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Category: Minneapolis Landscaping

How To Prune Minnesota Trees For Health, Safety and Appearance

As we transition from spring to summer, woody ornamental plantings are actively growing and ready for timely pruning to support their health and longevity in the landscape. You’ll discover that a basic understanding of tree biology will equip you to give your plants the timely care they need. It’s partly true that plants enjoy vigorous growth after a restful winter dormancy period. More important, is that when springtime arrives they are well-stocked with carbohydrate fuel that has been stored as starch the previous year. Respecting and responding to this annual cycle is one of the first steps in achieving healthier

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Best Shrubs and Bushes for Minnesota Landscapes

Before you start landscaping your home or commercial property, you’ll need to consider which shrubs and bushes will add texture, depth, and color to your yard but you’ll also need to identify which varieties thrive best in the beautiful, yet unpredictable, Minnesota climate. It is important to choose the best shrubs for Minnesota season changes and the best bushes for Minnesota temperatures to plant in your garden. Shrubs and bushes are the cornerstone of landscaping design, so you can’t make the mistake of choosing a variety that won’t sustain well. Accentuating your overall landscaping aesthetics depends on the health and

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Popular Minnesota Trees That Homeowners Need To Know

Imagine investing in an asset whose value grows steadily over time, only to discover 8-10 years later that its potential was flawed from the beginning. This is what happens when the wrong tree is planted, or when healthy trees are planted on properties not suitable for them. Choosing trees that are right for you and your property requires a little homework. The first step is being realistic about your goals and the performance of the trees you have in mind. We believe nearly every shade, ornamental, and evergreen tree has merit. Some will last for decades or more, becoming majestic

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10 Timeless Landscape Design Ideas

Landscape design is a practice that seldom follows a predictable path. This is true even for those schooled in a traditional landscape architecture program. There are principles that most adhere to, but the real magic is often uniquely personal, distilled from years of life and client experiences. There are designers with backgrounds in science, engineering, and the arts, all of them accomplished. You should take some of this to heart when working with a landscape designer. Your thoughts and ideas, when blended with others, will make it your own, and quite possibly, more than anyone could have imagined. What follows are

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Landscape Lighting Techniques That Transform Outdoor Living Spaces

To see a light at the end of a tunnel. To offer a ray of light. To have a light bulb moment. We recognize the inherent truth in these idioms because the concept of light extends far beyond the literal meaning of illumination. Light has become synonymous with respite, hope, and clarity. It is for this reason that Architectural Landscape Design takes great pleasure in offering our clients lighting options that will completely change outdoor living spaces, both on a literal and metaphorical level. Let’s take back the light, one outdoor arena at a time. Pools, Spas, and Ponds The

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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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