To Cut or Not to Cut

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That is the question.The one that’s asked every fall as you evaluate your landscaping, pruners in hand.

Perennials can get pretty ragged looking. Is it best to ignore the dead foliage and take care of it in the spring or should you take a big pruning shear to everything? Which perennials should you cut back and which should you leave standing?

Good question….

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Create Drama with Lighting

Illuminated Garden by LED Lighting. Backyard Garden at Night Closeup Photo.

Landscape lighting is the icing on the cake. Nightscapes add the wow factor that transforms an otherwise mundane yard into a spectacular vision.

There are several lighting techniques that you can use to create creative pockets of illumination and shadow. Designs are only limited by your imagination, so it’s fine to go wild….

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Fire Pits…A Trend That’s Heating Up

imagejpeg_0Outdoor fire pits remain one of the hottest outdoor design trends. Nothing compares to the deliciousness of relaxing with friends in the welcoming warmth of a blazing fire. A backyard fire pit adds warmth and pizazz to any dull outdoor area.

The first step is to determine if wood, gas, or an alternative fuel best suits your needs. While each of these…

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The Grass is Always Greener on Your Side of the Fence

It’s hard to believe that Americans spend upwards of 70 hours per year on their lawns. This, along with over 8.5 billion being on lawn care products and equipment, makes lawn care a critical requisite of home ownership. Unfortunately, tending the yard doesn’t always rank high on the list of enjoyable activities.

Lucky for us, there are simple tips to follow to keep our grass looking good.

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A Backyard Space to Love…

A Backyard Space to Love

The transformation from spring to summer is inspiring. Slowly Minnesotans emerge from the comforts of their cocoons into the splendor of the outdoors.

 

It’s about time.

Now, evaluate what you see.

 

Does your yard’s appearance fill you with love or do you dread the thought of spending one…

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The Top Three Landscape Trends for 2016

I get so excited this time of year! Meetings are scheduled with prospective clients, projects plans are set up from spring to winter, and – the best part – I have the opportunity to share with you the top landscaping trends for the year.

Engaging the senses, bring the ease of indoors… outside, and dogscaping. There seems to be a common thread with our top three contenders this year –…

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Retain Your Wall for Years to Come

Retain Your Wall for Years to Come

Many of our projects include the creation of pleasurable entertaining spaces and design of stunning curb appeal. But just as important, are those nitty-gritty projects that focus on function and structure.

Retaining walls are a functional and eye-catching answer to an unstable or sloped yard. They not only help to prevent soil erosion, retaining walls also create usable areas such as patios, sidewalks, and…

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Is Your Season Landscaping Lackluster or Lush?

Is Your Seasonal Landscaping Lackluster or Lush?

 

As the vibrant colors of summer are dwindling down to the muted tones of fall, it’s time to take a fresh look at your landscaping.

The key to planting for all the seasons is to create a design that staggers points of interest. What’s the point of a yard that wows in the spring and summer only to leave you yawning the following months?…

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6 Easy Steps to Fall Lawn Care

6 Easy Steps to Fall Lawn Care

 

It’s that time of year again. Days are shortening, leaves are starting to fall from the trees, and there’s a hint of coolness in the air. Fall – the last hurrah before winter.

Oh yes, I’ve seen it. People are tired of taking care of their lawns by this time of the year. However, if you can take a few minutes outside to manage…

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Are You Deterring Burglars?

Are You Deterring Burglars?

I’m a fast learner.

After two attempted break-ins at our storage facility, it was determined that something needed to be done to deter burglars.

After digging into “the anatomy of a burglary,” I found out that burglars want to spend no more than 60 seconds breaking in (with an average of eight to twelve minutes spent inside). Interestingly, the typical house burglar is a male teen who lives…

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