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Designing Landscapes & Gardens with Stone

Water features are one of the most desirable elements you can incorporate into your landscape, but they’re typically designed for water sourced from a well or municipal water facility. Ironically, your Colorado landscape may not be equipped for the “real” water that needs to find egress during and after storms, or during the melt, keeping your foundation, walkways, and outdoor common areas free of pooling water.

Interested in Designing Landscapes & Gardens With Stone? Create a Dry Creek Bed

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A dry creek bed is a functional and artistic way to use beautiful stones and rocks – from your own property or elsewhere – to design drainage ditches that look interesting year-round and serve a purpose when needed.

Use the following tips to begin planning your design, then get in touch with Lifescape to integrate the engineering touches and materials to ensure your creek bed drains water effectively.

  1. Study water. The more you understand how water moves, the better chance your creek bed will function, so it diverts water intentionally while providing substantial visual interest via the stones and landscaping you use. It’s a great excuse to get out there on a crisp fall day and hike to your favorite river or stream for observation. Do take notes!
  2. Think about shape and size. Water rarely moves in a straight line in nature. Rather, it meanders as it follows the lay of the land. Begin thinking about how your land is shaped and how it slopes. This will give you an idea of how your creek bed should be laid out. Then consider how much water runs through the area via your roof gutters, potential flood scenarios, during a hard rain, etc., to determine the best width and depth. Use at least a 2:1 ratio.
  3. Start collecting your rocks. Rocks are the staple ingredient and there are many types to choose from. Typically, the bottom of your bed will use smaller river stones and the edges will use larger rocks and perhaps even a boulder or two. You can dot the middle with attractive larger stones of your choice, always taking water flow into consideration.

For more information on designing your Colorado landscape, contact Lifescape Colorado for details.

Stunning Driveway Design Ideas

Stunning Driveway Design Ideas

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Why have a nondescript and serviceable driveway when you can design and build a stunning one that enhances your home’s curb appeal? Not to mention, the same features that create a more visually appealing driveway — like pavers and stones — will also make your driveway more likely to withstand the constant freezing and thawing we experience here in the Colorado Rockies.

The size, slope and layout of your property will often determine which type of driveway is best for your home. Use the following examples from Lifescape Colorado’s gallery to inspire your driveway design ideas.

Curved driveway. To avoid a very formal or abrupt look, you might incorporate a meandering driveway that creates a relaxed entrance to your garage and front walk. Pavers come in a range of sizes and colors, and the small gaps between them allows your driveway to expand and contract according to temperature changes without cracking or breaking apart.

U-shaped driveway. The U-shaped driveway is a popular design, making it easy for you and your guests to get in and out without having to back out into the street. For this particular driveway, we installed a series of small concrete slabs to prevent competing with the home’s beautiful stone exterior. A combination of lawn, border landscaping and containers filled with blooms, bridges the gap between formal and casual.

Formal driveway. By using raised hardscaping materials to form the borders of your driveway, as well as your plant beds, you can create a more formal look intensified by the well-manicured plants contained within. Here, we selected darker-colored pavers with distinct textures to contrast with the expansive, lightly-colored stucco walls that form the exterior of this home.

Lifescape Colorado is offering a winter discount for projects scheduled between Nov. 2014 and Feb. 2015. You can save up to 8 percent on total project costs! Signing your contract in 2014 will protect you against project construction costs expected to affect Colorado contractors through 2015. So, contact us today to design a driveway that beautifully complements your property and architecture.

Celebrate the Holidays with a Festive Container Garden

During the fall and winter season, holiday decor can add a warm, cheerful ambiance to your home. You can even enhance this festive vibe by expanding outdoors with classy, beautiful holiday container gardens. These gardens can welcome visitors dropping by for holiday gatherings and add a splash of color to a stark winter landscape. Here are a few ideas to get you started.

Tips for Starting a Beautiful Container Garden

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Create a colorful fall holiday display. Gold, red, and orange are traditional fall colors found in mums and pansies that are great for container gardens. Mix these colors in one planter for a compact festive statement, or assign one color to a separate container and place them close to each other. Remember, you don’t have to limit your fall containers to these colors. For example, adding blue flowers next to bright orange foliage or flowers can really make these colors pop.

Texture adds charm. Adding different textures to your holiday container improves visual interest. Incorporating a variety of patterns can even make a monochromatic display more exciting. However, mixing textures doesn’t just mean adding in fuzzy-leaf plants or tall grasses. Combining flowers of varying sizes and shapes can also add textural interest.

Use evergreens for festive winter containers. When winter arrives and your landscape grows barren, evergreen trees and shrubs offer a welcome splash of green. You can combine various evergreen dwarf conifers in a large planter, or plant a single native tree, such as the Rocky Mountain Bristlecone Pine, to replant in the ground at a later date. Then, just drape festive lights around these plants for a dramatic effect after sunset.

Accessorize your containers. Adding holiday cheer to a planter can add a lot of charm and warmth. For fall containers, nestle a pumpkin or gourd amidst the plants. When winter rolls around, a pinecone, holiday ornament, colored bows or similar items, can draw the eye and help highlight a beautiful holiday display.

Our professionals at Lifescape Colorado specialize in creating gorgeous container gardens for the holidays. Contact us today to let us know how we can help you design the perfect garden for your needs.

Common Gardening Mistakes to Avoid in Colorado

Here in Colorado, gardeners often face difficult weather patterns and variations in soil types from region to region. But no matter which area you call home, gardening requires patience and knowledge as even skilled gardeners can make mistakes. Here are a few common gardening mistakes to avoid this season.

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Not preparing soil well enough before planting. Soil should be tested for acidity and alkalinity. It’s better to amend soil and meet your plants’ needs instead of having to fix the problem later on. Remember to work the soil, break up clumps and add your amendments to a depth of 12 inches.

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Mistaking your plants for weeds. Before many types of plants start budding, they may resemble weeds. Avoid a case of mistaken identity by placing identifying tags in the soil. If don’t have any tags, make your own with hard plastic pieces and a waterproof marker.

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Planting diseased or pest-ridden plants. A diseased or infested plant can wreak havoc on a garden quickly. Check plants carefully before adding them to your landscape. Look for yellowed foliage, brown spots and any suspicious marks that could indicate a diseased plant. When checking for pests, remember that aphids and spider mites are small and hard to find. Don’t forget to look beneath leaves, where many pests like to hide. If you don’t spot any bugs, remember to look for other common signs of infestation, such as webs or blisters.

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Overwatering or underwatering. Moisture requirements vary among different types of plants, as well as whether or not they’re established or newly planted. Familiarize yourself with your plants’ needs and group those with similar requirements next to each other. Consider also investing in a smart controller with a rain sensor.

One of the best ways to avoid these gardening mistakes is to seek expert help. Our professional team at Lifescape Colorado can answer all of your questions and keep your landscape vibrant and healthy. Contact us today to learn more about how we can help you design a beautiful garden.

Colorado Landscaping Tips

While the summer solstice has passed us by, our state’s magnificent wildlife continues to abound. There are still a couple more months before the weather shifts into fall and winter mode. You can use this opportunity to design and execute a few ideas percolating in your visions lately while keeping your Rocky Mountain location in mind.

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Colorado Landscaping: Design by Geography

Where you live in Colorado plays a large part in your landscape’s design and function. The wrong layout will result in struggling vegetation, an unreasonable demand for water and using excessive amounts of energy and labor to make things work. On the flip-side, an intelligent landscape design will yield an attractive outdoor palate with relatively minimal effort on your part.

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The Great Plains. Normally, we think of the Great Plains as “out east.” In truth, 40% of our state is comprised of the same geography that stretches from Colorado’s eastern region through Kansas, Iowa and Oklahoma. Temperature fluctuations are vast, water is minimal and a high-mineral content produces alkaline soil. Fortunately, drought-tolerant plants do well here and the arid climate keeps pests and diseases at a minimum.

Rustic Landscape by Denver Landscape Architects & Landscape Designers Lifescape Colorado.

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Postcard Colorado. Otherwise known as the Front Range, this is the region of our state that comes to mind for most of the U.S. It’s a landscape filled with steep mountain slopes, white aspens and lots of snow. As a result, landscaping in the front range requires an experienced hand. Working with a landscape designer and maintenance team will help you determine which plants will thrive the best in our climate.

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Out West. From plains and mountains, we move down into the desert where xeriscapes are a must. Without a xeriscape approach, desert landscaping requires large quantities of irrigation. Stick with plants that do well in exceptionally dry climates and keep in mind that broad-leafed trees and shrubs will require irrigation.

Contact Lifescape Colorado to design a geo-centric plan for your landscape today.