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When is the Best Time to Hire a Landscape Architect?

Many homeowners wonder when is the best time to hire a landscape architect. The answer to that question is linked to a few factors. First of all, a good design starts with the siting and design of your house. If in the planning stages of building a new home, you should assemble the entire team of professionals together in the beginning of the project so the initial design is a democratic process.  This way, you can start making very important decisions from day one.

Most times a homeowner will choose to work with the architect first so decisions are made considering the home interiors before the exterior spaces. The design of your home’s interior spaces does in fact impact exterior massing, that has a direct impact on the landscaping, views, and the diversity of spaces that exist around the house. If your landscape architect is not involved in the process until after the home is being built, it becomes much harder to make desired fundamental structural changes.

Lifescape Associates can get your landscape design started off right whether in the planning stages of building a new home or wanting to revamp the landscape of your current home. Just give us a call at 303-831-8310.

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Japanese Garden Design

A Japanese garden design is a great landscaping idea to add a little change and variety to your garden. It is an option that will provide a new mood and feeling to your garden, making it a more peaceful area of your home. If you would like to redesign your garden with a Japanese design or just add some Japanese style elements to your garden, landscapeliving.com offers some design tips.

  • Enclose or screen the garden from the outside world with the use of plants, fences, or berms. The Japanese style garden is a place for meditation and thought.
  • Understand the scale and perspective of the space where you would like to place the garden because these are the main techniques that create a sense of size, space, and distance in the garden. Achieve this through adding false senses of perspective by planting smaller trees or plants farther from the main part of the garden. The largest water features should be for the foreground. Lanterns should be in proportion to the plants and other objects surrounding them.
  • Rocks and boulders can be the backbone of your garden. Their size and shape help other elements fall into place and create paths throughout your garden.
  • Sentinel Stone is another use of stone in the garden. This stone symbolizes warriors, dieties, heroes, etc. They are at the entrance or at a place in the garden that will enhance its atmosphere.

For more information on Japanese style gardens or any other landscaping tips, contact Lifescape Associates today!

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What Flowers to Plant in the Spring in Colorado

spring gardening tips

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Although temperatures are still frigid and winter still has its tight grip on Colorado, spring is just around the corner. That means it’s time to start thinking about your garden and lawns. One of the first things that need to be determined is what type of flora you are going to plant this spring. This can be a difficult task in Colorado because of the rapidly changing weather conditions. However, gardenguides.com offers some tips on the best choices for spring planting in Colorado.

  • Bulbs – Plant bulbs in a sunny area with well drained soil, after the last spring frost. Different types of bulbs include dahlias, calla lilies, gladiolus, and elephant ears.
  • Annuals – Plant annuals after the last spring frost as well. Full sun annuals include yarrow, torch flower, mexican poppy, verbena, snapdrago, fountain grass, Dahlberg daisy, and the black-eyed Susan. Plant wax begonia, coleus, impatiens, and Madagascar periwinkle in shady areas.
  • Perennials – Plant perennials after the threat of frost is over, or during the rainy season. The options for perennials include Rocky Mountain Columbine, prairie coneflower, blue flax, Russian sage, bellflower, and bloodred geranium.

Once spring begins and you need professional landscaping assistance for your lawn or garden, contact Lifescape.

How to keep your Holiday Poinsettias healthy

You probably only have your poinsettias out in the garden or front landscape during the Holiday season, so how do you keep your poinsettias healthy during the cold Colorado winter? You may be surprised to know that it is not difficult to keep poinsettias healthy during the Holidays.  However, poinsettias do require specific lighting and are sensitive to temperature changes.

Here are a few tips to help you keep your poinsettias looking beautiful all season long:

1. If your plants have pale yellow, green or fallen leaves, there is a possibility that it has root disease, has been excessively watered, has had an excessive dry period or wasn’t given enough fertilizer.

2. When the temperature hits 35 degrees and below, make sure that the plant is wrapped well or sleeved before taking it outside. Once the poinsettias are transported, remove the sleeves to prevent the downward bending of the leaves, which is called epinasty.

3. Keeping the plants away from cold drafts and excessive heat will prolong the color of the bracts.

4. Make sure to remove all damaged or diseased leaves and bracts.

5. Check the soil daily and if it feels dry to the touch, make sure to water. If planted in a clay pot, water a little more. You want to make sure you are keeping the soil moderately moist.

Do you need help keeping your Colorado landscape presentable for the Holiday season? The professionals at Lifescape Associates can help! Visit us at LifescapeAssociates.com.

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Don’t throw that in the Compost Pile!

During the Fall season, your landscaping can become overwhelmed in leaves. That can be a good thing for making compost, however, it’s important to make sure you know the don’ts in creating the right compost cocktail for you Colorado landscaping:

1. Don’t put oak and cottonwood leaves in your compost pile.

It is best to avoid putting oak and cottonwood leaves in your compost pile because they are high in tannins.

2. Don’t shred your leaves for composting.

It’s best to avoid shredding your leaves before composting.  Shredded leaves will compact and make the compost too dense. Use raked leaves instead for composting. The leaves stay fluffy which helps to aerate the compost.

3. Don’t put needles in the compost pile.

Needles from pine, spruce and other evergreens are high in acid and contain sap and this is not a good mix for your compost pile.

If you need help figuring how to keep your Colorado landscaping beautiful and healthy for the Fall and Winter months, give Lifescape Associates a call at 303-831-8310.

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