Sprucing up Castle View High School – June Newsletter

IMG_9190Although it’s been a busy summer so far, we enjoyed
donating our time and labor to help Castle View High
School spruce up their quad. Our crews with the
support of Castle View’s students and faculty took a
few hours to add new plants and mulch to this planter box.
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Special thanks to our suppliers Todays Nursery for
supplying the plants and C&C Sand and Gravel for
supplying the mulch and rock for this project.
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If you’re thinking about sprucing up your landscape, give us a call for a Free Consultation.

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A Fresh Start: Before and After a Dramatic Makeover

McBride b4 1When it comes to landscape design, sometimes it is best to start over. That was the case with a project we just finished. Our clients had space, wanted to entertain, but just couldn’t make it fit. We started over with a blank canvas to transform it into a family friendly backyard that’s ready for many summer nights around the fire.

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The highlight of this yard is a large gas fire pit perfect summer nights. This fire pit has a large area for seating as well as LED lighting in the patio.

Trees, Plants and New Sod for Character

We’ve added new sod and an MP Smart Rotator Irrigation system to help conserve water. We also included new natural trees and plants to help with character around the fence line. New LED lighting highlights the plants and shrubs.

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With limited space and the need for a planter box, the design called for a small corner plant box for flowers, herbs or vegetables.

Concrete Path to Connect

To connect the front to the back, the design also called for a new concrete path for easy access.

It is always exciting to see a landscape design come together especially when we start over. This backyard went from a space that wasn’t conducive to this family’s life to one where they can have years of fun. If you’re looking for a new landscape design that’s cohesive for your life, give us a call for a Free Consultation.

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Unwind Around a Fire: Tips for Adding a Fire Pit

lights patioThere’s no question that we have some pretty amazing sunsets throughout the summer here in Colorado. It’s nice to sit outside and unwind. Sitting around a fire pit makes summer nights even more special. Whether it’s roasting marshmallows with the kids, sharing a laugh with buddies over a beer or just enjoying the quiet nights. A fire pit is an exciting centerpiece for any outdoor living space. There are a few things to consider when thinking about adding a fire pit to your landscape.

What’s Your Fire Pit Type?

Like any landscape feature, you have options. Choose the best fire pit to meet your needs. You can choose from built-in, prefab or portable all are popular options.

What’s Your Fuel?

Every fire needs fuel. Think about how you want to fuel your fire. You can use gas, propane or wood.

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When it comes to choosing the location for your fire pit, there are several factors that you’ll need to think about before you pick your spot.

How many people are you entertaining?

Is there ample seating around your pit?

Is there a place to walk safely?

Is it a SAFE location?

Are You To Code?

Check with local authorities to make sure that you’re aware of all the regulations and laws on having a fire pit.

Adding a fire pit to your landscape is a great way to entertain guests and create lasting memories on summer nights.  We can help design your outdoor living space to feature a fire pit that’s safe and perfect for your home. Give us a call for a free consultation today!

5 Tips for Budgeting Your Landscape Project – May Newsletter

Cox - PerennialsYou’ve got a lot to consider when thinking about a
new landscape. It all starts with your budget. Here
are a few tips to help you budget your project to
avoid sticker shock once you start digging.

  • Take a look at what you have and can reuse
  • Know what you want to spend
  • Prioritize your wants vs. needs
  • Consider your ROI
  • Hire a professional

If you’re thinking about changing your landscape
and need help finding what fits your budget, give us
a call for a Free Consultation.

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More Space and Value: Benefits of Outdoor Living Spaces

Spears - Outdoor LivingAn outdoor living space is something that many people enjoy – often spending hours on end. If you don’t have one, maybe you’ve dreamed of having one down the road. That perfect patio, grill and table set up, it sure does look nice, but did you know there are many other benefits to adding an outdoor living space to your home?

Increase the Value

Outdoor living spaces are investments. depending on how big, and exactly what you want your outdoor living space design to look like, it could be a rather significant investment. The good news is that it is only going to add value to your home. When you go to sell your home, you’ll most likely get your money back. If you have an outdoor living space with a little character, then it will stick in a buyer’s mind, and your home will move to the top of their favorite list.

Ease The Crowding

Tanner - WallsWe’ve been there. You have a party in the summer, and everyone stands crowded in the house. Before you know it you are hanging out in a sauna. An outdoor living space helps to ease tight indoor spaces so you can relax. If your outdoor living space is large enough for a kitchen or at least a grill, you can enjoy the party while preparing the food and not be stuck in the kitchen. With a proper outdoor living space, you’ll have the house where everyone wants to hang out.

Adding an outdoor living space looks fantastic and can add value to your home. If you are looking for ideas to expand your outdoor living area, check out our Inspiration Gallery and then give us a call.

The Benefits of Landscape Mulch

Erickson - smallMulch is often used as part of a landscape design or garden. Mulch falls into two categories — organic and inorganic. Organic mulches are bark, pine straw, grass clippings among others. Inorganic mulches would be things like shredded rubber, plastic and rocks. The difference; organic mulches break down over time and inorganic mulches don’t. Regardless of the type of mulch you use, it can help the flow of your landscape. But did you know there’s more to mulch than good looks? Here are a few benefits to using mulch in your landscape.

  • Mulch keeps the necessary moisture in the ground for your plants.
  • If you’re adding an organic mulch to your soil such as bark, pine straw or grass clippings, they eventually break down and give valuable nutrients for the soil.
  • We all battle weeds, mulch will help keep your weeds at bay. By laying mulch, the weed seeds will be kept in the dark and crowded, making it tough for them to take over your landscape or garden.
  • Mulch will also help with erosion. It will keep your soil intact during heavy rain falls.

If you’re planning a new landscape, think about adding mulch. If you need help with your landscape design, give us a call, and we’ll set up a free consultation.

3 Questions to Ask When Hiring a Landscaper – April Newsletter

Landscape season is in full swing. If you have a large
landscape project or perhaps a complete yard makeover, you
might be considering hiring a professional. You have plenty of
options when it comes to landscaping companies; here are a
few questions to ask a landscape contractor before you sign on
the dotted line.

How Long Have They Been in Business?
This will tell you how much landscape knowledge they have
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Are They Certified? Are their Employees Certified?

Certifications and professional affiliations give a company credibility. They’ve made the investment in time and money to stay on top of the industry.

Ask for References
What better way to get proof of good work than to ask former
customers? Ask for references from the last three clients the
contractor has worked with. They’ll give you the “dirt” on the
company and you’ll get a good idea of the state of the
company. Ask if they’d hire the company again.

If you’re thinking about hiring a landscaper for your next project,
use these tips to help ensure that you pick the right partner for
the job.

Give us a call today and ask us these questions.
We’ll give you a Free Consultation! 303.814.9097

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Lawn Aeration – The Start of a Great Lawn

For most homeowners, your lawn is a sign of pride. We can all admit there’s an unspoken competition among neighbors about the looks of their grass. This competition begins to kick into high gear in April. It’s around this time of year where you’ll hear the engines of aerating machines and get the knocks from aeration and lawn care companies.


Aeration — What is it?  

aerationchartAeration is the process of removing plugs in your lawn to help relieve compaction in the soil that occurs with the grass and soil over the winter as well as in high traffic areas of your yard.  By removing plugs, your soil can breathe a little easier and grow a healthy root system.


Giving Your Grass an Edge

Aerating your yard also helps water and fertilizer get to the roots faster. For the best results and to get deeper plugs, try to water your yard (if you haven’t had any moisture) the night before you aerate.


What About the Plugs?

If you have kids, you’ve probably been asked about the plugs. They either throw them at each other or stomp on them. It’s really up to you about what you’d like to do with them. There are advantages to letting them decompose back into your lawn. You can also choose to rake them up or mow them up. However, mowing may dull your blade so be mindful of that.


Water and Fertilize

may-8After you aerate, you’ll want water and add some fertilizer to give it a boost into the growing season.

If you’re in the game of making your yard the talk of the neighborhood, aerating your yard will get you ahead of the competition.

Tips For Planning Your First Landscape Design

Nelson - outdoor livingWe all take a lot of pride in our landscape; it comes with being a homeowner. However, if you are new to landscaping, it might be a little intimidating as you strive for the “perfect” yard. Don’t worry, here are a few tips to get you started when planning your first landscape.

What Do You Want?

Start by making a list of your wants and needs. Do you want an outdoor entertainment area for your kids? Do you want a garden? Do you want a hardscape design? You have many options, but the good thing is that it’s completely up to you — it’s your yard, think about how you’ll use it. Once you know what you want, draw a rough sketch of your idea so that you can picture it a little better.

Study Your Landscape

You may hang out in your backyard, but have you ever actually studied your backyard landscape? When planning a landscape design, it’s important to understand the various conditions of your yard. We live in Colorado, so you must account for the wind and the hot, dry summer. Where does your yard get the most sunshine? If you add a patio, will it be too hot or windy to enjoy? These details play a major role in your landscape design.

Do You Have a Focal Point?

Lamont - Play areaThink about a focal point of your yard. Is it a garden? A play area for your kids or perhaps a patio? Find your focal point and landscape around the highlight of your yard.

Be Open to Change

Landscaping is also about compromise. Many factors go into landscaping such as your budget, functionality, and your wants vs. needs. Sometimes if you’re a beginner, you have a grand big picture of what you want. Unfortunately, it may not be practical or be the right fit when you get down to executing your project. Be open to scaling your project and coming up with alternative ideas.

If it gets a little overwhelming, don’t worry, landscape design is our specialty. We can help you design and plan a landscape that fits your lifestyle. We’ll get to know you and watch how your landscape plays into your life, then we’ll come up with a design the fits everything you want and need. Have questions? Feel free to call us and we’ll give you a Free Consultation.

6 Landscaping Tips You Can Do Now – March Newsletter

 

The official start of spring is just days away, and we all have the itch to get outside and start making our yards look their very best! Here are a few helpful tips you should do right now so that your yard looks its best this summer.

Water. Water. Water.water two
With an unusually dry February and early March, your grass, trees and shrubs need water. Hand watering
will help moisten the soil so that your plants and grass can build a strong, healthy root system to survive the hot, dry summer.

Give Your Perennials a Trim
Cutback all of the dead growth on your perennial plants and ornamental grasses. This will make your landscape look better and allow room for new growth later this spring.

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Now is also the time to get out your rake and start cleaning up any dead leaves and grass from your yard. This will allow room for new growth when your grass and flowers wake up for the season.

Prune Your Trees
If you have dead branches, prune them before new growth starts.

Cover Plants
If you see signs of spring growth among your flowers, make sure you have a bucket ready to cover them. Temperatures are still likely to dip below freezing on occasion, pay attention to the weather and be prepared to protect them from heavy snow and cold.

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Tune up your equipment in March so that it’s ready to go this summer. Check your lawn mower for any problems, change oil and spark plugs, also sharpen your blade if it needs it.

Call us today and we’ll do the spring cleaning for
you! 303.814.9097

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