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Creating Safe and Pet-Friendly Landscapes: A Comprehensive Guide

In the realm of landscape design, ensuring a space is not only aesthetically pleasing but also safe for our furry friends is paramount. Our pets, beloved members of the family, deserve landscapes that cater to their needs while mitigating potential hazards. Here’s a detailed exploration of how to craft a pet-friendly outdoor environment:

  • Avoiding Potentially Dangerous Plants:

Many plants can pose a risk to our four-legged companions, either through ingestion or contact. Dogs, in particular, may be inclined to explore and nibble on vegetation, putting them at risk of toxicity. Bulbs such as daffodils, tubers like dahlias and irises, and certain fruits like grapes and apple seeds can be harmful if consumed. Additionally, plants like chrysanthemums, clematis, and the horse chestnut tree can cause adverse reactions in pets.

To safeguard your furry friends, it’s crucial to identify and eliminate such hazards from your landscape. Consider confining toxic plants to areas inaccessible to pets or opting for alternative greenery that poses no threat. Consulting resources such as the ASPCA’s list of plants toxic to dogs can provide valuable insights. Collaborating with a landscape professional can also streamline the process, ensuring your yard remains both visually appealing and safe for your pets.

  • Providing Ample Shade:

Just like humans, pets require respite from the sun’s rays, especially during scorching summer days. In the absence of mature trees offering natural shade, it’s essential to create shaded areas where pets can seek refuge. Whether it’s a covered porch, pergola, or strategically placed umbrellas, providing shaded retreats allows pets to cool down and avoid heat-related discomfort or illness.

Incorporating shade into your landscape design not only enhances your pet’s comfort but also contributes to the overall usability and enjoyment of outdoor spaces. By strategically positioning shade structures, you can create inviting spots for relaxation and recreation for both pets and their owners.

  • Ensuring Access to Water:

Hydration is key to maintaining your pet’s well-being, particularly during outdoor activities or prolonged sun exposure. Access to clean, fresh water is a non-negotiable element of a pet-friendly landscape. Ensure that water bowls are readily available throughout your outdoor space, replenishing them regularly to prevent dehydration.

For those with water features such as ponds or fountains, it’s essential to take additional precautions to safeguard pets. Choose pet-safe products for water treatment to prevent accidental ingestion of harmful chemicals. Additionally, consider incorporating shallow areas or ramp access to facilitate safe entry and exit for pets, reducing the risk of accidents or drowning.

  • Implementing Pet-Friendly Design Elements:

Beyond addressing specific hazards, incorporating pet-friendly design elements enhances the functionality and enjoyment of your landscape for both pets and their owners. Consider the following additions to optimize your outdoor space for furry companions:

  1. Pet-Friendly Pathways: Utilize materials such as gravel or mulch for pathways to create comfortable and paw-friendly surfaces for pets to walk on. Avoid sharp or abrasive materials that may cause discomfort or injury to sensitive paw pads.
  2. Play Areas: Dedicate a portion of your yard to pet-friendly play areas equipped with toys, agility equipment, and designated areas for exercise and interaction. Incorporating durable, pet-safe materials ensures longevity and minimizes maintenance requirements.
  3. Secure Boundaries: Install secure fencing or barriers to define boundaries and prevent pets from wandering off or accessing restricted areas. Choose materials that are both durable and visually appealing, complementing the overall aesthetic of your landscape.
  4. Pet-Friendly Landscaping: Select landscaping features such as raised beds or container gardens to minimize the risk of pets trampling delicate plants or digging up flower beds. Opt for sturdy, pet-resistant plants that can withstand playful interactions without sustaining damage.

By integrating these pet-friendly design elements into your landscape, you can create a harmonious outdoor environment that accommodates the needs and behaviors of your furry companions. Prioritizing safety and comfort ensures that your pets can fully enjoy their outdoor adventures while providing peace of mind for pet owners.

In conclusion, crafting a pet-friendly landscape involves careful planning, attention to detail, and a proactive approach to mitigating potential hazards. By avoiding toxic plants, providing ample shade and water, and incorporating pet-friendly design elements, you can create a safe and inviting outdoor space that both you and your pets will love. Remember, a well-designed landscape not only enhances the beauty of your home but also fosters a healthy and enriching environment for your beloved companions.

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Source: in collaboration with Associated Landscape Contractors of Colorado

Decorate Planters for Winter

Transforming your winter landscape doesn’t have to involve waiting for spring blooms. Even in the coldest months, your outdoor space can remain vibrant and engaging, especially if you have sizable planters. In this guide, we’ll explore creative ways to infuse color and interest into your winter containers, ensuring they become eye-catching focal points that stand out against the dormant backdrop of the season.

  • Section 1: Utilize Colorful Containers
    A simple yet effective way to elevate your winter landscape is by selecting brightly colored ceramic pots for your planters. These containers can serve as decorative elements in themselves, bringing a cheerful touch to your porch or stoop. Whether you opt for bold reds, blues, or lively patterns, the vibrancy of these containers will contrast beautifully with the muted tones of winter.
  • Section 2: Create a Seasonal Arrangement
    Even if your containers feature more subdued colors, you can still inject excitement without relying on fresh flowers. Take inspiration from summer gardening by employing the “thriller, filler, spiller” technique. Choose long branches like dogwood as your “thriller” element, providing height and drama. Fill the spaces with pinecones, artificial flowers, or holiday ornaments to add texture and visual interest. Lastly, position evergreens or garland strategically to spill over the sides, creating a dynamic and lush composition.
  • Section 3: Source Natural Elements
    If your yard lacks pinecones or branches, consider a trip to your local garden center to gather natural elements that can enhance your winter containers. Pinecones, in particular, add a rustic charm, while branches contribute an organic, textured feel. For an extra touch of whimsy, introduce garden gnomes or vibrant sculptures that complement the winter aesthetic. These additions not only personalize your containers but also bring a playful spirit to your outdoor space.
  • Section 4: Illuminate with Lights
    Combat the winter darkness by incorporating lighting elements into your containers. String lights, in the form of a ball or draped gracefully over the arrangement, can fill the space and provide a warm, inviting glow. This not only enhances the visual appeal of your containers but also extends the enjoyment of your outdoor space well into the evening hours.
  • Section 5: Think Beyond Traditional Decor
    Challenge your creativity by exploring unconventional items to adorn your winter containers. Repurpose vintage items, such as old watering cans or wooden crates, as unique and rustic planters. Consider incorporating non-traditional materials like colorful glass beads or seashells for an eclectic touch. Embrace the opportunity to experiment and discover unexpected combinations that showcase your personality and style.

Don’t let your planters succumb to winter’s dormancy. Instead, turn them into captivating focal points that defy the season’s subdued palette. Whether through vibrant containers, seasonal arrangements, natural elements, whimsical additions, or creative lighting, your winter containers can be a testament to your gardening ingenuity. By implementing these ideas, you’ll not only add visual interest to your outdoor space but also create a welcoming environment that will be the envy of your neighborhood throughout the winter months.


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Source: in collaboration with Associated Landscape Contractors of Colorado



Start your Landscape Off Right

The rain has been a key factor in how our landscapes look.

We should be doing some things to keep our outdoor spaces beautiful.  

  • Pruning overgrown shrubs and hedges
  • Clean pruning shears between cuts to prevent disease
  • Cut dead or wilted flowers to allow more to grow
  • Cut back overgrowth on the large shrubs to maintain the size you want
  • Take your time; it can be hard, but the plant takes time to grow over mistakes
  • Check the color of your grass.  The rain we have gotten may have depleted the nitrogen from your spring fertilization.

The rain has worked wonders on our turf and plant health but hides all of the problems with

an irrigation system that would normally have been fixed before the hottest months.

In the cooler spring months, an irrigation problem can go unnoticed for a week or two without any loss of plants, but in the hot months, you can lose a plant in a few days or have a section of your yard go yellow.

  • Check your system at least biweekly, if not weekly. Contact to have this done professionally for you.
  • Make sure you are using cycle and soak on your controller.
  • Try to apply a natural product like Revive to help keep moisture in the soil.
  • Install a rain sensor on your controller. It will ensure your system does not run if we get rain.
  • Also, with everyone going on vacation, consider installing a master valve in your system.

This could save you if you had an unexpected break in your line while on vacation and prevent house flooding. 

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Source: in collaboration with Associated Landscape Contractors of Colorado

Extend your evenings with landscape lighting

Withs days getting shorter, now is a great time to be thinking about how lighting can help you make the most of your yard. We are almost a month out from the first day of fall, landscape lighting can help give us more time outdoors. There are three main ways lighting can enhance our outdoor experiences; accessibility, security and ambiance.

  • Landscape lighting benefits

Whether it is lighting a walkway or stairs, adding light to darker parts of the yard, or making a patio more welcoming, we can enhance these spaces through lighting and make them more useable for more of the  year.

  • Landscape lighting technology options

Landscape lighting is continually advancing with technology. LED is common for improving efficiency. Smart controllers are available for both retrofitting an existing system or starting a fresh new one. You can even add color changing lights that can give some extra fun outside for a special event.

There are numerous landscape professionals designing and installing systems who can help you with your installation.

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Source: in collaboration with Associated Landscape Contractors of Colorado

Continue to learn about new plants – changing your landscape

Flower breeding companies put in years of time and money into coming up with new plant varieties, new colors, and new plant traits. They are always working on improving current varieties, like the ability to withstand extreme weather conditions. Some of the specific traits they look for in flower breeding are; more flowers, bigger flowers, different flower shapes, certain colors, and disease resistance. This same process happens for vegetables, roses, perennials, and trees and shrubs.

There are thousands of new plants and the growers will pick which ones they will grow. Garden centers will then have samples of some of the new varieties for sale. Check them out, try them, let the garden centers know your outcomes. You never know what beauty they could bring to your landscape.

  • Flower Trials
    Every year the plant breeding companies hold “Flower Trials”. Each company is working on new plants, improved plants or crosses of plants. The trails are fun and a great opportunity to see 1,000’s of new plants that will be on the market in the coming years.

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Source: in collaboration with Associated Landscape Contractors of Colorado

2022 plants of the year

2022 plants of the year

Each year, the National Garden Bureau (NGB) chooses its plants of the year in several categories: annuals, perennials, bulbs, shrubs, and edible plants. This year they also added a houseplant to the roster.

Below are their picks for 2022. Take some time to learn more about these trendy plants and plan to add them to your own landscape in the new year:

  • Gladiolus (bulb) – Dramatic flowers grow from these bulbs (corms, to be exact) each summer. Fun fact: Gladiolus is the official flower of the City of Greeley, once known as “Glad City.”
  • Lilac (shrub) – Lilacs produce beautiful flowers, a wonderful fragrance and are drought-tolerant too.
  • Phlox (perennial) – Phlox is a North American native wildflower that will give you showy spring flowers.
  • Verbena (annual) – NGB chose annual varieties of verbena for 2022, but we like the perennial varieties that are native to Colorado, like Glandularia bipinnatifida.
  • Salad greens (edible) – Red lettuce, chicory, kale, arugula, spinach…this category is big, diverse, and delicious. There are even some greens that grow wild in Colorado and can be foraged. Find an expert to help you forage the right plant and avoid illness through misidentification.
  • Peperomia (houseplant) – As the name suggests, this diverse family of plants comes from the pepper family.

Talk with a landscape or garden center professional to find the best on-trend plant for your landscape’s conditions. Learn more about the categories above at the NGB website.

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Source: in collaboration with Associated Landscape Contractors of Colorado

Wildlife in your landscape

Wildlife in your landscape
  • Did you know that your landscape can support wildlife? There are many birds that overwinter in Colorado, including chickadees, juncos, crows, and the striking cedar waxwing (pictured above). A healthy landscape can provide food and shelter for them.
  • Many landscape plants can be a home or a meal for birds. Sunflowers, yarrow, and blue flax are among the plants that can give sustenance to our feathered friends. Yarrow can provide nest material as well. Trees and shrubs like blue spruce, Rocky Mountain juniper, and chokecherry are also good choices. Talk with a landscape professional about plants you might add to your landscape next year to support wildlife.
  • In the meantime, if you put out a feeder, decide which birds are likely to be in your area and which birds you want to see in your landscape. There are many varieties of bird seed; choose a mix that your local birds will eat. According to CSU Extension, black oil sunflower seed is a safe bet that many wild birds in Colorado enjoy.
  • A suet bird feeder will appeal to chickadees and woodpeckers. Get an inexpensive feeder available at your local hardware store that holds a block of suet—or go DIY with a pinecone coated with peanut butter or fat.
  • Be sure to provide a water source as well, especially in these dry conditions. A bird bath or simply a shallow tray of water will work. Replenish it daily and clean it weekly to be sure wildlife have a clean place to take a drink.

Just a note: We’re taking next week off, but we’ll be back on December 31 with a New Year’s Eve Tip of the Week!

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Source: in collaboration with Associated Landscape Contractors of Colorado

Gifts for the plant lover

Gifts for the plant lover
  • This Sunday is National Poinsettia Day. Poinsettias are a great gift for this time of year. While they are not edible and could cause mild illness, they aren’t poisonous to kids or pets. Use them to decorate your home without fear but know that it can take some effort to keep them alive and healthy in Colorado. If the gift recipient isn’t a dedicated plant lover, you might consider a different, hardier gift plant.
  • If indoor houseplants are more their speed, consider a snake plant (Sansevieria trifasciata), which does well even with a little neglect. It can handle a chilly night or low light conditions, making it versatile to place in nearly any room of the home.
  • For a gift they can keep outdoors in a container or plant in their landscape when spring comes, consider Rocky Mountain juniper, a native evergreen that is beautiful and aromatic. Outdoors it can withstand Colorado’s cold, harsh conditions.
  • A green gift is a nice way to give a friend or loved one a bit of nature during the winter months.

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Source: in collaboration with Associated Landscape Contractors of Colorado

Have you thanked your landscape?

thanked your landscape

Over the last couple of years, many of us have spent more time than ever in our yards. When you were giving thanks yesterday, we hope that you spent a moment appreciating all that your landscape does for you.

Our outdoor spaces can give us:

  • Better health. Gardening is a great method of exercise. It’s also good for you mental health, helping boost your mood by interacting with nature.
  • Better environment. Plants clean the air and provide oxygen. They cool our homes in summer and can protect us and our homes from wind and weather.
  • Better home value. A good landscape raises property values and can help your home sell faster and for a higher price.
  • Better eating. Growing edible plants in your yard makes life more delicious. Fresher food, picked just outside your door, tastes better and has more nutrients for a healthier lifestyle.

One way to “thank” your landscape is to hand-water it this winter so it will come back healthy in the spring, ready to provide its many benefits for another season.

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Source: in collaboration with Associated Landscape Contractors of Colorado


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