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Have you ever heard that one of the secrets to keeping your lawn healthy is aeration? It’s true. Simply put, the process of aerating your lawn includes mechanically removing small plugs of thatch and soil from the lawn in order to improve the natural exchange between soil and the surrounding atmosphere.
While most lawns may only need to be aerated at least once a year, yours may benefit from being aerated twice a year if it consistently endures heavy traffic. Compaction, the result of heavy traffic, is what reduces the amount of oxygen that is able to reach the roots making it hard for them spread and be effective.
The top benefits of aerating your lawn include:
- Relief of soil compaction
- Better water and nutrient absorption
- Enhanced levels oxygen of reaching the soil
- Improving root growth
- Improved thatch breakdown
Keep your lawn well maintained by considering aeration and calling Phase One Landscapes at 303-750-6060 for our rates.
Have you always been under the impression that you needed two separate gardens for your edible and decorative plants? Well you don’t! There’s a new trend sweeping through landscapes and it’s the idea of mixing flowers and vegetables together in one garden. This is a great idea if your landscape can’t physically accommodate two gardens, or if you’d simply like to add an interesting flair this year. And aside from looking unique and helping save space, the combination of edible and growable plants is good for gardens because it helps deter unwanted pests.
If you have plans to do some planting this month try mixing these combinations of perennial and hardy vegetables in with your flowers:
- Starter plants of lettuce, broccoli, cabbage, kale and onions.
- Perennial herbs such as oregano, thyme, lavender and sage.
- Fruits such as strawberries, raspberries, blackberries and fruit trees.
Would you like your garden to feature vegetables and flowers together without doing the work yourself? If you are in the Denver area contact Phase One Landscapes
Now that we’ve reached the last frost date it’s time to revive your green thumb and add some new perennials to your landscape! But before you get started take a look at these tips on the best planting practices.
- Design your garden so that as one plant stops blooming another one starts. With the plants you select, something should always be in bloom from early spring well into the fall.
- Look for the more drought-tolerant varieties that will thrive at Colorado’s altitude and your plant hardiness zone.
- When planting, place plants in the yard according to their needs for sun/shade and group them by their water needs–low/medium/higher.
- Look for Plant Select varieties because these plants have been developed for Colorado’s growing conditions and some even thrive at very high altitudes. (ALCC)
Prefer to leave the perennial planting to a professional? Call Phase One Landscapes at 303-750-6060 if you reside in the Denver area.
At the start of the year did you see new of the top outdoor living trends everywhere you turned? If so, have you ever wondered what other homeowners are really asking landscaper architects for? Well thanks to the 2012 Residential Landscape Architecture Trends survey conducted by the American Society of Landscape Architects you can find out. Landscape architects with a specialization in residential design from all across the country were polled, and overall homeowners have a strong preference for non-demanding spaces that allow for dining and entertaining.
More specifically the survey showed that homeowners prefer the following for their outdoor spaces:
- low-maintenance landscapes (96.6 percent)
- fireplaces/firepits (95.8 percent)
- spas (80.4 percent)
- pools (79.2 percent)
- decorative water features (89.9 percent)
- dining areas (95.7 percent)
- native plants (86.3 percent)
- permeable paving (71.6 percent)
If you would like to discuss the design of your landscape and you reside in the Denver area call Phase One Landscapes at 303-750-6060 and let us help you create a place for every moment.
Do you want your guests to get the best impression of you and your family before stepping one foot inside your home? If so you need to makeover your landscape and now is the perfect time to do so because it’s National Home Improvement Month. This is especially great if you’ve been talking about redesigning your landscape but you haven’t been able to carve out time for it in your schedule.
One of the mains reasons why we suggest you begin improving your home by starting with your landscape is because it’s the very first thing anyone sees, including yourself. And chances are you don’t want to be greeted by an unattractive landscape every time you pull into your driveway or whenever you head outside to relax in your outdoor room.
To discuss creating a new landscape design for your home, as well as the maintenance services we have available here at Phase One Landscapes give us a call at 303-750-6060 if you are in the Denver area.
Have you heard about the Stage 1 Drought Watch Response that Denver Water declared? If so you’re probably wondering how you can care for your landscape and conserve water at the same time. Seeing at though Stage 1 only calls for you to reduce your water usage by 10 percent, the Associated Landscape Contractors of Colorado want you to remember:
- Dry landscapes are more susceptible to weeds and disease so be sure to water responsible in an effort to conserve; low water doesn’t equal no water.
- Do things that help save water, such as making small upgrades to your sprinkler system.
- After watering the grass, let the top 1/2″ of the soil dry out before watering again to build a healthier, more drought tolerant lawn.
For additional help on how you can save water while providing an adequate amount of care to your landscape call Phase One Landscapes at 303-750-6060.