Why Select a Landscape Industry Accredited Company

It is a fear many of us will experience. You have just handed a check to someone you have briefly met in exchange for services at your home or business. Sure, their online reviews were great, but can you really trust that they will provide you the wonderful experience or product they claim? Thankfully, the National Association of Landscape Professionals has a new designation to help combat these fears when selecting a landscape contractor. Timberline Landscaping is proud to be among the first 3 landscape contactors in the United States to earn the “Landscape Industry Accredited Company” designation, but what on earth does that mean for YOU?

Landscape Industry Accredited Company

Landscape industry accredited companies are:

Committed to Customer Service Excellence

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Things to Consider When Landscaping a New Home

When beginning the process of landscaping a new home, it’s important to consider every aspect of the process and every potential roadblock before getting started. Here are some of the biggest things to consider before you officially start work, so that the process goes smoothly.

HOA Requirements

When building or landscaping a new home, you must keep in mind the various landscape requirements your home and landscape features must meet to satisfy HOA guidelines. To know if you are abiding by your local landscape requirements and ordinances, you must submit your plans to the HOA and wait for approval before installation can begin.

Ultimately, this means that it’s vital to consider your landscaping project with plenty of advance notice to prevent potential hold-ups. Some of the landscape pieces you need to consider include:

  • Rock and mulch color specifications.
  • The number and species of trees and plants.
  • Installation timelines.

Considering these factors early and submitting your plans in a timely manner can ensure that if there are any issues with your HOA, you can solve them before the project starts and your landscaping project can run smoothly. Continue reading Things to Consider When Landscaping a New Home

textured bark on an aspen for winter interest in the garden

Planting for Winter Interest

While winter is often thought of as a season of dormancy there are several ways you can continue to enjoy the beauty of your yard, even in the dead of winter. Our landscape designers created this list of characteristics and recommended plants when planting for winter interest.

When selecting plants for your garden consider the following characteristics for added winter interest:

Choose plants & trees with interesting shape.
These are lovely when the snow falls or a layer of frost forms and is caught upon branches.

Seek out year-round color through foliage, berries, or evergreen shrubs and trees.

Plant trees and shrubs with interesting texture and bark patterns.
When branches are bare this provides an excellent pop of color and visual interest.

Planting for Winter Interest

Colorado Springs Christmas Lights Guide 2017

Christmas Decor by Timberline

The holiday season is here again, and there is no better way to celebrate than to take a Christmas lights tour around Colorado Springs! We’ve updated our guide of must-see areas, businesses and homes that have fantastic Christmas lights. We’ve also highlighted some hot cocoa & coffee stops along the way so you can stay cozy while you browse, and have included a playlist of all the best Christmas music to enjoy while you drive.

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Incline Update: November 6th, 2017

Manitou Incline ConstructionAs of today Phase III of construction on the Manitou Incline has reached 90% complete! As long as we do not experience significant weather delays the trail will reopen on December 1st, 2017.

All retaining walls and water chases are finished. The tie steps have been placed and bracketed. Our next steps will be to add the cable that will attach to each step and lay erosion control netting along the sides of the trail. Care has been taken with the layout of steps to ensure that the trail is still a very difficult climb.

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Christmas Lights on Residence in Colorado Springs

Eco Friendly Holiday Lighting

How much would Clark Griswold’s electric bill have been in Christmas Vacation? While his lights were amazing to behold, most of us would not dream of spending the additional $295.12 it would have cost him to light his home for the month of December (YourEnergyBlog.com). So, how can you pull off beautiful holiday lighting without the added expense? The Christmas Décor professionals at Timberline Landscaping have some ideas that can help!

The Benefits of LED Lights

The benefits of utilizing LED holiday lighting are plentiful, especially in comparison to older incandescent lights.

LED lights use 90% less power

This leads to significant energy savings and a much more manageable electric bill. While you will notice that LED holiday lighting is almost double that of traditional lighting, the energy savings will equal their cost in just 4 seasons of use. Gone are the days of worry over blown breakers when your lights are on while you are making coffee. These energy efficient lights are much less likely to pose a problem. Continue reading Eco Friendly Holiday Lighting

Fountain water feature

Maintaining Your Outdoor Water Features

Water features like fountains and manmade ponds make beautiful additions to landscapes, but such beautiful additions require an investment – a maintenance investment. Over time, water features can leak, clog, or grow algae if they are not properly maintained.

We interviewed Kyle Weemhoff, Western Regional Sales Manager at Timberline partner Atlantic Water Gardens, who has provided us with some of the best tips to properly maintain and repair the most common water features on Colorado landscapes. Continue reading Maintaining Your Outdoor Water Features

Incline Update: October 17, 2017

As of today we are estimated to be 60% complete with our work on The Manitou Incline’s third phase of construction. 24 retaining walls have been completed and we expect to have the remaining 7 in by the end of the week. All 10 water chases are finished. These measures will protect the trail from further erosion.

The entire stair case has been laid out and our next focus will be on installing the metal brackets and cabling that will ensure that steps stay in place for many years to come. Erosion control netting will be flown in on Tuesday and Wednesday of next week (weather permitting).

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Incline Update: September 22, 2017

We are currently estimated to be 25% through with Phase III of the reconstruction on the Manitou Incline. Our focus at the beginning of the project has been to get the proper supplies to the trail (via helicopter) and to remove old drainage culverts and unsafe steps.

To date, we have started 4 of the 17 total retaining walls and 5  of the 11 water chases.

Since the trail is so steep, crews had to dig out flat areas next to the steps in order to create flat spots for the helicopter to drop items such as concrete, timbers, and metal pipes. Each load is carefully weighed to ensure that we are carrying a safe amount, while also maximizing each trip that the helicopter takes. The trail is marked to indicate where specific items will be placed to avoid having to carry heavy materials up or down the Incline.

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Timberline Manitou Incline team

Rebuilding the Manitou Incline: The Crew Behind the Reconstruction

Since 2014, Timberline Landscaping has had the responsibility and privilege of working on phases I, II, and III of the reconstruction of the Manitou Incline. Working on such a beloved Colorado staple is an honor for our team, but such an honor does not come without a significant amount of work.

Our dedicated team of trail builders has spent countless hours not only reconstructing the trail and improving its safety and quality, but also climbing it countless times and hauling heavy equipment up and down the Incline. They have even been visited by rogue bears – all for the benefit of the trail and its faithful hikers.

To honor our team and all their hard work, we wanted to highlight our teammates and give them the opportunity to tell you about their experiences on the trail. We asked Erik Mondragon (Project Manager), Hugo Benitez (Foreman, Helicopter Director), Diego Martinez, Omar Gonzalez, and Victor Bravo to share some of the insights they’ve gathered working on the Incline.

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What does it mean to you to have worked on such a popular trail?

Mondragon: “It meant a great deal to me, and still does, because I really want to do the last phase! The Incline is something that doesn’t come across as an opportunity to do work on, ever. I think we were very blessed to be able to do so.” Continue reading Rebuilding the Manitou Incline: The Crew Behind the Reconstruction