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How to choose a landscape design and install company

How to Choose a Landscape Design & Install Company

Choosing to hire a landscape design and install company can seem like a complicated task, but in reality, all it takes is a little research and the process can be quite simple and rewarding. Your goal should be to have a yard that you are proud to call your own and a place that you can go to relax and escape the antics of everyday life. There are a few basic things to consider when choosing a landscape design and install company.

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5 Ways to Prepare For Your Meeting with a Landscape Designer

5 Ways to Prepare for Your Meeting with a Landscape Designer

So, you are finally making your back yard dreams a reality and hiring a landscape designer! Redesigning your landscape can be a fun and rewarding process! Being prepared for your meeting with your landscape designer can help them create your custom landscape as well as expedite the design and installation process. Here are 5 ways to prepare for your meeting with a landscape designer.

Think about the functionality of your yard

What do you want to use your yard for? You might be hosting parties for the neighborhood or after-school play dates for your kids. If you have pets that like to chomp on plants, you should consider using plants that are not toxic to your animals! For a list of pet friendly landscapes click here. Another consideration is how much maintenance you want to do on your landscape. Your landscape designer will be able to customize your yard according to your needs! Continue reading 5 Ways to Prepare for Your Meeting with a Landscape Designer

Colorado Springs Turf Grass Comparisons

Colorado Springs lawn

There is a lot to consider when deciding what type of turf grass should be planted in a new landscape in Colorado Springs. Because of the elevation, temperatures, and climate, there are many types of plants and turf grasses that do not grow well in the area, especially on larger landscapes.

At Timberline Landscaping, we recommend cool-season grasses – either Kentucky bluegrass or Tall Fescue, for a Colorado Springs lawn. These two kinds of grass are two of the most popular grasses in the Springs, and for good reason. Both are extremely durable, recover nicely from foot traffic, but also stay green and lush for long periods of time.

While both perform somewhat similarly, there are some differences that could impact the decision-making process. We have compared the two to help you make a decision. Continue reading Colorado Springs Turf Grass Comparisons

Outdoor Fire Features, stucco firepit

Using Fire Features to Enjoy Your Yard in Winter

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

Planting For Fall Color

Planting for Fall Color

Fall, it’s a favorite time of year for many Colorado residents, and for good reason. The switch flips in late September and suddenly the air is cooler and the leaves begin to change. We are well known for groves of golden yellow Aspens but there are many other choices you can make in your yard to bring in a variety of beautiful fall color this autumn. Continue reading Planting for Fall Color

deer on a lawn in colorado springs

Deer Resistant Annuals, Perennials, Shrubs, & Trees

Bambi. He’s so majestic, and part of the joy of living and gardening in Colorado Springs is watching the deer walk through your yard on a peaceful morning. That is, until Bambi gets hungry and devours your plants! Deer are not picky eaters and with a population of 445,000 in Colorado it’s a problem many a local plant lover will run into. Annuals, perennials, and even bulbs are fair game for a snack, but by choosing deer resistant plant materials and spraying safe deer repellants you can enjoy seeing the deer in your yard without feeding the neighborhood herd.

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Caring for Potted Plants in Colorado Springs

Adding potted plants to your garden can create a dynamic look. We love designing potted plants for our commercial and residential properties year-round. Here are some care tips from our plant specialist Christy Norton.

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Choosing the right plants for your pots, and the right pots for your plants is essential. Don’t choose the same size pot as what you are going to plant. Generally, plants come in 1-5 gallon containers, so you’ll want to purchase a pot that is several gallons larger than the plant itself. As for choosing the right plants, purchase a variety of types and sizes. Consider buying trailing plants that drape down the side of the pot along with heightened plants such as grasses and spikes. We call these thrills, spills, and fills.  Of course, plan to add color with a variety of flowers, In Colorado, the most common plants for pots are geraniums, marigolds, and petunias. Continue reading Caring for Potted Plants in Colorado Springs

Flowers By Season in Colorado Springs

Planting flowers wisely can ensure your garden is full of color all year long. Some bulbs need to be planted ahead of time in order to bloom in the correct season, so planning your garden is essential. We’ve also included some ideas to keep your garden colorful in the freezing months without floral blooms.

Spring: March-May

Spring Flowers in Colorado Springs

During the spring months, focus on cold-hearty flowers which stand a better chance of surviving any late freezes. Think Easter colors with beautiful pinks, purples, and whites. Bulbs planted last year should pop back up this time of year as well.

  • Tulips (planted in Fall to bloom in Spring)
  • Iris (planted in Fall to bloom in Spring)
  • Daffodil (planted in Fall to bloom in Spring)
  • Hyacinth (bulb)
  • Pansies
  • Snapdragon
  • Decorative Kale
  • Alyssum

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