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Converting Wood Steps To Masonry

Why Consider Masonry Steps Over Wood? Whether you are deciding on steps as part of new construction or to replace existing wood steps, these are 3 aspects to consider: Longevity Upkeep & maintenance Safety Longevity.  I often mention the wearing affects of exposure and the outdoor elements on everything in the landscape.   From a practical […]

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Landscape Plantings Marry House To Site

Have I gone too far with this metaphor? Two of the functions of good planting design that work together to marry the house to the site are: to complement the home to have the home appear integrated (connected) to its surroundings There are certainly other functions accomplished by good planting design, like creating spaces, directing […]

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Creative With Climbers

Disguising A Utility Pole Although there are quite a few communities that do not have utility poles, I still think of them as a common issue (and challenge) in the landscape.  Utility companies are not being design conscious when they place them – they can’t be.  It’s a matter of support for their wires and […]

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A Much Needed Walkway

A Never Realized Feature This homeowner asked me for a design to renovate the front landscape. The only specific request they had was to save a beautiful Laceleaf Maple that was planted up against the foundation of the house. Beyond that they were relying on me to give their home a new look. I’ve written […]

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