Lifescape Associates wanted to share some great news with you today. As you may remember reading in a previous post, designers Dan DeGrush and Tonya Glassmeyer were getting ready to apply for their Landscape Architecture license. Well Dan and Tanya passed the first two of four exams necessary to attain their license. So they are half way there!
The Landscape Architecture Registry Exam (L.A.R.E.) tests on all facets of Landscape Architecture. Since Colorado has a practice and title act, this means you can’t technically call yourself a ‘Landscape Architect’ without being licensed. The Landscape Architect needs to be licensed in their respective states for practice just as lawyers and doctors do.
Lifescape is looking forward to adding two new Landscape Architects to the design staff in Dan and Tonya, as well as assisting its clients as industry leaders in the Colorado and Front Range landscape design and construction industry.
When it comes to regular menial yard work, you may hate it, but it is something you can take care of yourself for the most part. However, there comes a time when the problems you have in your lawn can be a bit too much for you to handle and you’ll need to call a Denver landscaping professional in order to help you find a solution and implement it.
Take a look at three top reasons you should hire a landscape professional:
1. You have a specific issue that requires certain horticulture knowledge. For example, you don’t know what is wrong with a particular tree in your yard, why plants never seem to grow in a certain section of your landscape, or your best options for an outdoor living space.
2. You do not have the skill nor the time to do what is needed. It’s hard to get things done around the landscape when you are always running low on time, and you do not know have the know-how nor the tools/equipment to efficiently do what needs to be done.
3. It’s not a safe job for you. If the work that need’s to be done calls for climbing a tree, operating heavy machinery or moving heavy landscape materials, you most definitely need a landscape contractor’s help. Plus, you can not just dig anywhere. It’s the law to call for a utility locate before doing any digging takes place.
Lifescape Associates can help you get your Colorado landscape healthy and beautiful whether in the planning stages of building a new home or wanting to revamp the landscape of your current home. Just give us a call at 303-831-8310.
Two members of the Lifescape Associates team, designers Dan DeGrush and Tonya Glassmeyer, are both full steam ahead at studying for the Landscape Architecture Registry Exam (L.A.R.E.). The idea of this exam is that it tests on all facets of Landscape Architecture. Just as lawyers and doctors need to be licensed in their respective states for practice, so does a Landscape Architect. In fact, Colorado has a practice and title act. This means you can’t technically call yourself a ‘Landscape Architect’ without being licensed.
To be licensed, you must have graduated from an accredited Landscape Architecture program in college and pass the LARE exam. This exam consists of four sections: the first two cover Project and Construction Administration; Inventory, Analysis and Program Development. The second two sections cover site design, Construction Documentation and Grading; Drainage and Stormwater Management. Sections one and two are administered in March of 2012 and sections three and four are administer in December of 2012. Tonya and Dan are in full study mode to pass the first two sections in March. Lifescape, while already having a Landscape Architect on staff in Randy Randolph, is looking to continue its excellence in adding two new Landscape Architects to the design staff in Dan and Tonya.
Lifescape looks forward assisting its clients as industry leaders in the Colorado and Front Range landscape design and construction industry.
A new landscape can take anywhere from 2-5 years to mature in the Denver area. Speeding up the process is possible and Lifescape has discovered a few ideas to help with the process.
Decorations and furnishings you choose to incorporate will help define your theme and blend the landscape with the architecture. Material selection is crucial. Mixing different materials help give it an old look. Equal importance to material selection is choosing your plant material. Below are a few additional ideas to help your landscape look aged.
- Propose reclaimed materials (for example, used reclaimed barn timbers for a fireplace hearth or your next arbor)
- Keeping some of the formality but blending it with informal materials (using reclaimed brick – in situations that allow — from a nearby source and irregular flagstone pieces can be used to create an informal look)
- Make pools and water features look more like natural ponds or creeks (adding in different sized boulders and cobbles imitate nature and leave planting pockets to soften the stone)
- Wall fountains, aged wood furniture, and wrought iron are all elements that make a landscape feel aged and rustic
- Creating structure using trees and shrubs, then softening with ground covers and flowers will give it a rustic, elegant flair
There are other techniques, but these are a few Lifescape is using to help age a landscape quickly.
Lifescape is using 3D imagery to help clients visualize projects. Contact a designer at Lifescape at 303-831-8310 and we will help bring your vision to reality.
Each year a tenth of the world’s land area experiences “extremely hot weather.” And this puts a harsh demand on water use. Here are some ways to either cut down on water use or harvest rain water to use as irrigation.
- Use your own roof to harvest water into downspouts and direct into a cistern or collecting tank. You can use this water over time to irrigate planting areas
- Plant potassium silica’s and mycorrhiza to help spur root growth and soil to allow a plant to thrive
- Use low-volume drip irrigation to water the root source of the plant as opposed to uniformly watering large areas where plants may not be
- Move focus away from turf grass areas (in most climates) and create landscape areas that thrive on drip irrigation
- Pick plants native to the landscape as these plants have been accustomed to that climate’s rainwater amounts
- More planting projects in cities to combat the urban heat island effect as well as for green roofs to lower the AC load of buildings
- A small benefit of solar on roofs is that they shade the roof under them, reducing the need for cooling, besides the obvious reduction in CO2 emissions
There are other techniques, but these are a few Lifescape is using to work with our changing climate and conditions. Contact a designer at Lifescape for ideas on cutting down on water use and harvesting water in your landscape. 303-831-8310