Green roofs and rooftop gardens are increasing in popularity across Colorado and the United States, as urban dwellers seek to feel more connected to nature. They are beneficial for many other reasons, causing some municipalities to begin to require their inclusion when an existing roof is replaced. In fact, in November 2017, Denver voters passed a green roof initiative that requires the addition of some type of reflective roof or a form of green infrastructure. What are the benefits and why might you consider installing a green roof or rooftop garden on your commercial property? Read on to learn more.
Why Construct a Green Roof?
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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 evergreens 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 6-12 inch probe as you will want to check moisture at the root level. Continue reading The Importance of Winter Watering
There are many things that can tie into your brand as a company: logo colors, company dress code, the website/social media pages, and your landscaping….wait, did you read that right? Yes, you did! The landscaping on your commercial property can say a lot about a company. In fact, the landscape is often the first impression of your business when customers arrive. So, how do you go about landscaping to reflect your brand? We have a few tips to help get you started!
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The 39th U.S. Senior Open has come to town and Timberline Landscaping was fortunate enough to receive the opportunity to complete the landscape design and install for the tournament! The U.S. Senior Open is being hosted at The Broadmoor beginning June 25th through July 1st, 2018.
This year, our focus was on the main tent area, including the merchandise, Lexus, Jr. tent, first aid and concession tents with plant material generously donated from Harding Nursery. The landscape design features hydrangeas, maple trees, upright junipers and several other varieties of beautiful plants and trees. Continue reading Landscaping the 39th U.S. Senior Open at The Broadmoor
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 companies are:
Committed to Customer Service Excellence
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Retaining walls are a useful and often important part of landscaping. While they can be used to create visual interest in an outdoor space, many times they are necessary to control drainage and keep your yard structurally sound.
Why build a retaining wall?
Create additional usable space
Installing retaining walls is a great way to level out areas for a wide variety of uses. Perhaps you’d like a paver patio, a flat area to do vegetable gardening, a level area for a play structure, or even a simple area for grass. Continue reading What You Should Know About Retaining Walls
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
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.
Many members of the Timberline team are certified with The Green Industries of Colorado (Green CO), and adhere to Best Management Practices for Sustainability. These environmentally friendly practices set “guidelines on how to reduce water consumption and protect water quality while producing, designing, installing and maintaining healthy, beautiful landscapes.” Continue reading How Sustainable Landscaping Benefits Your Business
Having a beautiful landscape will not only make your business look beautiful, well-kept, and welcoming, but it can save your business money as well. Efficiently landscaping your business can cut the costs of heating and cooling, damage repair, and water use.
Plant Trees and Conserve Energy
Trees can make a beautiful addition to your business’s landscape. Not only are they good for the environment, but they can also save your business money on air conditioning. Planting trees 15 to 20 feet from your home on the west and south sides can shade your business from the sun in the heat of the day. Also, planting trees in a place where they can shade your air conditioning unit can also cool down your unit, so it doesn’t work as hard and will use less power. Learn more about conserving energy through landscaping on our blog, “How Landscaping Can Increase Energy Efficiency.”
Practice Smart Irrigation
Here in Colorado Springs, water can be expensive. The small act of having an irrigation technician check your system or simply controlling your irrigation can save your business money in the long run. A professionally installed irrigation system can sense the level of moisture in your soil and can cut your water costs by up to 20 percent. This can save you from the hassle and cost of replacing plants and trees that can be damaged from storms and overwatering in the winter months as well.
Proper Drainage Prevents Damage
Installing proper drainage systems can save your property from major damage in the long run, which can result in saving your business a lot of money in repairs. Proper drainage system can direct the flow of flood water and flood waste away from your property. This can prevent erosion and damage from your parking lots and other business areas.
The cost of efficiently landscaping your business will actually end up saving you money in the long run. All of these practices can make cuts to your monthly bills, providing you with the opportunity to use that saved money to continue building your business. Hire a landscape professional to assist you in making these money-saving changes by contacting Timberline for a consultation today, or visit our commercial maintenance page for more information.
Those who study landscape architecture have undoubtedly heard the name Frederick Law Olmsted. For those unfamiliar, Olmsted is considered to be the father of landscape architecture and was the landscape architect responsible for the design of Central Park. He was also the gentleman who handled the original design of the landscape for The Broadmoor Hotel, a world famous, 5 start resort in Colorado Springs built in 1918. When Timberline was chosen to renovate the West Entrance to The Broadmoor we knew we had some large shoes to fill! Our recent Merit Award in Installation for the project from the National Association of Landscape Professionals gave us some reassurance that we would have made Frederick Law Olmsted proud.
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