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Unless you purchase a new construction home, you are probably going to inherit someone else’s landscape.  In some cases you may like the landscape that comes with your home, but many times, the existing yard leaves something to be desired.  One of the most common issues that we see, especially in older homes’ landscapes is dysfunctional hardscape.

Patios that are just not quite large enough, steps that are uneven or too large, and material combinations that lack uniformity or design cohesion are just a few of the common issues that we encounter  in the yards of older homes.  Poorly desired hardscape areas can be unattractive and downright dangerous but it can be difficult for homeowners to imagine what or how to replace these sub optimal spaces.  That’s why we help clients visualize the possibilities for their space.  Our landscape designs allow clients to understand how different features can maximize the form and function of their yards.

Strategically designed hardscapes can be an important component of an overall sustainable landscape too.  Solid patios and outdoor living areas can provide a great space for enjoying our wonderful climate and with a little forethought these areas can also be integrated into sustainable landscapes.

Hardscape is generally non-permeable so surface runoff is always a consideration at the design phase.  By directing runoff from hardscape into planting areas and vegetated bio-swales, homeowners can create attractive and functional outdoor living spaces.  At the same time, retaining storm water onsite helps protect our local watersheds and reduce pollution.

If you have an old and dysfunctional patio or hardscape area that you would like to replace as a part of a new sustainable landscape, reply to this email to schedule a consultation today!

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Anyone who has owned an older car knows that repair costs can add up quickly.  Back when we first started our company in 2008 we decided to buy a 1994 Ford F350 so we could tow a trailer and transport materials easier.  Not wanting to spend the money for a new vehicle, we thought this would be the best way for us to increase our productivity without breaking the bank.

Over the next few years I learned more about fixing cars than I had in my entire life!  This was our primary work truck, so every time it broke down we were not only paying for the cost of repairs but we were also losing out on work that we could not perform.  After each repair we would think, “Ok – now everything will run smooth.”  And then something else would break, a hose would start leaking, and eventually the transmission failed while driving on the freeway.  After three years we finally made the decision to sell the truck at a loss and shell out the money to get a new and reliable vehicle.

Old irrigation systems are not much different than old cars.  Every time you think you’ve fixed a leak a new one shows up.  Each time a problem arises, your landscape suffers, costing you time and money.  During the drought many people scrambled to convert lawns with old spray heads to low water plantings with drip emitters using those same spray heads.   Unfortunately, many of those conversions were done on the fly and without a proper design and installation process.  These systems have often undergone multiple revisions and are now highly inefficient, excessively complex, and nearly impossible to “repair.”  Like our old truck, it’s important to know when to cut your losses and invest in a new, properly designed landscape with an efficient irrigation system that is easier to manage, saves water, and keeps your plants healthy.

With over a decade of experience in design and installation of sustainable landscapes, Revolution Landscape can transform your yard into a thriving ecosystem that is good for both you and the environment. If you are interested in replacing that old irrigation system as a part of a comprehensive landscape renovation, Click Here to fill out an inquiry!

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Summer is getting into high gear and while you are trying to find some shade from the hot summer sun, it’s the perfect time to start planning a sustainable landscape renovation for this Fall! Tackling a major landscape project is not much different than taking on any other type of big home improvement project. Careful planning is the key to a successful project.

Before you get too far along thinking about all the great plants you are going to get, it’s good to ask yourself a few basic questions:

  1. Why are you doing this project?

Some people contact us because their lawn is dead and they are tired of looking at weeds. These clients want to improve curb appeal without breaking the bank.  Other folks reach out because they have a pathway that has become unsafe and they are looking for creative solutions to improve the accessibility and safety of their entryway.  Others contact us because they have never liked the layout of their yard and they are finally ready to re-imagine the entire space. Understanding why you taking on a project helps us give you the best guidance for how to move forward.

  1. Do you need a design?

For people who are just looking to “refresh” an existing landscape a full landscape design may not be the right choice. For these projects a thorough cleanup with professional pruning of trees and shrubs along with a new application of mulch may be enough to make your old landscape look like new. If you are considering modifications to hardscape or completely replanting a large area, investing in a landscape design is a really good idea. With thoughtful design, Revolution Landscape can help you transform your yard into an eco-friendly paradise that is perfectly tailored to the needs of you and your family.

If you are interested in a major cleanup of an existing landscape or would like to learn more about our comprehensive landscape design/build services contact us today!

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