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Lifestyle Transformation 3 – Flagstone Patio and Planting on Mercer Island

How Good Design Can Change Your Lifestyle… When our Landscape Consultants and Designers go out to meet with our clients they make a careful evaluation of what exists and question the homeowners on how those elements are working for them. In this project the hot tub had good access from the house, the deck was …

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Aphid Control

Aphids are a common garden pest. They do damage by sucking the plants they infest and by excreting sticky honeydew. The following are tips to prevent and control aphids. Avoid over fertilizing: Aphids prefer tender new growth that appears in profusion with over fertilized plants. Use slow release fertilizer. Monitor: Check your plants once a …

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Lifestyle Transformation – Stairs and Water Feature in Seattle

How Good Design Can Change Your Lifestyle… This project turned a neglected side yard into a wonderful inviting garden. One of the basic concepts of design is to understand the circulation pattern. In this before picture the ‘wedding cake’ stairs were not only dangerous but illustrates how the circulation was taking up to much precious …

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Raised Bed Gardening

Are raised beds worth the effort and expense? The simple answer is yes, and here are a few reasons to make room in your landscape: Raised beds give the gardener an opportunity to control key factors such as soil make up, drainage and sun exposure. No foot traffic through your raised beds means less compacted …

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Combined Water System

Combined Sewer Storm Water Systems may seem an unlikely topic for a landscape blog. I believe an understanding of the way storm water and sewerage are disposed of in Seattle (through the same pipes), leads to an opportunity for home owners. Water that runs off our streets and roofs into storm drains, it contains chemicals …

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Connecting our Children to the Outdoors

Peter Kahn is an environmental psychologist at the University of Washington. Kahn has done extensive cross-cultural studies of children’s values and attitudes about open space and animal life and forests and plants and water and the degradation and disappearance of all these things. He believes that, with every generation, kids are lowering their knowledge and …

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Property Boundaries and Limitations

At Lifestyle Landscapes, we always work within the boundary limits of our clients’ property. There are spaces adjacent to, or included in a clients’ property which they may be responsible for maintaining, but limit the use of the property These areas are called Right-of-Ways, Easements and Setbacks. Setbacks are typically determined by municipalities and are …

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Ornamental Grass Maintenance

Lifestyle Landscapes often use ornamental grasses in our designs. They are dynamic, bringing movement as well as color and texture to a garden, and, even those that die back in the winter add drama all year long. Grasses generally grow fast, require little maintenance and, once established, do not need a lot of water. Often …

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Fall Lawn Care

This is the perfect time to get your lawn ready for the long winter. I offer the following list of winter preparation activities for you to consider. If you take the time now to do most of them, you will be happy with your healthy lawn next spring and summer. Thatch: Thatching removes the layer …

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