December is practically here and in a few short weeks we will officially enter winter. We know you probably want nothing more than to stay inside your home nice and warm, but your landscape will still require upkeep. After all, it is the work you put in now that will produce a gorgeous landscape for you to enjoy in the spring.
Before you wrap up and head out into your yard, know that throughout this month you should…
Deep-root water trees when the ground isn’t covered with snow or frozen.
Spread mulch on perennial beds, shrubs and trees.
Gently remove heavy snowfall from trees and shrubs.
Take note of any design changes you want to make.
Keep walkways clear of snow and ice.
Add winter interest with broadleaf evergreens
Be sure to check back with us for tips and hints on maintaining and designing your landscape as we trek into winter, and remember to give us a call at 303-750-6060 should you need our services!
Are you familiar with the Flower Trial that take place every year here in Colorado? If so, did you also know that it helps determine what flowers the rest of the country will enjoy in their landscapes? The reason being is because if a flower can withstand Colorado’s hail, harsh winds, scorching sun, and dry climate then it can thrive nearly anywhere.
While voting for this year’s trial has already taken place, we think the Annual Flower Trial Garden is a great place to visit to gain inspiration and ideas for your landscape. Full of perennials, annuals and pansies, the garden provides you with the chance to not only view a wide variety of flowers, but note their growing conditions and habits, tolerances and visual characteristics. It’s as if you get to try them out before adding them to your landscape.
If you would like to take a trip up to CSU to get a glimpse of the Trial Garden visit www.flowertrials.colostate.edu for directions and additional information. When you are ready to discuss the details of your landscape design with a professional landscaper in Denver call Phase One Landscapes at 303-750-6060.
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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If you are looking for ways to spruce up your landscape, you may be surprised at the number of ways you can add beauty to your yard. Here’s a list of eight different things you can do to easily add beauty to your yard.
Re-mulch your garden bed. It makes a big difference when done right.
Add new types of flowerbeds. Flowers are the eye-candy of landscape. The right fit can set the entire theme.
Coordinate your shrubs and bushes to mesh well with the rest of your landscape.
Consider adding hedges. They can vary in style depending on your preferences.
Add landscape architecture. The right architecture in the right place can transform your landscape.
Eliminate eyesores caused by weeds by effectively removing them.
Incorporate hardscapes to add texture.
Illuminate and highlight areas of your landscape by including outdoor lighting.
If you’ve ever taken on a do-it-yourself project that turned out horribly then you know how costly and time consuming mistakes can be. So before you head out into your yard to begin digging and planting take a look at a few of the common gardening mistakes you should avoid at all costs to save yourself time and money in the long run.
Making too many changes too soon. If you’ve recently moved live with your landscape for a year and observe how many hours of sunlight each part receives, test the pH of your soil, and note when your lawn greens up in spring and becomes dormant in late summer.
Planting with no plan. Hire a landscape designer to create a complete plan for your landscape that includes what you want now and things you may want later.
Neglecting the roots. Water new bushes, trees, and plants at the base for 20-30 minutes two times a week.
Not considering the sun. Don’t pick plants solely based on looks; observe where you want to place the plant to ensure that it features the right amount of sunlight.
Over-watering. Only water two to three times a week for 30-40 minutes to discourage disease, root rot, and premature plant death.
Forgetting to budget. If you are building a new home allocate 10% to 20% of your construction budget to the landscape and if you can’t, make plans to design your landscape in stages.
To avoid making any of these garden mistakes allow our team at Phase One Landscapes to maintain garden and landscape by calling 303-750-6060.
If you’ve been looking to do a little more with your landscape design we suggest you enhance it by adding a garden structure. Garden structures have the ability to add visual interest to your landscape, so when choosing a garden structure to enhance your landscape design with consider these tips.
Make sure your structure is equally functional and beautiful. Aside from its architecture you can enhance it with climbing vines or flowers.
Allow your structure to complement and visually connect with your home by repeating some of the same style elements in its design.
Choose substantial structures that reflect permanence and sustainability.
When selecting a location for your garden structure take note of its purpose, size and scale in relation to the other features of your landscape.
Add personality to your structure by embellishing it.
If you are ready to discuss how you can enhance your landscape design with a garden structure contact Phase One Landscapes at 303-750-6060.
Did you only have your front and back yard designed by a landscape professional? If so then chances are the side is pale in comparison, but it doesn’t have to be. There is a way for you to enjoy your trek from the front to the back and vice versa and that is by having it landscaped.
Think of it like a hallway inside your home; you didn’t skimp on its decor simply because it’s long and narrow, right? The key to making the side of your yard enjoyable to walk through is by incorporating some of the same elements you did in your larger outdoor spaces, but scaled down. Take a look at these side yard designs for inspiration on how yours can look with a little help…
To go over ideas on how to landscape along the side of your home contact Phase One Landscapes at 303-750-6060 and let us kelp you create another place for every moment!
Are you one of the many sports enthusiasts impatiently waiting for the 2012 Summer Olympic Games? We certainly are, but we must admit we’re interested in more than just watching the athletes compete in the various sports; we want to know about the landscape design.
As you know, this year’s games will take place in London and the site in which the Olympic Village was built will eventually turn into a residential development of approximately 2,800 properties so its landscape design had to fit the needs of the Olympics as well as its post-Olympic use. Vogt Landscape Limited took on the challenge and responded by bringing the best of traditional London public realm to the area to help it reconnect with London. The 91 acres features a structural design with large plazas with sloping hillocks and organized planting, all of which is complemented by a wetlands area. Take a look for yourself…
To learn more about the landscape design for the Olympic Village and to see additional images visit Architonic.
As you begin working and making summer plans for the landscape design of your backyard are you starting to wonder what trends are currently at the forefront? Luckily for you we recently came across an article on HGTV that compiled a list of what’s hot right now when it comes to updating your patio, deck or backyard. So if you are looking for a few ideas some of the features that are currently trending in backyard landscape design include:
The inclusion of low-maintenance gardens, drought-tolerant plants and less turf-grass have become as the norm in design plans
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 at 303-750-6062.