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Turn A Drab Winter Landscape Into Something To Look At When You’re Shoveling

Thursday, September 27th, 2012

Now is a great time to consider making some changes to your landscaping which will provide beauty and interest this winter.  What makes a popular plant for the winter landscape that is sometimes nothing more than a blanket of white? You can generate some winning combinations if you combine plantings and hardscapes. An alternative to concrete such as pavers and natural stone walkways can add interest against the winter white and remind you of the promise of spring. They should be considered for their year-round beauty.

Evergreen shrubs and conifer trees always add visual interest with the difference in their leaf structure. Rhododendrons (aside from their leaves turning green to red in the fall) remain on, giving a delicate leaf to view in the winter. Red color can be added with the  bark of the red twig dogwoods, and the shaggy bark of birches adds to the view out a window.  A winning plant or tree for a charming winter landscape must be a plant that has one or more of the following characteristics:

- Contains colorful berries that birds like so you get berries and birds in the mix

- Catches snow on its branches and even ice when it freezes

- Has bark that has interesting structure or bark color to look at when there aren’t any leaves

- Bears evergreen foliage

- Has an interesting branch pattern

- Has a delicate structure

- Has enough height so it doesn’t get dwarfed or buried by the snow

There is also something incredibly beautiful about the moon shining on snow in the winter. You can create this winter interest in your garden by introducing low-voltage lighting that showcases your plantings in different ways using focal lights, up lights, path lights, etc.

As outdoor lighting contractors, landscape designers, and landscape architects we can enhance what you see when you look out your windows this winter. Our MN landscape design company would be happy to sit and talk about your ideas for creating beauty that can turn winter in your yard like a painting you view. Call us at 952-292-7717.


ALD Featured Exhibitor at Minneapolis Home and Garden Show February 29-March 4, 2012

Wednesday, January 18th, 2012

Stop by Booth #750 and talk to us about your bringing your landscaping dreams to life! ALD is a featured exhibitor at the biggest show, the Minneapolis Home and Garden Show. Come to the show to find out what’s new in home, garden, landscaping, remodeling and much more!

Every project we do is unique since it starts with a review with our customer of their project ideas, needs and desires. Each customer gets want they want as they work with our talented licensed design staff. Our desire is to have your home and surroundings express your unique taste and personality. We’ll work with you to plan great outdoor space at your house!

ALD, a multi-speciality landscape company offers a full range of offerings:

  • Pools & Spas
  • Outdoor Fire Places andFire Pits
  • Landscape Design and Installation
  • Low Voltage Lighting
  • Waterscaping Excavating & Grading
  • Custom Boulder/Stone Work
  • Outdoor Living Spaces and Kitchens
  • Unique Garden Plantings
  • Hardscapes Stone and Rock Work
  • Holiday Lighting Installation Services

Landscaping services, when done well, are an integral part of maintaining your investment. Our passionate dedication to our clients’ needs as well as professionalism, creativity, and craftsmanship.

We make your vision a reality with your crucial input. Our promise is to provide efficient, exceptional landscape work done meticulously for you and your home. We pride ourselves on our ability to listen and cater to each client’s specific needs.

Ask about the Ten Star Guarantee we offer; it is unprecedented in the landscape industry. We’re known as Minnesota landscape design and installation contractor that provides unique plans and a superior experience to our customer. Stop by Booth #750 and share your dreams or call us 952-292-7717 today! We bring your dreams to life!

The Home and Garden show hours are:

Wednesday, February 29, 12:00 pm-9:00 pm

Thursday, March 1, 10:00 am-9:00 pm

Friday, March 2, 10:00 am-9:00 pm

Saturday, March 3 9:00 am-9:00 pm

Sunday, March 4 9:00-6:00 pm