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Landscape Lighting System Troubleshooting Practices

The rich green of summer is waning and the warm hues of autumn are taking its place. Yellows, oranges, and reds are filling the outdoor environment with temporary warmth. Sooner than you think, however, Jack Frost will come nipping at your nose, and he may get to your landscape lighting systems too. Minnesotans are accumstomed to rain, snow, and cold. Truth is we embrace the changing of seasons. If your landscape lighting system wasn’t properly planned, installed, and maintained, it may not be prepared for its Minnesota environment. That’s alright because the purpose of this article is to help you

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How To Grade Landscaping Performance

Arranging the pieces of any landscape project is both a science and art. You have to consider horticulture, architecture, and personal style to get it right.  The truth is trial and error is part of the process. Plans are made and landscapes are built from them. However, it’s you, the property owner, who must ultimately bless the work and live with it.  It is possible to grade the performance of your landscaping so that you can affect the right changes. This will give you a roadmap that you can use work from, but more importantly, you will have greater and

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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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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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Landscape Drainage Systems To Keep Your Property Safe and Beautiful

Keeping your property safe requires a drainage system that manages surface water and water that finds its way below the surface. Most municipalities have guidelines for this. That’s the place to start for new construction and renovation projects. You’ll discover that your property must comply with community guidelines that protect your rights as well as those of your neighbors. Understanding the big picture will help you solve any drainage problems you may be having. For example, if your current systems are unable to excessive moisture, you first want to be sure you are taking on water that it is not

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