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How to Design a Layered Landscape

Layered landscape designs are a fantastic way of taking your garden to the next level. After all, there’s just something so enchanting about walking through a head-high symphony of colorful flora and brush. The large volume and complexity of layered garden beds may seem impossibly overwhelming at first, but rest assured, with the right know-how, anyone can create beautiful scenery wherever they please. If you’d like to start revamping your garden, keep reading for a full guide on layered landscape design. What Is a Layered Landscape? Landscape layering compiles plants of varying heights arranged close to one another to create

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Winter Landscaping Ideas: Make Your Property Look Great in the Winter

If the cold, bare look of your yard in winter depresses you, you can spruce up your landscape with some fantastic winter landscape ideas. Whether you want to focus on sustainable gardening or strictly winterizing, you can use hardy plants or other outdoor items, so you can love your property in the winter just as much as you do in the warm months.  You may think all you can do to curate your yard during the winter is add some rocks, but you can do so much more. Keep reading for the best winter landscaping plants and other fabulous winter

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Choosing the Best Hardscaping Materials for Your Landscape

If you look into your yard and feel that it has a boring appearance, hardscaping could be the perfect thing to liven up your yard space. Creating an outdoor architectural space with the best hardscape materials has the power to offer a more inviting and visually pleasing area to you and your guests.  Choosing hardscape materials is difficult, so let’s look at some of the best hardscape materials to get you started in your yard transformation process. What Are Hardscapes? Hardscaping involves using non-living pieces to make durable man-made aesthetic structures, like pathways and patios, which come in various hard

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How to Design a Backyard Landscape

Backyard landscape design creates a practical and aesthetically pleasing outdoor living space. That means different for everyone, even if we design backyard landscaping similarly. Some may want a custom deck for hosting parties and picnics, while others may want a fun yard for kids to play in. No matter what you wish to achieve, this comprehensive guide can help you know how to design a backyard landscape.  After learning the basics and some important principles of design, you’ll be able to take all these backyard landscaping ideas and apply them to your own outdoor space. ALD is here to help

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Winterization Tips for Outdoor Spaces, Features and Landscape Systems

After a long Minnesota winter, homeowners willingly take on the task of getting their outdoor living spaces ready to use. Clean up and light maintenance prepare hardscape features and their surrounding landscaping to enjoy. As the cool autumn weather sets in, people get busy with work and back to school routines and dismiss landscape maintenance and winterization. You might lack the time needed to perform all these tasks, or you may not want to take on extra work on top of your day job. This is understandable, but you may regret your decision when you discover it could cost thousands

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What To Consider Before Investing In Outdoor Landscape Lighting

Have you ever seen a professionally lit home that appears ordinary during the day but looks stunning at night?  This is what outdoor landscape lighting can do for your home. It literally can transform the average into extraordinary for a modest investment. Landscape lighting will showcase the exterior of your home, but also make it safer for you and your family to navigate the outdoor spaces. When used creatively, outdoor lighting can create a signature ambiance and showcase the unique characteristics of your home. This explains why many homeowners consider outdoor lighting to be an investment that pays for itself,

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