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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

Prepare for Planter Pots

Planter pots are a great amenity in most any landscape.  Whether it’s taking advantage of a small area or enriching a large area, planter pots offer a way to individualize your landscape.  Leaking Pot

 

It is not uncommon to think about adding your pots at the end of the project, but I encourage planning when it comes to this item.  The two primary goals of planning for your pots are; “get the water in automatically”, and “get the water out automatically”.  To get the water in I recommend drip irrigation coming up through the drain hole in the bottom of the pot.  It is also a good idea to consider a dedicated station on your irrigation clock as planters tend to need more water than plants in the ground.  Drip circle for container-photo

 

Getting the water out automatically can take some planning, but is well worth.  As you see in the photo above, this installation did not plan how to drain this planter pot.  Sadly this photo is from the new Transit Center at 30th and Pearl in Boulder.  The project is still under construction, and you can see they already have a problem on their hands.  This type of staining also can cause a slip hazard, which may leave a property owner liable if someone slips and falls.  holes for planter

 

So please continue to consider planter pots in your garden design, but don’t forget to plan ahead.

-Jim Haswell, Senior Landscape Designer

Water Conservation – By Volunteering or By Force?

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This turf-free Ecoscape design in south Boulder features native perennials, ornamental grasses, and very drought tolerant boulders.

Back in 2000 when Ecoscape got its start as a Boulder landscape company, we were in the height of our areas worst drought in over 300 years. We struggled but persevered doing what we love, installing landscapes that are appropriate for our region.

California has been experiencing their worst drought in many decades if not centuries. Last I checked their precipitation levels for 2015 were at around 5% of their normal rate. California in response has had to take drastic measures such as paying people to tear out their lawns. This attached link from today’s CNN Money outlines some of the great achievements being made in water conservation.

With our rain patterns these days here in Colorado, this type of extreme shift may not seem warranted. But you can realize a new lovely garden that uses 1/10th of your current water use on you lawns while creating an oasis in the process. We do live in a semi-arid desert after all.

-Bill Melvin