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Awesome Benefits of LED Garden Lighting for Landscapes

The stars of modern lighting, LED lights are incredibly energy-efficient and durable. Bringing us one step closer to saving the planet, LED light bulbs are a power saving and all-around smart solution. With LED lighting, you can officially welcome both your interior and exterior into the technologically-savvy present day. Below, we have highlighted some of our favorite reasons to use LED garden lighting in your landscape.

Awesome Benefits of LED Garden Lighting for Landscapes

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  • Their lifespan is truly enviable. Amazingly, if left on for 8 hours a day, one LED bulb can be expected to last up to 20 years! Unlike a standard bulb, an LED bulb does not burn out but instead becomes less bright over time.
  • There’s just no excuse not to strive for energy efficiency these days. LED bulbs operate at around 80-90% energy efficiency as compared to 20% for a standard bulb. Consequently, you’ll save on electricity costs and spend less time on maintenance.
  • Free of toxic chemicals and 100% recyclable, LED lights are environmentally friendly and undeniably green.
  • The sturdy components of LED lights lead to a high level of durability. Because they are able to withstand rough conditions and resist shock and vibrations, LED lighting is great for outdoor use. Wind and rain? No worries!
  • LED bulbs operate at a much lower temperature than incandescent bulbs, which means no unfortunate burnt fingertips.
  • If you’re looking for a way to direct light into a very specific area of your landscape, then LED lighting might be for you. LED illumination systems have the capability to deliver light more competently than conventional lighting.
  • Frequently turning your LED lighting on and off won’t affect its life expectancy or quality of emission. Additionally, LED lights reach full brightness almost immediately as opposed to traditional lights, which may require several seconds.
  • LED lighting is fairly easy to use in an outdoor setting because it works with a low-voltage power supply. This means it can also be used with a solar energy source!

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    Source: Pixabay

If you’d like to consult with a company with professional lighting experience, contact Lifescape today. We have the knowledge to expertly help light your garden areas.

Frigid Colorado Temps Wreak Havoc on Landscapes

The November snowstorm in Colorado was one of the most severe since the Halloween freeze of 1991.  In 1991, Denver saw a dip from a high of 71 degrees on October 27 to a record low of 7 degrees on October 29. In 2014, Denver went from 64 degrees on November 10 to a record low of -13 degrees on November 12, making it the third largest temperature decrease ever recorded in the area. Even more interesting is the fact that all three record-breaking drops have occurred in the last 12 months.

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Source: Pixabay

These temperature swings have taken trees off guard, resulting in brown and frozen foliage. Some trees also went winter dormancy at a weakened state while other plants were at the risk of fatal frost damage.

There are several ways homeowners and landscapers can battle harmful frost.

  • Choose plants that are tough, durable, and proven to thrive in colder climates and your particular region.
  • Prevent planting in frost pockets or areas of your garden where cold air flows and pools. Additionally, place any plants that are more tender in the sunniest spots of your garden.
  • Do not apply any nitrogen-rich fertilizers at season’s end because this will make plants softer and more exposed and apt to frost damage.
  • Insulate soil at the base of trees, shrubs, and plants. Bare soil will not hold heat on its own. A thick layer of mulch or other organic matter can be used to trap in heat, protect roots, and prevent freezing.
  • Avoid dry soil. When soil loses all moisture and becomes dry, it releases heat more rapidly. Thirsty trees, shrubs, and plants will then become stressed and are more prone to frost affliction. When conditions turn dry, winter watering can help to protect trees, shrubs, and plants from falling victim to detrimental freezing.

If a plant suffers from frost damage, don’t automatically give up on it! After a thaw, try pruning out damaged growth, applying fertilizer, creating gaps to remove frost pockets, and re-firming ground soil around plants. If treated properly, some plants can survive and show re-growth come summer.

Is your Colorado landscape looking a little limp after the most recent record-breaking frost? Our team here at Lifescape would love to help bring your landscape back to life and prepare your yard for a beautiful, colorful, and lush spring and summer season. Contact us online or by calling (303) 831-8310.

Inviting Front Yard Structures for a Welcoming Spring

When you think of attractive landscape structures, odds are you envision gazebos, fountains, fireplaces and other hardscape designs found most typically in a backyard. Your front yard, however, may also be begging for a little structural attention and curb appeal.

5 Ideas For Creating a Gorgeous Front Yard This Spring

Creating a gorgeous front yard is always a good idea, whether you are planning to sell your home in the near future or are simply ready for a front yard facelift.

    1. Show off your blooms. A beautiful arbor, draped with spring’s bountiful blooms, is an iconic garden visual. Arbors and pergolas can also make a wonderful entrance to your home, focusing your guests’ attention on landscape highlights, the walkway, and the front door. Combined with a fence, they can also create a sense of privacy and mystery.
    2. Demonstrate your artistic side. Lawn art is often confused with tacky gnomes and ceramic deer when, in fact, high-quality garden sculptures can create focal points that catch and surprise the eye. Invest in a local artist, and add a new piece of sculpture to your front yard.
    3. Optimize the corners. Cut out the corners of your lawn (hooray for water conservation!) and plant them with drought-tolerant plants and shrubs that will provide colorful interest year-round.
    4. Install a water feature. Those corners you just cut out are also a great place to install a water feature. It will help to mask traffic or neighbor noise and is attractive to passersby, porch sitters, and bathing birds alike.
    5. Update your front yard lighting. Does your front yard lighting consist of a porch light or a few flood lights? Start thinking more holistically, and add front yard lighting for both safety and ambiance. Choose welcoming lights for your porch, entrance way, and to light the path(s). Consider uplighting to highlight a tree or two, the aforementioned art or sculpture or to illuminate your newly installed fountain.

Are you ready add a new structure or two to your front yard? The team at Lifescape is ready to design, build and maintain a front yard that heartily welcomes spring.

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.

Hardscaping Haven: Build a Garden You Can Live In

Why design a garden to look at when you can build an outdoor space to live in? Thoughtfully designed Colorado hardscapes allow homeowners to relax outdoors year-round. By analyzing your landscape, evaluating the most common wind directions and watching where water drains on your property, we can identify which areas of your outdoor space will be optimal for year-round enjoyment. Afterwards, we can design the necessary hardscape features to facilitate the process.

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Design a patio for a nice transition. Your patio is a great place to start. If you’re starting from scratch, we can help you determine the best size and shape for your patio, based on the proportions of your usable geography. If you already have the foundation in place, we can start looking at what features would make the patio more user-friendly every season. Perhaps a retractable sunshade for the summer months or a covered area for the winter is the best option.

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A raised deck space. A simple, but incredibly useful hardscape feature is a raised deck located off a bedroom or family room. Just a handful of square feet can yield a closure-optional space for you to sit down in and enjoy a change of scenery. Add a simple container garden or water feature to transform your deck into a private sanctuary.

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Fire pits and seating areas. Extra seating areas are always appreciated. They let you enjoy different areas of the garden for different purposes and activities. A section of pavers can be combined with a fire pit or chiminea and extra chairs to create a magical post-sunset hangout spot. Your patio is another place where an outdoor fireplace is desirable.

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

Design by Lifescape Colorado

Walking paths. Don’t feel like braving the hottest or coldest days on the streets? Hit the pathways of your own garden or backyard and you can still get a dose of Mother Nature, as well as a bit of exercise. You’ll benefit from the elemental protection of your landscape design.

Give Lifescape Colorado a call so our design team can get started on designing the hardscape of your dreams. With the right features and aesthetic appeal, you’ll want to spend every waking minute of the day outdoors this season!