Native Plant Gardens and Xeriscapes
Gardening with native plants has become an increasingly popular trend throughout the country over the last several years. While traditional gardening with cultivated plants that bring us lots of joy with their vibrant colors and extended bloom times, they often do little to benefit pollinators, birds, or our local water systems. Colorado boasts a huge array of beautiful and exciting native plants that can be used in any style garden. Native gardens are a great way to bring the joy of being in the wild home and help restore small pieces of native habitat that have been lost to our local wildlife. Because Colorado native plants are already adapted to our less than ideal soils and our dry climate, they require less fertilizer, water and maintenance, making them ideal if you’re looking to lower your long-term landscape costs as well as your overall impacts on the environment. Whether you’re looking to transform your entire landscape into a native plant-only haven for birds and pollinators, want to try wildflower seed or are just looking to begin incorporating more natives into your existing landscape we’re more than happy to help.
Xeriscape and Crevice Gardens
Water Water Water! Every year we get to listen to the good folks at the Eagle River Water and Sanitation District list off the mind-boggling amounts of water used on lawns and gardens each year in our valley. A great way to reduce your water consumption is to instal a xeric landscape. Many people think xeriscape is just using a bunch of gravel, mulch and sporatically throwing in some shrubs or cacti, but it doesn’t have to be that way! While xeriscapes won’t give you the lush, east-coast style landscape many people invision when they think of a “good looking” landscape, there are several ways to make your landscape use less water without creating a baren gravel-scape. Rock Gardens, Crevice Gardens, Native Plant Gardens or a combination of all of the above can be used to create a very aestheticly pleasing as well as water saving landscape. We’re happy to help you create a landscape that not only looks great, but also functions well in our semi-arid climate.
Landscape and Garden Consulting
If you’re a home owner who is looking to get into gardening but you don’t really know where to start and don’t have the budget to hire a landscaper to do all the work for you, we’re here to help. We love to see people get out into their gardens and enjoy working in their own spaces but we understand that most people just don’t have the experience or expertise to get out there with confidence. We’ve met plenty of folks who have felt overwhelmed and have given up on gardening after trying to navigate through the difficulties of finding the right plants, how to identify and manage weeds, which fertilizers to use, where to use mulch, how to amend soil etc. Because we’ve met so many people struggling with these issues, we’ve decided to offer a landscape and garden consultation service. We can come by, take a look at your property and lend you some advice on how to get the landscape you want. We will be offering a full write up of recommendations that we will email to you for soil amendment, fertilizer regiments as well as a list of plants we think would do best in each section of garden you’re looking for help with. Sometimes all you need is a little help and point in the right direction.