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!
We hate to admit it but winter is just around the corner. It is now, during the fall, that is the best time for Colorado residents to call in and schedule the winterization/ irrigation shut off for their landscape.Why is this so important? As a part of your regular seasonal landscape maintenance, keeping your irrigation system working efficiently can only save you money on costly repairs and help keep your lawn healthy.
If you choose not to winterize your irrigation system, you run the risk of water in your pipes freezing and causing stress enough to crack or break your pipes and sprinkler. You also risk ice causing damage to your backflow prevention valves, valve chambers and manual ball valves.
Call Lifescape Associates at 303-831-8310 to schedule your winterization/ irrigation shut off. Taking the time to prepare your irrigation system for the freezing winter months will keep you from the headache of extensive and expensive repair work.
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Are you sure the plants in your landscape and garden are safe for your little furry family members, meaning your beloved pets? Believe it or not, there are some plants that are safe for humans to eat but are toxic to pets. Cats and dogs don’t usually eat plants but to be on the safe side, here are a few common landscape plants to avoid:
- Foxglove digitalis – can cause heart failure
- Lilies - cause GI upset and vomiting in dogs, plus day lilies will cause renal failure in cats
- Spring bulbs – Daffodil foliage, for example, will cause GI upset, but the bulb itself can cause seizures. Most spring-flowering bulbs are toxic if the dog digs them up and chews them.
- Plants in the onion family – toxic to pets when raw or cooked
- Seeds of stone fruits – like peaches, cherries and apricots contain cyanide which can poison pets
- Rhubarb is toxic to pets
- Chamomile is also toxic to pets
Lifescape Associates understands how much your pets mean to your family. If you would like more information on how you can keep your landscape safe for your precious pets, consult your landscape contractor and your veterinarian.
Most people really do not understand the importance of a landscape architect. Landscape architecture is the design of everything you see outside of a building. As the ASLA states, it “encompasses the analysis, planning, design, management, and stewardship of the natural and built environments.” It takes more than planting a few shrubs and installing pavers to create the beautiful landscapes in a neighborhood, park or any other outdoor area used for public or private use. Landscape architecture incorporates wise planning, artful design and careful stewardship in creating outdoor spaces in our natural environment.
Lifescape Associates thinks it is important to educate the public and future design students on the importance of landscape architects to the Denver, Colorado area and the world at large. Former NFL Player, Eddie George, recently talked about how he was inspired to become a landscape architect and why mentoring students about this essential profession is so important.
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Although temperatures are still frigid and winter still has its tight grip on Colorado, spring is just around the corner. That means it’s time to start thinking about your garden and lawns. One of the first things that need to be determined is what type of flora you are going to plant this spring. This can be a difficult task in Colorado because of the rapidly changing weather conditions. However, gardenguides.com offers some tips on the best choices for spring planting in Colorado.
- Bulbs – Plant bulbs in a sunny area with well drained soil, after the last spring frost. Different types of bulbs include dahlias, calla lilies, gladiolus, and elephant ears.
- Annuals – Plant annuals after the last spring frost as well. Full sun annuals include yarrow, torch flower, mexican poppy, verbena, snapdrago, fountain grass, Dahlberg daisy, and the black-eyed Susan. Plant wax begonia, coleus, impatiens, and Madagascar periwinkle in shady areas.
- Perennials – Plant perennials after the threat of frost is over, or during the rainy season. The options for perennials include Rocky Mountain Columbine, prairie coneflower, blue flax, Russian sage, bellflower, and bloodred geranium.
Once spring begins and you need professional landscaping assistance for your lawn or garden, contact Lifescape.