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- aeration
- christmas & holiday lighting
- consulting
- design
- drainage & erosion control
- fencing
- fertilization
- flower & shrub bed maintenance
- flower pots & boxes
- grading & earth moving
- irrigation start up & winterization
- irrigation systems
- landscape lighting
- lawn maintenance
- outdoor living areas
- pavers & flagstone patios
- planting
- property clean up
- re-design & upgrades
- retaining walls
- seeding, sodding & hydro-mulching
- snow hauling
- snow plowing
- tree care
- water features
- weed control
- xeriscaping
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AERATION

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This service is a must!! Practically speaking, aeration is the process of mechanically removing small plugs of thatch and soil from the lawn to improve air circulation in the soil profile. We recommend this service in the spring and fall since it is one of the best things that can be done to improve the health and vigor of your lawn. Loosening the soil promotes the efficient use of water and fertilizer. It also allows healthy new root growth. Healthy roots mean a healthy lawn. In western Eagle County properties in Gypsum and Eagle struggle with dry compacted soils that need aeration to accept water and fertilizer. In Vail, Beaver Creek and Avon the issue can be just the opposite where saturated soils need air movement to dry out and breathe. No matter which end of the Vail Valley you live in you can benefit from lawn aeration. We also offer solid tine aeration which means no soil plugs to clean up and very little disturbance to the look and function of your yard. Ask us which service would be best for your property.

 

CONSULTING

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For over 20 years the professional staff at SHC Landscape has been helping people in the Vail Valley answer all types of landscape questions. We understand that landscape and agronomic issues throughout Eagle County vary with elevation, soils, climate and location. We can draw on our 20 plus years of experience in landscape design, construction and maintenance to offer consulting solutions specific to you and your site. In the Gypsum and Eagle areas landscape problems often center around poor soils, where up valley in Vail, Beaver Creek and Avon problems may develop with plant selection, drainage, tree care and irrigation systems. No matter what your issue let our experience in the Vail Valley work for you. From Gypsum to East Vail we will be happy to visit your site and use our knowledge to offer you lasting, positive solutions to your design, construction and maintenance questions. Whether you’re looking at a new construction, a remodel or just a nagging spot in the yard let our staff help you with recommendations, testing, products, and solutions that really work.

 

DRAINAGE & EROSION CONTROL

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Most people don’t think about drainage and erosion control. If it’s working correctly it basically becomes an invisible part of landscapes, streetscapes and home sites. If it’s not working or working poorly it becomes a nightmare very fast. Flooding, water damage and erosion are signs of poor planning and construction. With our unpredictable mountain weather natural flooding can occur any where in Eagle County at any time. Man made drainage and erosion issues can sometimes be even worse so it’s critical that every site from Gypsum to Vail, Eagle to Edwards, be protected and inspected. Every building and landscape is at risk without adequate grading, erosion controls and subsurface drainage pipe to carry off water safely. Don’t let your landscape or home site be damaged by water or snow. Mountainous communities like Cordillera, Beaver Creek, Bachelor Gulch and Vail should always be aware of the potential damage that can occur from running water. Proper surface grading away from foundations and features can protect your landscape and home. Proper installation of drainage pipe can carry off water to safe daylight locations where runoff can be handled. Protect your Vail Valley home by installing the proper drainage and erosion control measures, it can potentially save you expensive fines and clean ups. Remember also, trees and turf grasses suffer because of poor drainage, so protect your plant material and your investments by having adequate drainage and erosion control measures installed and inspected.

 

ESTIMATING

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Whether you’re planning a landscape project or need a quote for lawn maintenance call SHC Landscape for your estimates and bid proposals. We’re happy to work with your plans and visit your site any where in Eagle County. We understand how important it is to get accurate estimates for the approval process and budgeting. Our staff is experienced and knowledgeable when it comes to identifying the costs, quantities and materials needed for any project. If you already have plans for a new construction or re-model we will be happy to look at them and give you cost estimates that are accurate, competitive and complete. We understand the issues, the pricing and the logistics associated with working in the Vail Valley and we can help get your project out of the planning stage, off the ground and into construction. If you need lawn maintenance we’ll be happy to visit your site and give you a bid proposal for the services you select. Call us for a quote, you won’t be disappointed.

 

FENCING

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Fencing can be permanent or temporary. It can be simple or elaborate. It can define, protect and beautify your property. We have experience working with wood, metal and synthetic fence materials and we can use them to enhance your landscape and home. The steep terrain in Vail, Beaver Creek, Bachelor Gulch and Avon may deter other companies but not SHC Landscape. We have experience with all types of materials and sites so whether you have a ranch to fence in Gypsum or a new yard to protect in Cordillera let us help you design and build a fence that accomplishes your goals. Whether it’s keeping the dog in or the deer out we can help. There are so many handsome building materials to choose from and it’s easy to change the look and function of your property with quality fencing.

 

FERTILIZATION

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We recommend fertilizing your lawn three times per season. Fertilizing keeps a lawn growing vigorously, deep green and full. Down valley lawns in Gypsum and Eagle need to be full and strong to combat the summer time stresses of heat and drought. Up valley locations in Edwards, Avon, Vail and Beaver Creek often need the added nutrients to recover from the damage done by winter and prolonged cold weather. With our short growing season in Eagle County a solid fertility plan is a must for any lawn. The right balance of nutrients in the soil makes a lawn more resistant to insects and disease too. And a strong stand of grass is able to withstand the environmental extremes of cold, heat and drought much better. A well fed lawn is just stronger and more beautiful. Thick, lush growth is more likely to squeeze out weeds too and keep them out. Talk to us so we can help you select the formulations right for your property and conditions. We recommend that spray applications of fertilizer be applied in conjunction with weed control products to maximize results and efficiency. Call us for a quote.

 

FLOWER & SHRUB BED MAINTENANCE

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Flower and shrub bed maintenance is always a key part of an overall landscape maintenance program. Clean, trimmed, weed free bedding areas are almost always the focal point of a landscape and can really set your property apart from others. We know that there are many beautiful homes in the Vail Valley but if you want your Beaver Creek, Bachelor Gulch or Cordillera home to stand out consider professional flower bed maintenance. Nothing else will detail out your property like well kept bedding areas. We encourage a thorough spring clean up which includes weeding, pruning and the removal of dead material. Follow that up with some new mulch and regular maintenance during the growing summer months before ending the season with a fall clean up that prepares the beds for winter. We all know once winter comes we can not work in our flower beds, even in Gypsum, Eagle and Edwards, the snow will bury the best intensions. So, before the snow flies it’s important to cutback your perennials, pull out annual flowers, weed beds and prune trees and shrubs. This work will make your gardens healthy going into winter and eliminate a lot of spring clean up too. Communities that have a lot of trees like Vail, Mountain Star, Beaver Creek, Bachelor Gulch and Cordillera will want to make sure that all the fallen leaves are removed from bedding areas before winter. These are the services that keep your property looking sharp and healthy.

 

FLOWER POTS & BOXES

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These colorful accents are often the highlight around spectacular homes throughout the Vail Valley. Custom grown pots, boxes and baskets will brighten any home and garden. Flowers and plants can be selected that will thrive any where in Eagle County. The warmer days and nights in Eagle and Gypsum will support many varieties of blooming plants while up valley our chilly nights might require hardier varieties to be planted. Up valley or down, bright flowers, full planters, large pots and hanging baskets make beautiful additions to any landscape and can make outdoor living areas, patios and walkways into little sanctuaries that make you and your guests feel special. Don’t forget that baskets, pots and boxes can be used to enhance a party or a special occasion too. We can supply flowers with colors to match your home, your theme or your mood. And don’t forget, early ordering is important so these beauties can be delivered from Gypsum to Vail when the weather and plants are at their best.

 

IRRIGATION START UP & WINTERIZATION

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Warm weather comes to Eagle and Gypsum in April but sometimes it can take until early June to thaw the properties in Vail, Beaver Creek and Cordillera. The funny thing is as soon as the snow melts we have to turn on our irrigation systems. Our dry, high dessert climate requires that irrigation systems are working and working right. In the spring we offer an irrigation start up service where we charge the system, check for leaks and make the minor adjustments necessary for good coverage and operation. This service is critical for the overall success of your landscape. In late September we begin our work on the other end of the valley in East Vail. It’s important before freezing temperatures set in on Vail, Beaver Creek, Avon and Edwards, that we complete a fall irrigation maintenance program. In the fall we will shut off your irrigation, make any needed repairs, and then winterize your system using compressed air to blow out any excess water left in the lines. All the water must be evacuated before winter so there is no chance that pipes might freeze and break causing costly repairs. Down valley residents of Gypsum and Eagle can wait into October to complete their winterizations but remember no matter where you live in Eagle County this service is a must!!

 

IRRIGATION SYSTEMS

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In our semi-arid climate irrigation systems are the heart and soul of every landscape. That’s why we serve every community in the Vail Valley including Gypsum, Eagle, Edwards, Avon and Vail. Without good, efficient watering no landscape can thrive in this environment. We take pride in offering a full line of irrigation services including design, installation and maintenance. A well built, well kept irrigation system is often the difference between a healthy and beautiful landscape and one that struggles. Poor irrigation design, installation and operation can be damaging to trees, shrubs, turf grass and buildings. It is critical to have an irrigation system that works and works well. Our dedicated irrigation staff is experienced with all types of systems and can repair, maintain and operate yours efficiently. Let us help you save water, time and money. Ask our professional staff how to get the most value out of your watering system. We have experience with all types of pumps, pipes and large equipment too.

 

LANDSCAPE LIGHTING

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Nothing is more dramatic than a beautiful landscape lit up at night. Landscape lighting can add beauty, interest and safety to your property. Whether you’re lighting up that perfect tree or the walkway to your front door, landscape lighting makes a statement about your home. Clients throughout the Vail Valley have benefited from the beauty and utility of landscape lighting. No matter which community you live in we can incorporate appropriate landscape lighting into your design and outdoor living space. We believe that it is important to be able to utilize and enjoy your property, day and night. Beauty, safety and style, think about it, and consider installing lights during the construction phase of your landscape project.

 

LAWN MAINTENANCE

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The Vail Valley is full of beautiful lawns and we’re proud to say that many of them are taken care of by SHC Landscape. Our regular lawn maintenance program includes weekly mowing and trimming of all turf grass areas. We use mulching mowers that are sharp, efficient and sized for your property. If you have large turf grass areas we have large deck mowers that deliver a quick, quality cut. String trimming and detail work are done weekly as well so you can always count on the quality and consistency. Edging of front walkways and driveways is done once a month so your property looks sharp and detailed. Of course a thorough clean up of all clippings and debris is included. These basic services take the work out of yard work for our clients. The care and mowing of native areas can be included too. For our up valley clients in Vail, Beaver Creek, Bachelor Gulch and Cordillera we offer a 22 week schedule of mowing and maintenance. Down valley customers in Eagle, Gypsum, Edwards and Avon can expect 24 weeks of service. Call us anytime for a quote on your property.

 

OUTDOOR LIVING AREAS

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Our great summer weather here in the Vail Valley means that people are outside day and night enjoying the beautiful surroundings we call home. Warm nights in Eagle and Gypsum mean people are on the back deck having friends over for a BBQ or special event. Families are outside at Cordillera soaking up a sunset or watching an approaching storm cloud. From Vail to Beaver Creek, Avon to Edwards, more and more people are realizing that outdoor living areas add quality, beauty and interest to their lives. Your patios and lawn should be a place where you can live, play and enjoy yourself. Our staff can design and build an outdoor living area complete with seating, lighting, cooking facilities and shelter. This is where you should gather, entertain and just relax. Let our staff build the patios, decks and seating areas that will bring the outdoors closer and give you a space you can enjoy and share family and friends.

 

PAVERS & FLAGSTONE PATIOS

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Rock work, pavers, decks, patios and stairs can add beauty, safety and utility to your landscapes and outdoor areas. Materials can be easily selected to match your Vail Valley home. Whether you choose natural stone or brick our staff of professional craftsmen can put together walkways, patios and decks that are beautiful and functional. Flagstone walkways through your yard and gardens can control traffic patterns and safely access steep areas. Patios and decks can create and define areas of interest around your home and give you a place to gather and entertain. Don’t forget to include outdoor lighting when designing and building your patios and walkways.

 

PLANTING

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We specialize in planting all types of flowers, trees, shrubs, and grasses. There’s no job too big or small. We can fill your beds and gardens with annual and perennial flowers or supply you with your very own forest of trees and shrubs. The steep terrain and difficult soil conditions in Vail, Beaver Creek and Cordillera won’t stop us. We use the right machinery and top quality composts, mulches and fertilizers to give plants the best chance for survival. And don’t forget the irrigation. New plantings in the dryer areas of Gypsum, Eagle and Edwards will require consistent watering so let us make sure your irrigation system is adequate and ready to handle the new plant material. For best results in Vail, Beaver Creek and Bachelor Gulch we recommend planting annual flowers after June 1st. Bulbs can be planted in the spring and fall and trees and shrubs all season long because of our cooler climate. Grasses can be planted any time during the growing season as long as they have time to root before winter.

 

PROPERTY CLEAN UP

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In April as the snow melts off our properties in Gypsum, Eagle and Edwards the ritual of spring clean up begins. A spring clean up of turf grass and landscape areas can be one of the simplest yet most important services we offer. This alone will not bring a lawn back from the stresses of winter but it will go a long way towards getting new growth started and the nasty leftovers of winter like leaves, dead branches, snow mold and cinders, out of your way. Up valley in Avon, Vail and Beaver Creek clean up may not begin until May but is a must because of the lingering snow cover. We include power raking in this service because it really helps to remove debris, dead plant material and thatch giving your lawn a chance to breathe. In the fall a thorough clean up is even more important. Fallen leaves can smother a lawn, preventing light from reaching the grass. Wet leaves are even worse. They not only block out light but form a slimy layer that keeps air from reaching the turf. Spring and fall clean ups are recommended but we realize that you might have a project on your property requiring general clean up in the summer too. Just give us a call and we will be happy to quote your work on an individual basis.

 

RETAINING WALLS

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Retaining walls can add beauty, safety and extra usable space into your landscape. Steeply sloping building sites like in Vail, Beaver Creek and Cordillera are common here and retaining walls can make a huge difference in how you protect, use and maintain your property. We have experience building walls out of stone, boulders, bricks and timbers. We have the equipment to handle large jobs and heavy materials so let your imagination run wild and use retaining walls to protect, enhance, define and compliment your gardens, lawns and landscapes.

 

SEEDING, SODDING & HYDRO-MULCHING

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These services are often the last thing done as one completes a landscape project and puts the icing on the cake. We have the experience and knowledge to successfully seed, sod and hydro-mulch all types of turf grasses and native areas. These re-vegetations and erosion control measures are not only important but often required for the completion of many projects. Whether it’s growing in a thick, lush lawn in Eagle or establishing a wildflower hillside in Beaver Creek we can get the job done right the first time. We will properly grade your site, add the needed soil amendments, put down pre-plant fertilizers and install the correct irrigation to make your grassing project a success. Talk to us about the grasses, native plants and wildflowers that grow and thrive in Eagle County. We understand the climate, the soils and the plants that grow well from Gypsum to East Vail. Let us show what we can grow.

 

TREE CARE

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Beautiful and healthy trees have defined Eagle County and the communities of the Vail Valley for as long as people have lived here! Because of this we offer a number of services to insure that your trees are happy and well taken care of. Pruning and trimming trees and shrubs can remove dead wood as well as stimulate new, full growth. We recommend pruning in the spring and fall depending on the species and the needs of the specific tree. Tree and shrub fertilization is another critical part of tree care that promotes health, vigor and longevity. For best results we use “deep root feeding” techniques where liquid fertilizers are injected into the root zone (12” to 18” deep in most cases) where nutrients are readily taken up and utilized. It is important to know that tree roots remain active until the soil temperatures drop below 40 degrees. This is several weeks after the leaves have dropped in the fall, and a few weeks before they appear in the spring so consistent feedings are important. Proper pruning and fertilization can help trees grow strong and resist pests, disease and the stresses of cold, heat and drought. However, if your trees do need to be sprayed curatively or preventatively for insects or diseases we offer a full service spray operation that can diagnose and treat problems using custom formulations that really work. We also offer tree guard products that can be placed around the base of your trees to protect them from mower and string trimmer damage. When necessary we offer tree moving and tree removal too. All these services are especially important to our clients in heavily wooded communities like Vail, Beaver Creek and Cordillera but people in Eagle, Edwards and Avon should be taking advantage as well because we all know replacing specimen trees can be costly, messy and time consuming. Please consider our full line of tree services so your trees can live long and look great.

 

WATER FEATURES

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There’s nothing like the look and sound of a mountain stream unless you have a water feature built by SHC Landscape. A water feature can be the crowning touch to any magnificent landscape and our professional staff will be happy to design and build one for you. The mountain terrain in and around Vail, Beaver Creek, Edwards and Avon offers the perfect opportunity to utilize natural contours and elevation changes to create dramatic and beautiful cascades of water. Features can include streams, pools, waterfalls and lighting. We can also create pond-less designs that are clean, efficient and beautiful. We will help you select the right pumps, pipes, liners and materials for your site. Indigenous rocks can be harvested on your property and used for construction or stones, boulders and gravel can be chosen from off site to match your home and existing landscape. If you are fortunate enough to have natural flowing water on your property, we can enhance it. If you want to create a feature from scratch we can design it, excavate it, build it, landscape it and maintain it. Don’t forget that water features and pumps need to be maintained and winterized each year. Let us show you some of the excellent examples of our work so you can envision a water feature on your property.

 

WEED CONTROL

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For lawns in Eagle County we recommend three applications of broad leaf weed control each season and we encourage all clients to combine them with our foliar fertilization plan. Remember, a good fertilization plan for your turf grass is your best friend in fighting weeds. Sometimes, though, we need a little help and that’s where herbicide spray applications come in. Our certified applicators know Eagle County and the Vail Valley and can target the toughest weeds with success, but remember that chemical weed control is just one tool we use to keep your lawn looking beautiful. The best results can be achieved with a complete and comprehensive maintenance program that includes adequate water, fertilizer and mowing.

 

XERISCAPING

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Water usage and water savings have become common topics in the Vail Valley when discussing landscape design, construction and maintenance. Xeriscaping and the philosophy of using little or no water to grow and maintain sustainable landscapes has become very popular in Gypsum, Eagle and other dry areas of Eagle County. The use of drought resistant native plants and the avoidance of thirsty turf grasses mean these landscapes are simple, practical, and very beautiful in their own way. With the proper selection of plants, mulches, stones and irrigation these xeriscapes can become nearly maintenance free and that appeals to many clients. We at SHC Landscape have experience designing and installing xeriscape projects and we believe that the future of landscaping will forever incorporate these water saving philosophies. Contact us and we’ll be happy to discuss if your home or business could benefit from a xeriscape construction or re-model. We encourage clients throughout the Vail Valley to look into the possibilities.

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