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Lifescape Colorado & Colorado Homes & Lifestyles Host Design Talks in the Community

The weather in Colorado is finally starting to feel more like summer, so we thought it was a fitting time to celebrate the warmth by hosting a Networking by Design event with Colorado Homes & Lifestyles Magazine on May 15. The event got off to a great start with delectable food provided by Krave Colorado Catering — we could hardly stop ourselves from seconds (and thirds)! Guests were also able to enjoy music courtesy of ListenUp, play cornhole, and converse well into the evening.

We absolutely adore hosting events geared towards bringing together design professionals and encouraging collaboration and innovation within the design and landscape industries. The opportunity to connect with people we can share our experience and services with is practically priceless!

Colorado Homes & Lifestyles Magazine

We had such a great time at the event. Source: Colorado Homes & Lifestyle Magazine

At Lifescape, we’re always excited for the opportunity to share our love for creating and maintaining sustainable outdoor spaces. Through the nourishment of natural beauty, we hope to enhance our community and conserve our planet’s natural resources. We carry our projects from conception to actualization, and our attention to detail sets us apart from our competitors. Some of our most sought after services include:

  • Weekly turf and irrigation for your lawn.
  • Weekly or biweekly garden maintenance.
  • Development of a comprehensive three year plan to enhance your landscape.
  • Help with horticulture.
  • Winter care.
  • Water efficiency.
  • Design and implementation of xeriscapes and rain gardens.

There’s no better time than now to educate yourself on how you can increase your property value and the enjoyment you receive from your outdoor spaces. Our love of Colorado native plants inspires us to constantly innovate ways to reduce our carbon footprint and design landscapes for sustainability. Sustainability is more than just a beautiful landscape — it’s an ongoing, in-depth process, and events like this one remind us why we love what we do!

Whether you’re in need of weekly landscape services, fine gardening, or water management, Lifescape is here to help. Our work with the “Mountain Modern” project was featured in Colorado Homes & Lifestyles’ June issue as Home of the Year. Contact us today to schedule a consultation.

Water Saving Tips for Water-Wise Landscapes

Summer is almost here, and with the warmer weather comes concerns about saving water in the Greater Denver area. Landscapes can use a lot of water, but we like to look at ways you can reduce your water usage while still enjoying a beautiful yard.

Water Saving Tips for Water-Wise Landscapes

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You can begin by educating yourself about how much water your landscape needs. You may be over watering and not realize it. For instance, you only need to run your irrigation system three days a week during the summer and water mature shrubs twice a week. Additionally, plants with strong root systems can withstand periods without irrigation.

Soil that is covered by mulch stays cooler, and cooler soil temperatures mean less evaporation and more water retention for your plants. So, be sure to lay down a layer of mulch about two to three inches thick for optimum cooling.

Drip irrigation systems can also help deliver water more efficiently to your landscape than traditional irrigation systems. Through drip irrigation, water is applied just at the root of the plant. Other benefits of drip irrigation include disease prevention, reduced weed growth, water and time savings, and less work and maintenance.

Drip irrigation is just the beginning of the new water saving technologies that are available to homeowners today. Irrigation controllers operate based on local weather data that tells it when and how much to water. Soil moisture sensors automatically water when low soil moisture is detected. Rainfall shutoff devices turn off when it rains and takes the rainfall into account when it comes to watering needs.

If you are considering an irrigation system, you will want to familiarize yourself with the different types of sprinkler systems to find the best fit. In general, look for an irrigation systems that uses large drops of water near the ground rather than sprays or mists because they are more efficient and have less evaporation.

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Source: ©iStock.com/MariuszBlach

We already mentioned drip irrigation systems as being most efficient, but rotor irrigation systems are also efficient because they apply water at a slower rate than spray systems.

Contact Lifescape for more water saving landscape tips.

Lifescape Colorado Wins an ELITE Award from ALCC

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Source: Lifescape Colorado

We are excited to announce that Lifescape has won an ELITE (Elevating the Landscape Industry Through Excellence) Award from the Associated Landscape Contractors of Colorado (ALCC). The award was given for our Castle Pines Residence project in the Installation/Construction category. The project was recognized by our industry peers as the top in landscape design and construction in the state of Colorado in 2014, so this is a tremendous honor.

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Source: Lifescape

The Castle Pines Residence represents a mountain modern landscaping style. This can be seen through “a simplified plant palette, crushed gravel, clean lines, and a few perfectly placed landscape features,” according to the award judges. In addition, each part of the landscape features a focal point, such as a garden, a sculpture that complements its surroundings, a fire pit, and a winding path that leads to a patio. Together the project delivers style and functionality.

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Source: Lifescape Colorado

We enjoyed working with the client’s architect to blend the landscape with the design of the home. Located in the Castle Pines Valley in Castle Rock, Colorado, the home is in the middle of the wilderness, set back from the road about 400 feet. Despite its rugged setting, the landscape features well-manicured turf and hand-pruned boxwoods that complement a native grass meadow. Another unique feature of the home is the rooftop landscape that was installed above a newly added automobile gallery. Care was taken to be sure it looks like it is a part of the original home.

Let us design an award-winning landscape for you by contacting Lifescape.

Design Your Hardscape with Visual Interest

Hardscapes can be just as awe-inspiring as the plants that surround them. While the purpose of a hardscape is largely functional, it can be designed to significantly enhance the look and feel of a landscape.

Once the location and traffic patterns have been decided, the focus can be turned to creating a pleasing combination of textures and tones. From mixing materials to interplanting, there are several design strategies for making hardscapes more attractive.

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Source: Lifescape Colorado

Here are some creative paver, stone, and gravel design ideas for turning hardscapes into works of art.

Soften concrete pavers with green in between. Grass or other foliage joints can instantly add aesthetic value while creating commanding contrasts for a dynamic design.

Traditional European garden elements can be reinvented in a contemporary setting for a striking effect. A sleek allée of pollarded trees becomes a bold focal point in this elegant modern landscape.

Naturally interesting rock formations can become decorative points of interest to break up hardscapes. A moss garden turns this corner into a charming display of nature’s finest carpet. A naturalistic free-form boulder planter will blend in seamlessly while adding sculptural appeal.

Garden beds can be cleverly incorporated into hardscapes to create a cohesive and engaging design. This unexpected succulent bed leverages a curve to bring more green to the scene. A modern courtyard is punctuated by narrow garden beds that make for chic accents in the hardscaping.

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Source: Lifescape Colorado

Even steps can be an opportunity to customize and enhance a hardscape design. Blue fescue and colorful perennials turn these paver steps into a garden in themselves.

Create your own unique blending of materials. A stunning modern-style hardscape design employs gravel, thin pavers, garden spheres, and interplantings. A simple yet striking design takes advantage of a few different materials to create textures, patterns, and pops of color.

Our team here at Lifescape would love to help you remodel your Colorado landscape with a custom design that features artful hardscapes, beautiful beds, and other personalized features and touches that express style and improve quality of life. Contact Lifescape online or by calling 303.831.8310 to set up your consultation.

Design & Plan Your Landscape with Lifescape Colorado

Lifescape is a comprehensive outdoor living solution. Our passionate and experienced team of professionals takes projects from conception to completion making sure every element and design decision aligns with the client’s wants and needs. Committed to the environment, every project is also carefully conducted to preserve resources and reduce carbon footprints.

Here is how Lifescape approaches each phase of the landscape architecture and design process.

During the initial consultation, we like to walk through the project site with our client and begin discussing goals, budget, and any concerns or challenges. This is usually a great time for clients to share any photos with our team to discuss innovative ideas for achieving the type of space the client envisions.

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Source: Lifescape Colorado

We dig a little deeper in the next phase, taking measurements and inventory of materials and elements already on the site in a thorough analysis. Using all this information and the criteria set by the client, we develop a conceptual plan and a project budget. We incorporate options and ranges to give the client the opportunity to customize with decisions related to project scope, materials, and special features.

Once we arrive at the final material selections and project scope, we are able to devise planting and construction plans. Every detail is meticulously calculated and blueprinted to ensure a smooth and economical execution.

Before construction plans are set into motion, our project construction operations manager reviews the designs and plans with the client and together they set a starting date for the project.

An additional pre-construction meeting with the client, manager, and on-site foreman offers the chance to discuss how the project will be directed and architecturally supervised. Change orders are reviewed and addressed swiftly, and a punch list is created and the construction agreement is pending until completion.

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Source: Lifescape Colorado

The service team then takes over from here. This team of horticulturists administers aftercare and completes any necessary work per the warranty walk-through. The client can work with our maintenance team to design a custom program for regularly maintaining their landscape.

As our service team takes care of weeding, pruning, trimming, watering and any other maintenance needs, you enjoy more time actually enjoying your beautiful new landscape.

If the white winter in Colorado has you dreaming of a lush and colorful spring landscape, contact Lifescape online or by calling 303.831.8310. We’d love to discuss a potential landscape architecture project and set up your initial consultation.