Monthly Archives: December 2010

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Lifescape Associates hopes you and your family had a very Merry Christmas. We just wanted to remind you to visit us on Twitter! Lifescape looks forward to seeing your tweets and staying connected with all our clients, potential clients and those interested in Colorado landscaping.

Come and follow Lifescape Associates on Twitter! Just click on the twitter icon to the right of the blog or go to twitter.com/LifescapeAssoc.

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Recycling Christmas Trees in Colorado

For anyone who’s invested in a real Christmas tree this season, it can be a hassle trying to figure out how to dispose of it. In years past, it was the norm to just toss used trees out on the curbside with the rest of the week’s trash. But today, more environmentally conscious citizens look for sustainable ways to preserve Christmas trees.

According to Colorado’s Recycle Your Christmas Tree, 93 percent of real Christmas trees are recycled through community programs. Interested in recycling your tree? Here are two things to keep in mind:

1. Know that some recyclers are selective about what types of trees they’ll accept. If you plan to recycle, try keeping your tree in the same condition it was in when you purchased it. Lights, ornaments, wire and other accessory-related items should always be removed from the tree prior to recycling.

2. Christmas trees are biodegradable, so recycling them is great for the environment. The tree bark is converted into mulch or wood chips, which are then used to support local parks, hiking trails, walkways and flower beds. So before you think about throwing your tree out for good, consider the environmental benefits of recycling it instead.

For more information about recycling your Christmas tree in Colorado, keep checking the Recycle Your Christmas website as well as the Colorado Recycles website.

Photo courtesy of Southern Living

Happy Holidays from Lifescape Associates!

Lifescape Associates wants to wish you and your family a very happy holiday season. After you’ve taken the time to enjoy your annual holiday feast, get the family together and take some time out to enjoy the beautiful landscaping decorations in your neighborhood or one you may know of close by. The best thing about this season is that you can see the beauty of the holidays from the inside to the outside. Who knows, you may even see a few creative ideas for your own landscaping design while you’re out and about. And as always, contact Lifescape Associates for all your Colorado landscaping needs.

Photo: hometeamlights.com

Bundle up, and have a safe and Happy Holiday!

How does “Fire Minimizing Mixture”, keep my Christmas tree moist?

You may be wondering, what is “Fire Minimizing Mixture” ? It’s basically a mixture of elements that will help keep your Christmas tree moist and reduce the potential of a fire. Below is the recipe for the The “Fire Minimizing Mixture” from the US Forest Service.

“FIRE MINIMIZING ” MIXTURE”
2 gals. of hot water
2 cups corn syrup
2 oz. liquid bleach
2 pinches epsom salts
1/2 tsp. borax
1 tsp. chelated iron (available at garden shops)
The recipe calls for both corn syrup and sugar which will allow the tree to soak up more water that it normally would otherwise.  During a 10-14 day period, the Christmas tree will soak up about 1-1/2 gallons of  “Fire Minimizing Mixture”. This is about 800% more water than what it would have absorbed in the forest.
Are you having trouble keeping your tree moist this Holiday Season?
Photo: ces.ncsu.edu


Winter Watering for your Colorado Landscaping

All over the state of Colorado, there has been little more than one inch of natural rainfall since early September and the warm fall didn’t help the plant life either. So this winter, tress and lawn are actually parched because they’ve been losing moisture that needs to be replaced in order for the plants to remain healthy. Here is where winter watering comes into play.

For Lawns

  • Get out the hoses or run the sprinklers.
  • Lawns on south-facing, southwest facing areas and slopes should get special attention since they receive more sun.

For Trees

  • They key to watering trees is knowing what the “drip line” is and how to water around it.
  • Drip line is the outer rim of the tree where rainfall will “drip” off and hit the ground.

If your Colorado yard is in need of some serious winter watering, call Lifescape Associates at 303-831-8310. If you are not sure about how to properly care for your landscaping this winter, call us, we’ll help you care for and keep your lawn healthy and beautiful.

Photo: best604homes.com