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4 Tips to Prepare Your Green Space for Winter

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…

How to Maintain Your Commercial Landscape Architecture

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…

4 Tips to Create a Landscape People Want to Spend Time In

When you seek to design landscape architecture for your business or community space, one goal is overarching. You want it to be a place that people enjoy. Time spent in nature is great for our well-being, and when you provide an opportunity for that, people appreciate it.  People-friendly green spaces also invite respite that can support better interactions with your organization. For example, a tired mom who is running errands with the kiddos might be ready to make more stops in your shopping district after she gets a break with her coffee while the kids run around. The family of a sick patient might feel comforted and encouraged after spending some time in the hospital’s outdoor space.  The value of designing green spaces for people to enjoy is clear. But how do you do that? Well, here are four tips to create a landscape people want to spend time in. …

The Jerry Pate Design Team Welcomes New Design Associate Gabriel Curran

We here on the Jerry Pate Design team are thrilled to announce a new addition to the firm: Gabe Curran, our newest Design Associate! With degrees from Auburn and Cornell, an extensive background in landscape architecture, and previous roles in community planning with organizations the likes of UWF Historic Trust and NAVFAC Atlantic, Gabe Curran comes to us with ample experience and proof of his passion for the art of landscape architecture. He credits his time working as a civilian for the United States Navy as a formative experience that broadened his skill sets and perspectives. He is also a pro with AutoCAD, SketchUp, InDesign, Rhino, and other industry-beloved programs, and he is a fluid Spanish speaker. When he isn’t busy crafting beautiful environments, Gabe might be found enjoying his hobbies of ultimate frisbee, camping, or playing guitar. He and his wife, Jenny, come to Jerry Pate Design from Norfolk,…

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

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…
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