What are desire paths?

What are desire paths?

Unsanctioned shortcuts are called desire paths, and they are primarily considered paths of least resistance. Desire paths are easily recognized in large commercial and public landscapes, where architects and urban planners call them desire lines. Landscape designers...
Issues of Planting in the Winter

Issues of Planting in the Winter

Planting in winter has its challenges but rest assured, it’s okay to put a plant in the ground during the winter months. In fact, in some cases, it’s the best time. In the PNW, it rains A LOT in the winter. This natural watering schedule means you don’t have to...
Incorporating Focal Points Into Your Landscape Design

Incorporating Focal Points Into Your Landscape Design

As a landscape designer, I am always aware of focal points in the landscape, and how important they are to our outdoor experience. Focal points can be just about anything you can imagine. They are everywhere, and they have an impact on the quality of our lives. Like...
Your Yard Needs a Rain Garden: Here’s Why

Your Yard Needs a Rain Garden: Here’s Why

Rain gardens are quickly becoming a common element in residential landscapes. In fact, in many cities, new developments are required by code to install rain gardens. They’re a great way to add an environmentally-friendly feature to your yard while also performing a...
6 Landscaping Techniques to Block Noise

6 Landscaping Techniques to Block Noise

One unpredictable part of owning property is knowing if you’ll have to deal with noisy neighbors or traffic. It can be very frustrating because noise issues are often something we can’t control.  However, there are some actions you can take to help mitigate unwanted...