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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.

Our Expert Advice for Beginner Gardeners

Whether you’re growing a vegetable garden or want to cultivate a landscape full of greenery and beautiful blooms, a special satisfaction comes with watching your landscape thrive. When starting anything new, it’s always helpful to receive some advice from the experts. Here are a few gardening tips every Colorado gardener should follow.

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Care for the soil before planting. First, test the pH and nutrient level of your soil by using a testing kit or by submitting soil samples to a local extension office. After receiving the results, make any necessary amendments to make sure your soil is in tip-top shape.

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Choose the best locations for lighting needs. Always research particular plants’ lighting needs before planting. While some plants will thrive without much work, they’ll be much healthier if they receive adequate light. It’s typically easy to find out whether plants need full sun, partial sun or shade, but if in doubt, you can always contact a professional landscaping service.

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Plan for drought. Here in Colorado, it’s difficult to predict what the weather will be like from season to season. A wise gardener is a proactive one and considers the possibility of a future drought. Whenever possible choose landscape plants with low water needs. For all types of gardening, including vegetable gardening, protecting your landscape from drought means, in part, making sure the soil holds sufficient moisture. Extras, such as an irrigation controller, can also help you conserve more water.

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Keep things tidy. This means keeping the garden weeded, thinning plants and removing dead or diseased plant parts quickly. Although there are exceptions, most plants dislike being crowded. Furthermore, crowding can contribute to the spreading of pests and plant diseases.

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Start small. If you’re growing a vegetable garden, focus on just a few types of vegetables the first year. In time, as you learn more about gardening, you can increase the variety. Plants to consider starting with include tomatoes, salad greens and culinary herbs.

When you’re starting a new garden or want to design a new landscape, you don’t have to do it alone. Contact us at Lifescape Colorado to learn how we can help you design your dream landscape.

Create a Sustainable Backyard Getaway

Virtually all private home landscaping was sustainable up until the post-war era when everything became “revolutionized.” This included the pesticide and herbicide boom, expansive green lawns, genetically modified plants with no ability to re-seed themselves and so on. Fortunately, we’ve all learned a little lesson about moderation, and now the pendulum is swinging back to a more sustainable pace.

You can enjoy this swing by taking steps to create a sustainable backyard getaway. The byproducts of your efforts will be cleaner soil and groundwater, a healthier ecosystem for your family, improved air quality and a safe place for birds, bees and other wildlife to thrive.

A Step-by-Step Approach to Sustainable Landscaping in Colorado

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Distinguish specific areas. Keep your backyard as versatile as possible by designating specific areas for sitting, relaxing, dining, cooking, swimming, gardening and/or whatever other interests you and your family share. Make sure one area has enough privacy, so you can still feel like you’re “retreating” even when other areas are occupied.

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Keep water conservation at the forefront. Water is our most precious resource, so it must be at the forefront of virtually every landscaping decision you make. Plant a xeriscape, use deep watering practices to encourage healthy root growth and use succulents in containers for color.

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Add clover to your lawn. Can you shift the way you view your lawn? In addition to sucking up a fair amount of water, lawns tempt well-meaning people into using toxic synthetic fertilizers. Instead, add nitrogen-fixing clover to your lawn. You can kiss your fertilizer goodbye and enjoy a lush green lawn three out of four seasons. If you’re feeling exceptionally brave, trade your lawn in for drought-resistant groundcover.

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Provide shade and plant a shade garden. Adding a shade structure with a well-planned shade garden can work wonders for creating a cool and private respite on a hot summer’s day. You can also add a birdbath or water feature for extra ambient pleasure.

Are you ready to design your own sustainable retreat? Give Lifescape Colorado a call at 303.831.8310.

Top Perennials for Sheltered Gardens

A shade-tolerant Colorado landscape design sounds like an oxymoron, right? For the most part, Rocky Mountain gardens need to be designed for well-draining soil, water conservation and extreme weather conditions. However, the same mountainous geography we know and love has ample north-facing slopes that enjoy more shade than sun, and your own landscape may have large trees or buildings that provide shady spots in the summer.

In honor of these shady respites, we’ve put together a list of attractive perennials that enjoy the shade, but still do well in our climate.

Shade-Loving Perennials for Your Colorado Landscape Design

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Bigroot Geranium. What’s not to love about these boisterous and colorful and hardy plants that provide beautiful green foliage displays, even while they aren’t in bloom? Here are some of our favorite features of bigroot geraniums (Geranium macrorrhizum) that are bound to be yours too:

  • Deer and rabbits pass them up
  • They can handle heat and cold
  • They don’t mind a little sunbathing now and again
  • Some varieties offer fall color

 

Geraniums grow up to about 2-feet tall, so give them room to flourish.

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Amethyst Flower. Did we have you at the name? These flowers live up to it, we promise. In addition to their bluish-purple color, the blooms of the amethyst flower (Browallia hybrids) are also star-shaped, which adds to their beauty. Their blooms range from white to violet and are so big they nearly cover the 2-foot-tall plant. Amethyst flowers are as happy in a container or hanging basket as they are in your flower beds.

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Lungwort. Although the lungwort (Pulmonaria) may not sound like much, its fun and unusual blooms are surprisingly stunning. One of the lungwort’s most unique feature is its white spotted foliage (the reason for its name), which can add greater visual interest to your garden.

Other plants that thrive in shady spots include begonias, columbines, bleeding hearts, lily-of-the-valley, white wood aster and phlox.

Contact Lifescape Colorado for assistance designing and building your shady summer garden.

Natural Pest Control Solutions for Colorado Gardens

Landscaping with sustainable practices in mind can help eliminate toxic pesticides that are harmful to the environment. There’s a learning curve involved, but the benefits far outweigh any inconveniences. In addition to polluting the air, soil and water, pesticides also wipe out huge populations of beneficial insects that help eliminate harmful garden pests that can damage your plants.

Take a moment to learn about some of the natural pest control solutions you can use to eradicate the pests you don’t want, while keeping beneficial insects and critters alive and active.

Contemporary Patio by Jersey City Design-Build Firms Brunelleschi Construction

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Use birdhouses and bird baths. Talk about a two-fer; birds who prey on garden pests want nothing to do with your fruits and veggies. We’re fortunate to have a whole host of insect-loving birds here in Colorado, such as bluebirds, nuthatches, grosbeaks, chickadee, swallows and more. Providing a habitat for them near your garden gives them ample access to the creepy crawly things they love to feed their hatchlings. Plus, you get to watch the interesting and playful behaviors displayed by these intriguing members of the animal kingdom.

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Raise chickens. Even a hen or two will do their part in eating predatory garden insects. They also like greens and veggies so it’s usually best to feed chickens hand-picked garden pests, and then let them have free reign of the beds in between crops to eliminate pests and fertilize the soil.

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Identify good guys. It’s worth your while to identify beneficial insects so you know who to keep and who to pick off. Some of Colorado’s native insects are your best ally in eliminating harmful pests. Examples include:

  • Spiders
  • Assassin Bugs
  • Lady Bugs
  • Green Lacewings
  • Syrphid Flies
  • Ground Beetles
  • Preying Mantids
  • And so many more!

You can consult this fantastic guide from CSU to learn more.

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Source: Better Homes and Gardens

Organic insecticides. There are plenty of organic pesticide options as well, including diatomaceous earth (DE), horticulture oils and Bt (Bacillus thuringiensis). Make sure you discuss them with your landscape designer to learn more about how to use these insecticides.

Lifescape Colorado is committed to helping you design and maintain the most sustainable landscape possible, so make sure you contact us today for more information about our services.