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Celebrate Fall with Last Minute Garden Tips and Oktoberfest!

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Celebrate Fall with Last Minute Garden Tips and Oktoberfest!

Celebrate Fall with Last Minute Garden Tips and Oktoberfest! Crunchy leaves, apple pie and pumpkins abound…it must be fall in Minnesota! It’s our favorite time of year – great to check out festivals around the area AND a good time to plant perennials for next year’s landscape. Here are a few options for festivals, as well as some guidelines for fall garden care. Landscape & Garden To-do List Plant: It’s a great time to plant summer-blooming shrubs and vines, trees in containers and spring-blooming bulbs. Bulbs like lily, hyacinth and iris...

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Add a Soothing Vibe to your Backyard with a Water Feature

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Add a Soothing Vibe to your Backyard with a Water Feature

Add a Soothing Vibe to your Backyard with a Water Feature Water features are a great way to add beauty and structure to your landscape – and there’s still time to install one this season! With several options to choose from, you can find a structural element to fit your style and lot size. Here are just a few ideas: Flowing Fountains Water flowing is a soothing way to add peace and tranquility to your landscape. Boulder fountains are popular now, or you can go the traditional route. Birds love them and they make a fantastic focal point in ...

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What is a Rain Garden? And Why are they Important?

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What is a Rain Garden? And Why are they Important?

What is a Rain Garden? And Why are they Important? A Rain Garden is a shallow depression in the ground that allows water to slowly infiltrate the soil during rainstorms. Water also gathers in the garden from  rooftops, sidewals, driveways and patios. The garden serves as a natural filter to prevent pollutants from entering our lakes, rivers and streams. “I like rain gardens because they are a great solution for reducing water runoff and can easily be incorporated into the landscape design,” says Tom Hoese, owner of Magnolia Landscape &...

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Rock Your Backyard with Outdoor Speaker Systems

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Rock Your Backyard with Outdoor Speaker Systems

Rock Your Backyard with Outdoor Speaker Systems We saw an outdoor speaker system at the Northern Green Expo this winter that grabbed our attention. Essentially, it’s a high quality speaker system with a subwoofer that – get this – is buried in your yard, using the density of the soil to enhance the sound. How cool is that?! Subterrain woofers use the density of the soil to enhance sound. The subwoofer, paired with 2 or 4 speakers, gives you a great outdoor sound system easily played via any Bluetooth device. And, you can design it to direct...

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Three Things to Consider When Planning Your Outdoor Kitchen

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Three Things to Consider When Planning Your Outdoor Kitchen

Outdoor dining and cooking has become a staple in backyard entertaining spaces, and we love to design and install them! Here are a few tips from Tyler, a landscape designer on our team:  ”The placement of the grill or outdoor kitchen deserves more thought than I think it typically receives.” says Tyler Wortz, landscape designer at Magnolia. “So often, the Grill Master is stuck in a corner somewhere with his/her back to the party.” Here are 3 tips for perfect outdoor kitchen placement: 1. If the space allows, it’s great when a grill station...

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Weddings, Graduations and Reunions, Oh My!

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Weddings, Graduations and Reunions, Oh My!

Weddings, Graduations and Reunions, Oh My! Friday, February 26th, 2016 It’s almost here… Spring is just around the corner, and with it comes lots of outdoor activity. Will your yard and landscape be ready? If not, we can help with that! We love to transform backyards, front yards, decks and patios into beautiful outdoor living spaces. Whether it’s an outdoor kitchen, fire pit or swimming pool, we can make your landscape dreams come true. Contact us now and let’s get started with planning. Then, when the frost is out, we’ll get started and...

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Move over Man Cave, it’s Time for a She Shed!

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Move over Man Cave, it’s Time for a She Shed!

Move over Man Cave, it’s Time for a She Shed! Have you seen one of the latest backyard trends? They’re called She Sheds! Whether you clear out an existing, neglected shed or build a new one from scratch, She Sheds are a great place for women to read, craft, garden, nap or just hang out with friends. You can add character and save materials from the landfill by repurposing windows, lumber, fencing and more.  Winter is a great time to dream about and plan your new landscape project. Need inspiration? We found lots of options online – here are...

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Winter Tips for Paver and Outdoor Kitchen Care

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Winter Tips for Paver and Outdoor Kitchen Care

Winter Tips for Paver and Outdoor Kitchen Care Winter has finally arrived, with cold temperatures, ice and snow. Protect your landscape investment by taking special care of your brick pavers and outdoor kitchens. Here are a few tips: Brick Paver Winter Care: You love your brick paver walkway, patio or driveway, right? But did you know throwing down salt for icy patches can damage and/or discolor the surface? Here’s why: Rock salt holds moisture. When it seeps into the pores of the brick pavers, and eventually freezes again, it expands by 9%,...

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Creating a Winter Wonderland in Your Back (or Front) Yard

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Creating a Winter Wonderland in Your Back (or Front) Yard

Creating a Winter Wonderland in Your Back (or Front) Yard One of the great things about living in Minnesota is the opportunity to enjoy all 4 seasons. Turning the calendar page to December means parties, concerts, shopping, cooking, baking and eating! Looking outside, you might be thinking about creating a cozy, inviting landscape for the long winter months. Here are a few ideas to inspire you! Twinkling fairy lights at the base of containers or ornamental grasses create a dreamy landscape. What a great idea for your backyard patio! Net...

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No room for a fire pit? How about a fire bowl?

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No room for a fire pit? How about a fire bowl?

No room for a fire pit? How about a fire bowl? Have you heard of a fire bowl? It’s a great alternative to a fire pit if you’re tight on space in your backyard. We can design and build a patio, like this one pictured below, with room for a fire bowl and plenty of seating.  With a flexible design like this, your space can be changed as needed. You can move the fire bowl out and bring in a dining set for larger groups, or keep the fire pit in place for s’mores on chilly autumn evenings. If you’re interested in building one, give us a call and we...

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