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Retaining walls form and function.
Mother Nature often has a mind of her own.  It’s even harder to control her.  You’ve built your dream home on the top of a hill or along the banks of a river or lake; but the only flat space ...
Shrub, Perennial and Bulb planting for extended bloom time.
One of the biggest challenges in creating a successful landscape here in the Chicagoland area is achieving color and interest from the first signs of spring to the doldrums of the November transition and cold harsh winters.  In the challenging ...
Low maintenance alternative to lawns.
We often think of a yard as a massive expanse of turf grass.  Which, when well maintained, is the epitome of the home landscape.  But there are certain areas of the landscape that just don't do well with turf (in ...
Tips to Improve Your Existing Landscape
One of our clients came to us after recently purchasing their home and wanted to add to their existing landscape. It was clear that the minimum landscape requirement was installed here in order to get the permit approved. Let’s look ...
Landscaping for Privacy: Living Fences Make Good Neighbors
One homeowner’s definition of privacy may be radically different than another’s — and they’re both accurate. How can this be true? Because like beauty, privacy is in the eye of the beholder. And if fences make good neighbors, then ...
Ways to Increase Outdoor Play
Getting cabin fever? Are you counting down the days until you can get outside and start gardening while your kids run wild in the backyard? Do you currently have a swing set? One common question we get with our clients ...
5 Ways to Add Style to Your Patio
1 – Having an outdoor patio is wonderful, but adding a canopy of your head is even better. It will feel more like an extension of your home. Dressing up the pergola with string bistro lights or an outdoor chandelier ...
Brrrr…what to do when it’s just too cold to go outdoors!
We've had a few days of bitter cold, I know I'd rather spend my days inside when it's this cold.  So now is  a great time to make a plan on what needs to be done in the landscape for ...
Garden Depth Begins With 3D Layers: Planting for coverage and a unique blend of color, form and texture.
Sample of SketchUP design.When Google put out their revolutionary design software, SketchUP, in 2010 it became a complete game changer for many novice 3D design professionals. All of a sudden, anyone could start playing around with buildings, interior ...
Designer brain –
When a client comes to you with a long wish list of landscape elements, your designer brain kicks into gear and is up for the challenge! It’s like a jigsaw puzzle. You try to fit all the pieces together seamlessly ...
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