Stay In The Swing Of Things: Add A Synthetic Backyard Putting Green

A private putting green is one of the landscape features people are adding to their landscapes. It can be a great place to practice your putting. You can also use it to teach your children or grandchildren how to put. And it can be used for entertaining…you can have putting parties or putting matches with […]

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Circular Brick Patio Rooms Provide Emphasis

One of the nicest things any backyard can have is an inviting place right off of the house that provides a place to sit, dine, relax, read or entertain. You want it to feel private and warm and inviting. Brick pavers are one of the most versatile products to use because they can be installed […]

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Atriums Add Captivating Space and Light to A House

Atriums are a popular addition to houses or a design feature because they add “a feeling of space and light.” An atrium typically is a large open space, sometimes several stories high that has a glazed roof. There are large windows also. They are either located right outside main entrance doors to a house or […]

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Choosing Plants: How A Designer Sees Plants

The last step in landscape planning is choosing the plants. Choosing plants correctly is key to a great landscape. Think of the types of plants you need based on function. Maybe you need a tree to anchor a border, a vine to climb a fence, and a ground cover for a slope where grass doesn’t […]

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Pools and Spas: Predictable or Not?

It used to be that a backyard swimming pool was a pretty predictable thing. It was rectangular, had a diving board, a couple of ladders, and a shallow and deep end. Times have changed homeowners can choose from different types of pools, new kinds of surfacing materials, high tech lights, etc. A pool or spa […]

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Landscaping in Minneapolis Minnesota

LAND: any part of the earth’s surface not covered by a body of water; SCAPE: stalk rising from the ground, staff, moving upward; forward When seen through these definitions, landscaping is just that, taking the natural form of the soil and forming it into something that will rise above, and more forward. It is the natural […]

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Landscaping Away Ugly Utility Areas

It’s unfortunate, but it’s true most houses have some ugly utility areas that would be better hidden from view. See if one of these appears in your yard. Taking a critical second look may present an opportunity to turn a place you would like to avoid looking at into an area that you may enjoy. […]

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Patios A Hundred Different Ways

It used to be that a patio was a grey concrete slab with some folding metal chairs. Obviously, those days are gone! Today, there are hundreds of ways to design patios and countless materials to choose from to create a patio. You can use brick, concrete, brick pavers, cobblestones, stamped concrete, natural stone, marble, tile, and […]

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