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    Landscaping for Privacy: Living Fences Make Good Neighbors

    By VZ staff | February 25, 2019

    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

    By VZ staff | February 11, 2019

    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 …

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    5 Ways to Add Style to Your Patio

    By VZ staff | February 5, 2019

    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!

    By VZ staff | January 30, 2019

    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.

    By VZ staff | January 16, 2019

    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 …

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    Designer brain –

    By VZ staff | November 15, 2018

    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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    Let’s talk spring bulbs.

    By VZ staff | October 15, 2018

    This is the time of year we are putting our gardens to bed.  But this is also the time to think about spring bulbs!  They are super easy to plant and a great way to bring much needed color to …

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    Last day of summer and first day of fall is coming…

    By VZ staff | September 18, 2018

    There is no time like the present to think about fall.  That could mean pumpkin everything, corn mazes, apple picking, hay rides, cool nights and so on.  But here it means fall annuals.  Each and every year we rotate our …

    Attracting Birds to your garden!

    By VZ staff | August 15, 2018

    I enjoy sitting on my patio watching a listening to the multitude of birds and butterflies that visit my garden.  The best way to do this is with a variety of plants.  Here are just a few that will attract …

    How to keep the deer away!

    By VZ staff | August 1, 2018

    We all want to bring nature to our yard, but sometimes nature can be aggressive; as in deer eating your plants! Deer can be a real nuisance at times. There are several options to deter them from eating your ever …

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