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Springing out of Winter

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Some say the hardest part of a Colorado winter, is the spring. Back and forth we go between snow and sun and snow. February’s  wind storms and recent heavy wet snow have made quite a mess around Boulder County. Easiest way to deal with this fickle season: think of snow as slow release water for your yard and email Scott@EcoscapeDesign.com to set up your spring clean-up.

We also can meet with you about adding more plants, mulch, and improving your soil. Thinking about a new hardscape project, adding some outdoor lighting, or completely revamping your yard?  Now is the time to get the ball rolling. Call us at 303-447-2282 and we’ll connect you with one of our designers.

 Late April is our target for irrigation start-ups, so we will be contacting you soon to schedule. May is the time to give attention to your turf… spring aeration and organic fertilization will insure your grass is off to a good start.  If we’ve never provided irrigation or turf services to you in the past, call us and we can get you started this season.

Well-being begins in your own back yard…Call Ecoscape today.

Thinking about growing LESS grass this season?

Folks, turf grass is not the enemy.  Shocking I know, since every eco-gardener these days says grass is public enemy number one….but it’s all about perspective.  Swearingen Perennial bed (small)

It’s best to think of turf as a ground cover plant that holds the soil in place and makes a great place to play & roll around.  But like anything, too much of a good thing can be bad.  Acres of maintained and irrigated turf is a monoculture and doesn’t supply a diversity of food for pollinators, insects, birds, or animals.  Conventionally grown turf also means there is a heavy synthetic chemical burden to the local soil ecology and area watersheds (think run-off from chemical fertilizers and herbicide applications).  So that bad rap is true.  Bad, bad grass.

In Colorado however, we do have several drought tolerant turf choices that are way more reasonable then Kentucky bluegrass with water demands.  And with an organic lawn care protocol and best cultural practices, it is possible to maintain a healthy span of grass and not feel ‘guilty’.  Good grass, not such a bully after all.  But what if your yard has more turf than anything else?

On the home front, it is possible to convert some of your turf square footage over to more plant diversity. By doing this, you’ll be providing more nutrition to a larger range of critters, both above and beneath the soil.  You might even grow some food for yourself and family.   But just ripping out the grass and planting water loving plants is not the best way to go about it!

Learn how you can transform your lawn into a beautiful xeriscape garden from one of Boulder County’s most sought after landscapers, Bill Melvin, owner of Ecoscape Environmental Design. This seminar is sponsored by the Center for Resource Conservation, and will take place on April 5 at the Lafayette Library, 5:30 to 7:30pm. See more class details and register here.

There, now you can have your turf and eat it too!

Three cheers for Emily, Ecoscape’s Recycling Rockstar!

While most people are familiar with single-stream recycling here in Boulder, you may not know how easy it is to recycle wire, copper, steel, metal, and brass. During new landscape installations, our crew often runs across an assortment of components as the old landscape is being deconstructed. Broken irrigation fittings, bits of copper wire for electricity, brass from defunct spigots, and so on. Instead of heading to the landfill, these scraps get melted down and reused to make new items. Emily created organized bins and taught her fellow crew members to be more mindful when dealing with deconstruction waste.  Building our company’s best practices around recycling and is an ongoing effort…but having a company culture that encourages employees to share good ideas is paramount.   Thank you Emily for helping Ecoscape to do better in our recycling program!

Emily the Recycling Rockstar

Puttin’ the Bee in Boulder!

It’s official, Ecoscape will have a booth at the upcoming Healthy Bee / Bee Healthy Conference at the Millennium Harvest Hotel in Boulder! The event takes place Oct 1 – 3, and we will be there on Saturday from 9am – 5pm. We are proud to be a sponsor for this event to support the mission of apicultural outreach and education in Colorado.  To learn more about the presenters and how you can register to attend, buzz here.

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Boulder is First Bee Safe City in America!

Come Celebrate…

Saturday, August 8th,  4-6pm

Hors d’oeurves ~ Wine ~ Craft Beer ~ Live Music ~ Raffle Prizes ~ Bee Hives ~

And Lots of Fun!

As client’s, friend’s, family, and associates, I wanted to invite you to a fun celebration this coming weekend.  It is to honor Boulder becoming aBeeSafe logo bee

Bee Safe City passing city council resolution number 1159, which bans the use of bee-killing neonicotinoid pesticides on all city-owned and city-managed property.

In the past year I have become involved as an advisory board member with Bee Safe Boulder.  This was in response to my realization that even given my efforts to beautify Boulder, our plants  were damaging many pollinator species. The use of neonicotinoids in our communities is widely prevalent, yet hardly known. Please support Bee Safe Boulder, learn more, mingle with City Council members, board members, friends, and neighbors.

All proceeds from this fundraising event will go directly to furthering the mission of Bee Safe Boulder, a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization.

To purchase tickets please go to Bee Safe Boulder event.

I do hope that you can make this festive occasion and look forward to seeing you there. Till then, enjoy your summer!  Party Time Bee

Bill Melvin

Ecoscape Owner, Sponsor, and Bee Safe Advisory Board Member