Denver Urban Trees vs. Solar



       We recently activated our new solar energy system here at NativelandscapingLLC world headquarters. Within minutes we had saved 2.61 pounds of CO2.
      I researched the amount of CO2 saved from solar systems as opposed to trees and discovered that roughly 102 trees sequester the amount of CO2 that a 5,000 watt solar system saves.  Essentially, from an air quality and climate change perspective solar panels trump trees.
       On the one hand, if we cut down our trees and install solar panels we may have more sunlight to grow food with.  On the other hand it seems an already hot climate would only get hotter. Finally I decided the aesthetics of a tree are paramount to any landscape.

You may be asking yourself why I am writing this in my blog, and the reason is; a balance must be struck when changing your environment.

Nativelandscaping LLC would like to help you create the aesthetic and functional environment you desire. 

posted: July 16, 2013
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Platinmum LEED certified xeriscape with native colorado plants

This is a project that Native Landscpaping LLC completed a couple of years back. As part of the requirements for Group 14's ( Platinum LEED building certification, we set out to reduce the amount of water used in the landscape. In order to do this we retro-fitted numerous sprinkler zones from sod sprays to in line drip irrigation. This process involved re-designing some of the existing plant beds with native and xeriscape friendly plants to minimize the amount of sod. We then retrofitted the existing sprinkler system to a water wise, in-line drip system. What we ended up with is a beautiful landscape that uses roughly 30-40% less water than previous. Water restrictions are allready in place for Denver, so  as you start to plan your Spring and Summer landscape projects, consider replacing some sod with beautiful native plants and drip irrigation.
Don't forget to get on our schedule for sprinkler system turn-ons and Spring clean-ups.

Kyle Pleune

posted: March 26, 2013
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Denver landscaping water rebates


      In conjunction with what is being called Denver's worst drought on record, Native Landscaping LLC is here to help us make it through...
      As we mentioned previously, decreasing the amount of grass used in our landscapes can drastically reduce water use. In addition, you may want to consider converting some of your sprays to rotary nozzles, which can make you eligible for rebates from Denver Water. (See Below)

Rotary nozzles ($2 rebate per nozzle)

Plus you may want to consider up grading your sprinkler clock to a Weather-based smart controller with rain sensor ($100 rebate).

  • See information and qualifying model list.
  • Limit one per residence.
  • Requires rain sensor and weather-based technology. Must have both to qualify; may need to be purchased separately; qualifying model list applies for controller only.
  • Prices vary depending on the model, brand and vendor.
  • Equipment cost and labor must be separated on receipt.
  • Be aware that smart controllers must not operate between 10 a.m. and 6 p.m. In rare conditions, the controllers may operate more than three days a week.
 The native Denver landscape is a high plains desert. 

       We can't stress enough that intelligent irrigation design combined with xeriscaping and native plants will help to preserve the remainder of our precious resource. 

        There has never been a better time to xeriscape your landscape into a locally sustainable ecosystem and help save water. To help here is a month to month watering chart from Denver Water.
         Visit their site for more ideas on water saving inside the home as well.

Denver Landscape water restrictions

hanks for tuning in,
Kyle Pleune
Native Landscaping LLC
posted: April 11, 2013
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May snow and freezing weather

To avoid this scenario it is important to cover the backflow prevention devices with an old towel or blanket when the weather freezes like during our recent Denver May snowfall.  Hopefully nobody encountered leaks this morning but we are due for another freeze tonight. Keep your irrigation system warm again and dont forget to turn the clock of so you dont wake up to an ice sculpture in your yard either.
    Another major issue with these late snow storms and landscaping is with the up-right evergreens and deciduous shrubs that get crushed by the weight of the snow. If you take a brroom and gently brush the branches from down to up you can save them from being squashed. Spring will be back soon I hope and look forward to getting on with our great landscaping projects and hopefully not fixing broken trees and irrigation systems.

On a side note we are featured in this edition of 
Native landscaping Lifestyles Add

We will give a 10% discount to anyone that shows us a copy of this magazine and would like to utilize our services.
Thank you,

posted: May 2, 2013
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