After spending the entire summer enjoying your landscape your lawn has probably taken quite the beating. To ensure that it looks its best when spring rolls back around we suggest you revitalize it this fall with these five tips.
- Return you mower deck to its normal mowing height (about 2 inches tall) and cut your lawn slightly shorter to help prevent the grass from matting down under leaves and snow.
- Attack perennial weeds with a spray or granules.
- Remove excess thatch.
- Apply a top dressing of soil or compost. It improves growing conditions by reducing thatch, increasing the amount of organic matter in the soil, smoothing bumps in the lawn, and lessening the need for fertilizer.
- Completely drain your lawn’s irrigation system zone by zone before freezing weather arrives.
If you’d prefer help from a professional landscaper to maintain your lawn this fall call Phase One Landscapes if you reside in the Denver area.
Last week we shared the idea of adding artwork to your landscape to decorate your outdoor space just as you do indoors, and today we are going to share a few tips on how to place it. The placement of artwork in your landscape must be strategic so that it doesn’t interrupt maintenance, is protected from the elements and so that the area is specific to its care needs. To place artwork in your landscape…
- Consider a place where it has some protection and where it won’t be overgrown plants.
- Choose pieces that are weather-resistant and need little maintenance.
- Place wooden art in a protected location and be sure that it features a hardy paint or finish.
- Know that its look will change over time.
- Pay attention to your sprinkler system. No matter what the material, water should never be aimed directly at the artwork.
- Avoid placing it in an area where it could be damaged by your lawn mower.
For professional help from a Denver landscaper creating a design for your landscape that includes artwork, contact Phase One Landscapes
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.
With the hopes of warm weather on the horizon are you itching to open your pool? As you begin to get things in order to open your pool for the spring and summer season don’t forget to do a little landscaping around it. Since landscaping around pools is different check out these do’s and don’ts when it comes to adding plants to the areas surrounding your pool…
- Do choose plants that are low maintenance and won’t require a lot of pruning or watering.
- Don’t attract stinging insects by choosing brightly colored, aromatic flowers.
- Do choose to display native plants because they will do best in a challenging environment.
- Don’t buy messy plants that shed excessively as they will add to the debris in your pool.
- Do choose drought resistant, heat tolerant plants because your pool will reflect more light making the area hotter.
- Don’t choose tress with large root systems as they can damage the structure of your pool.
Would you prefer that a team of professionals handle the landscaping around your pool? If so contact Phase One Landscapes at 303-750-6060.
Do the recent warm temperatures have you so excited about spring that you’ve forgotten that March is the snowiest month? Even though we may still receive snow there’s no reason why you can’t begin preparing your yard for the season. Check out the five ways you can prepare your yard for spring from the Associated Landscape Contractors of Colorado:
- Cut back last season’s growth on ornamental grasses. Getting the old growth out before the new shoots emerge is an easy job. But if you wait and allow the new growth to come up amid the old growth, it will be difficult to separate the two.
- If you left perennials like Echinacea standing for winter interest or for the birds to have seeds, cut them back and clean them up now.
- Rake the lawn to remove dead grass, twigs and debris that have collected over the winter. This is good prep for the first mowing. And while you’re thinking of the mowing season, get your mower serviced and ready to mow, too.
- Plant early season veggies–carrots, peas, lettuce, spinach, radishes–if the ground is workable.
- If you have steel edging in the yard that has popped up during the winter, pound it back in place.
If you’d prefer to leave the preparing in the hands of professionals call Phase One Landscapes at 303-750-6060.
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Now that the economy is rebuilding are you looking for way to spruce up your home and add at the same time? More and more homeowners are doing so through regular landscape maintenance and beautification, whether they are looking to sell their home or not.
Depending on the specific needs of your landscape, regular maintenance may include routine lawn care, organic pest treatments, weeding and mulching, turf and tree care and fertilization. Scheduling these maintenance services regularly throughout the year is a cost effective way to improve the look of your home, as well as increase the value and health of your property.
If you are interested in obtaining regular maintenance for your landscape in an effort to increase the value of your home, or if you are looking to create a new landscape design contact Phase One Landscapes at 303-750-6060 if you are in the Denver area.
Have you decided that it’s time to extend your living space outdoors with a professional landscape design and architecture? If so and you have questions about the design process and what can become of your landscape we want you to be aware that our team here at Phase One Landscapes is here to help you in any way possible.
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Are you anxiously counting down the days until the warm weather arrives and you can sit outside and enjoy your garden? If so we’re sure you’ve began thinking about what colorful blooms you want to add for aesthetics, but have you considered adding flowers for fragrance? The addition of fragrant plants to your landscape will help create another dimension that will further allow you to enjoy your outdoor space even more.
If you would like to experience sweet smells in your landscape consider the top fragrant flowers for the Mountain West:
Stella de Oro (Hemerocallis)
Stock (Matthiola bicornis)
Cheyenne (Philadelphus lewisii)
Littleleaf linden (Tilia cordata)
If you need help deciding where to incorporate fragrant flowers in your landscape contact Phase One Landscapes at 303-750-6060.
The day has come in which family and friends across the country will join together in celebrating all that they are thankful for as will we. The entire Phase One Landscapes staff has much to be thankful for and one of those things is you, our readers. We appreciate you visiting our blog for the latest in industry trends, tips and hints on caring for your landscape, ideas on how to go green and everything else landscape related. With that being said we wish you a happy Thanksgiving and we look forward to bringing you more on landscape design after the holiday!