Phase One Landscape’s principal and co-founder Dave Graham sat down with the folks over at Colorado Homes & Lifestyles magazine for their Expert Advice feature. To find out more about what makes this pillar of Denver Landscape Architecture tick, head on over to Colorado Homes & Lifestyles’ website.
Phase One Landscape's Principal Landscape Architect Dave Graham
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Using mulch can have a positive impact on your lawn and garden. Mulch helps keep the soil moist, it prevents weeds from growing and it can help keep your plants cool. Here are some great ways to use mulch to protect your lawn.
1. Use organic mulch- Organic mulch includes wood chips, grass clippings, leaves and bark. All of these are good because they disintegrate, mix into the top soil and feed the plants. If weeds are your main concern, then use wood chips because they are the best at keeping them away.
2. Use inorganic mulch- If you choose to go with an inorganic mulch, one of the most popular choices is black plastic. With black plastic, you can plant vegetable seeds earlier. This is best used during the cool seasons like fall and winter, because during the summer it can get too hot and hurt the plants. Other popular choices are woven cloths that will let water and air get to the plants, stone and pebbles.
This season, save your lawn and garden by using some some type of mulch. Contact Phase One Landscapes to learn more about mulch and which type is best for your lawn.
Think of an entry to your home or garden as a first impression. If it isn’t inviting, approachable or aesthetically pleasing, people probably won’t want to go any further. If you want to make an excellent first impression and greet your guests in style, hopefully you’ll find inspiration in some of these beautiful entries from Phase One Landscapes’ portfolio:
This entry walk is made of buff stone and includes a well head water basin and lovely flowers.
This is another entry walk of buff stone that’s elegant and colorful.
Buff stone steps add to a relaxing entry courtyard where you’ll love to welcome guests.
The modern water feature and seating area invite guests to sit and stay awhile in this entry.
As you can see from these pictures, the entry area can really make a space. If you want a beautiful entry for your Denver-area home or garden, contact Phase One Landscapes today.
Landscaping provides beautiful views even beyond the outdoors. What do we mean? Think about standing inside your home looking out through one of the windows. You have a view in front of you of your yard and gardens, and these views could be even greater by considering your window locations when planning your landscaping. Freshome has a number of tips to offer for maximizing interior views with outdoor landscaping. Here are a few things to think about:
Don’t block noteworthy views with heavy window treatments like dark drapes. The landscaping can serve as a sort of “wall art” for your home’s décor.
Make the indoors and outdoors more cohesive by displaying more potted plants and greenery inside.
If you feel like your home isn’t offering enough views from windows, think about adding a sunroom where you can admire your landscaping while still sitting inside.
For help making your landscaping beautiful from inside and out, contact Phase One Landscapes in Denver at 303-750-6060.
Do you remember the Mexico City botanical garden story we posted about last week? Well, we came across another great botanical garden we couldn’t wait to share, this time beautifying South Africa.
Kirstenbosch National Botanical Garden lies at the base of Table Mountain, giving it an excellent location full of beautiful views. In fact, it’s said to be the prettiest of South Africa’s gardens, and its sights appeal to everyone—botanists and novices alike. From ShelterPop:
“Down below in the gardens, plants indigenous not only to the Cape Peninsula, but to the whole country are planted in specific sections. Kirstenbosch was in fact the first botanic garden in the world to devote itself to the indigenous flora of a country when it was founded in 1913.”