Your Pup Deserves A Space to Enjoy
Homeowners and their four legged family deserve an outdoor space that offers room to play and unwind without concern of the safety of your pet or landscape.
We take great pride in designing stylish and durable landscaping where your four-legged friend can frolic without destroying plants and perennials.
Arterra’s owner and principal, John Majeski, is a long time dog lover and owner. He understands it can be challenging to create a space that is both beautiful and suited to the needs of your canine companion.
Your four-legged friend probably needs to enjoy the freedom of taking a few rowdy laps around the yard, chasing a ball, and playing freely without causing worry that he or she could destroy delicate landscape elements or accidentally escape your yard for a neighborhood adventure.
Conceptualizing and designing a landscape that truly considers your dog’s behavior and needs is something we delight in. In fact, we’ve brought joy to a number of dogs and their guardians throughout the Denver metro with our unique designs.
In general, dog friendly landscape designs tend to include turf grass, quality fencing, ground covering, shade bearing trees and pergola structures, and protection built around your sensitive plants or garden beds.
Request a complimentary consultation for your dog-friendly landscape today.
Thoughtful Design Solutions
Before offering design solutions, John talks to you about your dog’s behavior and habits. A custom dog friendly landscape plan is thoughtfully informed by your pup’s habits, personality, size, and temperament.
Here are a few examples of what we mean:
Reduce Outdoor Water Consumption
Many of us make new year's resolutions to create our best life through improved health, finances, and relationships. But how often do we consider the opportunity to make improvements that benefit our home happiness and our home and landscaping's environmental footprint?
If finances and sustainability matter to you, Xeriscape design renovation should be a top consideration for homeowners in Colorado's the Front Range.
What Is Xeriscaping?
Xeriscaping, also sometimes called “smart-scaping” or “drought-tolerant landscaping,” is a set of landscape design principles to benefit areas susceptible to drought or concerned with water conservation, like Colorado's drought-prone Front Range. This style of landscape utilizes water conserving techniques such as the inclusion of drought-tolerant plants; ground covers such as bark, mulch, or rock; and efficient irrigation to create sustainable and functional beauty that also reduces water bills and consumption.
Designs can range from rustic alpine to vibrant xeriscape garden to minimalist zen meditation aesthetics and anything in between.
Water Wise Landscape Designs Rooted In Colorado
Did you know that the Water Department of Denver is credited for coining the word “xeriscape” back in 1981? Really! Denver Water combined "landscape" with “xeros” (the Greek word for “dry”), to make it easier to talk about a style of landscaping suited to the Front Range and other semi-arid regions.
How It Works & Materials To Use
Ask your landscape architect to select plants adapted to the Denver metro’s general weather patterns. (If you have lived near the Mile High City for at least a season or two, you’ll notice how quickly the weather can turn from 70 degrees one day to snowing or below freezing the next!) Your plants need to be adapted to withstand these extremes, and they shouldn't require copious amounts of water remain healthy.
A skilled landscape architect like our award winning designer will create a beautiful plan that is aesthetically pleasing with more than just a drab span of sand or rocks to replace your lawn. Ideally you want to enjoy a beautiful space that is designed to require minimal water consumption and minimal maintenance.
Arterra owner, John Majeski, approaches xeriscape designs considering your area’s average rainfall and what grows indigenously in your area. Instead of expansive sod lawns, he incorporates natural materials like turf grasses, native plants like deciduous shrubs or pine trees, and wildflowers that are hardy enough to sustain the varied temperature swings seen in our region.
Some of John’s favorite plants to work with include roses, ornamental grasses, boxwood, and certain cacti.
Will Xeriscaping Save Me Money?
The costs of xeriscape design and installation range depending on the size of your space, materials used, and variety of plants incorporated. Installation costs are typically on par with more traditional landscapes that rely heavily on sod and perennials, but the long term savings from less intensive maintenance and water consumption typically pay off after several years making your landscape more sensible for your finances and the environment.
When Should I Install A Xeriscape?
While spring is always the most ideal time to install and renovate gardens and lawns, you can generally install xeriscapes anytime throughout the year (weather permitting).
Work With Us
Arterra is now booking landscape design and construction projects for the spring and summer on a first come, first served basis. We give you accurate, fair, and custom quotes based on a site visit to your property with your personal lifestyle and home’s features in mind.
Specialists in Custom Landscape Designs
Great landscaping starts with intentional and creative design work. At Arterra, our licensed landscape architect takes great care in the process behind envisioning your outdoor oasis. John Majeski visits your space to assess things like the land’s grade, existing structural features or trees, weather elements, irrigation needs, and more.
How do we imagine a space?
First we connect with you to learn more about how you want to use your space. Need a dog-friendly patio, low maintenance space, outdoor sanctuary to read books in the cool mornings and evenings, or want to entertain family and friends while you cook and dine outside? All of this factors into how we conceptualize your landscape design.
We also consider the style of your home and any challenges or factors (such as privacy from bordering property lines, sloping grades, soil type, sun exposure and wind factors) for your unique location.
After talking about your dream vision and ideal outdoor space, we assess your property, and chat about your budget before creating a custom, hand rendered landscaping design with built and natural elements. Many of our renovation and new construction projects include hardscapes such as stamped concrete walkways, patios, pergola shade structures, garden beds, water features, fences and, of course, automated irrigation systems (less work outdoors equals more relaxation in it, right?).
Considering A Project?
Start planning your spring renovation or new landscape project now. Not sure how much to plan to allocate for your dream space? We’ve been doing this for nearly two decades and can help provide you with an honest estimate depending on what features and materials you want to work with.
Contact us today to start a conversation about your dream landscape and design project! Consultations are free and we are now booking a limited number of clients for Spring and Summer on a first come, first served basis.
Explore some examples of our hand-drawn landscape design renderings here, and explore our photo gallery.
Trees For Style And Sustainability
Trees are often an important part of landscape design since they offer benefits for people and the planet: trees add cooling shade and privacy to outdoor spaces, and they also help improve air quality by producing oxygen and storing carbon. However, not all trees are created equal when it comes to thriving in the Front Range.
Our Favorite Evergreens
We love working with trees to add wind and privacy screens. See which ones are our favorites and read about their respective merits below:
The Spartan Juniper For Full Sun
For spaces bearing the heat relentless direct sunshine, the Spartan Juniper is a narrow and upright evergreen to weather hot summers and add a cooling layer of shade to help you and your pets enjoy your space more comfortably.
Trees We Typically Avoid Planting
There are a few shortcomings of trending favorite trees out there to be aware of. For example, oak trees are a trending favorite by appearance, but they take years to grow to maturity (a consideration especially when renovating landscape to increase home resale value).
Another signature look in Colorado is the Aspen tree, beloved for their subtle bark color and delicate leaves. While this native species thrives naturally in the mountains, we do not recommend planting these seedlings unless working with a sizable property that provides ample space for these invasive root systems to sprawl. Planting saplings near homes and in smaller spaces can lead to plumbing and foundation disruptions over time. The variety of Aspens that flourish at the Denver metro elevations are also limited.
Include the right trees for your space to reduce wind, dust, excess heat, and street visibility in your outdoor space. We can help you hand select the right varietals to thrive in your space and the best design placement to help you enjoy your space whether you want comfortable patio time during the summer months or an added layer of privacy between your home and property line.
After winterizing your irrigation systems, you’ll also want to ensure that you have a plan for giving your plants and grass enough hydration to stay alive and healthy between rain and snowfall. We recommend adding a recurring reminder on your calendar to hand-water your greenery, especially if you recently installed a new landscape that hasn’t had time to develop a hardy root system.
Let Us Worry About Your Watering
Arterra is now offering watering services at a reasonable rate. We'll set a schedule for your space's needs and take the hassle out of this chore for you. Contact John Majeski for more info.
Water Savings Evaluations
For older irrigation systems, now is also the time of year to evaluate whether your entire irrigation system is working properly, replace edging, install new light fixtures, and get ahead of any issues before they arise this spring.
Arterra’s principal, John Majeski evaluates water systems to help reduce monthly water bills and consults on how to make spaces more Xeriscape-friendly for low-maintenance, highly usable, and attractive spaces.
Call John Majeski today to discuss your seasonal landscape maintenance needs: (720) 436-6340.