Architectural Landscape Design Blog

5 Ways to Weatherproof Your Outdoor Water Feature 

Prepare for Severe Weather Knowing when storms are going to occur is crucial for taking care of your yard’s Koi pond or other water feature. To do this, you will need to take extra special care of your water feature to prevent damage from potentially destructive weather. Make sure all furniture and equipment in your […]

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Tips for Transforming Your Backyard Patio into a Gourmet Kitchen

After investing time and attention into your backyard patio, you’ve found the area never sees much use. Every time you host a dinner party, everyone congregates in the kitchen. You want to be with your food as it cooks, and your guests want to be with you—effectively wasting the beautiful patio space you’ve worked so […]

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Tight on Space? Check out these Low-Maintenance Landscaping Ideas!

Without much time or energy to invest in a demanding backyard or front lawn, some homeowners become discouraged. They stop mowing their grass, stop weeding, and stop enjoying their own yards. When you lack much space outdoors, it’s even easier to shrug off landscaping. However, with a few clever landscaping tricks, you can enjoy a […]

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How a Pergola Can Transform the Look of Your Yard 

It’s amazing how much a single yard structure can add an extra element of weather protection and physical beauty. If you have the resources and yard space available, a pergola can serve as a useful and aesthetically pleasing resource for your garden or yard. Pergola Placement and Uses The wonderful thing about pergolas is that […]

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Garden Plants That Will Naturally Repel Insects

As the Midwest slowly approaches the warmer months, many homeowners are looking for ways to mitigate the presence of mosquitoes and insects that will impede on outdoor activities. With the proliferation of the West Nile virus, many homeowners want to couple traditional methods of bug control with natural solutions. Commercial insect control is formulated with […]

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Lawn Grass Alternatives

Traditional grass used in lawns have their shortcomings. Even though plush, traditional grass requires gallons of water, stringent upkeep, and maintenance. Not only is it cumbersome, but maintaining a lawn can be costly, especially in temperamental regions like Minneapolis, where summers can be harsh, and winters are below freezing. Thankfully, there are a myriad of […]

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Low Maintenance Patio Materials

Located on the banks of the Mississippi River and just north of the Minnesota River, Minnesota experiences humid summer months and bleak winters. These temperature extremes have a real effect on the look, characteristics, and longevity of the wood materials used in your patio spaces. Depending on the manufacturing process, the wood used in your […]

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Living Fences Versus Traditional Fencing

Unlike traditional fencing, living fences utilize shrubs, trees, and tall plants to create a fencing effect. Acting as a natural barrier, a living wall complements gardens and lawn spaces while preserving the natural scenery of your garden. A living fence can be made from an informal hedgerow or carefully trained plants that grow on top […]

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Common Compost Problems and How to Fix Them

With properly installed hardscape, a compost pile can easily integrate into the landscape of your yard. For gardeners who aren’t in the know, a compost pile is your at-home recycling facility, breaking down leaves, lawn clippings, and other organic materials into nutrient rich compost for your yard and home gardens. Due to the nature of […]

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