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February 24, 2010 3 Comments

From time to time, I'll get a request to design a deck for one of my clients. Decks fall under the whole "anything for the outside of a home" category that defines my

February 21, 2010 1 Comment

Everyone and their brother does a favorite plant, plant of the week, etc. I decided to change it up a little and present the plants a little differently. I used to love the

February 10, 2010 0 Comments

Now that Snowpocalypse 2010 is over (Snowmageddon was a close second for my fav name, with SnOMG a distant third), what has it done to your plants? It was a really wet, heavy

July 26, 2009 1 Comment

The first outdoor kitchen I ever helped build was in San Diego in 1998. They were just starting to become popular again (remember the ones from the late 70s?), and I thought they

July 19, 2009 1 Comment

The deer are a persistant problem for landscape contractors and designers in Virginia. As development reduces their habitat more and more, we see the effects of population pressures in our neighborhoods. Some days,

July 13, 2009 4 Comments

Whether you're trying to get your home ready for a party, a family visit, or just to take advantage of what you have, there are some simple projects you can take on that

June 24, 2009 2 Comments

Just finished this one, a tearout of most of the exisiting landscape and new drystacked fieldstone retaining walls and  plantings. Here's the before: And, the after: Deer are a huge issue in this

June 3, 2009 2 Comments

ICON_PLACEHOLDEREstimated reading time: 2 minutes I like my big projects, but there's also something really rewarding about taking a "normal" sized yard and making it something special. I just stopped in at a

May 21, 2009 8 Comments

Building a dry-laid patio is labor-intensive, but can be a decent DIY project if you pay attention to all the little details. The one in the photo is the new one in my

April 29, 2009 1 Comment

While I was driving around today, I kept hearing a commercial for one of the big box home improvement stores, advertising a special on Knockout (R) roses. In the ad, they talk about