Colorful fall foliage is one of autumn’s most celebrated features. However, once those leaves fall, homeowners don’t always feel like celebrating. The first Saturday afternoon spent raking may be fun, but the third or fourth — not so much. Here at Lifescape, we like to keep our focus on the bright side, so we’re sharing a handful of ways you can take advantage of those fallen fall leaves for your Colorado landscape.
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Know their value. Incorporating leaves into your lawn and garden increases the nutrient levels in your soil. Mulched leaves will also boost the soil’s microbial population, which is beneficial for both the soil and your plants’ root systems. Water retention is improved by leaf mulch, which is vital in our dry climate. Decomposed leaves also improve the tilth, or structure of the soil.
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Get access to a mulching mower. If you have thought about replacing your lawn mower, consider the benefits of a mulching mower. Remove the bag and orient the discharge shoot, so it’s facing the lawn and set the mower height to about 3 inches. You may need to make more than one pass to ensure the larger leaf pieces are more finely chopped. Let the fresh leaf mulch overwinter on your grass. The leaves add carbon, the grass adds nitrogen and the result is happy soil. The leaf layer should be about 3/4 of an inch. Any excess can be added to your mulch or compost pile.
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Add them to your resting beds. Once you’ve cleared out your vegetable garden, add a layer of leaves, whole or mulched is fine, and let them sit there all season. Most of the leaf material will decompose over the winter. When spring returns, you simply mix what’s left back into the soil with some compost and your beds will be ready to plant.
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Compost. Throw your leaves into the compost pile, or let the leaves decompose in a damp pile all winter to make leaf mold, which can be used as compost in the spring.
Contact Lifescape if you would like our Colorado landscaping maintenance team to take care of your fallen foliage.
It is very possible to achieve a gorgeous landscape that will retain its beauty even during drought conditions. But it’s easy to get caught up in the appearance of flowers, grass, shrubs, and other plants during dry conditions that we forget an equally important part of the equation… trees.
Trees offer a number of benefits to homeowners in addition to enhancing the aesthetic of a landscape.
With those benefits in mind, it’s important that you include some basic tree care in your regular lawn and garden maintenance. The Associated Landscape Contractors of Colorado recently shared some great tips in its weekly newsletter. First, be sure to keep trees pruned properly. That will help protect your trees (and their surroundings) from wind and storm damage.
Also, be on the lookout for signs of disease or bug infestations. A change in leaf color or the appearance of a tree’s bark could be signaling a serious problem. Quick action will not only preserve the health of your trees, but protect your investment, too.
It’s also important to make sure your trees are receiving the right amount of hydration, especially in drought conditions like we are currently experiencing here in Denver. A dehydrated tree usually has brittle limbs that will snap easily in a storm and it will also be more likely to incur an insect problem or disease.
Don’t neglect the trees in your landscape.
How do you care for the trees in your Colorado landscape to ensure they are healthy and happy?
Lifescape Associates is here to help you with your landscaping needs. Contact us today at 303-381-3810 for more information on our landscape design and maintenance services.
You may be familiar with the Pete Seeger classic, written by Malvina Reynolds, which goes like this…“Little boxes, on the hillside. Little boxes made of ticky-tacky…and they all look just the same…”
If Colorado landscape designers don’t think outside those proverbial “little boxes,” you can end up with a boring or awkward landscape, which resembles a postage stamp, rather than an inspired endeavor.
The corners can be the trickiest areas to landscape but with a little insight into some “tricks of the trade,” you can maximize the potential of the corners in your yard(s).
Use sculptures or garden art. Rather than an afterthought, sculpture and/or garden art can serve as a corner focal point. You can then add to the corner landscaping design, using plants and shrubs with shapes, heights, and seasonal color that will enhance the garden art.
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Create a comfortable seating area. When you or your guests are able to sit in one corner, you have a panoramic view of the entire landscape. You can build a corner bench-nook, or add a table and chairs. Use decorative outdoor furniture pads for added visual appeal.
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Build an outdoor fireplace. There is nothing that keeps the nighttime social atmosphere inspired like an outdoor fireplace. It is a great addition to any yard and is the perfect use of a corner. Plus, it adds an additional seating area for daytime as well.
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If you’re ready to transform your ticky-tacky landscape corners, contact Lifescapes. We are Colorado landscape designers who excel at thinking outside the box.
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.