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Communication Tips for Landscape Installation Success

Most good things don’t just happen by chance; they generally happen as a result of careful planning and are built on experience. The same is true for landscape installation projects. Let’s talk about the importance of clear communication as key to a successful landscape installation project.
The first step in

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A Winning Hardscape

It’s always hard, as a landscape professional, to meet with potential new clients who have either inherited a poor paver project or worse still, have learned the hard way about how to know what makes for a successful installation that will last for decades—because they currently have one that didn’t.
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Why Autumn is Important in the Landscape

In previous blog posts, we’ve talked about the importance of rejuvenating lawns in the fall with turf aeration and re-seeding, but there are other important things to do in autumn. Why autumn is important to the quality of home landscapes? Specific things done in autumn are the first steps to

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The Heat is On (Part 2)

As we enter the early part of autumn, we are sometimes faced with hot, dry conditions. Even into October, we can have many hot days left before autumn brings on some cool. What will we see in our landscapes when these conditions prevail?
Faded Foilage Color
This is not at

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Be the Shining Star in the Neighborhood

We’ve all just set out our pumpkins and corn stalks as leaves have begun to turn color. It seems like summer was just at hand, yet it’s time to turn attention to the most wonderful time—the festive holidays celebrated at the end of the year. There are few ways that

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The Heat is On (Part 1)

Landscapes have certain needs in the heat of the summer. Here are some things to watch for as the season heat’s up.
Insect Issues
Sometimes, you see holes in the leaves of your plants. Don’t panic: most of the times, these are from small insects that eat leaves only during

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Let’s Talk Lawn

Americans have a love affair with their lawns. I wonder if this is due to the attachment we’ve always had to wide-open spaces that our forefathers and mothers encountered as they went west across our native prairie grasslands, of that they are somehow reminiscent of parks.
Whatever the reason, lawn

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Must-Ask Questions for Your Landscape Project – Part 2

For this part of our monthly blog, we’ll talk about ”Must-Ask Questions for Your Landscape Project” as they pertain to new installations.
“How do we make the best use of our space?” In the initial meetings, you want the design/build firm you are meeting with to come up with ideas

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Let’s Make Plans – Part 2

In the previous blog, we spoke about the initial steps in creating a landscape plan. In this blog, we will move to the next steps in creating a final landscape design plan.
After the base map is drawn—and for most companies, this is a computer-generated plan– the next phase is

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Let’s Make Plans – Part 1

Groundhog Day marks the halfway point for winter, so now that we are on the uptick to spring, it’s time to start thinking more seriously about your landscape. Let’s make plans!
What are landscape plans and why are they a vital phase to building a successful outdoor living space? We

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