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Drainage Problems as Garden Opportunities.
As a lifetime baseball player, I recall wet cleats from early spring practices. If you are a pet owner, maybe this translates into muddy paws needing to be wiped off every time you let your four legged friend in through ...
Watch for Boxwood Blight this Spring!
Having a nursery of our own at Van Zelst, Inc. we strive to stay on top of new plant diseases and insect pests. The topic that many growers in our area have been discussing is boxwood blight. With the number ...
It all starts with an idea…
We all love making plans. Whether it’s dinner plans, vacation plans, or garden parties, having a plan is a great way to start things off on the right track. A cohesive design that ties the whole garden together makes all ...
Spring to do list…
Now that the days are getting longer, that only means one thing…spring is around the corner!  So let’s take a minute and plan out our spring to do list. First things first you’ll want to do a thorough clean up ...
What Does it Cost to Create a Beautiful, Sustainable Landscape?
There are many metaphors we have thrown out over the years to prospective clients, friends, and even family when answering questions relating to the costs associated with landscaping. Most questions start with, "What would it cost for me to..." Plant ...
Let’s talk about 3D models
At Van Zelst we believe that one of the most valuable tools to show a client is a 3D rendering of their potential project. A rendered plan is wonderful in many ways, but to an untrained eye – it can ...
Winter landscape dull no more!
Brighten your winter landscape by decorating your annual pots and beds with evergreens.  Or lighting your trees to make a festive glow. There are so many options available that can really make your landscape pop! We like to use: many ...
Changing with the season, hardscapes.
all photos by: Linda Oyama Bryan In  a climate where so much of our landscape goes dormant for several months each year, we like to place special emphasis on elements that continue to give pleasure when nothing is in bloom. ...
A very hot trend… FIRE PITS
Homeowners often ask to incorporate fire pits to their master landscape plans – which we love to do! It brings families together in the evenings. Whether it’s roasting marshmallows or having a glass of wine near a warm, crackling fire ...
Birds Eye View…
Drones are an excellent tool to capture the landscape at an entirely different vantage point, with stunning results. While we create our landscape plans on paper they are a simplistic view from above, and it’s a visual perspective we don’t ...
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