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Going beyond builder-basic

There are a lot of “builder basic” landscapes in Vancouver, and landscaping is often one item that gets pushed further down the priority list, or even forgotten about entirely when building a new home.

Luckily, with our help, your new dream home can look like it from the outside, too.

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Here’s an awesome example of how a landscaper can take a fine yard and turn it into something incredible. The first image here is the yard we started with.

As you can see, the redesign of this backyard not only made it a more practical space to entertain and relax in, but the clean lines of the patio make the area feel easily twice as large.

We were able to help the homeowner keep their personal style in the look of the space, and now this backyard can be shared even better with friends and family.

If you want to get a lot more out of your yard, or are just sick of that cookie cutter builder basic landscaping, give us a call and we can give you something you’ll love.

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Beautiful crocosmia for color

Tired of your yard looking drab in the heat of summer? Wishing your garden had more than browns and (hopefully) a few different green tones when the rains finally clear up and we can finally enjoy the sunshine?

Well, look no further than our good friend Crocosmia!

This colorful family of plants brings a wide variety of summer blooming, warm toned flowers with nice sharp lines. They’re pretty easygoing and can be utilized in a number of great spots in a planter bed or garden, whether they’re the star of the show or part of a supporting cast.

Once they are established, they are fairly drought resistant, and they even attract butterflies and hummingbirds, which is why you’ve probably seen multiple varieties of them all over town. 

If you’ve been convinced to try out the versatile and diverse family of beautiful flowers, give us a call and we can provide some locally sourced crocosmia to brighten up your summer!

Ice, Wind, and a Lot of Snow!

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We help manage snow and ice for a wide variety of commercial clients. If your business isn’t contracted with a reputable company to help treat for ice, shovel walks, or plow parking lots, give us a call! Our ice melt crews start at about midnight during winter events– give yourself some peace of mind knowing that your employees and customers will be able to safely access your facility.

Winter is Coming…

If you’re looking to wrap up some last touches to get that landscape cleaned up for the year, whether it’s hydroseeding your large commercial space or just getting those fall leaves picked up, give us a call. Our calendar for winter construction work is filling up fast, and the last weeks to do seeding and planting is fast approaching.
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Got a project in mind for the new year, or spring season? A winter consultation to get your project going means we can help iron out details and work up a perfect plan to make your vision a reality.

Landscaper’s Toolbox: Retaining Walls and You

Retaining walls are one of our our most frequent requests. Retaining wall projects are as diverse as it gets in landscaping. Many contractors and commercial clients request retaining walls to help create distinction between areas of their landscaping, or solve drainage and grading issues. However, the potential applications of a retaining wall extend far beyond these common purposes. A retaining wall has the ability to transform a backyard into an outdoor living space, and can be built to fit any style or color palette.

From the purely practical to the distinctly decorative, retaining walls can accomplish so much for any yard. Here are a few shots of retaining wall projects we’ve done, and a little bit of background into the goals of the projects.

Retaining wall projects can accomplish so much for any yard.

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This is a great example of a retaining wall that accomplishes a practical goal: this customer wanted us to develop their yard into a level space for an outdoor entertainment area, with a retaining wall that would also serve as additional seating. The pathway leading to the patio area also provided easier access from the driveway down to the back yard.

 

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This project was actually developed to create a lower maintenance yard. Removing the grass here didn’t have to detract from the attractiveness of the front yard, and with the plantings of low maintenance shrubs and easy to care for perennials, the space actually looks very clean and contemporary. Accessing and caring for their sloped yard was difficult for this client, so we used these small retaining walls to help level things out and make the space pop.

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Commercial clients need retaining walls too. This was one part of over 775 feet of walls created to help flatten lots for houses in a new subdivision. These are large blocks, 8″ tall and 18″ wide– the same blocks we use on engineered retaining walls that reach over 4 feet tall.