09 Apr 2020

Retaining Walls Add Style and Visual Interest to Front or Backyard

A retaining wall’s primary purpose is to hold back earth typically in hilly neighbourhoods, although it is possible the earth was placed intentionally as part of an original landscape design. A retaining wall will add a lot of visual interest, and can separate one area of the back or front yard from the other. Some retaining walls can also be used as garden beds, depending on their design.

Retaining walls are typically built with precast concrete blocks that come in many shapes and styles, however natural stone blocks are also used.

16 Jan 2020

Assessing Your Landscape – How to Avoid Big Money Renovations

Every landscape – both natural or managed – is dynamic. Nothing is frozen in time. Without proper, ongoing care, all built landscapes and managed environments will experience a slow and steady degeneration until the only remedy is complete renovation. Even with care the maturing and aged landscape of 15 plus years can start to outpace the space.

What’s needed to avoid major landscape surgery is periodic, year-round assessment that enables you to see and gage your landscape’s performance and determine what needs focused, more proactive attention and what can coast along with minimal care. Take notes and photographs to refer back to later in the year. Use them to review progress at each new phase and season and to act as a baseline for change. Keep in mind, that you can only put off care and change for so long. If you see an issue, address it as soon as you can.