Landscaping with a GREEN vision

GROW: To develop, cultivate, expand — design: placing the right plant in the appropriate ecosystem means it grows vibrantly.
REPLENISH: To revive, nourish, perfect — maintain: the need to care for your landscape, to replenish it through the seasons.
CONSERVE: To use carefully, avoiding waste — protect: one of our most precious resources is water, learning to conserve it saves energy.
SUSTAIN: To keep alive, support, withstand — renew: the ability to endure and remain productive to keep your landscape sustainable.

Read our full article for Be Green Colorado 2013: "Landscaping with a green vision."

The first PLANET Day of Service was held on Earth Day, Wednesday April 22, 2009. The purpose of the annual event is to give professionals in the landscape industry an opportunity to plan, organize, and carry out volunteer service projects that benefit their own communities.
The Day of Service is organized by PLANET, the national trade association representing more than 100,000 landscape industry professionals across America. PLANET members are committed to the highest standards in industry education, best practices and business professionalism.


Check out our selected blogs (below) for maintenance tips, green practices and landscape ideas.

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Buying smart in a down economy

Saturday, February 2, at 1:49PM

In this uncertain economy one of the best investments you can make is in your home. Professionally designed, installed and maintained landscaping can save you money with lower energy costs, better security, enhanced health and increased property values.

Consider these statistics: Landscaping can increase the value of a home by as much as 14%. A landscaped patio can raise property value by 12.4%. Properly placed plants can lower heating and cooling costs by as much as 20%. Consumers value the same home with good landscaping 11.3% higher than the same home without good landscaping. Landscaping averages $3 return for every $1 spent.

Lower energy costs are realized when plant materials are designed properly around the home. A deciduous tree on the home's south side cools it during the summer and lets the sun through to warm it in the winter. A properly placed windbreak reduces energy costs that escape from your home during winds, especially winter winds that frequently originate from the northwest. An efficient irrigation system with the latest technological advances can save you thousands of dollars in water bills in the future.

Better security starts with a commercial grade lighting system, fencing and strategic plantings around the landscape to keep out unwanted visitors.

Enhanced health benefits from proper landscaping are priceless. Overall positive feelings increase with a well designed landscape, patio and planting plan—while fear, stress and anger are reduced. Low maintenance landscapes provide more relaxing time with family and friends. Consider the number of pollutants decreased by planting one tree: one tree can remove 26 pounds of carbon dioxide from the atmosphere per year and absorb sound waves and reduce noise pollution from your home.

Whether you have an existing landscape and are looking at ways to enhance your outdoor living space, or have a new home that needs a complete landscape, make sure you hire an experienced designer. Certified professionals are involved in all aspects of the landscape including design, site prep, plant selection, installation and customer service. That way you get the most return from your investment.

In this economy, buying smart is the golden rule!

Aspen Creek recommends green landscaping

Sunday, April 22, at 5:22PM

Aspen Creek Landscape recycles planting containers at a “green-friendly” nursery. Photo by Mark Turner

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