Landscaping News and Events


LID Landscapes Participates in Colorado Green Building Guild Panel

November 2018 – Boulder, CO— The Colorado Green Building Guild (CGBG) recently hosted a panel on green initiatives in the landscaping industry and LID Landscapes’ General Manager Scott Natter was a featured speaker.

 

There were approximately 25 attendees, consisting of architects, builders, material suppliers, gardeners, and homeowners.

“We try to include a wide variety of sustainability topics, and green landscaping is a vital part of creating a holistically designed green building,” said Scott Rodwin, President of CGBG. “LID's strong knowledge and reputation for creating sustainable landscapes made them an obvious choice for the panel.”

Natter focused his speech on effective landscape practices that help limit the impact on the surrounding environment through the reuse of natural resources, the limitation of harmful chemicals on the site, and the innovation of new technologies. For example, he said that battery-operated machinery cuts down on noise pollution and reduces an individual or company’s carbon footprint overall.

 

He also stated that while there are some organic herbicides on the market, their effectiveness is limited. “The most effective organic method of weed control is manual weeding,” Natter said. “The larger complication is the training of the general public of the fact that there is an acceptable level of weed growth in the landscape when it comes to a truly organic service.”

While zero tolerance in a landscape is almost achievable, the time, effort, and money involved is often higher than most people realize or want to invest.

“To destroy all weeds requires an enormous amount of human and machine energy, and those efforts create a disproportional amount of carbon emissions,” said Natter. “With that said, we can use techniques to naturally control weeds, such as fertilizing lawns to create a denser blade growth which effectively limits the germination of weed seeds in the lawn area.”

 

Natter also explained that LID Landscapes recycles yard waste materials from job sites, such as soil, sod, grass clippings, and twigs, which is then used as an organic mulch on residential and commercial sites. Additionally, LID crushes old concrete and flagstone scraps into reusable sub-base materials which is used under hardscapes such as driveways, patios, and walks.

“In all of our projects, we consider the existing plant and natural materials and figure out how we can use them most effectively in the creation of a beautiful new landscape,” said Natter.

 

The two other panelists included Brian Coppom, Director of the Boulder County Farmer’s Market, and Lauren Kelso, Site Director of Growing Gardens. “The audience was very enthusiastic and enjoyed the diversity of perspectives from the panelists,” said Rodwin.

CGBG plans to host another panel on green landscaping next year.

About LID Landscapes

LID Landscapes, located in Boulder, provides commercial and residential customers with comprehensive snow and landscape management services. The company is an industry leader in commercial snow management and specializes in providing innovative and award winning landscape design, installation and maintenance. For more information about LID Landscapes, please visit www.lidlandscapes.com.

Contact
Ashley Atkinson-Leon
LID Landscapes
847-634-1660
[email protected]



LID Landscapes Designs Effective and Creative Irrigation Systems

August 2018 – Boulder, CO— Runoff water from the mountains combined with heavy rains often create major drainage problems in the Boulder area. The streets are sometimes even impassable because of the amount of water. Thankfully, there are many methods that residential homeowners can use to prevent flooding problems on their own properties.

For example, subsurface drainage systems are used to keep water out of foundations. French drains can be used to redirect and channel surface runoff in particular, draining water away from the home.

The perforated pipes in a French drain are placed inside gravel trenches which allow the entire trench to be filled with water instead of the water pooling on the surface. The trench not only collects water from the surface, but from the surrounding soil as well, and can be directed to areas on the site where water will not create a problem.

The landscape architects and designers at LID Landscapes have installed these kinds of drainage systems for their clients. “We’ve become experts at solving water runoff issues on properties and are able to offer customized solutions,” said Scott Natter, General Manager.

Another solution to drainage problems that LID has expertise in is installing dry creek swales. These swales fill up with water during periods of heavy rain and become decorative dry creek beds during all other periods.

LID has worked with soil and civil engineers to create correct drainage and soil structures. LID is also familiar with the permitting process for drainage systems.

“We love coming up with creative ideas that prevent water damage in foundations but also enhance our clients’ landscapes,” said Natter.

Contact LID Landscapes to learn how to install a drainage system on your property.

About LID Landscapes

LID Landscapes, located in Boulder, provides commercial and residential customers with comprehensive snow and landscape management services. The company is an industry leader in commercial snow management and specializes in providing innovative and award winning landscape design, installation and maintenance. For more information about LID Landscapes, please visit www.lidlandscapes.com.

Contact
Ashley Atkinson-Leon
LID Landscapes
847-634-1660
[email protected]



LID Landscapes Offers Robust Internship/Scholarship Program

July 2018 – Boulder, CO—As summer comes to an end and university students start another year of school, many are seeking internships, and LID Landscapes (LID) offers a robust program for those interested in enriching lives through beautiful landscapes.

LID has provided landscape opportunities for students of horticulture, landscape architecture, forestry, agricultural management, landscape management, environmental design, and construction management.

These opportunities include hands-on work as rotating crew members in the residential maintenance, commercial maintenance, construction, and irrigation departments. Some interns also work directly with the landscape design team. Many enjoy the chance to work outdoors and to create a unique environment for each client’s property.

LID also offers office internships in marketing, HR, and finance, demonstrating the fact that the landscape industry offers a variety of positions for candidates in different fields.

At the end of their internship, exceptional students are offered scholarships or even a position as an Operations Associate at LID upon their graduation.

Many former interns have become senior-level Associates, such as Scott Natter, who started as an intern in 2007 at parent company James Martin Associates (JMA) and is now the General Manager at LID Landscapes, acquired by JMA in 2013.

“James Martin Associates gave me all the tools I needed to succeed and grow in my career and to become an integral part of the company,” Natter said.

To learn more about the internship program, please contact Human Resources.

About LID Landscapes

LID Landscapes, located in Boulder, provides commercial and residential customers with comprehensive snow and landscape management services. The company is an industry leader in commercial snow management and specializes in providing innovative and award winning landscape design, installation and maintenance. For more information about LID Landscapes, please visit www.lidlandscapes.com.

Contact
Ashley Atkinson-Leon
LID Landscapes
847-634-1660
[email protected]



LID Landscapes Donates Over 120 Potting Parties

June 2018 – Boulder, CO—Over the last fifteen years, LID Landscapes and parent company James Martin Associates have donated over 120 potting parties to local charities. These potting parties support nonprofits by allowing the organizations to offer them as auction items at galas and other fundraisers. They are valued at $600 each.

Organizations such as the Humane Society of Boulder Valley and Boulder Health Community Ambassadors have used potting parties to raise funds for their programs.

Winners of the potting parties and ten guests of their choice enjoy a complimentary picnic lunch and a guided tour of the beautifully landscaped grounds of LID. A landscape professional leads the tour and answers the guests’ landscaping questions.

The tour is then followed by a hands-on potting demonstration. This active approach allows the guests to learn proper potting techniques as well as new tricks that they can use at home in their own gardens.

After adding nutrient-rich soil to their pots, the guests use the transplanting skills they have learned to place the plants in their containers. After the party is completed, the guests take the plants home with them.

“We’re glad to be able to give back to the community by using the knowledge and expertise of our in-house landscape professionals,” said Jim Martin, President of LID Landscapes. “We get to provide an afternoon of fun and learning for the auction winners and their guests while also supporting important local causes.”

To learn how to secure a potting party for your nonprofit, please contact [email protected].

About LID Landscapes

LID Landscapes, located in Boulder, provides commercial and residential customers with comprehensive snow and landscape management services. The company is an industry leader in commercial snow management and specializes in providing innovative and award winning landscape design, installation and maintenance. For more information about LID Landscapes, please visit www.lidlandscapes.com.

Contact
Ashley Atkinson-Leon
LID Landscapes
847-634-1660
[email protected]



 

LID Landscapes Partners with Emergency Family Assistance Association

May 2018 – Boulder, CO— As a long time financial supporter of the Emergency Family Assistance Association (EFAA), LID Landscapes has realized what an important role EFAA has played in the Boulder community.

“Many of our clients are EFAA supporters themselves so we’re glad to be able to give to them,” said Scott Natter, General Manager of LID Landscapes.

It then seemed like a natural fit to help EFAA with the landscape cleanup of their property.

Last month, a crew of LID landscape professionals volunteered to remove weeds, trees, and other dead plants from their Louisville housing site. They also cleaned up trash that had accumulated over the winter. One of their main focuses was making the playground area suitable for children.

“We wanted to help them get their site under control so it could be more easily maintained in the future,” Natter said.

"LID Landscapes has been a tremendous partner to EFAA over the years,” said Sara Joss, Development and Events Manager at EFAA.

EFFA offers family housing, a food pantry, a children's program, direct financial assistance, and case management to help adults and their families get back on their feet. They are celebrating their 100th anniversary in 2018.

“Creating a sustainable landscaping plan for our housing sites has been a high priority to ensure the families living there feel a real sense of home,” Joss said. “LID has helped us make this priority possible by working with our case managers and facility maintenance team to create a community action plan for our Louisville housing site."

Learn how to get involved with the Emergency Family Assistance Association today.

About LID Landscapes

LID Landscapes, located in Boulder, provides commercial and residential customers with comprehensive snow and landscape management services. The company is an industry leader in commercial snow management and specializes in providing innovative and award winning landscape design, installation and maintenance. For more information about LID Landscapes, please visit www.lidlandscapes.com.

 

Contact
Ashley Atkinson-Leon
LID Landscapes
847-634-1660
[email protected]



 Supporting Successful Students!

We are delighted to announce Alyssa Brown as the recipient of our 2017 Scott Stewart Allen Scholarship Award.

Annually, L.I.D. Landscapes, a Martin Associates company, recognizes rising, young professionals in the landscaping industry for their outstanding academic performance and their dedication to community service and personal development. This year's 2017 Scholarship was awarded in honor of Scott Stewart Allen, the late son of BYU Professor Phil Allen. Candidates for the scholarship were selected based on criteria including character development, industry experience, and their commitment to advancing and personally financing their own education.

Alyssa Brown is a sophomore at Brigham Young University- Provo majoring in Landscape Management with a minor in Spanish Studies. Among her many attributes, Ms. Brown stood out for her strong work ethic, her perseverance through struggles, and her ambition to improve the world by helping others. In her own words, Alyssa believes that, "If you have the capacity to meet someone else's need, it becomes your responsibility to do so." Alyssa's positive attitude, strong moral fiber, and her devotion to service exemplify the same grace and humility that Scott Allen modeled in his own life. 

We are very pleased to celebrate and commemorate Scott Stewart Allen's legacy by awarding this year's scholarship to Alyssa Brown. Congratulations, Alyssa!!! 


Our company in Illinois is proud to be featured in the April Issue of the Landscape Contractor for winning the 2016 Judges' Award.

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BEST OF HOUZZ 2016!

L.I.D. Landscapes Receives National Recognition from Houzz!

We are pleased to be recognized by Houzz and awarded the Best of Houzz 2016.

Please click below to visit our Houzz page and see more of our great work.

L.I.D. Houzz

Thank You Houzz!



L.I.D. Landscapes Gives Back Year Round With Charitable Donations

For the past four years, L.I.D. Landscapes has used the holidays as a time to partner with their clients and give back to the community.  In lieu of holiday gifts, L.I.D. makes a donation to a charity selected by their clients on their behalf.

Over 80 Commercial and Residential clients participated in the Holiday Donation Program.  L.I.D. Landscapes is pleased to announce that donations were made this March to the following charities: American Lung Association, Attention Homes, Boulder Shelter for the Homeless, Children’s Hospital of Colorado, Community Food Share, Emergency Family Assistance Association, Habitat for Humanity, Humane Society of Boulder Valley, Impact on Education, Meals on Wheels and TRU Community Care.

L.I.D. Landscapes celebrates the ability to enhance lives as a corporate citizen by supporting the community and charitable interests of their clients and associates.  Since 1977, L.I.D. Landscapes commitment has enabled them to support dozens of charitable and community organizations. With their support, over $275,000 has been raised for charitable and community organizations.  



L.I.D. Landscapes Is A Safety First Company

July 2015- L.I.D. Landscapes takes pride in being a Safety First company and believes that maintaining a safe workplace requires diligence in upholding safety standards, certifications and operations.

L.I.D. Landscapes’ industry certified employees represent an elite group who exhibit skills that demonstrate their ability to create quality landscapes while considering safety practices.  Many of the employees hold nationally recognized certifications such as CLT (Certified Landscape Technician), CLP (Certified Landscape Professional), RLA (Registered Landscape Architect), Certified Landscape Irrigation Auditor and Master Gardener.  With a commitment to technical proficiency, the employees are able to represent the utmost level of professionalism and knowledge.

Safety First and Always!



L.I.D. Landscapes Donates and Plants Tree for Mapleton Early Childhood Center 

December 2014-Originally an elementary school built in 1888 that was closed approximately 10 years ago, Mapleton Early Childhood Center in Boulder, Colorado, was recently reopened after a thorough and creative renovation. It is now Boulder Valley School District’s first facility dedicated entirely to preschool students. Mapleton Early Childhood Center serves a diverse population of children from a wide array of neighborhood and needs.

When the preschool students at Mapleton started their unit about trees, Megan Dubofsky, one of the parent volunteers, had an idea for some hands-on learning. Dubofsky contacted L.I.D. Landscapes to see if they would donate a tree for the children to plant. After a few phone calls, Dan Quakenbush and his team at L.I.D. Landscapes arrived at the school and planted an American Linden, surrounded by an audience of wide-eyed preschoolers.The children dug in and got their hands dirty, literally. They helped peel back the burlap on the root ball of the tree, dug the hole for the tree’s new home and added soil amended with organic matter for the grand finale. Throughout the experience they asked questions such as, “How big will this tree get?” and “What will the leaves look like?” The preschoolers learned where trees come from, how to water and take care of them, and the importance of taking care of nature and landscape.

"We really appreciated the beautiful tree donation from L.I.D.,” Dubofsky said. “The children were so excited, and they will always have the memory of participating in the planting. L.I.D. could not have been more helpful and pleasant to work with."

Leonor Rosser, Community Liaison at Mapleton said she appreciated how L.I.D. Landscapes planted the tree, “while the children observed and asked questions. They involved the preschoolers throughout the whole process, making it totally interactive and hands on.”

“We are very grateful for this opportunity,” Rosser said. “We are delighted to see a new tree growing in the school yard, a tree that will grow along with our amazing preschoolers!"




Habitat For Humanity:  L.I.D. designed and supervised construction of Harmony Haven, a four-plex in Boulder, Colorado with generous donations from Boxelder Creek Nursery, Lefthand Valley Nursery, Green Spot Nursery, Pioneer Sand Company, Sturtz & Copeland and Rainbird.


L.I.D. Landscapes, Level 3 Communications, White Wave, CSU  volunteers for Habitat for Humanity

 

We donated over 150 hours to construct the project with the enthusiastic help of volunteers from Level 3 Communications, White Wave and Colorado State University.

L.I.D. Landscapes designed project for Habitat for Humanity

 

L.I.D. Design emphasizes low maintenance, xeric plantings that attract birds and butterflies and provide all season interest.


Attention Homes: L.I.D. Landscapes held a Potting Party that raised a charitable contribution to Attention Homes!




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L.I.D. Landscapes

3131 North 75th Street

Boulder, Colorado 80301 

 

Phone: (303) 440-7833

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