When people are shopping for a shade tree, they almost always ask me what I think of Autumn Blase Maples. My first thought is always, WOW, another one.....those must have been marketed like crazy at some point! Truth be told, it would be one of the last trees I would plant in my yard.
Eastern Redbud (Latin name Cercis canadensis) is amazing when it flowers. The flowers are a beautiful magenta-red that run up and down the trees branches. It is one of the first plants to flower in the spring; before the leaves come out. In southern Wisconsin it flowers end of April or early May. It is native to eastern United States and Canada. The tree produces multi-seeded pods in summer. They look like pea pods as the plant is in the pea or Legume family.
Topics: Landscape Planting Design
One of the best compliments I can get from someone about a project of mine is when I am told they love their yard. We love the spaces. We love to be outside and use the yard. There is always something flowering. Our house/ yard looks great.
Topics: Landscape Planting Design
I love my brick patio. It is colorful adding warm tones in the summer and winter. It gave us great additional space for us and for entertaining. I think our brick patio is beautiful. We have had no issues with it. No heaving or sinking of bricks. No ants, no weeds. Naturally Landscape Architecture installed my patio. It was properly constructed. It will last for 20-30 years adding beauty and enjoyment to out yard. When I meet with customers I frequently get asked about what can go wrong with paver patios. More importantly, what can you do to avoid the problems.
I often get asked the question by customers "What is better, a deck or a patio?" The answer is not always simple. Sometimes architecture or terrain will dictate the choice. Sometimes it is simply personal preference. There are pros and cons of both patios and decks. What is better? Read below and hopefully the right choice for you will surface.
Landscape design has a unique set of challenges that makes hiring a qualified person very important. Architects and interior designers are trained to design spaces as are landscape architects. But, the landscape is unique in that it deals with a dynamic medium. Living plants that change and evolve over time. And, environmental factors such as grading, drainage, and seasonal change. There are many professionals who work in the landscape industry. From horticulturists to landscape designers and landscape architects. How does a landscape contractor fit in. What are the differences? Which professional is best for you?
Customers share there dream landscape with me all the time. Then they say, "How much will the project cost? I have no idea what landscaping costs." This is a very difficult question question to answer, especially without a full site survey and elevations. I will do my best to explain some general pricing guidelines and what can contribute to the cost.
Topics: Landscape Cost
Last summer I was at a party in a yard with a large multi-level patio, seating walls, steps, and a fire pit. A friend asked me if I built the patio. Imagine the shock in her face when I replied, "No, if I had we would rip it out and redo it".
Customers often ask me to improve the curb appeal of their home and property. Curb appeal is your homes first impression. It is what you and others first see when approaching your home. In real estate great curb appeal sells homes. For homeowners there is a sense of pride and accomplishment when your house looks great. I recently posted on social media a picture of the front of a home we did a few years ago and commented on how great it looked. Then I started thinking, I should share the before picture and then analyze why the after is so much nicer.