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Outdoor Entertaining & Fall Living

Tis the Season for gathering around the fire, be it cooking, or relaxing with friends, and watching the kids roast marshmallows.    

Backyard Trends

  What’s new in Backyard Trends: Texture and simplistic colour palettes. Grey is the new black inside and outside the home. Greys and Creams come in a variety of soft versatile colors that make a great accent drop to your garden beds.  For texture and color consider a water feature; large colored glass; colorful mosaics;

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Pond Care Management – Part II:

Filtration Options: With Water Features proper maintenance care is a must for a continuous and peaceful lifetime of pleasure. You have two to choose from: mechanical or biological filters.  Mechanical filters remove debris like algae pads/mats and leaves / trigs and such.  Biological filters provide a place for beneficial bacteria to colonize and remove nutrients. 

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Pond Care Management – Part I:

Pond care’s new standard requires a balancing act between Proactive and Reactive methods. Simply put, Reactive Pond Care is wait for the problem then fix it, like muck; weed growth or algae boom and react to it with chemicals (algaecide or herbicides). This equals short term solutions, fixing the problem but not the cause. Proactive

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Create Paradise with a Pond

We all love to relax to the sound of flowing water. Be it a waterfall or a babbling brook, you can create your own version from inexpensive self-contained system or portable fountain to a high-end water wall whatever fits your area and budget.

Small Garden Ideas to Catch the Eye

An island garden makes a great focal point in a small yard.  Use large containers and ornaments with bold bright colors.  An island is viewed from all angles so plant tall, full plants in the center, to inspire a feeling of abundance. Even if you have no yard at all you can still create an

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Feeling Zen

Zen Gardens, also known as Japanese Rock Gardens, inspired by Chinese Culture became popular in Japan. They should reflect a place of peace and calmness, a place to de-stress and relax; and reflecting the simplicity of life. A Zen Garden should have more than just one meaning to the viewer. They consist of natural elements

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What is a Pergola?

Pergolas are similar to arbors but larger wooden, or vinyl structures that provide a light, airy inviting space to define an outdoor room for socializing, dining, or just to relax.  They are free standing structures with no walls, and cross rafters for its ceiling/roof. However they may be attached to your home to create an

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Sandstone

What’s Your Garden’s Favorite Rock? Sandstone, of course!   Highlight your garden or lead your guests through your hillside out to your fire pit or up onto your patio, creating a clean classic Greek or Roman garden appeal. It’s up to your imagination, or our design can make suggestions for you, the options are endless.

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Happy Father’s Day!

Father’s Day is this Sunday, June 17th! Need some ideas?  How about creating a Firepit or BBQ / Grilling Haven for Dad? Call Contemporary Landscape Design for a consultation on all your outdoor projects.