Before & After Pathway

Our clients came to us looking to create a functional and durable pathway to get to their backyard while keeping in line with the existing elements of their beautiful wooded property. The design challenges of this project included many tree roots, big stumps, and a dog run. We recreated the space by rebuilding their existing boulder wall near the driveway and continued it along the pathway. This element in the design plan provided a barrier in front of the slope (to prevent material sliding onto the walkway) while also creating an area behind the wall to place natural woodland plantings. The walkway was built out of concrete pavers for durability and offered the look of natural flagstone. We created an additional small boulder wall at the entry of the driveway which allowed us to cover up the large roots and made a space for more plantings in order to to soften the...

Before & After- East Grand Rapids Hardscape

This house was completely gutted on the inside and demolished on the outside. Truckloads of brush were taken out and unhealthy trees were removed. The front entry stairway could not be repaired or salvaged in any way and had to be taken out along with a nonfunctional deck in the back yard. The front entry was redesigned and rebuilt using Rosetta Kodah Wall and Dimensional Steps. A large patio was installed in the back. We used Dimensional Steps and Kodah Wall again in the back in a creative way to create steps down from the back slider. A limestone retaining wall was built in the back and includes perennial plantings and trees for screening. It doubles as seating around the patio as well. In the end, we created a highly functional space for the new homeowners containing lawn and planting areas, space for entertaining, and a front yard with exceptional curb...

Pine Needle Shedding

Every year about this time we get many calls about needles turning brown and shedding on various species of Pine trees. Needle drop is a natural occurring plant cycle and should not cause alarm. This is mainly an issue for white pine and Scotch pine. You will also notice it on Red Pine and Austrian Pine. Periods of drought will cause pines to shed more than normal and we are seeing that with the unusually dry year we have experienced. Typically, pines will hold only one to two years of needles and they will turn brown and drop in the...
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