Monthly Archives: April 2011

Check your Soil Before Planting

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For those who are becoming more invested in their gardens, one key thing you must remember is that the quality of your plants, vegetables and fruits depend on the soil and what you put in it. Make sure you check your dirt and the quality of the seeds you are planting. It is important to know what type of soil you have because your efforts to grow certain plants may not give you the best results. For Colorado, having low organic matter less than 1 percent is typical. In order to get the soil to 3 to 5 percent organic matter, which is the desired range, you will have to amend the soil.

Get a soil test before you begin adding amendments. You need to learn what needs to be added first. The soil test will give you vital information about the PH of your soil, salt content, content of minerals and the amount of organic matter. If this sounds like quite a bit of work, it is. However, this is what you need to know in order to grow the best garden possible.

Contact Lifescape Associates at 303-831-8310 if you need the help of professional landscape designers for your outdoor gardens.

The Best Eco-Friendly Outdoor Floors

Photo: Stephen Orr

When it comes to eco-friendly outdoor flooring, there are a few choices that really make a great option for your home’s outdoor environment. Here are 4 of the latest trends in flooring for sustainable gardens courtesy of Elle Decor:

1. Gravel. Gravel is making quite the comeback. If you have to choose between the crushed stone or the pea gravel, go with the stone – pea gravel is a nonrenewable resource.

2. Pavers. Having a local stone in your outdoor rooms will look natural along with native plants and soil, plus it is better for the environment.

3. Decomposed Granite. If you would like an attractive flooring material for your outdoor dining area, decomposed granite is a sand-like cover that has a nice pink tint.

4. Lawn with a Purpose. Big sprawling lawns are nice, but smaller lawns that are framed with stone or gravel and have a bit of an artistic flare are in style these days.

If you want more information on what is the right type of flooring for the landscape of your Denver area home, contact Lifescape Associates.

Earth Day 2011

This Friday, April 22nd is Earth Day. For more than 40 years, Earth Day has been inspiring millions of people to take action in securing a healthy future for themselves and their children. Over 1 billion people participate in Earth Day making it the largest civic observance in the world. The Earth Day Network has over 22,000 partners in 192 countries that work diligently to broaden, diversify and mobilize the environmental movement. From greening schools to promoting green economic policies at home and abroad, the Earth Day Network informs as well as energizes communities to pledge an act of green.

Lifescape Associates understands the importance of preserving our natural environment and creating outdoor spaces that allow us to enjoy the great outdoors without harming our environment. Take the time to get out and enjoy the great outdoors or do a green act in your own community. The Earth Day Fair at Denver Civic Center Park will have lots of activities and displays that will encourage you and your family to honor the Earth and make your own efforts toward conservation and preservation of our planet for current and future generations.

Happy Earth Day!

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Former NFL Player Eddie George talks about being a Landscape Architect

Most people really do not understand the importance of a landscape architect. Landscape architecture is the design of everything you see outside of a building. As the ASLA states, it “encompasses the analysis, planning, design, management, and stewardship of the natural and built environments.” It takes more than planting a few shrubs and installing pavers to create the beautiful landscapes in a neighborhood, park or any other outdoor area used for public or private use. Landscape architecture incorporates wise planning, artful design and careful stewardship in creating outdoor spaces in our natural environment.

Lifescape Associates thinks it is important to educate the public and future design students on the importance of landscape architects to the Denver, Colorado area and the world at large. Former NFL Player, Eddie George, recently talked about how he was inspired to become a landscape architect and why mentoring students about this essential profession is so important.

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Replace your Cracked Concrete with Pavers

Choosing a pavement material for your landscape can be a bit tricky. On the one hand, stamped concrete may achieve the look you desire in the beginning, a look similar to that of pavers, however, due to concrete’s poor durability and the difficulty of making repairs, it ends up damaging the appearance of your landscape and ultimately, it will actually cost you more money in the long run. Durability is essential when incorporating hardscapes into your front or backyard. We want our pool areas, patios, pool decks, driveways, courtyards and so forth to withstand a range of weather conditions, require as little maintenance as possible and to keep a beautiful appearance for a very long time. But it is just as important that your pavement material be cost effective as well. This is why pavers are so in demand today.

Pavers are easy to maintain, long term cost effective and they provide a gorgeous hardscape that is unrivaled. Many homeowners are having paving stone installations done because its becoming more and more obvious that the weather and temperature changes play a major role in the upkeep.

If you are beginning to see unsightly cracks in your concrete hardscapes, call Lifescape Associates in Denver at 303-831-8320.