Rules for maintaining a healthy lawn circa 1970:
- Water lawns copiously. Feel free to let the water run into the sidewalk and gutters, providing a drinking hole for neighborhood pets.
- Keep weeds at bay using toxic chemicals which pollute aforementioned water run off.
- Use loud gasoline-powered mower in the wee hours of the morning to rouse the neighbors.
Whew! Good thing times have changed. These days, Denver landscape maintenance is centered around sustainable practices for lawn care. Here at Lifescape we try to focus our landscape designs and maintenance around eco-conscious methodology. The Associated Landscape Contractors of Colorado (ALCC) recommends the following:
- Evaluate the Irrigation System. Makes sure your irrigation system makes sense. Is it watering areas where nothing needs to be watered? Is it programmed to water according to seasonal irrigation needs? See if there are rebates offered in your area for water-conscious irrigation.
- Consider battery operated lawn mowers. If you live in an urban area with smaller patches of lawn, consider upgrading to a battery powered lawn mower. They are rechargeable, better for the environment than their fossil-fuel burning counterparts, and are easier on the ears.
- Have you mulched today? Mulch is an excellent way to conserve water and cut down on weeding time. If you mow large expanses of lawn/grass, a mulching lawn mower is an efficient way to reuse the organic materials cut up and consumed by your mower.
If your Denver landscape maintenance could benefit from more sustainable practices, contact Lifescape. We are happy to make recommendations for healthy, happy, landscapes.
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Don’t assume that because your irrigation system is shut off during the winter that means you are off duty from watering your landscape. In fact, it is during this time of year that it is extremely necessary to water your yard properly in order to have your landscape plants grow healthy and those colorful blooms pop up in the spring.
With your irrigation system off from November to May, first year plants need essential water and we recommend for existing landscapes water during this period as well. Evergreen plant materials are especially in need of winter water. As you know, the Front Range winters are typically mild and dry. Fall and winter humidity levels commonly range from 9-13%. It takes 12” of snow to equal 1” of water. Lifescape recommends watering two times per month and applying a minimum of 1” of water per width of tree trunks to keep plants alive.
Is your Colorado landscape prepared for winter? Contact Lifescape Associates for your winter Colorado landscaping needs.
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During the fall season, it’s important for Colorado residents to call their landscaping company and schedule a winterization/ irrigation shut off for their landscape. The last thing you want is for the winter to catch you off guard. Your irrigation system is an important working part of your landscape that provides needed moisture. Without winterization, you could be looking at costly repairs for your sprinkler system. Ice can cause damage to your backflow prevention valves, valve chambers and manual ball valves.
Winterization of your irrigation system should be a part of your regular seasonal landscape maintenance to help keep your lawn healthy. To schedule your winterization/ irrigation shut off, simply contact Lifescape at 303-831-8310. There is no need for the headache of extensive and expensive repairs that could have been avoided. Gives us a call today!
Watering while it is windy is simply wasteful, and in the Denver area and all over Colorado, we can’t afford to waste water. More than often, windy weather occurs during daylight hours, however, it is during that time that even more water is lost to evaporation. That is why watering overnight or very early in the morning is best practice. During these hours there is usually less wind blowing water away from your landscape. As well as little heat to make the water evaporate.
But the problem comes in when you actually have to make yourself get up in the wee hours of the night or morning and drag out the hose when prime watering time comes. Also, if you are away on business or vacation, who is going to water your lawn then? One great way to eliminate this issue is to have a good automatic sprinkler system with a timer. An automatic sprinkler system helps to make every drop of water count.
If you want more information on how you can get an automatic sprinkler system for your Denver area home, contact a designer at Lifescape. 303-831-8310.
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Since a Stage 1 drought has been declared in metro Denver and wildfires have been blazing across the state, many people have been quick to contact the Denver Water Savers to report any and everyone who does not adhere to the request to voluntarily reduce their water consumption by 10 percent. Some residents are so frustrated with the local water waste like automatic sprinklers operating during rainstorms, that they ask Denver Water what it takes to announce a Stage 2 drought, to stiffen regulations.
However, it is important to know that having an automated sprinkler system is different from having a “smart” irrigation system. At this time, it is more important than ever to cut water waste all over the Colorado state. Having a smart sprinkler system installed will help to water your lawn with accurate weather-based control, and precision that will save you valuable time, money, and water.
If you want more information on how you can get a smart sprinkler system for your Denver area home, contact a designer at Lifescape. 303-831-8310.