubs.

Attractive, Creative Decking

Deck designs can go far beyond flat platforms surrounding the tub. Multi-level decking and built-in benches, for example, can create a tiered design that offers extra areas for seating while adding architectural interest. Brick or concrete may also be used along with, or instead of, wood to match hardscapes.

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Going with the Landscape Flow

Hot tubs can be designed around hills and slopes for stunning results. Installing hot tubs and spa areas at one of the highest points of your landscape, for instance, can allow you to enjoy your luxurious hot tub while also taking in spectacular mountain views. Concrete can be used around the deck’s perimeter as a retaining wall and a seating area.

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Rustic, Earthy Charm

If your design tastes lean towards rustic and woodsy, consider a cedar hot tub rather than concrete or fiberglass. Cedar and other types of wood tubs are attractive enough to be used as stand-alone features, but can also easily blend with other landscape design features. Set against a backdrop of greenery or other privacy features, the hot tub area can become a heavenly retreat.

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Luxurious & Artful Ambiance 

An outdoor stone fireplace or fire pit near the hot tub can bring an extra level of luxury, coziness and ambiance to this space. Ambiance can also be added with creative, artful decorative hardscaping around hot tub areas.

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Are you interested in redesigning your landscape, yard or hardscapes to add luxury and beauty with an outdoor hot tub? Lifescape Colorado can create a custom design that fits your style and helps you realize your dreams for your Colorado landscape. Contact us to learn about all of our landscape design services.

Designing a Beautiful & Functional Garden Shed

The garden shed is being redefined thanks to the ever-growing demand for functional and beautiful outdoor living spaces. While these small structures are still commonly used as a gardener’s work garage for storing tools and equipment, they can also be redesigned or built to do much more. Check out these interesting garden shed design ideas.

Charming & Traditional

A traditional garden shed can be designed with durable materials, such as stone and brick, that will stand up to weather, dirt and foot traffic while also adding rustic charm. Smart storage and strategic placement of worktables, shelves and chairs can provide a convenient and comfortable workspace for potting, arranging and grooming plants.

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Al Fresco Dining and Entertaining

Sheds can be designed to double as closed or semi-enclosed outdoor dining and entertaining areas. It provides relief from sun and rain while still allowing you to enjoy the ambiance that comes with the garden surroundings. This shed design has sliding double-doors to allow for easy outdoor access and plenty of natural light and fresh air.

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Inspiring Outdoor Office

A garden shed can become an ideal home office space. Surrounded by nature and yet away from the hustle and bustle of your home, it can be the perfect place to escape distractions for optimum focus. Plus, what better way to create an inspiring workspace that promotes creativity than with the phenomenal colors and wonders of nature? We love this contemporary indoor/outdoor office shed design complete with bookshelves and even skylights to enjoy the night sky when burning the midnight oil hard at work.

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Intimate Retreat

A shed can be designed in the image of the home or a small cottage in the woods to serve as an intimate luxury retreat. A haven such as this one below can offer multi-purpose space for working, relaxing, or entertaining. It can even serve as a guesthouse!

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Lifescape in Denver can help create the ideal garden shed design for your Colorado landscape and lifestyle. Contact us today to learn about our landscaping and outdoor living services.

Let’s Go Rooftop!

If you want to create a beautiful outdoor living space or garden but do not have enough yard space, trying looking up! The rooftop is one of the most underutilized areas of the home. But with the right design, it can become the most beloved living space of the home. Here are some outdoor living design ideas and inspirational photos for transforming your Denver rooftop into a luxurious outdoor retreat.

A Rooftop Living Room

A thoughtful hardscape and rooftop deck design can transform a rooftop into a second living room ideal for open-air entertaining and enjoying awe-inspiring views. You can incorporate built-in benches or or dress it up with the right outdoor furniture that creates zones for outdoor dining and lounging.

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If you work with a landscape company that specializes in hardscape designs and luxury outdoor living, you can design a custom space with a variety of features and amenities.

  • An Outdoor Kitchen for enjoying cooking and entertaining in the great outdoors.
  • A fire pit for warmth in the winter and ambiance in the summer.
  • A hot tub and/or a refreshing rooftop shower for a truly luxurious living space where you can enjoy relaxing and cleansing in the sun or beneath the stars.

A Rooftop Garden

Turning your rooftop into a garden can transform this space into a green oasis. Butt you will want to be careful to choose plants that can handle the strong rays of the sun, especially in our area. Here are some great drought-tolerant plants for Colorado rooftop gardens.

  • Lewisia cotyledon: This low-growing plant with blooms in shades of peach, orange and pink is suitable for planters, flowerbeds and rock gardens.
  • Sedum rupestre: An attractive succulent, Sedum spreads nicely, making a lovely groundcover on its own or interspersed with other foliage.
  • Sedum spurium: This succulent adds an interesting splash of burgundy foliage and small red blooms.
  • Helictotrichon sempervirens:  Plant this ornamental grass in planters atop walls for added privacy or use several in a row as a natural divider between rooftop areas.
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Creating a safe and beautiful rooftop oasis is a hefty undertaking. Lifescape can help you develop your rooftop sanctuary from start to finish. Contact us today to learn all about Denver outdoor living design for your home or business.

Great Gravel Designs for Denver Landscapes

If the idea of adding gravel to your Colorado landscape sounds dull and gray, think again. Not only can gravel add a variety of colors, shapes and textures, but it can be thoughtfully incorporated into landscapes to create beautiful, functional and sustainable permeable hardscapes. Oh, and did we mention they are also low maintenance?

There are a variety of gravel types to choose. Decomposed granite is reddish-tan and sandy or silt-like. Pea gravel is usually a mixture of rocks from 1/4 inch to 1/8 inch in size and in colors from white to tan to brown. Crushed granite gravel has larger particles than decomposed granite with a rougher texture than smooth pea gravel. The right gravel for your landscape will depend on the look you are trying to achieve and the specific functional value you are looking to add as some gravel types lend themselves to bare feet and outdoor furniture more than others.

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When it comes to designing with gravel, the possibilities are endless. Not only does it add contrast to interesting and colorful foliage, but gravel can be combined with pavers, fire pits, fountains, flower beds, container gardens, outdoor dining areas and other landscape features to create beautiful, dynamic and functional spaces.

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From charming alfresco dining areas to cozy fire pits to artful courtyards, gravel’s versatility can open the door to custom designs that allow you to enjoy your landscape in multiple ways.

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Are you looking to achieve a low-maintenance landscape that is also eco-friendly and aesthetically interesting year-round? Let Lifescape in Colorado help! Contact us today to start discussing a custom landscape design with permeable gravel hardscapes.