Monthly Archives: November 2010

Holiday Plant: Poinsettias in the Garden

During the Holiday season, people love to decorate their landscape with lights and other festive ornaments, but if you prefer to decorate your landscape in a more elegant and natural fashion for the holidays, consider planting poinsettias in your garden or in front of your house.

Poinsettias are known to be tropical plants but it has been the traditional Christmas plant ever since the United States first ambassador to Mexico, Joel Poinsett, introduced them to America back in the early 19th century. The plant is available in varied colors: pink, gold, white but the most popular color is of course is red.

When looking for poinsettias for your garden, make sure the foliage is dark green and healthy with strong stems and bright colored bracts. And since Colorado winters can get well under 50 degrees, have the poinsettias wrapped before taking them outside. When you do take them outside, place them out of reach from direct sunlight and cold drafts but in a well-lit area. If you prefer to keep the plant in the decorative foil wrapping, put a hole in the bottom to allow for good drainage. Letting the plant sit in water can result in root rot.

Outside, the colorful bracts will probably last for several weeks but the poinsettia can be kept as a green houseplant all year round. Need some help getting your landscape set for winter and presentable for the holidays? Call Lifescape Associates at 303-831-8310.

Happy Holidays!

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Happy Thanksgiving from Lifescape!

Lifescape Associates wants to wish you a Happy Thanksgiving day, but also to give you one great “green” landscaping tip for the Fall season.

When raking up those Fall leaves from the yard, a good way to recycle them is to drop it off at The Denver Leafdrop. The Denver Leafdrop is a composting and leaf collection program for Denver residents. By having your organic waste properly recycled you are doing your part to help keep reusable waste out of area landfills. By recycling your leaves, you also keep your street clean, reduce greenhouse gases and create valuable compost to keep Colorado looking beautiful.

Enjoy your Thanksgiving!

3 Maintenance tips for your Colorado landscape

During the late Fall and early winter months it’s important to stay active in maintaining your landscape in order to keep it beautiful during every season. Here are 3 tips that you can utilize now to maintain a healthy and beautiful Colorado landscape:

  • In colder climates like areas in the Colorado mountains, some perennial plants may be grown as annuals if they would otherwise not survive the winter. You can extend the growing season of some annuals by creating a shelter or by placing them in a greenhouse.
  • For perennials, learn what additional care may be needed during the winter for that specific plant, your landscaping professional can easily take care of this for you.
  • If you are not sure what plants are best suited for your Colorado landscaping or particular climate, contact Lifescape Associates. You may have more options available than you think for a wonderful landscape all year round.

Colorado Winter Watering Tips

Yes, your Colorado plants and trees still need to be watered during Winter. However, not as frequently as in the previous seasons. Here are some useful winter watering tips from Lifescape:

Winter water is extremely important for the health of your plants and trees. Winter watering should take place approximately every three weeks when there are spells of warm, dry winter weather. You will need to deep water the trees and also water the plant beds and sod areas. Be especially sensitive to the needs of evergreen trees and shrubs, which continue to lose water through their needles and leaves in the winter. We realize that this is inconvenient when the irrigation system is deactivated; however, the resulting health and vigor of the plants are well worth the effort.

Lifescape Associates does offer a winter watering service at an hourly rate. Please give us a call at 303-831-8310 for details if interested.

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Your November Landscaping Checklist

It’s not too late to make sure you start checking off those landscaping to-do’s on your November Checklist. You want to make sure that your landscape is prepared for the upcoming Winter so when Spring arrives, you’ll begin to see those beautiful flowers and plants returning to their full glory. Just in case you don’t have a November landscaping checklist, Lifescape Associates has provided you with an easy 4 step checklist that will get your Colorado landscape ready for the cold of Winter.

November Colorado Landscaping Checklist

1. Mulch roses and tender perennials.
2. Wrap trees.
3. Blow out sprinkler system if not done in October.
4. Remove annuals.

As always, if you need help keeping your landscape beautiful and healthy, call Lifescape Associates at 303-831-8310.

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