In recent years, we have seen a resurgence in the “farm to table” movement and support of eating local fruits and vegetables. While you may not have heard of “yard to table” it is also catching on. After all, you simply cannot get more local than your own backyard. Many homeowners are including space for growing their own food when creating their landscape plan and we could not be more excited to support this trend. Are you ready to try your hand at growing your own backyard vegetable garden? If so, we have all that you need to know to get started.
Pick a location
Choose an area of your yard that provides 10-12 hours of sunlight.
If space allows, build a raised garden bed. A wide variety of materials and aesthetics can be used for your structure and in any size. Raised beds are filled with ample amounts of great soil which your edibles will love. Some opt to make their raised beds tall enough to not have to bend over when tending their garden. We recommend not making each bed too wide as you want to be able to reach the center.
For those with smaller spaces, consider a container garden or vertical garden. Many items grow well in small spaces and special varieties labeled for containers are available. You can also incorporate edibles into your existing landscape in an aesthetically pleasing fashion. Continue reading Yard to Table: Growing a Backyard Vegetable Garden→
Spring, it’s that first breath of life in Colorado after a long, cold winter. Trees, shrubs, and perennials begin to bud, bringing with them a plethora of beautiful spring flowers. Here is what our talented landscape designers recommend planting for spring color in Colorado Springs.
Close your eyes. Does your dream landscape include the soft sound of a water feature bubbling in the background while you enjoy relaxing in your outdoor living space? Most of us feel a strong pull toward water – and well-designed water features can work wonders for even the most minimal landscaping.
Water features come in a variety of styles and sizes. We’ve rounded up some of our favorite installations – along with a few things to think about if you’re dreaming of babbling brooks and miniature Niagaras.
Types of Water Features
Bubbling Boulders and Fountains
Bubbling boulders are a fantastic option for those who want the ambiance of a water feature but may have limited space and budget. With a large variety of boulders and rocks available there are options for every style, from modern to rustic. Multiple holes can be drilled into bubbling boulders for added visual interest.
Xeriscaping refers to an environmentally-friendly method of landscaping that reduces the need for supplemental water. Due to a lack of easily accessible fresh water sources and dry conditions, xeriscaping in Colorado Springs is continuing to grow in popularity.
What is Xeriscaping?
Xeriscaping makes use of plants and shrubs – and sometimes a variety of other visually appealing materials – that don’t require a lot of water. Colorado is one of the places where this trend is really catching hold. It often involves installation of native plants which naturally thrive in our area coupled with reduced turf grass area or use of water conscious turf. Continue reading Xeriscaping in Colorado Springs: Decrease Water Waste, Boost Curb Appeal→
In a Colorado Springs winter, it’s enjoyable to go outside to ski or play in the snow. However, what if you just want to relax outside with friends and enjoy the snowy view? When it’s cold out, relaxing outdoors can seem out of the question, but it’s not as crazy as you would think. When it’s too chilly out to spend some time on your patio, fire features like an outdoor fireplace could be just what you need to warm up your patio space and enjoy it all year long – even on the coldest winter day.
According to the American Society of Landscape Architects, fire features are the No. 1 requested design feature for residential properties. There are many things to consider while pondering whether to add fire features to your outdoor space. The design, how it burns, and what you want to use the fire features for can all influence your buying decision. Continue reading Using Fire Features to Enjoy Your Yard in Winter→
Did you know that on average it takes 10 inches of snow to equal 1 inch of rain?!
This means that snowfall simply does not provide the water necessary for plant material over the winter months. All plants, newly planted trees and shrubs in particular, run the risk of frost damage or death without winter watering. Keeping the soil moist will keep roots from drying out, which prevents root loss and die back. Days over 40 degrees provide a great opportunity to get out your hose and winter water your grass, trees, and shrubs. Pay special attention to non-native trees as they are more susceptible to winter dry-out.
Purchase a Moisture Meter
Moisture meters are available at local garden centers and hardware stores and will help you determine if additional moisture is needed. Consider purchasing one with a long probe as you will want to check moisture at the root level, which can be several feet deep. Continue reading The Importance of Winter Watering→
When The Broadmoor proposed transforming their beautiful 12,000 square-foot estate house into a space for events, weddings, or families to stay for a weekend, they had quite a bit of work ahead of them. The once luxurious historical estate had deteriorated over time, but The Broadmoor Estate House still had the potential to be restored into a mansion just as breathtaking as it was in the past.
The estate, which was constructed in 1930, has been called Gatsby-esque and the landscape renovation that Timberline Landscaping completed has certainly helped recall the era.
The History of The Broadmoor Estate House
The land was purchased from The Broadmoor in 1923, and the Estate House was built during the Great Depression for $60,000. The home was built for Thomas Harris Powers, a Pennsylvania native. He hired an architectural firm out of Boston – Frohman, Robb, and Little – to design the estate, and titled it “La Tourelle” for its turret on the front of the house. He owned the estate until 1949.
The estate was then sold to an Oklahoma man for $100,000, but was sold again 11 years later, and several more times after that. The estate then fell into despair and was bank owned until February of 2016, when The Broadmoor purchased it again and began the journey of bringing the estate back to life. Continue reading Transforming the Landscape of the Broadmoor Estate House→
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 scavenger hunt and coloring contest to complete with your family.
Work on the Incline will be drawing to a close in just a few short weeks and everything is expected to be wrapped up in time for a December 2nd reopening. The number of steps may be changing, but only very slightly, and will be shared once work is 100 % completed. New pads are going in to more accurately track the number of people climbing the trail each day.
The last of our helicopter delivery days was completed last week. Topsoil, netting, and seeding is complete which will help with erosion mitigation. In total 200 tons of topsoil and 100 tons of riprap was flown in. When possible riprap was collected from the wooded areas near the trail and brought over via a pulley system to the trail (video below).
Our most exciting days are those that we were visited by a bear and her cubs. They kept a safe distance but certainly serve as a reminder that we should all be aware when out hiking!
Thank you for your patience and support while the trail has been closed. See you on December 2nd!
Sustainable landscaping doesn’t only benefit the environment; it can benefit your business as well. It can save your business money and earn your firm special certifications while contributing to a healthier Colorado Springs environment.