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.
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.
Last week, Lifescape had our annual holiday party. Designers, administration and foreman all gathered for Italian food and a white elephant gift exchange at Maggiano’s.
We’d like to wish everyone happy holidays and look forward to another successful year as we are celebrating 4 decades as your trusted landscape advisor.
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For those who are becoming more invested in their gardens, one key thing you must remember is that the quality of your plants, vegetables and fruits depend on the soil and what you put in it. Make sure you check your dirt and the quality of the seeds you are planting. It is important to know what type of soil you have because your efforts to grow certain plants may not give you the best results. For Colorado, having low organic matter less than 1 percent is typical. In order to get the soil to 3 to 5 percent organic matter, which is the desired range, you will have to amend the soil.
Get a soil test before you begin adding amendments. You need to learn what needs to be added first. The soil test will give you vital information about the PH of your soil, salt content, content of minerals and the amount of organic matter. If this sounds like quite a bit of work, it is. However, this is what you need to know in order to grow the best garden possible.
Contact Lifescape Associates at 303-831-8310 if you need the help of professional landscape designers for your outdoor gardens.