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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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2022 Better Outdoor Living Design Trends

Homeowners have experienced global influences over the last couple of years that are changing how people expect to live. Now that they are proving to endure, most families are currently in the early stages of adapting to them. It’s impossible to ignore how the pandemic changed daily commuting to telecommuting for so many. According to a study conducted by LinkedIn, before the pandemic, one of 67 jobs was remote. Today, one of seven is remote. It’s predicted that many employees may never return to a daily commute. As working at home becomes a new norm, families will adapt to these

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Seasonal Holiday Decorating Ideas for Elegant Displays

In the classic holiday film, Bing Crosby dreamed of a white Christmas. Had he lived in Minnesota, one could be certain that dream would be realized. White Christmases are a part of life in the Midwest. Glistening blankets of ivory snow covering streets and sidewalks, trees and bushes, businesses and homes … it’s what we know. Now imagine using your decorating flair to take that further. At Architectural Landscape Design, we celebrate the holidays with a mixture of modern outdoor lighting and traditional festive decor that creates a classic look for your home, one full of grace and elegance, but

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How To Choose Between 3 Season and 4 Season Rooms

To be boxed in is a common feeling. It describes the experience of feeling restricted or limited in one’s options.  This is a feeling many homeowners experience when they embark on important landscaping projects, those that typically require a significant investment. Nobody likes to make mistakes, to build something that may solve one problem when, if it had been better planned, could have created multiple outdoor living options.  3 season and 4 season rooms, for instance, enable homeowners to enjoy an outdoor space over the course of multiple seasons. They give you the freedom to enjoy an environment that is

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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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