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Snowmelt and spring rains are on their way, and in many places, excessive runoff...
Snowmelt and spring rains are on their way, and in many places, excessive runoff from them is a recurring springtime problem. As a homeowner, you can help by allowing water to infiltrate your property instead of sending it offsite through...
The Abundant Garden Makes Room for Plants
Creating space for outdoor living has grown as a landscape trend since the middle of the last century, especially regarding small gardens, taking priority over using the garden to grow plants. But for some, the main reason for having a garden, no matter...
7 Spectacular and Practical Spring-Flowering Trees
The flowering cherries of Washington, D.C., the redbuds around Lake Michigan, the saucer magnolias of the San Francisco Bay Area — wherever you live, there's...
What to Know About Landscape Design Service Agreements
You have interviewed several landscape design professionals, and now you are ready to hire a professional designer for your landscape project. Congratulations!...
How to Hire a Landscape Architect
You see all of the breathtaking gardens on Houzz and cruise the portfolio pages of landscape architects while dreaming about the possibilities for your own landscape. Landscape architects have many different styles and approaches, diverse backgrounds...
Think Turquoise to Energize or Soothe the Garden
Turquoise, the greenish-blue color that takes its name from the ornate gem, is believed to create a feeling of calm and well-being. Turquoise is touted as a great color to revive interiors, but how about our gardens? Turquoise is one of the most vibrant...
DIY Tree Forts and Deck Bring Out the Neighborhood Kids
While living in a small 1920s bungalow in downtown Orlando, Florida, with their son, this professional couple found out they were expecting another child. They left the downtown area in search of more space and lucked into a semisuburban home...
How to Help Your Home Fit Into the Landscape
Winter’s cold, dreary days are the most splendid days for daydreaming. Many people find distraction and solace in planning outdoor projects that will commence with the warmer, kinder days of spring. Planning now will save precious time later, particularly...
5 Reasons to Consider a Landscape Design-Build Firm for Your Project
For homeowners who are looking to get a landscape project under way, a landscape design-build firm can streamline the process. Using a design-build service may have pluses and minuses, depending on the scope of work and goals of the project. Design-build...
How to Find and Hire a Great Landscape Contractor
You’ve approved your landscape architect’s final site plan for your landscape design, and now it’s time to get the project built....
Lay of the Landscape: 12 Elements of Provence Garden Style
The mild climate of the Provence region, in southeast France, allows residents to enjoy outdoor living nearly all year round. Provence gardens are linked to the stone farmhouses, or mas, that are central to the region. Other elements include lavender...
How to Incorporate Your Roofing Into the Landscape
The best landscapes connect with the homes that sit atop them in both large and small ways. Attention to detail is what will move your space from ordinary to extraordinary. Pulling hues from brick,...
What to Know About Concept Design to Get the Landscape You Want
You have hired a landscape architect and had an initial site meeting, during which you walked the property and discussed priorities, a budget and a project timeline. Now the landscape architect is coming over to present your property’s concept design....
How to Move Water Through Your Landscape
Drainage problems and issues with moving water are common challenges for homeowners. They can originate from the way the site was developed when the home was constructed and may become worse over time, depending on the neighboring topography and changes...
How to Make Your Metal House Feel at Home in the Landscape
Metal houses are certainly not for everyone, but they are special to those who live in them. They can look out of place, odd or even garish in the traditional neighborhoods that blanket America. In the right setting, however, metal houses can look...
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