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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 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 22, 2011 0 Comments

I recently spoke with someone who was looking for a retaining wall, four feet tall and ninety feet long. Before moving forward with a consultation he wanted a sense of what such a

July 25, 2011 0 Comments

Sounds so fancypants, doesn't it? I have a few projects underway that need one, and it's a simple concept that sounds more involved than it is. When installing a patio, you want it

May 13, 2011 2 Comments

Here in Virginia we have clay soils that don't drain particularly well. We also get a fair bit of rainfall. When new subdivisions are built, especially in northern Virginia, the county-mandated drainage plan

April 11, 2011 6 Comments

Last year I was contacted by some folks in Alexandria, Virginia, with an intriguing project: they have a small backyard, and wanted to install an Endless Pool without giving up the entire yard

March 17, 2011 3 Comments

With the end of another winter upon us, I’m reminded of my mom’s summertime refrain: “David, go outside and play!” Here’s a list of ten things to think about when creating a play

February 15, 2011 4 Comments

We often think of shapes as two-dimensional: squares, rectangles, circles, and triangles. This isn't how we perceive them in the landscape, however. We see them in three dimensions, like cubes, spheres, and cones.

December 9, 2010 0 Comments

A driveway? Really? I know, but bear with me - it's totally worth it! Two springs ago, I met with a couple (they're referenced in my post "Do I Really Need a Landscape

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