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December 7, 2011 0 Comments

Last week I talked about the ledger board and the footers, the first steps in building your deck. Today I'll cover the next steps. Posts The standard spec for a deck is for

December 5, 2011 2 Comments

Winter and I have a challenging relationship. I don't love the way business slows down for a few months, I'm not a fan of the fact that it causes my construction jobs to

November 30, 2011 3 Comments

My name is Dave Marciniak, landscape designer and owner of Revolutionary Gardens, and I use jargon. I'm deeply sorry. However, the fact is that when it comes to building everything has a name.

November 7, 2011 0 Comments

As modern humans, we spend our days surrounded by solid, imposing "stuff". We live in big brick and wood houses, drive two-ton steel vehicles to work on concrete and asphalt freeways, and go

November 2, 2011 0 Comments

I'm still recovering from Halloween - 538 trick-or-treaters is a LOT Of kids - and it's still framing how I look at things. Of the nearly $200 we spent on candy we have

October 26, 2011 0 Comments

I was a voracious reader when I was a little kid. If I was still for more than a few seconds, I had to have something to read. Hm... I guess I wasn't

October 17, 2011 1 Comment

This is a question I get quite a lot. In an ideal world, this is the order of operations: All planting areas are prepped Trees and shrubs are planted Irrigation system is installed

October 3, 2011 1 Comment

With fall comes an initial blaze of color as the trees turn, followed by a whole lot of brown and gray. Luckily we have a gorgeous plant for fall color: Winterberry holly, or

September 6, 2011 0 Comments

Often when I'm meeting with a landscape design client in the DC metro area, drainage comes up as a concern. Sometimes the client knows he or she has an existing problem while other

August 24, 2011 0 Comments

Right plant, right place. I know I harp on that a lot. Sorry about that. The fact of the matter is that a lot of people have these teeny-tiny little areas for which