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   Best Landscaping in Colorado                      

Beetle breeding twice a year
    Mountain pine beetles that are devastating forests across the Western Colorado have been breeding twice a year the last three years, not just once, according to a recent study done at University of Colorado. Researches say the beetles usually lay their eggs in late July or August. The larvae then  burrow deeper into the bark, where they spend the winter. In the spring, the beetles emerge and fly away, seeking other trees. But now, an extra "summer generation" of beetles are growing into full adults in three months over the summer, the CU study found. The study links the accelerated growth in beetles to increases in air temperature over the last two decades.


GreenScaping, Inc.
Ph: (970)-531-2671      271 Kings Crossing Rd, Winter Park, CO    
Creating a beautiful landscape doesn't have to take a season or cost an exorbitant amount. GreenScaping, Inc. is a division of Archer Dream Homes, owned by Toby Dellamano since 2001. The GreenScaping team offers the following services: delivery of trees, shrubs and flowers; import black dirt as needed to create visual depth and create your unique design; site prep: move black dirt around, create berms, and address any erosion issues; plant trees, bushes, and wild flowers, including bedding, staking, and fertilization; add landscaping fabric, remove weeds, add wood chips and/or gravel; rock work including retaining walls and accent boulders; installation of drip irrigation systems for low maintenance and proper watering; hydroseed mix of native grasses and wild flowers to help combat the quick growth of weeds.


Classic Gardens, Inc.
Ph: (719)-597-4341      P.O. Box 2457, Monument, CO 80132,    
Classic Gardens, Inc. is a Colorado custom landscaping contractor, in business since 1985. We specialize in high-end custom home landscaping in the Denver, Cherry Hills, Castle Pines, Castle Rock, Monument, and Colorado Springs areas. We work with landscape architects in Denver, Castle Rock, and Colorado Springs to design and/or install custom landscaping.

All Phase Landscape, Inc.
Ph: (303)-360-7979       
16080 Smith Road, Aurora, CO, 80011    
All Phase Landscape was founded in February of 1985 with less than 10 employees. We have grown into a company employing 100+ local people. While this growth is very exciting, it has not been our primary focus. Our main goal from day one has been to build a quality oriented, well respected company with a top-notch management team, where our employees genuinely enjoy coming to work every day. Our success has been generated by a strong commitment to work in partnership with our clients, suppliers, employees, and community.

Harmony Gardens, Inc.
Ph: (970)-226-8733       4315 E. Harmony Rd., Fort Collins, CO 80525    
We grow a full line of trees, shrubs, and perennials. Many of the trees that we sell are grown at our farms in Canon City and Eaton, CO. We are committed to providing high quality, cold hardy plant material and great service at reasonable prices. We also work with suppliers across the country to provide a wide range of plant material for our customers. If you are looking for plant material not listed in our price list please email your request, we can assist you by special ordering and/or locating other plant material.

Mile High Landscaping
Ph: (303)-595-0404       1630 Vrain St. Denver, CO 80204    
Our landscape installation crews have years of experience in irrigation, patios, walkways, walls, plantings, and much more. In addition, each crew has an on site crew chief to ensure that all aspects of the project are meticulously installed. We take great pride in our high quality craftsmanship and design, combined with selection of the best materials to provide you with unique, functional landscape that will provide you with years of enjoyment and value.

Lifescape Associates, Inc.
Ph: (303)-831-8310       3002 Walnut Street, Denver, CO 80205    
Lifescape designs for your landscape needs & your budget. The smallest spaces can benefit from thoughtful, logical landscape design that is sensitive to human scale. We are experienced in formal gardens, xeriscape gardens, lawns, water features, outdoor kitchens, walls, hardscapes, pools and other outdoor landscaping structures that will enhance your life outside.

Designs by Sundown
Ph: (303)-789-4400       4501 S. Santa Fe Drive, Englewood, CO 80110    
In 1985, Denver native Michael Hommel founded Designs By Sundown. Starting with a handful of employees and working out of his parents' garage, he started a company that today has become one of Colorado's premiere residential landscape architecture, construction and maintenance firms.

Environmental Designs
Ph: (303)-287-9113       12511 E. 112th Ave, Henderson, CO 80640     
Environmental Designs is a full-service landscape firm that has been a leader in the landscape industry throughout the Rocky Mountain Region since 1989. Acknowledged by numerous awards and feature articles, we are recognized for creating and maintaining beautiful, high quality, sustainable landscapes that vary in scale and complexity based on the needs of our clients..

Landscape Connection
Ph: (303)-791-3060       8182 West Brandon Drive, Littleton, Colorado 80125    
Landscape Connection's experienced design team translates the results of the design consultation into a hand-illustrated, functional landscape design, giving thoughtful consideration to every detail of your ideas and vision for your outdoor space.

Lid Landscapes
Ph: (303)-440-7833       
3131 North 75th Street - Ste 100,  Boulder, CO 80301   
Serving Boulder Valley since 1980. Call us for a consultation on how you can improve your irrigation system.  Replacing an older, inefficient system by upgrading to modern technology can lower water use by as much as 40% and improve the health and appearance of your landscape.


Tom's Landscape Supply
Ph: (719)-948-4381       
1010 S. Reading Ave., Pueblo, CO 81001   
In 1995 we opened our doors as a landscape supply company, selling topsoil, manure, and rock to the general public. In 1998 we made the decision to change our focus from selling supplies to providing landscape services. We started with a small mowing route and a few landscape projects. We have expanded our services to include a full line of commercial ground maintenance services, residential and commercial landscape projects, hydro-seeding, and commercial snow removal.

Turf Master
Ph: (719)-622-1100       
4505 Chaparral Rd., Colorado Springs, CO 80917    
Turf Master was born and bred in Colorado Springs. Established in 1980, by Dana and Sheryl Glasgow, we are a local company. We don't hide behind a franchise image - our reputation depends solely on ourselves. We believe that independent business is the foundation of America's economic system. Turf Master is dedicated to professional, personal service. We are large enough to provide the most modern equipment and techniques, yet small enough to offer responsive, individual service.


Front-yard Fix
Give your home and yard the adornment they deserve, by Michael Weishan

A short drive through any town or cit in America will on occasion reveal an essential fact: Many of our front-yard landscapes are boring. Rows upon rows of the same bland evergreens march across our facades, with nary an interesting flower or form in sight. What's worse, many of these plantings, with their dark, lugubrious massing, hide the very homes they were meant to adorn. Whether you're interested in quickly improving the appearance of our home, increasing your property's value, or merely enhancing the streetscape you see daily, there is no more effective way to go about it than replacing that dreary foundation planting and transforming your front into a friendly, inviting garden space. Here are some guidelines to help get you started.  

Understand Your Site
How and what  you can grow will depend entirely on your site conditions, requiring a design custom-tailored to fit your yard, not simply dropped into place. For instance: What direction does the planting face? (South-facing foundation plantings are often extremely hot and dry, baked by the adjacent foundation; north-facing ones, often plunged into deep, damp shade. Each requires specialized plant material.) How much sun does the area receive, and does it receive it uniformly? (Irregularities or indentations in to facade may cast odd shadows, creating differing microclimates.) What is the condition of the soil around the foundation? (Often bad, full of construction debris, and quite alkaline owing to leaching from the concrete foundation.) Are there existing plantings that you need to match? (Echoing extant plantings is one way to blend newly landscaped areas into an overall design.) All these factors and more will determine what work needs to be done and what plants will thrive where. If you are unsure how to select proper plant material for the conditions you face, consult a local nursery.  

Enhance, Not Hide
Foundation plantings are meant to complement, not conceal, your home architecture. Unless you live in a structure that is more than three stories tall, or have a large, windowless wall to cover, you should avoid species that will grow much above the sills of the first-story windows. And DO believe what you read on the plant label: If it says "X will reach 15 feet tall," it will, despite how cute  and compact the plant appears at the moment. Chief culptris here are full-sized trees such as spruces, firs, and pines, which are commonly and inexplicably included in foundation plantings, but which invariably grow quickly out of scale.  

Avoid Row Planting
Another common mistake one sees is shrubbery lined up in a single row across the front of a house. The result, without exception, is prosaic. Instead, plant deep beds - 10 to 15 feet is not excessive - placing the tallest specimens at the rear and graduating to smaller material at the front, using plants in combinations of threes, fives, and sevens, with an occasional single specimen for accent. Also, don't simply run the bed straight across the front of the house, ending precisely where the structure ends. Instead, pull the contours of the foundation planting around the front to link up with beds and borders on the sides of the house and at the edges of the property.  

Avoid Exclusive Use of Evergreen
Too often you see foundation plantings that consist entirely of evergreens - sometimes, in the worst examples, of just a single species. The yew is the plant most often misused in this way, but rhododendrons, azaleas, and pines (and other conifers) are equally abused. Instead, create a mixed planting of the year-round interest that consists of deciduous material as well as evergreens. Small or dwarf cultivars of flowering specimens like spirea, roses, lilacs, weigela, and viburnums are all excellent additions to the foundation planting, as are plants like paperback maple (Acer griseum, for its exfoliating bark), yellowtwig dogwood (Cornus sericea, for its bright-yellow branches in winter), or a golden mock orange (Philadelphus coronarius "Areus", for its golden leaves; see sidebar, bottom left). Avoid green monotony and choose material with attractive foliage, shape, fragrance, or flower. And don't forget that foundation plantings need not consist entirely of shrubs: Annuals and perennials make excellent additions to the foundation, especially when used in masses to dress the front of taller plantings. Not only do their flowers supply a dash of color, but their yearly rise and disappearance will also add a touch of welcome variety to your garden.

Consider color when choosing plants for your yard. Here are two that provide bloom  as well as foliage. The golden leaves of Philadelphus coronarius "Areus" (near right) give way in early summer to a profusion of delicate white flowers with orange-blossom scent (whenceits common name, mock orange). Zones 5 - 8. The polyantha Rosa "The Fairy" (far right) offers pink buds that open to large clusters of tiny cupped rosettes from early summer to the first hard frost. Largely untroubled by pests, "The Fairy" is low and spreading, making it an excellent ground cover. Zones 4 - 9.  

- M.W.


More articles on successful gardening:

1. How To Prepare Your Water Garden For A Winter Chill
2. Pest Control Articles
. Planting Orchids



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