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Landscaping for Hospitals and Medical Complexes

Hospitals and medical complexes are critical in our society. They are places of healing, birth, and, unfortunately, sometimes death. Within their walls, people experience great joy, intense sorrow, and unimaginable stress. It’s natural that building planners and administrators are constantly seeking ways to comfort and improve the mental well-being of all who stay, visit, and … Read more

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Using Boulders in Landscaping

Do you love your property’s greenery and flowers but feel that something is missing in your landscaping? Does it lack drama, a natural focal point, a feeling of serenity, or other design element? Landscape architects often recommend using boulders in landscaping to fix these landscape design shortcomings. Is a Boulder Simply a Rock? Not exactly. … Read more

Native Plants for New Jersey Landscapes – Going Native

There has been a lot of buzz in the last few years about landscaping with native plants. The United States has a serious problem with invasive plant species like kudzu, English ivy, or star-thistle. These plants have been introduced to areas where the native plants simply can’t compete, and they can cause serious harm to … Read more

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5 Backyard Pavilion Design Ideas for a Personality-Filled Oasis

Whether you like to unwind poolside with an ice-cold beer or curl up next to your spouse at the end of a long day by a fire, we’d like to introduce you to the benefits of constructing a beautiful backyard pavilion that suits your relaxation style. You know that saying “Rain, rain, go away”? In … Read more

Tips to Make Your Landscaping Pet Friendly

This blog was written in August 2018 to help homeowners create pet-friendly landscape designs. We updated with additional information in July 2021 to give our readers, even more, stand apart ideas. There are millions of products sold to pet owners every day to accommodate furry friends inside our homes. But how often do we think … Read more

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Best Exotic and Specimen Trees to Grow in New Jersey

This blog lists a variety of exotic tree specimens including palm, flowering, and fruit. It was originally written in April 2018 and then updated in June 2021 to include more information. When we think of exotic trees our thoughts turn to warm climates or tropical islands. Think of the lush green and brilliant flowers seen … Read more

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Planning Your Swimming Pool: Dos & Don’ts

Renovating any part of your property takes planning. This is particularly true when including a pool in your landscape design. Before you start, consider the swimming pool dos and don’ts from a professional you can trust. Summer days are upon us, and nothing is better than swimming in your very own backyard. If you’ve been … Read more

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Top Benefits of Pathway and Driveway Lighting

In this blog we consider the benefits of pathway and driveway lighting. We discuss how they affect the look of your home, the safety of your property, and how you use your landscape. We also examine some of the best fixtures and lighting techniques.  Perhaps you’ve considered installing lighting to enhance the drive to the … Read more

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How To Make Your Seasonal Displays Pop

Seasonal displays have the power to make your landscape pop. They are an artful way to bring new life to your property each season. You can add color with bright and bold blooms or up your vibrancy with foliage and greenery. Either way, your landscape will stand apart. If you’re looking for inspiration for your … Read more