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Category: Landscape Design Minnesota

Landscape Lighting Techniques Professionals Use to Elevate The Night

Photographers, filmmakers, and landscape designers know that achieving the right lighting effect is as much art as it is science. Science explains why photographers will avoid midday shoots when light intensity is high. The light is harsh There are no shadows Colors are washed out There’s too much reflection There can be blind spots The art of landscape lighting is creating interesting shadows, a sense of pause or motion, or providing visual cues that safely lead people to their destination.  The art of working with light is akin to working with musical notes and the spaces between them. Without those

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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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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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Save the Bees: Building A Bee-Friendly Garden

Everyone with a green thumb has heard of plants that attract butterflies to your garden and has probably planted a few of them in hopes of luring the delicately-winged guests to your garden. However, not as many people have heard of a bee garden. After one too many negative experiences with bees, people tend to avoid them  at all costs, but bees are vitally important for our ecosystem. And bees need our help. That’s why we will discuss the importance of these buzzing critters in our modern lives and how to build a garden that they will love. Why Are

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