Monthly Archives: May 2011

Bring Drama to the Garden with the Black Petunia

If you are ready to add a bit of drama to your garden, why not go with basic black? It has taken quite some time, but black is now in with flowers and growers have developed the black petunia. Not available at retailers just yet, this black bloom can be used to create a dynamic black-tie combo paired with white petunias or your own creative combination. Perhaps you’d like to add a little more color variety and create a bed of red or yellow and black petunias that will bring in a bright and vibrant contrast.

With the black petunia, you can definitely set your garden a part from the others in the neighborhood. If you are not sure how to incorporate this trendy new bloom in your landscape design, ask your landscape designer. Lifescape Associates can design your Denver landscape to include your personal preferences and add a bit of a creative twist. Just give us a call at 303-831-8310.

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Are Deer damaging your Beautiful Gardens?

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Are you having problems with deer damaging your beautiful landscape? Deer are probably the most prevalent of animals that can devastate a garden.  When planting, it is important to know that deer may eat anything, even plants that garden and nursery centers list as deer resistant.  The reason is just how hungry the deer are.  For example, if there are a lot of food options around, deer may leave your garden alone, but if they get hungry, they may eat anything on your property including thorny plants.

Lifescape Associates knows that browsing deer are a pleasure to watch, however, when it comes to keeping your landscape healthy and beautiful, they can become a bit of a nuisance. The damage done by deer is mostly seen in the spring due to new succulent growth.  That is why it is so important to select the right plants in your garden that will help in deterring deer and knowing your various options in preventing deer damage.

For more information on preventing deer damage, take a look at these great tips courtesy of Colorado State University. If you live in the Denver, Boulder or Vail area, contact Lifescape Associates to create the perfect solutions for your landscaping problems.

When is the Best Time to Hire a Landscape Architect?

Many homeowners wonder when is the best time to hire a landscape architect. The answer to that question is linked to a few factors. First of all, a good design starts with the siting and design of your house. If in the planning stages of building a new home, you should assemble the entire team of professionals together in the beginning of the project so the initial design is a democratic process.  This way, you can start making very important decisions from day one.

Most times a homeowner will choose to work with the architect first so decisions are made considering the home interiors before the exterior spaces. The design of your home’s interior spaces does in fact impact exterior massing, that has a direct impact on the landscaping, views, and the diversity of spaces that exist around the house. If your landscape architect is not involved in the process until after the home is being built, it becomes much harder to make desired fundamental structural changes.

Lifescape Associates can get your landscape design started off right whether in the planning stages of building a new home or wanting to revamp the landscape of your current home. Just give us a call at 303-831-8310.

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Solar Lighting in the Garden

Don’t simply enjoy your beautiful garden during the day. Illuminate your garden with solar lighting that creates soft pools of light that make trees, accent rocks, plants and more look interesting at night. It does not matter whether you have a vast landscape or a cozy urban terrace, lighting your garden at night will create a dramatic atmosphere that will enhance your sundown garden experience.

Why solar lighting?

Well, there are cases when buried wires for electric lighting are impracticable and very costly. Solar lighting could be the alternative you need to create the desired look for your landscape or outdoor room. Solar lighting can stay outside during any weather and have batteries that will hold a charge better. They also come in a variety of colors and in various watts.

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Contact Lifescape Associates if you are interested in how illuminating your landscape can enhance the aesthetics of your home’s exterior.

What to Look for when Selecting Fertilizer

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When it comes to fertilizing your Colorado landscape, there are a few things you should be looking for. During the spring, your grass builds the roots which support the lawn all season long. The roots take in the fertilizer, which results in a beautifully lush lawn. If you are unsure about what to look for when selecting fertilizer, here are a few key things you will need to consider.

  • Look for a balanced label of nutrients and a slow-release formulation.
  • There are 3 key ingredients to look for on the bag: N- nitrogen, P- Phosphorous, K- potassium. Though all the nutrients work together, nitrogen is the most important.
  • A 4th key ingredient on the label is Fe- iron. It is important to note that fertilizer with iron that falls on to the sidewalk and gets wet will create permanent red rust stains on the concrete.
  • Look for the word “homogenous” on the label. This means is that the particles of fertilizer are all about the same size. This helps in spreading the fertilizer more evenly over the lawn in order to make it uniformly green.

Lifescape Associates can properly fertilize and maintain your lawn so you don’t have to worry about stains on your sidewalks and uneven green spots in your lawn. If you live in the Denver, Boulder or Vail area, give us a call at 303-831-8310.

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