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Create Visual Appeal & Control Water Runoff with Dry Riverbeds

Taking a second look at something that appears ordinary at first glance can lead to exciting new discoveries. Now that it’s getting warmer, properly managing the water from summer showers is more important than ever. While many landscape architects do plan and build drainage ditches as dry creek beds, they often fall quite short as functional and beautiful elements.

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In many areas, too much water can have dangerous and unsightly consequences. As water runoff continues to disrupt our storm systems, it can ultimately lead to ocean pollution, land slides, and slope destabilization. So, instead of relinquishing control of what happens to your water, consider making a positive impact on the Colorado landscape with a visually appealing dry riverbed.

Use a dry riverbed as a fresh new focal point or within the existing landscape to strengthen its overall appearance. To make the riverbed design look great, make sure its shape and materials complement the style of both your house and property. For example, a contemporary home and landscape is best suited by straight and geometric lines, whereas a rustic or traditional look might go well with informal and natural curves.

Knowing how water moves around your property is an important early step in constructing a stellar dry riverbed — you’ll want to make sure yours can properly funnel excess water. For a stone choice, we recommend keeping it local and choosing something indigenous to where you live. Once you’ve found the perfect shape and materials, the end result will be a realistic, artistic, and useful design element.

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If your goal is to conserve water, you’ll be celebrating in no time. A dry riverbed replaces turf, which in turn dramatically reduces the need for watering. The addition of a dry riverbed also brings a plethora of stimulating new elements to interest children and sustain their play for hours. These irresistible elements include insects and other wildlife, sand, mud, rocks, sticks, leaves, and plants.

If you’re looking to take your landscape from drab to dynamic, contact Lifescape today. Our professionals are experts at landscape design and architecture, fine gardening, water management, and more.

Funky, Colorful Large Garden Containers Add Landscape Appeal

Home gardening is all about convenience. And nothing is more convenient than a stylish garden container. It can be a hefty undertaking to redesign a garden or landscape, but with garden containers, you can redefine a garden’s style in just a few moments. We love how gardens can be designed as an arrangement of distinct spaces that feel like separate little rooms. This little collection of rooms can be achieved by carefully arranging garden containers. Below are our top five ways to use garden containers to add landscape appeal.

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  1. Set bounds to your garden spaces. Think outside the box, and arrange small, medium, and large sized garden containers to enclose garden spaces or create walkways. Or, if your garden overlooks a beautiful vista, you can use garden containers to frame and enhance the view.
  2. Line your walkways with fragrant container plants. What could be better than a garden stroll filled with the beautiful scent of fresh flowers and herbs? For a delectably scented garden, line your walkways with lavender, rosemary, sage, and scented geraniums. You can even use the herbs and flowers to extract essential oils, make candles, soaps, and more.
  3. Add variety and architectural interest. Strong shapes naturally draw attention, and you can use this to your advantage with garden containers. Mix it up with structural plants, like elephant ear and agave. Both have different soil needs, but planting them in containers ensures both get the proper care to suit their unique needs.
  4. Control traffic with container plants. Form a snug passageway by grouping as many container plants together as possible. Naturally, guests of the garden will be forced to slow down a little and fully enjoy the sights and smells around them.
  5. Experiment with color and texture. Part of the beauty of garden containers is that they are incredibly forgiving — if you don’t like the results, you can easily start again. Experiment with different color schemes, plants, and textures to express your personality without the long-term commitment.

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Our professionals want to help make your garden visions a reality. Contact Lifescape today to schedule a consultation.

Healthy Landscapes Begin with Healthy Soils

Happy plants and trees grow from healthy soil, and even the smallest of changes in soil composition can impact plant growth. Both organic and non-organic soils have benefits that make each suitable for a variety of environments. Even still, many soils require further soil amendments such as mulch, compost, and manure to develop a rich environment in which vegetation can thrive. In Colorado, common mulch materials include wood chips, pine needles, straw, lawn clippings, and more.

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Organic Soil

The scientific definition of organic soil is “of, related to, or derived from living matter.” Typically, it consists of worms, microorganisms, decaying plant material, and many other things. Soil is comprised of three main particles — clay, silt, and sand. Loam is the ideal soil, containing equal parts of all three particles. Loamy soil is beloved by gardeners for its ability to retain moisture and promote adequate drainage.

Non-Organic Soil

Non-organic soils don’t contain any nutrients or organic matter, which allows them to retain a neutral pH and remain free from contaminants. In many fields of horticulture, a sterile soil is key and can be achieved by using non-organic soil and soil amendments. Another benefit of non-organic soils is that they can be controlled much better than organic soils, which makes them popular for use in hydroponics as well as in moisture retention.

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Soil Amendments

In Colorado’s semi-arid climate, materials called soil amendments can be added to the soil to better its quality. Especially with sandy soils, soil amendments help increase water and nutrient holding capacity. When you really want to find a solution, you have to dig a little deeper. Soil amendments work best when they are thoroughly mixed in with the surrounding soil. Keep in mind that soil amendments and mulches are not the same thing — mulches are placed on the soil’s surface to inhibit weed growth and moderate soil temperature. Over time, organic mulches will decompose and be incorporated into the soil. The end goal of both mulches and soil amendments is to improve the soil.

For help bringing your soil, plants, and trees to optimal health, contact Lifescape today.

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!

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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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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.