Starting around 2006, we began seeing a large amount of media coverage surrounding the problem of reduced populations in managed honey bee populations, called Colony Collapse Disorder (or CCD). This disorder is characterized by the loss of large portion of the worker bees in a colony or loss of the colony entirely. Until recently, this disorder mainly affected worker bees, but is beginning to affect queens as well.
Our client in Mequon Wisconsin was looking to turn a tired and outdated landscape into a space that reflects their personal tastes and lifestyle. The existing landscape included a small wood and composite deck and small concrete service walk, which connected the driveway, garage service door, and deck. Plantings in the adjacent areas were in many cases overgrown and in need of updating. Perennials that could be divided and reused were transplanted into the existing landscape.
Most people don’t consider taste to be one of the senses engaged by a landscape, but including edible plants can make your landscape even more functional and enhance sustainability. Vegetable gardens can be included in your landscape in such a way that they blend with the overall style of your landscape. After all, there isn’t a prerequisite for gardens that says they need to be rectangular! With strategically placed planting areas and stepper paths, gardens can be easily integrated into almost any landscape style and don’t look out of place. Read on for some interesting ideas of edibles you can include in your landscape!
To truly create a “sense of place,” it is essential to go beyond simply creating a unique landscape design that appeals to the eye. While this is extremely important, it’s the details that differentiates your site from all the rest. These details are dictated by you, your tastes and the ways you intend to use your outdoor space.
Anyone with children knows that if something can be climbed on, they’ll climb it. Outdoor play sets fill this role, but here’s another way to keep your kids active while adding to the natural beauty of your landscape: natural play areas!
We wanted to share one of our favorite projects with you. Located in Mequon Wisconsin, the site had enormous potential and was practically a blank slate. The photo galleries below show you some before and after photos, along with how it became a space with wonderful intimate gathering areas and natural beauty.
Special thanks to The Orion Group for their hard work in creating our beautiful new website. We hope you find it as appealing as we do! For continued updates and useful information like us on Facebook, follow us on Twitter, and add us to your Google+ circles for the latest trends in the landscaping industry. Check back often for galleries of our recently completed projects for great ideas to improve your outdoor living space.
We are looking forward to another busy season!