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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 ...
How to be chemical free…
As a parent I try to keep chemicals out of my child’s day to day life, or as much of it as I can control. Now since this isn’t a parenting blog; but about landscaping, I’m going to get right ...
Bringing nature’s beauty to the garden.
Pollinators (butterflies, bees and birds) are very important to our environment.  Without them many plants would not produce the end products we use.  But they also bring a sense of calm and enjoyment to the garden.  We all want that ...
You don’t have to wait til May…
To have beautiful spring flowers. There is that small window of time from winter to full on spring where we are stuck with not much blooming around us.  An easy remedy is to fill your planters and a few planting ...
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