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Patching an Asphalt Driveway

Extend the life of your asphalt driveway with regular maintenance. Patch holes and repair minor deteriorations in your asphalt driveway yourself to save money. Making these minor repairs is a fairly easy job, and keeping behind maintenance repairs like this will help extend the life of an asphalt driveway. The main structural component of an […]

History of Landscape Architecture: The Beginning

Learn a little about the history of the profession, and some of the famous projects created that are historical landmarks in America . Many people are unfamiliar with this profession, yet it has undoubtedly touched their lives on many occasions. In this history ‘Lesson’, we would like to introduce to you the profession of landscape […]

Creating a Master Plan for Your Yard

Make a Master Plan for your yard before building or constructing any projects. A master plan will help you organize the layout of your whole yard, and also let you see whether all the separate parts work together. You’ve made wish lists, had daydreams, and saved pictures. You have high hopes for a great yard […]

Outdoor Lighting for Your House Style

Use outdoor lighting to enhance your outdoor living spaces with outdoor architectural lighting, outdoor accent lighting, and outdoor entry lighting to highlight and complement your homes architectural style and to create the perfect setting for all your outdoor rooms . The type of outdoor lighting we chose can enhance the enjoyment of our living spaces. […]

Screening with Plants

Evergreens and other plants can be used to create various screening effects for privacy in the yard. Use the plant’s characteristics of leaf size and branching to screen views. Plants are probably the most flexible to use for screening. There is no need for wood posts or masonry columns, footings, gravel bases, or even perhaps […]

Create a Scale Drawing

Working with a scale drawing allows you to create a plan that has real dimensions. With a scale drawing you can determine how much space you’ll need for a project. If you are interested in creating a plan for your yard or for a specific area of the yard, it may be a great help […]

Call Before You Dig – Call 8-1-1

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Your safety while working in your yard is top priority. Protect your family and yourself, and your utility lines from damage. Have your underground utility lines marked for free, for your safety and to protect your lines. Just call 8-1-1, and go to for more information.  

How Plants Are Named

Common names of plants may be familiar but not their scientific name. Scientific names keep order of every living thing from the dinosaur to a flower. It’s good for homeowners to know the exact name of the landscape or garden plants they install in case they should ever need to buy more. Remember high school […]

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