2017 Pools, Spas & Patios Magazine

2017 Pools, Spas & Patios Magazine

On news-stands now is the 2017 edition of Pools, Spas & Patios magazine.  This is a Canadian publication with the focus on home pools, spas & patios, which includes landscaping.  I have been privileged to write for them again this year.  Look for my article on page 83 “Trends in backyard landscaping -  The benefits of hiring a pro to achieve the ideal outdoor living space.”   We all work in a digital age now, but there is still something very satisfying in picking up a print publication and going out onto the deck or patio to read.  Thankfully most aspects of landscaping remain analog and magazines don't go 'ding' ! 

 

Inglewood - Before & After

Inglewood - Before & After

 This Calgary home in the community of Inglewood had undergone a major renovation including a new deck.

The primary design criterion for this property was:

Design & install a gas fireplace on the detached garage façade.
Replace the existing landscaping with patio and mixed borders of hardy perennials and shrubs
Keep the existing large maple tree and smaller crabapple tree
Address drainage – backyard is very flat.  

Placing the fireplace against the garage creates a focal point from the home as well as a functional, warm place to gather in the daytime or cooler evenings.  

 

Okotoks Testimonial

Okotoks Testimonial

We get a lot of our work via referrals from satisfied customers.  One of the best ways to know you are getting a reputable company working for you is to talk to someone who has used a service you are looking for.  To that end we have created several testimonial videos with some of our clients where we interview them and have them speak candidly about their experiences working with us.    

Britannia - Before & After

Britannia - Before & After

We developed the landscaping at this Calgary property for a fellow who used to wear #12 for the Calgary Flames and his family.  It was a new build and we worked closely with the builder during the landscape design phase and to coordinate our landscaping construction with completion of the home.

Functional Landscaping Tip #8 A green with envy

Functional Landscaping Tip #8 A green with envy

One of ten tips to turn your backyard into a unique space

In terms of ‘bang for your buck’ a putting green is an outstanding investment. All ages can play and a professionally designed and installed green provides a very realistic putting experience. From a design standpoint the green acts in a similar manner to natural lawn areas in that it provides ‘negative space’ for the eye to rest on.

Plant Profile - Karl Foerster Feather Reed Grass

Plant Profile - Karl Foerster Feather Reed Grass

Calamagrostis x acutiflora 'Karl Foerster' - Feather Reed Grass

This plant is a favorite for our projects for a variety of reasons.

It has multiple seasons of interest.  In late March / early April it starts to grow and quickly forms a strong base of leaves.  By early summer it has bloomed forming tall blonde stems and sterile seed heads which then persist right through the winter.  They can often be seen in the winter poking through the snow coated in frost or if we have a brown winter, adding a subtle splash of color and texture.

It is very hardy and not too fussy about exposure or soil although it won’t grow very well in shade.  It does not produce seed (the flowers are sterile) and it is bunch forming, meaning it stays put.  It is usually untroubled by deer and rabbits.

 Functional Landscaping Tip #7 All fired up

Functional Landscaping Tip #7 All fired up

One of ten tips to turn your backyard into a unique space

Often, we are drawn to things deeply rooted within our psyche. One of these things happens to be fire. Who does not enjoy an evening gathered around an open campfire with the warm glow reflecting off everyone’s faces? It is a place where you and your family can tell stories, share food and drink all while relaxing and unwinding by the fire.