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October 13, 2021 1 Comment

The American sycamore (Platanus occidentalis) is one of my favorite trees. Why, you ask? I’ve always had a thing for interesting plant textures, and trees with unique bark always catch my eye. Every

October 6, 2021 0 Comments

I know winter is the last thing on anyone's mind right now, but if you’re considering planting any shrubs this year, you still need to consider how they’ll look in the winter. When

September 29, 2021 0 Comments

It was time to reclaim what was mine. I swung my Hori knife like a machete, slicing through thick stalks of pokeweed and tangles of morning glory vines. Woody saplings fell before my

September 17, 2020 1 Comment

ICON_PLACEHOLDEREstimated reading time: 3 minutes When someone asks me, “can I lay pavers/brick/flagstone over my crappy old concrete walk?” I think about the difference between frugal and cheap. Frugal is shopping at stores

September 10, 2020 3 Comments

Since I was young, my parents have always been big advocates of traveling. When I was 5 years old, for example, my dad had to take a business trip to France. He decided

July 30, 2020 2 Comments

This is the last part in a series on basic principles of design. We made it! Check out the intro, part 2, part 3, part 4, and part 5 if you haven’t already,

July 23, 2020 0 Comments

Before reading this post, check out the first four posts! So far, we’ve been introduced to the concept of design principles and the four foundational elements. We discussed scale, enclosure, symmetry/asymmetry, and axis

July 16, 2020 1 Comment

This is part 4 in a series on basic principles of design. If you haven’t read the previous posts, check them out! After a brief introductory post, we dove into the four main

July 9, 2020 1 Comment

This is part 3 of a series on basic principles of design. Check out the introduction to the series and this post on point, line, plane, and volume first if you missed them!

July 2, 2020 0 Comments

Hold up! If you haven’t yet read the introduction to this series, check it out before reading this post! Point, line, plane, and volume are the four most basic spatial components to understand.