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Resolve to Enjoy the Outdoors in 2018

A new year offers new possibilities and the opportunity to start fresh. As you establish New Year’s resolutions for 2018, we encourage you to make enjoying the outdoors one of your goals for the year.

Whether skiing the snow-capped mountains in the winter, biking trails during the summer, or just enjoying a beautiful view, Colorado residents are fortunate to be able to enjoy the beauty of the outdoors all year-round. In Denver, being outdoors is a way of life, and the possibilities for enjoying the Colorado landscape are endless.

Lifescape Colorado was founded in 1976 by a team that is passionate about the outdoors and the beauty that our local landscape offers. This year we’ll be celebrating our 42nd anniversary of serving Colorado residents and businesses with all of their landscape design, project construction, and ongoing landscape maintenance needs. Our clients have come to trust us for the high level of quality and attention to detail that we bring to each project and we hope you are one of them!

 

We are here to help!

Allow our team at Lifescape Colorado to help you fulfill your resolution by creating outdoor spaces that beckon you to be outside enjoying your landscape. With our design-build model, your ideal outdoor entertaining space will become a reality. We can help you create an eclectic outdoor living room, install a lush garden or add a fireplace or fire pit for year-round enjoyment. We invite you to browse through some of our previous designs for inspiration, or we can help you come up with a custom design. The options are limitless.

 

Preserve and enjoy your environment.

Having a passion for the environment, we value sustainability and are an industry leader with our green-friendly designs and water-saving initiatives.

Contact us at Lifescape Colorado to learn more about how we can help you to fulfill your mission to spend more time outdoors in 2018.

LED Lighting to High “Light” Your Garden & Landscape

Energy-conscious homeowners have already made the switch to more efficient interior lighting sources but many are slow to follow suit with their exterior lights. LED lighting for gardens and landscapes is a cost-efficient and sustainable way to provide ample task and mood lighting while simultaneously reducing energy consumption.

Add LED Lighting to “Light” Your Gardens and Landscapes

Source: Lifescape Colorado

Source: Lifescape Colorado

Planning to make the “switch” from traditional to LED lighting options for your Colorado landscape design? Here are some facts to “spark” your inspiration:

  • LED lights consume up to 75 percent less energy than halogen or incandescent versions.
  • The average lifespan of a high-quality LED fixture is 12 to 14 years.
  • With the use of timers and/or photocells, you’ll glean approximately 40,000 hours of light from your fixtures (that’s about 1,667 days or 4.5 straight years of light!).

Use the following suggestions to facilitate the conversion to LEDs in your garden landscapes.

  1. Take a step-by-step approach. LED lights are a more expensive initial investment, but the expenses are recouped, and then some, via lower electric bills and significantly fewer bulb and fixture changes over the years. There is no need to replace everything all at once; instead, create a multi-step approach, replacing the fixtures one area or need at a time over the course of a year or several seasons.
  2. Go big with the transformer. You always want to be thinking ahead, so use a larger transformer than you require now, so you can continue adding to your lighting plan as needed in the future. Consider buying a transformer that can handle at least two to three times the wattage you need now. You only pay for the electricity you use, and the extra watts will come in handy later on.
  3. Buy the highest quality fixtures you can afford. It’s tempting to opt for the greatest savings, but this isn’t the wisest course of action if it means purchasing new fixtures every few years or more. Scale back your LED replacement plan if needed, so you can always purchase the highest-quality fixtures to yield the optimal return on your investment.

    Source: Pegasus Lighting

    Source: Pegasus Lighting

Schedule a consultation with Lifescape Colorado to begin transitioning your lights to energy-efficient LED alternatives. We can assess your current outdoor lighting plan and help you to design a multi-tiered approach in alignment with the way your family uses your outdoor living spaces. Contact us to learn more.

Outdoor Rooms with Year-Round Appeal

When we work with clients to design Denver outdoor living spaces, we keep our eyes focused on long-term functionality. You can maximize your investment by designing outdoor rooms with year-round appeal. By striking a unique balance between delightful garden designs and stunning hardscape features, your outdoor room can be a place for your family and friends to enjoy all year round, while providing beautiful visual interest.

Denver Outdoor Living Designs Should Consider All Four Seasons

Traditional Patio by Denver Landscape Architects & Landscape Designers Lifescape Colorado.

Design by Lifescape Colorado

Windbreaks and shelter. Analyze your property to access its primary wind directions. It’s important to build walls or extend overhangs in areas recessed by existing architecture to create a barrier from the elements. If you prefer a less-permanent structure, use large umbrellas that can be raised or lowered according to what Mother Nature has on her agenda in terms of sun or rain. Trees and shrubs also make beautiful windbreaks and shelters.

Traditional Patio by Denver Landscape Architects & Landscape Designers Lifescape Colorado.

Design by Lifescape Colorado

Hardscape features. Fireplaces and/or fire pits are one of the most desired hardscape features because they provide warmth and ambiance year-round. We recommend installing one under a protective roof and another on the outskirts of your garden, so you have plenty of options. Lighting is also a priority for both safety and ambiance. During the fall and winter, exterior lighting makes outdoor rooms more user-friendly, while highlighting interesting landscape features. Installing infrared heaters also adds warmth away from your fireplace.

Traditional Patio by Denver Landscape Architects & Landscape Designers Lifescape Colorado.

Design by Lifescape Colorado

Landscaping for interest. It’s important to design a landscape that will provide interest year-round. This can be done by infusing your patio with colorful perennials and annuals. Plants like Berry Magic Holly look beautiful throughout winter, and you can also decorate container gardens during the bleakest months.

Traditional Patio by Denver Landscape Architects & Landscape Designers Lifescape Colorado.

Design by Lifescape Colorado

Comfortable furniture. Perhaps one of the most telling signs of whether or not an outdoor room will be used year-round is the outdoor furniture. Select comfortable furnishings that invite guests and family members to stay and relax a while. During the fall and winter, deeper cushions and a supply of throw blankets will help keep you warm.

Are you ready to implement these design ideas to an outdoor room with year-round appeal? Contact us online or give us a call 303.831.8310. Lifescape Colorado looks forward to designing and building beautiful outdoor spaces that are livable during all four seasons.

Top Benefits of Growing Shrubs in Your Garden

Shrubs are an instrumental part of every garden’s ecosystem. They provide shade, improve soil stability, enhance air quality and create habitats for all types of wildlife. Of course, shrubs and small trees are also beautiful to look at, especially when you choose varieties that add seasonal interest to your landscape.

Top Benefits of Growing Shrubs in Your Colorado Garden Design

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Source: Better Homes and Gardens

Lower your energy bills. Planting shrubs in the right location can lower your energy bills in both the summer and winter months. In order to benefit year-round, you’ll need to plant deciduous shrub or trees that do well in our climate, such as Purpleleaf Japanese Barberry (Berberis thunbergii atropurpurea), Kelsey Dogwood (Cornus sericea ‘Kelseyi’) or Goldflame (Spiraea x bumalda), all of which add interest with colorful branches, leaves, seasonal blooms and fruit.

You can plant them in front of your eastern and western-exposed windows to provide shade and reduce your dependency on cooling systems. In the winter, deciduous shrubs will shed their leaves and your home will benefit from passive solar heat gain.

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Create wildlife habitats. We frequently share tips for establishing bee, butterfly and bird-friendly landscapes. Most of the time we’re usually talking about the food, pollen and nectar from these plants. However, shrubs also provide homes. They’re great for nesting, cooling off, burrowing underneath and/or escaping from less agile predators.

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Borders and privacy. The aesthetic value of shrubs is one benefit that can protect you from an unattractive view. Use shrubs wisely and your neighbor’s junkyard will cease to exist when you’re enjoying your morning coffee on the patio. You can also use shrubs to grow a living privacy boundary and to separate one area of your yard from another.

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Increase your resale value. Landscaped properties have a greater value than their bare counterparts. Established trees and shrubs are particularly appreciated because it can take some time for them to reach a mature size. Households that have established landscapes appreciate home values 5 to 20 percent higher than those that don’t.

Contact Lifescape Colorado today and benefit from a sustainable garden design that optimizes the growth of shrubs, trees and other native plants.

Shady Garden Plans

We all love a little sunshine, but during mid-summer days, a shady garden plan is essential for making the most of your outdoor living space, as well as for enjoying plants that are less tolerant of direct sunlight. The following tips can help you create a Colorado landscape design that balances sun and shade.

Traditional Landscape by Far Hills Landscape Architects & Landscape Designers Deborah Cerbone Associates, Inc.

Source: Deborah Cerbone Associates, Inc. via Houzz

Start with the shade you have. Lot orientation, existing trees and architectural features already provide a certain level of shade. Depending on how involved you want to get, you can create a garden plan that’s season specific, or you can create a more well-rounded plan that will provide visual interest for the whole year. If you like the idea of changing areas of your garden plan on a seasonal basis, working with a professional landscape company will make your job a lot easier.

Contemporary Landscape by Bainbridge Island Landscape Architects & Landscape Designers Bliss Garden Design

Source: Bliss Garden Design via Houzz

Watch your landscape throughout the year, and specifically through the warm weather months. You may find that a particular area enjoys a good deal of shade already, which makes it a prime spot for adding a small patio, a cozy seating area, or perhaps a water feature for an outdoor heat retreat.

Traditional Landscape by Bolingbrook Landscape Architects & Landscape Designers Hursthouse Landscape Architects and Contractors

Source: Hursthouse Landscape Architects and Contractors via Houzz

From trees to ground cover. A garden plan that aims for shade and shade-tolerant plants, should include plants ranging from tall trees to barely-there-ground cover. For example, a beautiful and fragrant Witch Hazel tree (Hamamelis virginiana), which grows about 15-feet tall and provides winter color, can be your primary canopy. Below this tree, you can grow plants and flowers ranging in all shapes and sizes, including Hosta (18-22 inches), False Speria (12-14 inches) Bethlehem Sage (12-inches) and a shade-loving ground cover of your choice. The different plant heights, colors and widths are a picture unto themselves.

Traditional Landscape by Vancouver Landscape Architects & Landscape Designers Glenna Partridge Garden Design

Source: Glenna Partridge Garden Design via Houzz

Don’t forget the soil. Your shade garden can only be as healthy as the soil its planted in. Make sure you’ve amended your soil with organic components. Water won’t evaporate as quickly from a shade garden. Your soil should be well-draining so roots don’t rot in standing water.

Would you like some assistance adding a shade garden to your Colorado landscape plan? Contact Lifescape Colorado today for assistance designing your dream outdoor space.