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Hardscape Materials: How to Choose the Right Ones for Your Commercial Landscape

January 16, 2023 4:50 am Published by

When one thinks about a beautiful commercial landscape, the first thing that comes to mind is probably plant life. But how about the winding path? Hardscape materials are a core component to any intentionally designed outdoor environment. The good thing is that there are many fantastic options nowadays, with different pros and cons to consider. Keep reading to explore with us how to choose the right hardscape materials for your commercial landscape!  Concrete for Commercial Landscaping We know this might not seem like the most glamorous or desirable choice up front, but concrete has its role. First of all, it’s possibly the least pricey of the bunch. Second, it’s durable. When it comes to high-traffic areas that will be utilized by many visitors, the economical, practical option often proves smart. But concrete can also be a good design choice for your commercial landscape. Unlike some other hardscape materials, it can be customized, in a way. Play around with stains and pigments to craft a unique look signature to your property.  Permeable Pavers For those who live in wet, tropical-type climates, permeable pavers might be the reigning (or raining 😉 ) champ! Because they are more porous, they allow water to […]

Community Adoption: See How Our Clients Are Enjoying Their Landscape Architecture

December 12, 2022 5:53 pm Published by

When we begin a new project, there are many goals in mind for the landscape architecture. We aim for it to be beautiful, aligned with our client’s wants and needs, and sustainable. But another overarching mission that informs everything we do is that of community adoption. When landscape architecture is successfully designed, it is a perfect canvas for the owners to activate to their uses.  Ultimately, it is the community that brings the vibrancy and life to an environment. But that will only happen if it is well-conceived by us from the start.  Happily, many of our clients have indeed added to the landscapes we’ve put in place for them. Today, we’re celebrating a few of the ways they have made our work their own—for the betterment of their communities …  Landscape Architecture Gives Way to Festival Balloons We love to bring color to our landscape architecture projects through plant life. However, with a streetscape, this is naturally more limited. No matter though, because our clients brought the color during Foo Foo Fest, a local Pensacola arts and culture gathering!  Verdant, healthy trees line wide-open walkways—and on this day, it all gave way to the brightest pops of color overhead. […]

4 Tips to Prepare Your Green Space for Winter

November 14, 2022 8:27 pm Published by

With every new season comes a fresh opportunity to renew your green space. By keeping the time of year in mind, you can ensure that it continues to be a place people enjoy spending time in. This is perhaps never more relevant than in winter. That is especially true if you live in a climate with extreme cold temperatures. But even if you only get a few chilly days or a single frost, it is worthwhile to consider how you can make your green space better for those circumstances. Here are four tips to prepare your green space for winter!  #1 Clear Away Weeds, Leaves, Etc.  Although many people associate weeds with the impressive burst of life that comes from the springtime, fall has its own varieties. Depending on where your green space is located, this could be more or less of a problem. But it doesn’t hurt to allocate a little time to ensuring your environment is spruced up to look its best during the bare winter months.  If you work with a landscape architect to plan and manage maintenance, you won’t have to do this part yourself. Either way, try to make sure it gets done.  While you’re […]

How to Maintain Your Commercial Landscape Architecture

October 17, 2022 8:30 pm Published by

When we think about landscape maintenance, the easiest advice is quite simple: hire or keep on retainer a professional team. But maybe you’re wondering exactly why that is necessary. Maybe you have a passion for the outdoors and think you might like to handle it yourself or have a young family member in need of a job to take it on. While those seem like great ideas, there are many reasons having a pro involved pays off. So, let’s talk about the details of what a firm like ours does. Here’s how to maintain your commercial landscape architecture!   Shaping Upkeep    One of the main reasons an experienced expert with an eye for design is helpful is shaping. You’ve had gorgeous landscape architecture designed for your business or organization. The last thing you want is to see grass growing over decorative pavers or shrubs looking lopsided.  No matter how skilled someone is at trimming and tidying, the shaping part of it is somewhat artistic. We spend time contemplating how many millimeters away from a walkway grass should start. You might feel these details can’t matter much. But trust us, when it isn’t right, the eye picks up on it—even if […]

Nature-Deficit Disorder: Why Green Spaces for People Are So Important

August 15, 2022 2:06 pm Published by

For much of human history, time was spent predominantly outdoors. In the beginning, we mostly lived outside—in the woods, the fields, the open expanses. And even in decades as recent as the 1960s, 70s, and 80s, we spent ample time exploring in the open air.   But with the advent of so much incredible technology within the home, we have experienced a shift in how we spend our time, both in childhood and beyond. Now, there are literally endless options for things to do in the palms of our hands. We find avenues of play on iPads in toddlerhood. Schoolwork is made possible by Google. Our work life demands that we stay very much glued to our screens. The conversations that connect us with friends and family are so often centered on the shows we’re all watching.  We live, undeniably, in quite a novel age. But all this technology keeps us indoors, away from nature. And we should still prioritize nature where we can. Because our mind and body crave it. Without it, a sense of disconnectedness and loss sets in. It’s called Nature-Deficit Disorder.  What Is Nature-Deficit Disorder?  In 2005, Richard Louv introduced the concept and coined the term in […]