Perennials for old fashioned gardens

  Perennials for old fashioned gardens In Northfield, we do a lot of landscaping around older homes. I remember when I was younger, my Mom and Dad would take me to Grandma’s house. I’ll never forget how much I enjoyed looking at all the all the flowers in her garden. (A sign of things to come?). Grandma [...] . . . → Read More: Perennials for old fashioned gardens

A Garden Pathway

  Ground covers are making themselves at home  around  a flagstone pathway as it makes  its way to the gate at the far end of the garden. We needed to fit this garden between the house and nearby driveway (out of view to the left of the picture).     A picket fence and some large arborvitae trunks outside of the fence  form an [...] . . . → Read More: A Garden Pathway

Why are the leaves on my tree turning yellow?

Yellow leaves can be a sign of iron deficiency. Chlorosis is a common problem of many acid loving trees and shrubs in Minnesota, particularly in urban areas. Chlorosis is caused by a lack of micronutrients, resulting in the inability of the plant to produce chlorophyll, which is essential to the plant’s survival. It can cause the [...] . . . → Read More: Why are the leaves on my tree turning yellow?

Landscaping a Small Space

Designing and landscaping small spaces is one of my favorite things to do. I tend be be somewhat of a private person myself, so I enjoy creating intimate, private spaces. There is something therapeutic about being outside, yet having that feeling that you are still “in your room”. Sort of like relaxing in your den [...] . . . → Read More: Landscaping a Small Space

Building a timber-framed step system and boulder wall

  The steep slope along both sides of this home really restricted access to the back yard. That plus the fact that the  deep shade that covered the area most of the day made for quite a “slippery slope” when it rained. We built timber framed steps and put in a dark blue dresser trap rock inside the frame. [...] . . . → Read More: Building a timber-framed step system and boulder wall

A Crafty Boulder Wall

After opening up their back yard to accommodate a new deck, patio and future hot tub, some wall construction was in order.  This home is located in the country, and the the field stone pictured here occurs naturally in the area, so it fit the bill nicely. We always like to use materials that  are native to the area if [...] . . . → Read More: A Crafty Boulder Wall

Timber steps, field stone walls, and some extra parking

A spot to park a third car. An easier way to get from the upper side deck down to the back yard. Less mowing on the steepslope along the side of the house.  All three conditions were issues that were addressed for these homeowners in their newly built country home.   We started the process by hauling in fill to create [...] . . . → Read More: Timber steps, field stone walls, and some extra parking

Many hands make light work

A while back I drew up a landscape plan for Emmaus church after they had  constructed a new addition to accommodate their growing congregation. The plan included birch and crabapple  trees, shrubs, a paver patio, and flower beds for several varieties of annuals and perennials. Grove Landscaping crews did the  heavy machine work, patio construction, and planted the larger [...] . . . → Read More: Many hands make light work

Tone Down a High Front Porch

A low flagstone wall enclosing a raised planting bed seemed to be a natural fit as I considered options for for front of this home. The  height of the front porch and concrete steps leading up to it made the front entrance look heavy and imposing, and needed some toning down. The lower wall comes out 6-7 feet beyond [...] . . . → Read More: Tone Down a High Front Porch

Build a small burm to add interest to your lawn

    Before we could landscape the back of this home on a corner lot, we had to solve a drainage problem due to inadequate sloping for channeling rain water away from the foundation, and a heavy clay soil resulting in poor drainage. We installed catch basins at the bottom of the two downspouts at both corners [...] . . . → Read More: Build a small burm to add interest to your lawn