Category Archives: Residential

Contract With A Conscience

The art of selling sustainability. Photo Courtesy Of LandPatterns, Inc.

Sustainability is the word I hear most often these days when people talk about trends in landscaping and landscape maintenance. Sustainability can be defined as “of, relating to, or being a method of harvesting or using a resource so that the resource is not depleted or permanently damaged.” Is this a new concept? Hardly. This proactive concept has been taught to children from ecology books that warned, “If we don’t do ‘A’, then ‘B’ will occur, and ‘B’ is a … Continue reading

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Limber Lumber

On-site sawmills are an economical and efficient way to make use of local timber. Courtesy Of Pony Boy Gilbert, Long Tom Custom Sawmill

When designing a project, there are a number of competing interests. Client wishes, cost, regulations, and creative style all influence the end product. Many projects today include a requirement for environmental performance, whether due to a regulation or a client request, and it’s often assumed that this equates to higher costs. However, when it comes to using wood, there is an opportunity for a project to perform both environmentally and economically. This stems from the use of wood sources milled … Continue reading

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Greening Up The Grass

Cut back on your lawn by planting wildflowers and other native plants. © Can Stock Photo Inc. / barsik

Today, driven in part by the loss of environmental quality and diminishing resources, there is a shift toward sustainable practices and a natural (organic) approach to gardening and lawn care in the United States, with implications for the commercial-landscape sector. This transformation is taking place through a government and public that is increasingly focused on carbon emissions and global climate-change concerns. As a result, sustainable practices in the American lawn-dominated landscape are increasingly becoming more mainstream. Working to find alternatives … Continue reading

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Ground Cover

The environment--hot and dry, wet and shady--will determine the appropriate type of decking. Photo Courtesy of Patrick Beasley

Outdoor spaces are an important part of residential planning. When done well, they tend to draw people into the fresh air as well as add value to a home. One important aspect of these spaces is the choice of flooring. When considering the options, there are several items to be addressed: What is the intended use? Who will be using the flooring? What is the slope and/or grade of the site? Should ADA accessibility be considered? What is the budget? … Continue reading

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Outdoor Kitchen Blends Trend, Tradition

Outdoor Kitchen Blends Trend, Tradition

Bob Oster and his team stared out over a crowd of 300 smiling faces. Oster, the director of design and sales for GreenSource LLC, a landscape design/build firm in Mentor, Ohio, had spent the past several weeks overseeing the construction of a residential outdoor kitchen in Pepper Pike, a picturesque suburb on Cleveland’s eastside. After developing a meaningful professional relationship with the client, Oster and his staff had been invited to the homeowner’s housewarming party for close friends and family. … Continue reading

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