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If you don’t have room for a pond

In days gone by, if people told you they had a water feature on their property, there is a fair bet that they would simply mean a pond. And this feature certainly still adds so much life and vitality to a landscaped area. However, if you live in the city, or have a limited amount…
Koi experts in Denver

The tradition of Koi

The tradition of Koi For hundreds of years, Koi ponds have been a symbol of prosperity, luck, and beauty. The tradition first sprang from 17th Century Japan, where rice farmers kept common carp in their paddies. Noticing a color variation in some of the fish, the farmers began to practice selective breeding to develop the…
Koi pond maintenance in Denver

Koi pond water feature maintenance for winter

With winter fast approaching, it’s time to get your water feature or koi pond ready for the cold temperatures. First, if your water feature has no fish or plants, now is the time to drain, clean, and cover it in time for winter. Also, store any pumps in a frost-free place to prevent damage. Alternatively,…
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Common outdoor kitchen mistakes

Adding an outdoor kitchen to your yard allows you to create a functional and welcoming space for cooking, preparing a meal, and cleaning up afterward. However, many homeowners don’t know much about outdoor kitchens, and they end up making costly mistakes. Here are some of the common outdoor kitchen mistakes that you should avoid. Not…
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Ready for a stone cold winter?

While enjoying the early part of a Coloradan fall season, we all know that a typically harsh winter will no doubt be sneaking up on us. We know this can cause damage to your landscape, but there is one garden design feature that can stand up bravely to our climactic cycle of winter freeze and…
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Home landscaping design tips for a beautiful winter yard

Fall is upon us and winter is just around the corner. It’s time to think about your winter yard. Yes! You can have a stunning winter yard that will be the talk of the town. Here’s how: Plant winter-friendly fruits like crab-apple and winter-berry for a refreshing splash of color. Don’t forget your hardscapes! Add…
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Checking out your water feature

As we, sadly, are approaching the end of an albeit strange summer, it’s a good time to pay a little attention to your waterfall, pond or other water feature. It will soon be time to make sure it’s ready for a harsh Coloradan winter, so it’s important to check for leaks, see if pumps or…
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Garden or yard a little flat?

By this, we don’t mean uninteresting! Simply that some gardens have inclines, even hillside positioning – and others don’t. If your garden is on the level, then it’s easy to assume that there is no need for retaining or landscape walls. However, careful placement of such features can create a new dimension to the appearance…
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An outdoor fire pit or fireplace: which one is right for you?

Deciding between a fireplace and a fire pit can be challenging as both transform your yard into a functional outdoor space. Here is a quick guide that can help you decide. Fireplaces are large permanent structures that can be part of your pavilion for use during the rainy season. While you can’t roast s’mores with…
Koi experts in Denver

Benefits of professional Koi pond installation

Benefits of professional Koi pond installation Do you have an interest in Koi ponds? If so, the best way to bring your unique vision to life is by hiring a professional landscape company. A lot of design, planning, and construction go into a Koi pond, and only an expert has the experience and knowledge to…
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