Beautiful, Creative Grass-Free Landscapes

Posted on April 23rd, 2015 by
Source: Lifescape Colorado

With today’s busy lifestyles, who has the time to do hours of landscape maintenance? And with Colorado drought restrictions, as well as concerns about the environmental impact of traditional landscaping, many homeowners are looking for grass-free landscape ideas.

Grass-free landscapes decrease maintenance while still making your yard look beautiful. Plus, they can be better for the environment because they tend to require less water, pesticides, etc.

Stone, gravel, and native plantings are all great options for grass-free landscapes, according to Houzz. The article goes on to say that simply placing young trees in proper locations will enable them to extract …
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Gorgeous Lighting Designs for Your Landscape

Posted on April 20th, 2015 by
Source: Lifescape Colorado

Whether you are designing a new landscape or just looking for a way to spruce up your existing yard, landscape lighting is a feature you should consider. While it is easy to think of what your yard looks like during the day, nighttime offers a wealth of creativity when it comes to lighting your landscape. You will want to focus on highlighting important features of your landscape as well as providing lighting for safety and security.

Lighting can be applied to any features you want to draw attention to in your yard. Simply installing uplights underneath a large mature tree …
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Solve Water Runoff Issues with a Dry Creek Bed

Posted on April 17th, 2015 by
Solve Water Runoff Issues with a Dry Creek Bed

Water runoff can be a problem in your landscape, but you don’t have to settle for a boring solution. You can create a realistic-looking dry creek bed with large rocks, stones, plants and more that will artistically funnel water runoff, making it look like a river.

When beginning to design your dry creek bed, look to nature for inspiration. Some ideas to create a realistic look include creating a winding pathway for the water to run, similar to a river. Fill it in with a mixture of native rocks and appropriate plants, such as ferns and mosses up the sides …
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Practical Water Saving Ideas with a Water Wise Fountain

Posted on April 15th, 2015 by
Practical Water Saving Ideas with a Water Wise Fountain

Even with water restrictions and water conservation efforts, it is still possible to enjoy a beautiful water fountain in your yard. Here are some practical water saving ideas for a water wise fountain:

Install your water fountain, especially those with long, shallow pools, in a shady area to minimize evaporation, as warm water evaporates quicker than cool water. Decrease wind evaporation with strategically placed plants and fences or barriers around the water feature. If you can choose a water feature that cascades down rather than sprays up, do so. This will help conserve water by minimizing evaporation.

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Consider Elegantly Placed Vertical Gardens for Spring

Posted on April 3rd, 2015 by
Source: Lifescape Colorado

Smaller yards are coming back in vogue due to people living in denser neighborhoods and desiring to minimize landscape maintenance. Let’s say you want to exercise your green thumb¬†this spring, but you don’t have a lot of space. Consider vertical gardens to take advantage of unused space and give your landscape an elegant look.

A popular vertical gardening strategy is known as espaliering, which means “to train trees, shrubs, and vines on a frame, so they grow into a flat plane,” according to Houzz. This is commonly seen as grapevines growing over an arbor, but there are many other plants …
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