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The entire grounds of this Lake Minnetonka home was renovated as part of a major home remodel.

The orientation of the entrance was improved to better align automobile traffic. The new permeable driveway is built of recycled clay bricks placed on gravel. The remainder of the front yard is organized by soft lawn spaces and large Birch trees. The entrance to the home is accentuated by masses of annual flowers that frame the bluestone steps.

On the lake side of the home a secluded, private patio offers refuge from the more publicly viewed backyard.

This project earned Windsor Companies a Grand Honor award and Judge's Choice by the Minnesota Nursery and Landscape Association.

Photos by Paul Crosby.

This photo has 2 questions

dragon88 wrote:
what is the name of the paving which is used here >
   Comment   January 25, 2013
jc6541 wrote:
Love the ground cover. Is it pachysandra? If so, do you need to water it much and what type of light
   Comment   December 29, 2012

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Annie Thornton added this to Great Design Plant: River Birch
Botanical name: Betula nigraCommon names: River birch, black birch, water birchOrigin: Native to the eastern United StatesUSDA zones: 3 to 9 (find your zone)Water requirement: Moderate to wet soil; adapts to stream banks (as its common name implies) and poor soilsLight requirement: Full sun to partial shadeMature size: 40 to 70 feet tallBenefits and tolerances: Fast-growing, disease-resistant choice for riparian buffers to curb stream erosion and improve biodiversity; leaves are a larval food source for swallowtail butterflies and other insects; seeds attract numerous birds and other wildlifeSeasonal interest: Year-round; beautiful yellow fall colorWhen to plant: Early spring to late fall

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lalaloohoo added this to LANDSCAPE 1...706 ◆
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Tree boarder
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Natural beds and brick edging
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April 15, 2014
birch trees
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April 15, 2014
Double row of flat granite on edge of red brick path
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April 13, 2014
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April 12, 2014
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April 9, 2014
Birch groupings Grass and circles
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April 6, 2014
lovely way to add to driveway
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April 5, 2014
River birch
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April 5, 2014
Birch clumps
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April 4, 2014
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April 4, 2014
do a path around the yard?
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March 30, 2014
Brick work with contrasting border
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March 30, 2014
The entire grounds of this Lake Minnetonka home was renovated as part of a major home remodel. The orientation of the entrance was improved to better align automobile traffic. The new permeable driveway is built of recycled clay bricks placed on gravel. The remainder of the front yard is organized by soft lawn spaces and large Birch trees. The entrance to the home is accentuated by masses of annual flowers that frame the bluestone steps. On the lake side of the home a secluded, private pati...
linwel added this to Outdoor
March 29, 2014
I like the effect with the trees and the lawn.
mschippert4 added this to mschippert4's Ideas
March 29, 2014
Very nice
Katy Merriman added this to Merriman Courtyard and Yard
March 28, 2014
like birch trees
Anna Poole added this to My Dream house
March 28, 2014
make that Bradford pears and cherry trees :)
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March 27, 2014
Edging for drive
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March 25, 2014
tree lines
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March 24, 2014
river birch trees
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March 23, 2014
Favorite birch trees
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March 20, 2014
river birch tree
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March 18, 2014
Row of trees along driveway
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March 17, 2014
Layered hedges, grass, trees
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March 12, 2014
I like
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March 9, 2014
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March 9, 2014
Love these bit ch trees!
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March 9, 2014
Beech trees
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March 9, 2014
river birch
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March 8, 2014
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March 8, 2014
Driveway & birches
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March 5, 2014
Multiple betula nigra
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March 4, 2014
birch trees and edging
Jennifer Rossmann added this to Frontyard
February 24, 2014
Birch Tree for front sidewalk area
bonnymac54 added this to landscape
February 24, 2014
favorite picture. where can I do this? Can we do an allee? somewhere?
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February 16, 2014
nice multitrunk birch lining drive - could also be random placement for natural look
jwmurer added this to SS70 Landscaping Concepts
February 13, 2014
River birch are very nice and native
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February 12, 2014
nice 11
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February 10, 2014
I like a row of birches in front of dark shrubs. Nice contrast.
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February 7, 2014
Trees leading the eye down a walkway
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February 5, 2014
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February 2, 2014
Love these birch trees
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February 1, 2014
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January 27, 2014
do something similar with the oak trees that are left
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January 26, 2014
Driveway lined with white birch
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January 25, 2014
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January 23, 2014
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January 22, 2014
Birch Allee
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January 20, 2014
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January 16, 2014
river birch
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January 15, 2014
birch trees!
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January 12, 2014
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January 12, 2014
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January 10, 2014
row of river birch on side yard
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January 10, 2014
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January 5, 2014
River birch
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January 5, 2014
I love these trees
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January 3, 2014
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January 2, 2014
Birch trees
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January 1, 2014
edging for a brick driveway
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December 25, 2013
Like driveway
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December 18, 2013
Mulch around trees
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December 12, 2013
trees along dirveway
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December 11, 2013
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December 9, 2013
Brick driveway
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December 1, 2013
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November 30, 2013
I want white birch trees everywhere
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November 28, 2013
driveway landscaping
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November 24, 2013
Lisa Naugle added this to Driveway with patio garden
November 22, 2013
color and curve. (not excited about the grey border )
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November 20, 2013
Brick and paver
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November 18, 2013
Birch trees lining the driveway
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November 15, 2013
tree lined driveway
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November 13, 2013
River birch
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November 5, 2013
screen with taxus and ground cover
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November 3, 2013
River birch trees
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October 30, 2013
Birch trees
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October 29, 2013
love the brick and placement of trees
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October 28, 2013
River Birch
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October 14, 2013
Grouping of trees
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October 13, 2013
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October 11, 2013
Brick and stone look nice toghether
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October 10, 2013
Birch trees
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October 10, 2013
Landscape hedge with line of birch in front
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October 7, 2013
a row or border of birch
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September 28, 2013
love birch trees, their bark is awesome
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September 27, 2013
river birch
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September 23, 2013
This red Brick and stone edge may be a solution if we get the brick free.
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September 23, 2013
Li e
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September 23, 2013
curved edge to brick pavers with jumbo cobblestones; cut edge between brick and cobblestones
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September 22, 2013
river birch
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September 20, 2013
river birch
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September 20, 2013
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September 20, 2013
Brick with stone edge
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September 20, 2013
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September 20, 2013
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September 18, 2013
river birch tree for backyard between houses
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September 15, 2013
Row of birches
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September 14, 2013
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September 13, 2013
Birch trees
Deb added this to Landscape Ideas
September 13, 2013
great drive
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September 12, 2013
line the driveway
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September 12, 2013
More driveway
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September 11, 2013
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September 9, 2013
Path & trees
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September 8, 2013
Clump birch
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September 8, 2013
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September 7, 2013
River Birch
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September 7, 2013
double row of cobblestone paver makes a pretty edge between driveway and lawn
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September 3, 2013
River birch
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September 3, 2013
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September 2, 2013
Birch trees
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September 2, 2013
two tone paver driveway
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August 29, 2013
River birches
Donald added this to Yard/Landscape/Deck/Porch
August 28, 2013
these kind of birch trees
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August 25, 2013
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August 25, 2013
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August 24, 2013
Trees driveway
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August 23, 2013
Driveway trees?
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August 22, 2013
River birch
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August 22, 2013
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August 22, 2013
Vince idea
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August 22, 2013
driveway pavers
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August 20, 2013
nice driveway
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August 17, 2013
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August 12, 2013
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August 11, 2013
birch trees
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August 11, 2013
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August 10, 2013
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August 10, 2013
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August 7, 2013
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August 7, 2013
pavers & greenery combo
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August 7, 2013
for our garage
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August 4, 2013
Pvement edging
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August 1, 2013
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July 31, 2013
birch trees
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July 29, 2013
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July 28, 2013
Border and driveway como
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July 27, 2013
Along driveway
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July 27, 2013
Driveway floor
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July 23, 2013
Front tree
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July 22, 2013
River birch
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July 19, 2013
landscape ideas
July 18, 2013
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July 18, 2013
Simple landscapes
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July 16, 2013
Bordures dans le gris.
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July 14, 2013
River birch
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July 14, 2013
River birch
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July 13, 2013
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July 12, 2013
Birch trees
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July 12, 2013
interesting idea
cdfvolunteer added this to back patio
July 8, 2013
good for behind the house
tshields64 added this to tshields64's ideas
July 6, 2013
Brick and border
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July 6, 2013
River Birch
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July 6, 2013
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July 2, 2013
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July 2, 2013
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July 1, 2013
adorables abedules
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June 30, 2013
االتوزيعه لاشجار الفاكهه
lonandbek added this to lonandbek's ideas
June 26, 2013
love the trees
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June 26, 2013
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June 25, 2013
Birch, arborvitae
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June 25, 2013
I like the different angles and alos the boarder.
aksolberg added this to aksolberg's Ideas
June 23, 2013
When thieves popular needs tone replaced, use river birch instead
maggiepie11 added this to Landscape
June 20, 2013
trees lining driveway!
Christy W added this to The Grounds
June 20, 2013
Nice brick paver driveway against lovely landscaping.
Raylene Short added this to Landscape Ideas
June 16, 2013
driveway lined with trees
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June 16, 2013
love the bark and shape
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June 16, 2013
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June 16, 2013
viejas driveway side planting
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June 16, 2013
trees for driveways
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June 15, 2013
Nice entrance
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June 15, 2013
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June 12, 2013
River Birch trees
Lauren Stephens added this to driveway
June 10, 2013
border the driveway
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June 9, 2013
River birch
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June 7, 2013
in front of house
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June 5, 2013
love the birch trees
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June 4, 2013
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June 3, 2013
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June 2, 2013
pavers,birch lawn
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June 1, 2013
Side yard
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May 31, 2013
Fruit Trees
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May 29, 2013
Nice and sleek.
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May 29, 2013
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May 28, 2013
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May 28, 2013
Tree border for driveway
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May 27, 2013
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May 26, 2013
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May 26, 2013
River Birch - stream banks
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May 21, 2013
river birch bed
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May 21, 2013
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May 19, 2013
River birch
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