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How To Manage and Maximize A Landscaping Project Budget

When you invest in landscaping you want to get the most for your money. That can put you at odds with your landscape contractor if they take a traditional approach to budgeting it. One of the first questions they may ask you is, “What’s your budget?” You may have an idea of how much you want to spend but it’s usually not productive to share that figure. More important is sharing a vision for the landscaping project that you had in mind and how it will enhance your family’s lifestyle. This may be expressed by sharing some elements that you

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New Trend on the Block: Native Plant Landscaping

When you think of a beautiful meadow at sunset, what comes to mind? Long, billowing grasses and wildflowers, probably accompanied by butterflies and bees, appear. If you could capture that look and stage it around your property, would you?  This delightful image is the inspiration for modern natural landscaping. Native plant landscaping combines the beauty and functionality of native species into unique gardening designs.  This landscaping technique is the latest trend for homeowners and business owners alike who want a more low-maintenance and sustainable garden design. See just why native plant landscaping is captivating the hearts of Minnesotans. What Is

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The Tranquility Garden Experience Trend

The lifestyle changes that people have experienced over the past year have greatly influenced how they want to live. Homeowners are rediscovering ways to commune with Nature to fully appreciate the restorative qualities of tranquility, the multisensory experience of Nature’s sights, sounds, fragrances, and textures. Tranquility Is A Physiological Experience There’s more to tranquility than sights, sounds, smells, and textures. More specifically, it is their nature that matters. For example, the soft rustling of cottonwood tree leaves has a calming effect. However, if the winds are unrelenting the droning sound could become quite unnerving and irritating. Therefore, it’s important to

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Hire Property Inspections Before You Invest in Landscaping

Hiring a home inspection is standard practice nowadays, even for new construction. Most homebuyers do not realize they should be hiring professionals to inspect their outdoor living spaces too. This is especially important for larger and older properties. Most villages and municipalities have checks and balances that assure compliance with codes and regulations. Building permits trigger a series of inspections. However, once the final inspection is made and the house is sold to a new buyer, what happens outdoors goes largely unnoticed. Occasionally, a complaining neighbor may trigger an inspection by the municipality, but those occurrences are few. What tends

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10 Easy to Care for Summer Plantings

It’s almost the warmest months of the year, and vibrant, fragrant Minnesota summer flowers will soon be everywhere. However, what do you do if you aren’t known for your gardening expertise? Not everyone is born with the innate knowledge to take care of a garden. Fortunately, there are low-maintenance plants for summer that require little maintenance. And don’t worry, they aren’t succulents! These annuals and perennials will have your Minnesota garden looking summer-ready before you know it. Low-Maintenance Plants to Add to Your Garden You can get started adding greenery and color with the following suggestions that are easy to

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5 Advantages of Living Fences

Natural fences are a popular idea with Minnesota homeowners looking to add natural beauty to define their property. You can use plants to line your property naturally. Shrubbery, trees, or flowering bushes are attractive and planet-friendly sanctuaries for birds, butterflies, and other fauna. These living fences also provide a visually pleasing privacy screen. Here are the benefits and some ideas for incorporating a natural fence into your own yard. The Advantages of a Living Fence Besides being lovely to look at, a living fence has many advantages. Read on to learn more.  1. Economically Friendly  Living fences have all the

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