Monthly Archives: July 2011

What to know about Protecting your Trees this Year

European Elm Scale

European Elm Scale

This year Colorado had a record dry winter followed by a record wet spring which means our trees took quite a beating with such unfavorable conditions. The impact on the trees is very apparent, because of the dry winter, you can see a lot of dead branches. And the wet spring, especially the rains that took place in May, brought fast growth and more growth than is usually seen.

It is important to prune out the dead wood from the winter, plus, get excessive new growth out before it starts to snow again. As you know, heavy snowfall can be very damaging to trees and the best way to avoid it is with proper pruning, especially this year.

Another issue to look out for is European elm scale. The scales suck out the sap and cause branches to die, however, this is a treatable issue and you can save the health of your trees by acting quickly.

The last issue is the Mountain Pine Beetle. Hitting the Denver area last fall, you have to fight this pest with preventative measures! Because once the tree is attacked, unfortunately it is too late.

Are you worried about keeping your landscape looking beautiful and healthy this year? Contact Lifescape Associates for all your total landscaping services needs.

Photo Credit: utahpests.usu.edu

Let the View inspire your Outdoor Living Space

Did you know that the most inviting room of your home could be located outside? Many people are embracing the good life outside under the blue sky or under the soft glow of the moon. They are taking advantage of the bountiful beauty that is nature and creating outdoor living spaces that have “homey” comforts and practical to luxury amenities. What’s their inspiration for an outdoor living space? Well first you have to know where to go to be inspired. Being that we are located in Colorado, we have the pleasure of living among one of the most gorgeous natural settings in the United States. The mountain views are heavenly and more than anything, an outdoor living space with a mountain backdrop is simply worth wasting your day away in your outdoor space and taking in all the scenery has to offer.

But even if you don’t have that mountain view, your outside environment can inspire you to want to spend more time out under the trees, walking through the garden or taking a stroll on winding stone paths. If you live in the Denver, Colorado area and need professional assistance with creating the perfect outdoor living space to enjoy your view, contact Lifescape Associates by calling 303-831-8310.

How Do You Define a Sprinkler System Emergency?

Lifescape Associates offers residential and commercial sprinkler system emergency repair, just in case you have ansprinklerhunterSIS04hometips.comLifescapeAssociatesIrrigationSystemRepair emergency situation!  What is a sprinkler system emergency?  Well, definitions vary, but we think when you see water running down the street, or flooding in your yard – we’d call that an emergency!

We’ve seen residential properties with malfunctioning garden sprays lightly directing water straight into the street for weeks.  Seemingly, no one is noticing.  While the loss of a small amount of water may not require immediate emergency service, a system with ongoing leaking or misdirected spray really does require attention.  Lifescape Associates is committed to water conserving design, critical in the semi-arid Denver climate.  Emergency sprinkler system repair is just one of the many ways we work to conserve water in the metropolitan Denver area.

If you’d like, while we’re there attending to your irrigation emergency, we can perform a system check and schedule your fall winterization or irrigation activation in the spring. Contact Lifescape Associates for emergency, or regular irrigation system installation and maintenance, by telephoning 303-831-8310.

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Make your Outdoor Living Spaces more Attractive with Planters

Make your patio, terrace and decks more attractive with beautiful planters. Plants provide privacy, texture and ambiance to your outdoor living spaces. They can make a boring space come alive instantly. Here are a few tips on how to decorate your outdoor environment with planters.

  • Your outdoor furniture should inspire your planters. If your outdoor furniture is minimalistic with simple lines, you’ll wan to choose planters with those same characteristics. If you have large furniture pieces, you also want to go bigger and more grand with your planters as well.
  • Take the architecture of your home into account. You want to find planters that will resemble the architectural details of your home. There is such a variety of planters out there that range in styles, finishes, colors and heights, so you want to take where you place the planter into consideration as well.
  • Be creative when it comes to choosing planters. You may always see the typical clay, brick, stone and metal planters in your neighbors yards, however, you can set your yard apart by selecting innovative planters that use non-traditional materials.

If you live in the Denver, Colorado area and need professional assistance with creating the right look for your landscape, contact Lifescape Associates by calling 303-831-8310.

Save Water with Clever Sprinkler Gadgets

Water is one of the most precious resources these days, and we all have to do our part to help conserve and protect the water supply. We’ve all had that experience of seeing someone’s sprinklers going full force in the midst of a full-on rain storm, but is that person ever you?  There were some great tips this week in the Associated Landscape Contractors of Colorado newsletter that can help you avoid being that person.

From simple to high-tech, there is a device out there to help you keep from over watering your lawn. This will not only conserve water, but will also save you money on your water bill! Today’s sprinkler timers can monitor local weather information, use historical weather data, and even monitor real-time conditions in your yard in order to determine when your lawn needs watering and when it doesn’t.

If you are looking for a landscape design firm to create an irrigation plan for your Denver, Colorado home, contact Lifescape Associates today!

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