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Beat the Spring Rush for Landscape Design-Build Projects

Spring is the busiest time of year for landscape installations and design-build projects. As the temperatures warm up, Denver residents are thinking about outdoor entertaining and ways to improve their landscape. Because of the influx of calls that landscape companies receive in the spring, it may take longer to get started on and complete your project.

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Winter, on the other hand, tends to be the slowest season. As we begin 2018, you can get a jump start on your landscape design and construction project and benefit from having the undivided attention of experienced architects.

How Our Design-Build Process Works

Our landscape architects at Lifescape Colorado have more than 40 years of experience in designing and building custom residential and commercial projects. We begin the design-build process by walking the project site with our client to gather information about goals and discuss high-level design ideas. We then take this information to draft a conceptual landscape plan that is within the client’s budget. Once the design and construction plans are approved by the client, we begin construction. Each project has a foreman and operations manager on site to ensure that construction goes smoothly.

As you can see, multiple steps go into the landscape design-build process, and getting started early in the year will help to expedite your project.

Benefits of Beating the Spring Rush with Your Design-Build Project

Another advantage to beating the spring rush with your landscape design and build project is that you’ll get to maximize your enjoyment of the finished product. By starting early, you can begin enjoying your new installation as soon as the temperatures in Colorado begin to warm up. Being proactive and starting your landscape project in January or February can also save you money.

Don’t wait! Take advantage of this slower season in landscape design and contact us at Lifescape Colorado to learn more about our design-build process and get your project started early.

3 Great Games to Incorporate Into Your Outdoor Space

Summer isn’t quite the same without lounging for hours while the kids splash around in the pool or play outdoor games. Gardens are the perfect locations for easy outdoor games — little to no skill is needed, and games are a great way to gather the whole family for some fun in the sun. To help you properly welcome the summer season, we’ve put together a neat selection of outdoor games for your family and guests to enjoy:

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  1. Lawn Chess. A larger version of the original board game, lawn chess is constructed by mowing squares onto the lawn or using plastic or wooden board pieces and markers. We love that chess encourages problem solving, strategy, and gamesmanship. So, put on your “thinking caps” and be prepared for some healthy competition!
  2. Horseshoes. Horseshoes is an all-American classic that happens to be a fantastic workout. Players take turns throwing two horseshoes at a stake in the ground. The goal of the game is to get the horseshoes as close to the target as possible, even so that they completely encircle the stake (called “ringers”). Horseshoes is played on a court 46 feet long by 6 feet wide. However, if space is limited, the game will work with a much smaller court. The points system is simple — a shoe 6 inches or closer to the stake is 1 point, 2 points are scored if both shoes are closer to the stake than the opponents, and ringers are worth 3 points. The game continues until 40 points are scored.
  3. Croquet. For croquet, all you’ll need is a flat, closely-mown lawn area, a set of 6 cast iron hoops set in the ground, 4 balls, and mallets. The rules take a little getting used to, but once you get the hang of it, you can host a garden party and teach all your friends how to play!

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If you’re ready to make your outdoor spaces not only beautiful but functional as well, Lifescape offers the design and landscaping services to suit your needs and more. Contact us today to schedule a consultation.

Planning to Upgrade Your Colorado Landscape? Use These Tips

Does your landscape need a new look? Are you tired of seeing the same colors — green in spring and summer and brown in winter and fall? Or, are your evergreen shrubs getting more out of control every year? If you answered yes to any of these questions, you are ready to take steps towards an updated landscape design. Whether you’re working on a budget or looking to make a sizable investment, you can use these tips to add to the curb appeal and overall value of your home.

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Understand your landscape. This might go without saying, but it’s important to know the topography of your landscape, understand the Colorado climate, and be aware of your specific soil type. Your yard has its own unique microclimate because of the sun and shade different areas receive. The four categories of microclimates include:

  • Full Sun.
  • Partial Shade.
  • Shade.
  • Deep Shade.

The ultimate goal is to help ensure water drains properly in your landscape and moves away from your home towards other areas of your landscape.

Consider the function of your yard. Do you have children who will be playing in your yard? Do you have dogs? Setting up different spaces to house different activities will help you make the most out of your yard. Don’t forget about walkways to connect the various spaces.

Strategically place plants. Plants have a number of functions — aromatherapy, the priceless bounty of fresh fruits and vegetables, and beautiful colors are just a few. With plants, you can define your outdoor spaces, block any unpleasant views, and maintain barriers.

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Consider details to create a cohesive landscape. Everything from your pool to the patio furnishings contribute to the colors and textural details of your landscape. Think about when certain flowers will bloom and if their scents will complement one another.

Safeguard your natural resources. Choosing the right plants for your Colorado landscape and intelligently handling rainwater will result in a healthier landscape in the long run.

If you’re getting tired of your existing landscape, it might be time for an upgrade. Contact Lifescape today to schedule a consultation.

Unite Your Garden: Incorporate Similar Plants & Flowers Into the Xeriscape

All of the great clothing designers of our time have centered their collections around a common idea or theme. As the models walk purposefully down the runway, the artistic unity is palpable, and you can see the vision flow from one ensemble to the next. Why should your garden be any different?

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Landscape designers follow a set of principles for landscape design that include:

  • Unity – organizing a garden to capture and hold attention.
  • Lines – defining garden rooms and providing a physical connection the landscape.
  • Color – choosing complementary and contrasting colors to carefully create feeling and atmosphere.
  • Balance – maintaining equilibrium by carefully arranging plants and structures.

Gardening is a fast-evolving process, and constructing a garden in which all the elements appear elegant and balanced can prove quite difficult. Gardens that stand above the rest have commonalities you can implement in your own landscape. Here are our guidelines for uniting your garden:

Focus on repetition. Repeating key plants is a powerful tool to bring cohesion to your garden. Repeating one specific plant variety is a simple way to achieve this look, but you can also extend this practice to similar shapes, colors, and textures.

Reiterate a common color. Like with your home’s interior, a great landscape is enhanced by elegant color choices. Use this to your advantage by creating a color scheme that playfully meanders throughout the whole landscape. For example, a blue garden path speckled with blue sculptures and benches is much more attractive than a boring, monochromatic landscape.

Strive for continuity. Visually, the relationship between multiple garden beds can make or break a landscape. Try to avoid monotony or a clash of colors by arranging the plants to complement each other. Mixing plants with similar features is a great place to start.

Plant in groups. Using just one or two of many different variety of plants can have a clustered, confusing effect. Instead, narrow down the number of plants and multiply the number of each variety. This creates more of a strong visual statement.

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For help incorporating the right plants and flowers into your xeriscape or garden, contact Lifescape today.

The Quaking Aspen: Is It Right For Your Landscape?

The quaking aspen has bewildered landowners, horticulturists, and landscape architects for centuries. Quaking aspens are stunning trees often mistaken for birch trees due to their cream to white-colored trunks. But, they couldn’t be more different. In fact, it’s almost inappropriate to refer to them as trees at all. They are actually large, 1 to 20 acre root systems from which clusters of clones will quickly grow.

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Quaking aspens grow natively in many areas of the country, namely in the Rocky Mountain area. They grow very quickly, provide a wonderful finishing touch to a suburban yard, and quiver delightfully in the breeze. Their leaves are charming — deep green in the summer months and brilliant gold in fall. Unfortunately, despite their lovely fall foliage color and other attributes, quaking aspens can be significantly problematic.

Aspens are the most common problem tree in the Colorado area, and yours are probably no different. Aspens are widely affected by an array of insects, diseases, and cultural problems that can cripple their growth and shorten their life spans. They reproduce through extensive suckering, which means suckers shoot of the roots of the mother trees. This habit can rapidly become a nuisance for homeowners and neighbors alike.

Aspens serve as “succession trees,” and in the wild they will quickly seed in areas where other vegetation was lost as a result of logging, fire, disease, insects, or erosion. As other trees grow taller around them, the aspen clones will likely die out. Despite their negative reputation, aspens are remarkable trees with root systems that can live to be thousands of years old. They also provide survival food for deer and elk during the winter and encourage new growth after devastating forest fires.

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If you already have quaking aspens on your property, we recommend routinely checking them for insects and diseases. They look best when combined with natural elements like boulders, ferns, and even wildflowers. Don’t forget, you’re growing a piece of American history when you grow a quaking aspen!

Need help sorting out what to do with your quaking aspens? Contact Lifescape today to schedule a consultation.