2018 Gardening & Landscaping Trends

 

 

Largely fueled by technology and the expectation of living a plugged-in-24-7-life, anxiety is rapidly on the rise and people are looking for appealing and tangible ways to unplug and unwind without the cost or inconvenience of hopping the next plane to paradise. More consumers are realizing that gardening and landscaping are perfect vehicles for achieving this goal. 2018 gardening and landscaping trends reflect the wider cultural movement toward simplification,…

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Winter Pruning: Why and When

Winter Pruning: Why and When

If you have trees on your property, arboreal maintenance needs to be on your late fall to-do list. For the sake of the health and appearance of your trees, and the safety of everyone whose path travels near them, annual pruning is a smart idea.

While annual pruning isn’t strictly necessary, it is definitely optimal. If you wait too…

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Why Adding a Patio to Your Home is a Smart Idea

Why Adding a Patio to Your Home is a Smart Idea….and now is the perfect time to be thinking about it.

Creating a patio can be a great way to add value to your home. Earlier this year, the American Institute of Architects reported in their Home Trends Design Survey that the rate at which clients request outdoor living space has continued…

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Preparing Your Garden for Winter

As fall ambles along and winter approaches, it’s time to put the garden to bed for the winter. Giving the garden a little love now will pay off over the course of the winter, as well as next spring when the snow melts and the garden is revealed again–tidy and ready to be tended and planted. Most tasks fall into two categories:…

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We’ve recently completed a major project, and you’re invited to view it in person!

We’ve been doing landscaping projects for Kim and Jim Corrigan for over 10 years at their home in Rosemount. They recently downsized, buying a historic four-square Victorian on Grand Avenue, and they brought us aboard to completely renovate their yard.

 

“Matt McDonough had worked on our Rosemount home,” says Corrigan. “He came here right away to save some of the original plants, and…

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Controlling Landscape Pests

It’s August and gardens are at their apex. Long days of warmth and sunshine mean your vines are heavy with tomatoes, your zucchinis are doubling in size over night, and your flower beds are a rainbow of delight.

 

All this life and vigor may be accompanied by some unwelcome pests.

 

Pests in the landscape can be discouraging. They sneak up on you: one…

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Featured Project: North St. Paul Patio and Fire Pit

The homeowners in North St. Paul contacted us, wanting to add a fire pit to their backyard.  Their recently-purchased home had an existing patio off of the back of the house.  They thought a separate fire pit in the back corner would offer an inviting spot to relax in the evenings.

We…

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Summer Lawn Care, Made Easy

Tips for the Perfect Summer Lawn

If a lush, green, gorgeous lawn is your idea of summer perfection, check out these tips. We’ll share with you the right strategies for feeding, mowing, watering, weed control, and re-seeding.

Your first step is becoming a scrupulous observer of your lawn, and any changes or problems you see developing. Once a problem is obvious, it’s a…

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Pros and Cons of Mulches for Summer Landscaping Projects

Which Mulch Is Right for You?

Mulch is the secret weapon of gardening ninjas. After completing a new landscaping project or clearing weeds out of a garden, laying mulch over the soil has buckets of benefits: it suppresses weeds, diminishes evaporation, and delivers a tidy, cohesive look to the landscape. Many mulches also improve soil structure and fertility.

You’ve got so many mulches to…

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Spring Garden Planning: Selecting Plants

Selecting Plants for Your Garden

It’s time to make plans for sprucing up the garden. You might just need to tuck a few plants into garden gaps, or you might need to undertake a full-scale bed design project. Either way, there are plenty of tried-and-true rules to help ensure that your garden is healthy, beautiful and thriving for the whole growing season.

 

The first…

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