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Landscaping for Curb Appeal

Look out your window. How inspiring would you say your front yard is? If there’s any hesitation, it may be time to consider how to revamp your landscape design to optimize the views from both the inside and outside of your home. Indeed, curb appeal can go both ways.

One consideration that often gets overlooked when designing a front yard is it’s exact relationship with the size, shape, style and even colors of the home and its exterior. As Leslie Land of the New York Times told BHG, “You need to design for curb appeal based on the size and shape of your house and how it relates to the street.”

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Source: Meissner Landscape, Inc via Houzz

Remember perspectives and scale. Individual flowers will not always be noticed from the street or from inside the home. What will be noticed are groupings of flowers and arrangements of larger plants, shrubs and trees.

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Source: Argia Designs Landscape Design & Consultation via Houzz

Say goodbye to any unsightly views. Anything less than stunning can be strategically hidden with attractive fencing or other landscape features. And with the right landscape design, views can be just as beautiful and intriguing during the fall and winter as they are in the spring and summer.

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Source: Dan Nelson via Houzz

Hardscapes can be designed to echo architecture and provide contrast to foliage and flowers, while landscape lighting can highlight standout features even at night.

As you can see, curb appeal is much more than just a mowed lawn and pruned plants. Landscaping for curb appeal requires strategic design and a deep understanding of lines, shapes, forms and textures. You should also consider how they relate and work together to create a harmonious look and feel.

Onlookers should not be the only ones reaping the benefits from the time, money and imagination you invest into your landscape. And if you’re afraid of being too self-serving, just remember the great point Billy Goodnick makes: “When was the last time a stranger stopped the car, knocked on your door and told you your garden looked great?”

Call the experts at Lifescape to see how we can turn your views into a work of art.

Start a Cool Season Vegetable Garden

Summer is over, which means the end of the gardening season for those of us here in Colorado. However, gardening season doesn’t have to be over at all. In fact, with a cool season Colorado vegetable garden, you and your family can enjoy fresh, tasty vegetables all winter long. All it takes is a little know-how and an equipped garden space.

Ever noticed that some of the vegetables you plant in your summer garden go to seed faster than you wanted? This can be a sign they’re meant for cooler weather. In fact, some vegetables will surprise you when they thrive in the face of frosty weather.

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Source: Robin Amorello via Houzz

Here are some tips from Houzz on how to plant a Colorado vegetable garden that will yield produce even as the snow falls.

Dates and temperatures
. Pay careful attention to planting dates and the soil temperatures required for a plant to weather the winter months. In most cases, the plants need to be in by fall. 55° Fahrenheit is often the magic number. When soil temperatures get below this level, plants may not grow.

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Source: Natalie DeNormandie via Houzz

Invest in a cold frame. Cold frames are like mini-greenhouses. They protect your plants from harsh elements, but allow them to receive ample sunlight, creating warmer temperatures. You can buy them pre-made or build your own.

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Source: Robin Amorello via Houzz

Know your winter veggies. Crunchy broccoli and tough kale are built like that for a reason — they like colder weather and have the infrastructure to survive it. Root vegetables can also be “stored” right where you grow them, ready to be pulled up when you need them. With the right environment and protection, they can often last through a snow storm or two.

The following are examples of edible plants that can survive our Colorado climate:

  • Spinach. Keep in mind that soil must remain moist for spinach to grow well.
  • Lettuce. Boston and Romaine varieties can grow all winter long.
  • Kale
  • Pumpkin
  • Squash 
  • Melon
  • Beets
  • Turnips
  • Potatoes
  • Yams

Interested in starting a cool season Colorado vegetable garden in your backyard? Contact Lifescape. We can help you determine the perfect location and design to help you yield the best crops.

Why Grow Native Shrubs?

Growing native plants in your Colorado garden not only adds color to your landscape design, but also benefits and contributes to the biodiversity of our beautiful state. While landscaping with a native shrub seems like a small way to aid the environment, other projects that do not include these wonderful plants can harm biodiversity.

Shrubs native to Colorado have an advantage over other species because they’re already adapted to our state’s unique climate. Great for both home and commercial gardens, native shrubs are valuable additions to any sustainable landscape design.

Native shrubs are also easier to manage than nonnative plants. Because native shrubs are acclimated to Colorado’s environmental conditions, most species require less watering, pruning and fertilizing. Since your Colorado garden is the perfect environment for growing native shrubs, you’ll find that these plants will prosper with little assistance.

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Source: Colorado State University

While plant-life is an important component of any lively landscape, wildlife is just as significant. An attractive and healthy garden draws a variety of animals, birds and fluttering insects like butterflies. As a result, a Colorado landscape featuring native shrubs will attract more hummingbirds than a garden without these helpful and appealing plants.

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Source: Colorado State University

With all of these added benefits, your native garden will have a stronger visual impact on visitors and neighbors alike. A bright and welcoming palette of red and yellow can be achieved by growing black twinberries and delicate golden currants. These small- to medium-sized shrubs bear ripe fruits that are both edible and showy.

As your garden continues to grow and prosper, you’ll want to make sure your Colorado landscape is benefiting the environment. Sustainability is important to keep in mind while designing gardens, front yards and creative landscaping projects. Construct your dream landscape by contacting Lifescape Colorado. We offer many types of services that are both green and sustainable.

 

Fall for Your Colorado Landscape

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Temperatures may be starting to drop in Colorado and leaves may be turning, but this does not mean the gardening and growing season is over. For many plants, fall is the ideal time for planting.

Why is fall a great time to plant? By planting particular perennials and native shrubs now, you are giving them a leg up for spring. When the soil is still warm, they will have time to establish a good root system, and you will see the benefits when spring arrives. For several types of plants, fall planting gives them a solid head start for spring. Many will need to be mulched before the deep winter freeze hits, both to keep moisture in and to keep the soil warmer. However, the rewards of this are a lush landscape when warmth returns.

Plants that can be planted in fall include coneflower, aster, golden current and the aspen tree. Several types of bulbs should also be put in the ground in autumn to present beautiful blooms the following spring. These include the colorful dwarf iris, gaillardia and galanthus.

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Many types of vegetables can also be planted when the weather has cooled. While it is not a good time to try tomatoes, leafy greens such as spinach and kale are excellent cool season crops. Snap peas, radishes and some cabbage varieties do very well, also.

Not all plants get a better start if planted in the fall, of course. Evergreens, for example, prefer to become established during warm weather as their foliage remains exposed through the winter. Tender young evergreens may not fare well. If you want to add these to your landscape, it is best to wait until spring.

Planting, weeding, mulching and other landscape maintenance tasks can be time-consuming and tough. But you can enjoy the autumn weather while the professionals at Lifescape Colorado take care of everything for you. Contact us to learn about our wide range of year-round landscaping and gardening services.

Rocky Mountain Maple

Fall is now upon us, but it is not too late to add some native Colorado plants to your landscape. When you want an attractive deciduous tree or shrub, the beautiful Rocky Mountain maple is a Colorado favorite. This maple may be small but the impact it has in landscape designs is large!

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Source: Maya Gardens Inc.

The Rocky Mountain maple is significantly more compact than its cousins in other states. At its tallest, it reaches only 30 feet and is usually considered a shrub, rather than a tree. However, what it lacks in height it makes up for in beauty. This is most apparent in autumn, when its leaves turn a vibrant, fiery red. If you add even just a few of these maples to your landscape, you can imagine the gorgeous affect gained by the splashes of red against a backdrop of evergreens and blue sky.

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Source: Maya Gardens Inc.

The beauty is not limited to the fall. During spring and summer, the maple is covered by light green leaves that are set against a backdrop of the shrub’s red bark.

Planting this ornamental shrub also has practical benefits, too. The Rocky Mountain maple sends its roots down deep in the soil, and this will help prevent erosion on sloping land.

It is not very particular about light and is exceptionally shade-tolerant. It does not mind if it is in the shadow of other, taller shrubs and trees, but it also handles full sunlight well. In addition, It is not fussy about the soil it grows in, and it will not typically suffer from nutrient depletion even when sharing an area with other trees and shrubs. Because of the Rocky Mountain maple’s easy care, you can have it planted nearly anywhere on the landscape.

Would you like to enjoy stunning maples or other fall plants in your landscape this season? Lifescape Colorado can take care of all of your planting and landscape maintenance needs in autumn or any time of the year. Contact us today with any questions or to learn more about our landscaping and gardening services.