Raising Harelson and Honeycrisp apples

Last fall’s apple crop was the best ever on our apple trees. We had more than we could ever use, even after giving away several bushels to  our friends and our church. I have two Harrelson reds and a Honeycrisp apple tree at my home, which is a 3 acre hobby farm. I’ve had them [...] . . . → Read More: Raising Harelson and Honeycrisp apples

Ponds and Water Features: A Backyard Paradise

A few years back, I installed a 11′ x 16′ pond with a waterfall in our back yard, next to our paver patio. It’s something that I’ve enjoyed immensely, and has become the focal point of the yard. Any water feature that we have installed for our clients has been become a real favorite spot [...] . . . → Read More: Ponds and Water Features: A Backyard Paradise

Pond and Water Feature Basics

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Peg’s Pond Part II

Last time I wrote an entry (Peg’s Pond) about building a pond for my sister-in-law Peg. A planting season has gone by, and as you can see by the pictures, the place has changed quite a bit! Peg now has some Koi and a few goldfish, and they have taken a real liking to their [...] . . . → Read More: Peg’s Pond Part II

Peg’s Pond

A while back, I got a call from my sister-in-law Peg Johnson, who lives in Portage, Wisconsin. The conversation went something like this: “Say, I was wondering…. I know you build ponds and water features, and, well, I think I’m ready for one myself. How ’bout coming over to Portage and putting one in my [...] . . . → Read More: Peg’s Pond

Building a Butterfly Garden Part II

There are two types if plants that attract butterflies. They are 1) a nectar source for the butterfly, and 2) a food source for the larvae to feed on. The more you have of each, the better your chances are of attracting a wide variety of butterflies to your garden. You should also include a [...] . . . → Read More: Building a Butterfly Garden Part II

Building a Butterfly Garden

Building a Butterfly Garden: First Things First! Along with the increased interest in the use of native plants for landscaping, butterfly watching has come right alongside it and has become a popular pastime. By choosing the right plants, anyone can create a butterfly garden, whether it be in a space as small as an apartment [...] . . . → Read More: Building a Butterfly Garden

How to keep Deer away from your plants

If you have deer in your neighborhood, chances are that you have seen them taking a lunch break on in your yard, enjoying one of the new shrubs (or perennials) that you just purchased. And you thought it was just the right plant for the right space. It looks like the deer agree with you, [...] . . . → Read More: How to keep Deer away from your plants

Improve your basement walkout with a paver patio

Many of our clients have walkout basements. Many of them will also have an overhead deck or sunporch above them. The space under the deck is more often than not a dark, empty, wasted space that no one uses, or is an unsightly storage area where anything from basketballs to snowmobiles are stored. Some will have concrete [...] . . . → Read More: Improve your basement walkout with a paver patio