As of right now Denver is experiencing temperatures true to autumn, but the end of the week could possibly bring those that are drastically lower, reaching a high of only 41 degrees. If it does get that cold we know the last thing you will want to do is spend time cleaning your landscape, so we suggest you do it now. It’s important to clean up your landscape now because leaves and debris left throughout the winter can harbor disease, fungus and pests which can wreak havoc in the spring.
According to the ALCC, important things to do when cleaning up your landscape to prepare for spring include:
- Remove all old veggies, vines, leaves and other debris from the garden. .
- Remove all weeds.
- Add most greens, leaves and small plants to your compost pile. Leave out weeds whose seeds can get back to the garden when spreading the compost, as well as, tomato plants and large-stemmed vines.
If you’d prefer to have the professional help of a Denver landscaper contact Phase One Landscapes at 303-750-6060 to learn more about the maintenance services we provide.
Now that we’ve experienced our first few snow showers it’s time to dig out all your snow clearing gear in preparation for the season, but you may want to make a few changes. If you’ve spent previous years bent over, straining your back to clear the driveway and walkways of your home then you may want to consider investing in a snow thrower.
There are countless options available at various price points, but it’s important that you select one that meets the specific needs of your landscape. For help deciding on the best one to purchase, the ALCC recommends:
- A small-size, single stage thrower if your home has a 1 or 2-car garage, driveway and minimum walkway areas clear. It operates best from ½ inch to 9 inches of snow and can move about 1,100 lbs. of snow per minute.
- A medium size, single-stage snow thrower if your home has a 2-car garage, wide driveway and some walkways to clear. It can handle ½ inch to 12 inches of snow and move about 1,800 lbs. of snow per minute
- A two-stage snow thrower if your home has a 3-car garage, larger driveway and/or large expanses of walkways to clear. It works best at snow depths of 5 inches or more and it can move up to 2,200 lbs. of snow per minute.
Be sure to keep checking back with us for tips and hints on how to clear the snow from the drive and walkways of your landscape!
There is nothing like coming home after a hard day at work and relaxing in your own private oasis. Perhaps you already have nice landscaping, a couple comfortable chairs, possibly some planters or benches; but does it have the panache that you really want? Why not consider turning that space into a destination deck?
- Maybe your outdoor area is limited by things out of your control like your neighbor’s privacy fence and overhanging shade trees. Construct a large deck, build a wooden frame roof and then use sailcloth to create shade panels and side curtains. This both softens and blends the fencing, while giving a coastal vibe.
- Whether it’s an Olympic sized pool or a small pond with a bubbling fountain, water is always soothing and calming. Construct a small stream with a viewing pond at each end. Install aerators to keep the water flowing and fresh. Decorate with river rock and water plants and build a small arched bridge leading to a cozy private sitting area. So relaxing!
- If outside entertaining is a big part of your life, divided seating areas separated by planters, brick tables and decorative lattice are both practical and elegant. Built in benches, sectional seating and fire pits all surrounded by oversized planters full of easy to maintain greenery gives you the option to use a portion or all of the space.
Have an idea in mind that you are interested in starting? Give Phase One Landscapes a call today at 303-750-6060 and let them help make that dream a reality.
Do you enjoy nothing more than looking out into your landscape and seeing the changing colors of the trees in fall? If so and you’re up for a weekend day trip to see breathtaking views, we suggest you head out to see the beautiful fall foliage near Denver. While the glorious gold leaves typically last from the middle of September to the first few weeks in October, you still have a little time. To get a glimpse before it’s too late, pack up your car and choose from one of these scenic routes to explore.
Do you know of any other good routes to see fall foliage? If so, share them below!
Creating a landscape design that is fitting of your property and home can be hard to take on, not to mention the maintenance that comes with keeping it up. If you’ve found that your landscape has unique challenges that are beyond your skill set, then it’s time to consider a professional landscaper. To ensure that you have an enjoyable experience and your yard looks its best consider these seven tips on how to work with a professional landscaper.
- Determine which type of landscape professional (landscape architect, designer, or contractor) will be best for your project.
- Set a budget and communicate it to your landscaper.
- Ask friends, family members or neighbors with nice yards for referrals.
- Check the licensing requirements for your area and be sure your landscaper has the proper ones.
- Provide the necessary documents and information for your property.
- Have a basic idea of the look you want your yard or garden to have already in mind, but be open to feedback and suggestions.
- Once your design is complete, devise a maintenance plan for yourself or with your landscaper.
When you are ready to create an amazing landscape design with help from a professional, Denver landscaper call Phase One Landscapes at 303-750-6060.
Do you have a large amount of trees in your yard? If so, did you know that a dry winter can be just as stressful on them as a hot summer? Providing your trees with enough water in the fall and winter is extremely important in helping them remain healthy, and it’s better to start early. To ensure that your trees remain healthy and receive the necessary amount of water throughout winter follow these tips.
- Use a soaker hose buried 3-6 inches deep or covered with mulch to thoroughly water deciduous trees, evergreens and shrubs on a monthly basis when the ground isn’t frozen.
- Depending on how dry your soil is water for one to two hours for a hose that produces one gallon per hour.
- Remember to only water trees when the ground is not frozen.
- If your soil is powder-dry wet it and let it soak in first, before actually watering your trees to prevent runoff.
If you are interested in obtaining help to care for your tree from professional landscapers in Denver, call Phase One Landscapes today at 303-750-6060.
Source: ALCC, Google Images
Has the recent rise in Asian-style gardens put you in the frame of mind to transform your landscape with the help of Japanese elements? If so you can gain inspiration and see how West meets East at the Denver Botanic Gardens’ Kizuna Exhibition. Ending in early November, the exhibit brings together two living bamboo installations by artists Tetsunori Kawana and Stephen Talasnik. Aside from the sculptures, the exhibit also includes:
- Learning Station – Hands on exploration of tools and materials used in a Japanese tea ceremony to discover the art and tradition behind the ancient and sacred ritual.
- 2012 Orangery Display- A unique display that embraces Japanese themes, such as chrysanthemums, bamboo and character pines.
You can also get inspiration by taking a tour of the Japanese Garden, and if you find yourself inspired to add an Asian flair to your garden with help from a Denver Landscape professional call Phase One Landscapes at 303-750-6060.
Source: Denver Botanic Gardens