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Design Ideas | Four Trends in Backyard Design

WHAT'S NEW AND WHAT'S COMING UP FOR LANDSCAPE DESIGN

Design Ideas | Four Trends in Backyard Design

Trends are the grand forces that motivate people and are not specific to any one industry. They reflect needs and desires that we want answered in all parts of our lives. When it comes to designing a landscape that will be beautiful and functional for decades to come, it’s important to know the difference between […]

Southview Design Grand Award Winners 2016

From the National Association of Landscape Professionals

Southview Design Grand Award Winners 2016

We are proud to share some great news. Southview Design has won 4 Grand Awards from the National Association of Landscape Professionals (NALP – formerly PLANET).  The award-winning designers include Matt Burton and Tim Johnson. First project: Matt Burton, designer – Pool and landscape on a point: This project was three years in planning and […]

Edible Gardens Making a Comeback

Put vegetables and herbs in your existing landscape

Edible Gardens Making a Comeback

When you shop for flowers, consider buying a few edibles. It’s not necessary to designate a spot in your yard for a vegetable garden.  You can easily incorporate edibles into your yard, gardens, or containers. Why put edibles in your landscape?  Three good reasons top the list: Vegetables straight out of the garden just taste […]

6 Ways Landscaping Can Save Energy & Money

How to stay cooler in the summer, warmer in the winter

6 Ways Landscaping Can Save Energy & Money

Landscaping is the most natural way to keep your home cool in the summer and warmer in the winter.  With properly-placed trees, shrubs, and landscape structures, you can: Reduce your energy bills Increase your property values  Add beauty to your yard Save up to 25% of the energy a typical household uses. Here are a […]

Hummingbirds Love this Flower!

Blue Flag Iris - Iris versicolor

Hummingbirds Love this Flower!

If you are interested in attracting hummingbirds to your garden, you can do it by planting this native wildflower.  Looking rather delicate, this wildflower can withstand the heat of July….or will stand proud and tall (2-3′ tall) in a foot of water.  But this plant prefers consistently moist, average garden soils.  They will look their […]

The Heat is On….Tips to Conserve Water

Swimming Pool covers can conserve water!

The Heat is On....Tips to Conserve Water

     Many places in the Twin Cities have already established the odd/even policy for irrigation with one exception – new turf.  It is just common sense to conserve water.  The demand is high for water during hot, dry periods and you can do your part to help the city water systems maintain safe operating levels […]

Let It Rain! Let It Rain!

Stormwater Management is Everyone's Responsibility

Let It Rain! Let It Rain!

Keeping our lakes and streams fresh and clean and our drinking water supply healthy is a concern we all have.  One great solution to the problem is a Permeable Paver System.  The paver system filters and cools the water before it hits our lakes and streams.  It also gives water a chance to percolate back […]

Permeable Paver Systems

Learn the basics of how a permeable paver system works.

Permeable Paver Systems

Wondering how a permeable paver system works? Here is some helpful information from the ICPI (Interlocking Concrete Pavement Institute). “Permeable interlocking concrete pavement (PICP) is comprised of a layer of concrete pavers separated by joints filled with small stones. Water enters joints between solid concrete pavers and flows through an “open-graded” base, i.e. crushed stone […]

Rain Garden Facts

According to the Environmental Protection Agency, a typical city block will generate 9 times more runoff than a woodland area of the same size, because of impermeable surfaces. (University of Minnesota, Yard and Garden News, May 2001)

Rain Garden Facts

Illustration Courtesy Iowa Natural Resources Conservation Service, CLICK TO ENLARGE. Minnesota’s most notable attraction is its ever famous waterways, including streams, rivers, and lakes. We are truly lucky when it comes to the natural richness and beauty of our region. However, with each passing year, we grow closer to losing our north woods heritage. Water […]

The Environmental Benefits of Landscaping

Landscaping good for you and the environment

The Environmental Benefits of Landscaping

Water quality protection. Proper landscaping reduces nitrate leaching from the soil into the water supply and reduces surface water runoff, keeping phosphorus and other pollutants out of our waterways and preventing septic system overload. Reduced soil erosion. A dense cover of plants and mulch holds soil in place, keeping sediment out of lakes, streams, storm […]

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