Monthly Archives: October 2010

The Casual Comfort of a Fire Pit

Love your casual get togethers outdoors? Well if you have a fire pit on your patio, there’s no need to give that up during the Fall and Winter months.

Fire pits are usually made of stone, fire-resistant brick or in some instances, clay. The fire pit creates a more casual atmosphere that is great for entertaining. Fire pits can become the focal point of your patio, being the central area where guests gather round to get warm, roast marshmallows, chat or even cook if they have the proper grates or grills to place over the fire pit. Once nightfall arises, there is no need for the party to move inside. Just light your fire pit and continue the laughter and fireside chats under the stars.

Having an outdoor space in your landscaping that is casual and comforting, helps to keep you relaxed and enhances your overall quality of life.

Take a look at a few fire pits from completed Lifescape Associates projects:

Need some added comfort in your Colorado landscaping? Call Lifescape Associates at 303-831-8310 for more information on how we can help you enjoy your landscaping more.

Cozy up to your Outdoor Fireplace

The cool breezes of Fall are now upon us, Colorado. This is the perfect time to light up those outdoor fireplaces to enjoy the warm and cozy heat on your backyard patio.

Having a fireplace installed in your landscaping is a great idea because it allows you to enjoy your backyard during the colder months. Stone and brick fireplaces are great for elegant outdoor rooms. There’s nothing like snuggling up to the warm fire while you sip on a cup of hot chocolate and watch the leaves fall or the first drops of snow.

Fireplaces create a warm and inviting outdoor space that everyone can enjoy.

If you desire a beautiful outdoor space for your Colorado home, give Lifescape Associates a call at 303-831-8310.

Protect backflow device from an early freeze

Don’t get caught off guard this winter, Colorado. Before you get your sprinkler system winterized. Here are two precautions you can take to protect your backflow device from an early freeze after you have stopped watering your landscape and right before winter has arrived:

1. Make sure the valve handle is turned at a 45 degree angle.

2. Wrap the backflow device in a towel.

3. Then wrap everything in a plastic bag secured with tape.

The backflow needs to be drained in order to make sure no water is left inside. Contact Ryan at Lifescape Associates at 303-974-6315 if you don’t know how to drain the backflow. Once you have drained the water, your sprinkler system will not be operational and that’s when you are ready to have your sprinkler system winterized.

Photo: sprinklerdoctor.com

Landscaping that’s Energy Efficient

October is Energy Awareness month and you may be surprised to know that you can utilize your landscaping to have a better energy efficient home. If you live in an older home that does not have good insulation, good landscaping can help you during both the Summer and Winter months.

By planting shade trees and shrubs around your house, especially if planted on the house’s west side, during the Summer, the foliage blocks the infrared radiation that would cause your home to warm up. In the winter time the bare branches allow for radiation to come through therefore giving the home some added heat from the sunlight.

If you would like some more information on how Lifescape Associates can make your Colorado residence’s landscaping energy efficient, give us a call at 303-831-8310.

Winterization Checklist

In climates that are very cold during the winter months, like Colorado, it’s important to get your landscaping ready for the cold winter. Here is a basic Winterization checklist that will help keep your landscaping irrigation system in top shape even during the freezing winter.

1. Turn off the water. If there is still water flowing through, you won’t be able to drain the pipes. You’ll want to go to your water source and turn it off at the valve.

2. Turn off the controller. When the controller is left on after the water has been shut off, the watering schedule will continue as normal. If the valves are trying to run without water, this can harm the solenoids which can cause a great deal of damage to your irrigation system.

3. Open the valves. Make sure you manually open each valve in each zone because if you try to use an air compressor on a closed valve, there is a possibility that the line will burst or you’ll send the spray heads flying.

4. Drain the pipes. There can still be water left in the pipes after you’ve done steps 1-3. Water finds its way to the lowest point, so you can bet there is a shallow puddle or two still inside the pipes.

If you need help getting your Winterization checklist done, call Ryan at Lifescape Associates at 303-974-6315. We look forward to helping you keep your Colorado residence’s  irrigation system working efficiently all year round.

Photo: rainbird.com