Author: Lori Sweezey

THINGS YOU SHOULD KNOW…WITH CARSON ARTHUR

The question of the day is… “How much does landscaping really impact the value of your home?”   When it comes to the outdoors, spending money on renovations has never been so important or so confusing. To make it simple, think about your property like a 3 course meal. The front yard is the appetizer. It sets the stage for the dinner and hopefully leaves your guests anticipating more. The house is definitely the meat and potatoes of your property. It is the substance of the meal. Finally the backyard, like the dessert course, finishes the space. A front...

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10 Things Landscape Designers Dread Hearing (And Why You’ll Never Have To Say Them)

BY GLENN CURTIS – Plantenance Landscaping, Montreal, QC At Plantenance, we get bright-eyed and bushy-tailed at the mention of a challenge. If you ‘eat, sleep and breathe [insert your passion here]’ you’ll know what we mean when we say crafting an outdoor space you’ll fall in love with every day is what we live for. However, every industry has its share of ‘oh dear’ moments… We thought we’d have fun with landscape-oriented situations and give you a few tips on how to avoid having to deal with them. 10. “It’s kind of a big project…” (Just kidding! That’s what...

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WHO SAID MONEY DOESN’T GROW ON TREES?

By Glenn Curtis Design Plantenance & Plantenance Landscape Group. Believe it or not, buried amongst all the negativity about our economic decline, diminished stock returns and fluctuating home values, there is some very positive news for the savvy investor – the savvy landscape investor that is! Undoubtedly, most of us appreciate that a successful landscape project can add significantly to the enjoyment of ones home and premises by making it not only more attractive, but functional as well. But did you know that a properly designed and created outdoor space also represents an excellent investment that can easily add...

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TOP 5 BENEFITS OF BOOKING YOUR LANDSCAPING PROJECT IN WINTER

If you’re interested in quality landscaping and want to enjoy as much of the summer as possible, it is best to get an early start on design and planning. Reputable landscapers are always busiest in spring and summer; the main seasons for project installations. During these months, many would-be landscape investors are surprised to discover that their dreamscape cannot be developed as fast as they would like. Here are some great tips that will help you to “git-er-done”. 1. More time to refine: Pre-season planning of your landscape project affords you and our design team more time for the...

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FEAR NOT, THE PERMIT PROCESS!

Let’s assume you’ve already taken the necessary steps in finding the right pro to tackle your home renovation project, now it’s time to talk permits. I’m not going to discuss the “underground reno-trade business” here because that’s not how I roll, nor should you. I play by the rules, and take pride in the fact that my clients can trust me. “Cash renovators” won’t deal with the building department, permits, inspectors, and finally, closing the permit. Any good renovator will already include this service in their quote. You don’t need to be afraid of City Hall when it comes...

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