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Our region’s summer season is usually long and hot, and this can put quite a bit of stress on our trees, shrubs, and flowers. Typically, the Kansas City area doesn’t experience a sufficient amount of precipitation for plants to thrive. Adding mulch or landscape rock around your trees and over your flowerbeds has several benefits, including:

  • Natural material that acts as a groundcover, helping to retain moisture
  • Insulates the soil, protecting from both cold and excessive heat
  • Helps to keep weeds from taking hold
  • Helps to prevent or reduce erosion
  • Adds visual appeal to your landscape

Determining whether to use mulch or rock is an integral part of any landscaping plan. More than just a matter of personal taste, design aesthetics—while important—should be a secondary consideration. Your focus should be on how to ensure that each plant you choose for your landscaping can thrive. Mulch and landscape rock or decorative gravel each come with advantages and disadvantages when it comes to functionality.

Mulch

Technically, the term “mulch” applies to any material spread over top of the soil in a planted area. However, we’ll discuss landscape rock and decorative gravel separately from organic mulches that are made from tree materials. We’ve outlined the pros and cons of wood chip mulch into this summary:

Mulch Pros

  • Promotes Growth: The addition of mulch to your planting beds significantly increases growth rates.
  • Reduces Water Usage: Mulch reduces the evaporation of water, so you don’t have to water as much, which saves you time and money.
  • Provides Nutrients: Mulch contains nutrients that find their way into the soil and enhance the health of your plants.
  • Discourages Weeds: Mulch makes it hard for weeds to sprout, resulting in far fewer weeds.
  • Regulates Temperature: Mulch acts as a temperature regulator and helps to keep plants cooler in the summer and warmer in the winter.
  • Slows Compaction: The presence of mulch tends to discourage people from walking on it, and this means less soil compaction.
  • Slows Erosion: It only takes a thin layer of mulch to significantly slow erosion throughout your landscape.

Mulch Cons

  • Frequent Replacement Requirements: Although some types of mulch are more durable than others, most need to be replaced after one to four years. The recurring cost can add up, and the task takes time.
  • Too Much or Not Enough: Getting your mulch layer’s thickness right is crucial. Any more than two or three inches can cause your plants to struggle.
  • Timing is Everything: Adding mulch too early can prevent your plants from blooming on time. Adding it too late can reduce its effectiveness as a weed inhibitor.
  • Risks of Unwelcome Seeds: Organic mulch sometimes has a few seeds mixed in with it unintentionally.
Landscape Rock

Landscape rock or decorative gravel can be a beautiful addition to your landscape, but like mulch, rock has both benefits and drawbacks, such as:

Rock Pros

  • Easy Care: Rocks almost never need to be replaced; they’re extremely durable.
  • Lower Long-Term Cost: Since rocks last so long, the cost works out to less than mulch over time.
  • Nonflammable: If there’s ever a fire on your property, rocks beat mulch.
  • Excellent Weed Prevention: Like mulch, rocks repel weeds, but for longer. It’s more difficult for weeds to grow through rocks than mulch.
  • Superior Wind Resistance: Rocks offer excellent protection from soil erosion, and they won’t blow away like mulch can in extreme winds.
  • Rock Gardens: A rock garden can look great on its own, even without plants!

Rock Cons

  • Heat Retention: Some types of rocks are a bit too proficient at heat retention, raising the temperature of the soil to levels that can stress your plants.
  • Devoid of Nutrients: Rocks don’t provide the nutrients that mulch can, so they don’t offer any improvement to your soil.
  • Alkaline vs. Acidic: Rocks make the soil more alkaline than acidic, but most trees do better in acidic soil.
  • Eventual Weeds: Blown in by the wind, enough soil will eventually accumulate in between rocks to allow some weeds to develop. Rocks make them harder to remove.
  • Pruning Difficulty: Rocks can contribute to irregular shrubs by interfering with rejuvenation pruning.
  • Removal: If you decide to remove them, rocks are much heavier than mulch, and the task is a lot more work.
Which is the Right Choice for Your Kansas City Landscape?

Every landscape is unique, and while mulch is a popular option, rocks can provide benefits that mulch cannot.

After reviewing the information outlined here, if you’re still not sure whether mulch or rock would be best suited to your landscaping, we can help. With some designs, a landscape can benefit from a combination of both mulch and rock. The experts at our Kansas City landscape company can help you determine the right option for your unique landscape.

If you’re ready to achieve award-winning landscapes, and you want to work with a Kansas City landscape company that prides itself on customer satisfaction, contact High Prairie Landscape Group today.

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In this series—The Secret Formula to Award-Winning Landscapes—all eight steps are vital, and you couldn’t achieve award-winning landscapes without carefully considering each step.

Step four, best landscape practices, deals with drainage and proper planting. If you don’t get your drainage and planting right, the quality of your design, plants, or soil won’t matter.

Best Landscape Practices: What You Need to Know About Drainage

For your Kansas City landscape to thrive and provide you with many years of enjoyment, you must carefully consider drainage before you even begin to think about planting.

Drainage problems can be extremely difficult to fix after the fact, and if they occur, whole sections of your landscaping may need to be re-done. While the “do-it-yourself” approach can work, we recommend you seek professional advice from a Kansas City landscape company for this crucial step.

Some of the local companies may skip this step or cut corners in an attempt to offer cheaper pricing, but without proper drainage, there is a real possibility that you’ll have to do your landscape twice, far exceeding the cost of having it done right the first time with the best landscape practices.

Steps for Optimal Drainage

  1. The grade along your home’s foundation must slope away from your home.
  2. Downspouts must be checked regularly to ensure that they stay free of debris and remain fully operational. Their positioning should be carefully planned, so water won’t adversely affect aspects of the landscape. Safety should also be considered when determining position, to prevent a tripping hazard.
  3. Consider addressing any low areas by installing a French drain (a trench lined with gravel containing a perforated pipe) or creating a swale (a type of shallow channel).
  4. Berming (a narrow ledge or shelf) may be necessary to divert water from areas where it is unwanted.
How to Ensure Proper Planting

Even the most exceptional design and the best soil won’t save your landscape without proper planting. One of the worst things about improper planting is that it often doesn’t become instantly apparent that there’s a problem.

For example, even a large, well-known Kansas City landscape company may employ staff who are so inexperienced or poorly trained that they don’t know that they must untie the twine holding burlap in place around a new tree. The tree doesn’t die immediately, but over a few years, it is slowly “choked” to death by the twine. When we bring a living thing, such as a young tree into our landscapes, it depends on us to protect and care for it, and such careless practices are unacceptable.

Planting a Tree: The Basics

Even the healthiest tree will experience some amount of stress during the transplanting process, but you can minimize this stress with the following these nine steps:

  1. Select the right tree. Be sure to choose a tree that appears healthy so that it will have an easier time adapting after planting.
  2. Protect the tree during transport. If you are unable to plant the tree shortly after you get home, be sure not to let its roots dry out.
  3. Prepare the soil at the planting site. If you’ve been following this series, perhaps you’ve implemented a soil customization plan (the secret step!), and your site is ready to go. But if not, you may want to consider having your soil tested for pH and mineral content before planting, especially if your tree is a considerable investment.
  4. Plant the tree. Trees can be planted at any point throughout the year, as long as proper horticultural practices are followed. Depending on the type of tree you choose, and the time of year, our Kansas City landscape professionals can advise you on the correct technique.
  5. Protect the tree’s bark. As a newly planted tree adapts to its new environment, it is susceptible to “sunscald” on its side that faces southwest. To prevent sunscald, loosely wrap the trunk in a light colored material such as Kraft paper wrap. The wrap can usually be removed after the tree’s first winter.
  6. Stake the tree. To help secure the tree against strong winds, use a stake that is only approximately one-third as tall as the height of the tree so that its top can sway in the wind.
  7. Prune in moderation. You can remove broken branches or thin out any that are growing too close, but it is best to preserve the tree’s natural form as much as you can.
  8. Add mulch. It’s important to add a ring of mulch around your tree soon after planting. Mulch prevents turf grasses from competing with the tree’s roots for water and nutrients. The wider the ring of mulch, the more the tree will appreciate it.
  9. Water, but not too much. Soil moisture is the most critical factor that affects a tree’s survival rate during its first year after planting. The soil needs to be moist, but too much moisture can kill a tree just as easily as not enough water. Whether you purchased your tree “balled and burlapped” (B&B), bare root, or container-grown, we can advise you on watering requirements so that your new tree will thrive.

If you’re looking for a Kansas City landscape company that offers all the products and services you need, our team at High Prairie Landscape Group prides takes pride in building long-term relationships with our clients and earning their repeat business. If you’re ready for an award-winning landscape with the best landscape practices, contact us today.

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We call step three the “secret step” for a good reason. A soil customization plan is something that not many people consider, or are even aware exists, but we want to change that! The team at High Prairie Landscape Group has worked tirelessly to develop our soil customization process.

If you’ve worked with another Kansas City landscape company in the past, did they test your soil? Most landscapers don’t bring up the topic of soil quality with their customers because they believe it’s more economical to use a standard type of “all-purpose” compost. While this type of compost can provide some improvement to the soil found in the Kansas City landscape, it’s really not that effective, and—not surprisingly—the results are mediocre. A one-size-fits-all approach to landscaping just isn’t suitable for our region.

You want to be able to design a landscape that allows you to choose from the most extensive variety of flowers, shrubs, and trees, without worrying about whether it’s possible for them to thrive in the Kansas City landscape. Don’t limit yourself to only the “tried-and-true” classics available at most local growers. With a soil customization plan, the possibilities are practically endless.

Our Kansas City landscape company knows what goes into award-winning landscapes, and we want to help you achieve your landscaping goals with nutrient-rich soil.

Soil Basics

Soil is made up of varying combinations of minerals, organic material (both dead and alive), water, and air. Plants depend on soil for the nutrients they need, so it’s critical that your landscape’s soil is optimized to allow your plants to thrive. High-quality soil is the foundation of healthy plants.

The soil in and around Kansas City is known for its high clay content and “heaviness.” Soil of this consistency is prone to retaining water for too long after a rainfall. During wetter times of the year, it’s hard for plants to deal with the excess moisture. To find out whether or not this may be an issue on your property, have your soil professionally tested before planting (more on this below). 

Your Soil Customization Plan

High Prairie Landscape Group’s soil customization plans are tailored to your specific property. There are four steps to the process.

  1. Soil Fertility Testing

The first step in your soil customization plan is to have your current soil tested to determine its exact make-up and level of fertility. Testing will determine whether your soil is acidic, alkaline, or neutral, and it reveals whether any desired elements are low or absent. If you have an insufficient amount of nutrients in your soil, your plants will struggle.

The University of Missouri Extension Center, the Kansas State Extension Center, and the County Extension Office offer thorough, highly accurate soil testing. High Prairie Landscape Group can arrange to have the testing done for you and handle all of the logistics.

  1. Analysis of Your Soil Test Results

Now, we’ll carefully analyze the results of your soil test and create a report that explains the findings in plain language. This information will be invaluable to help you create the healthy, thriving Kansas City landscape you’re after. We’ll answer any questions you may have so that you are confident in your understanding of the results and can use the findings to your advantage in the planting process.

  1. Create Your Custom Soil Plan

Once you’ve reviewed the analysis of your soil test results, we’ll work with you to create the perfect soil for your desired plants. This can be thought of as “soil engineering” to bring your specific soil up to optimum performance levels. We’ll ensure your custom soil has an abundance of the right nutrients, and that the pH level is optimized for maximum plant health. We’ll also make sure the soil’s consistency allows for proper drainage. This highly innovative approach is far superior to the industry norm of recommending all-purpose compost.

Fun fact: Our Kansas City landscape company is working on a custom line of Kansas City compost, created with all local materials from controlled sources and disease-free environments.

  1. Implement Your Customized Soil Plan

When your new soil is ready, and you have all of your plants selected, it’s planting time. It won’t be long before you see incredible results. The “secret step” virtually guarantees that your guests will be blown away by the lushness of your new landscaping. They won’t know how you did it!

If you’re ready to get started on an award-winning landscape, contact High Prairie Landscape Group today.

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You’ve completed step one—created your distinctive design plan—now it’s time for step two of the secret formula to an award-winning landscape: selecting exceptional plants!

With your design plan in hand, you know which landscape trends you want to focus on. You’ll be selecting just the right combination of “trusted classics” and “improved innovators” to create your perfect landscape. The best plant palettes in any style of landscape combine elements from these two categories.

Exceptional Plants: Trusted Classics

“Trusted classics” are some of the best plants for Kansas City. Trusted classics are timeless; not only are they excellent performers in our region, but they also never go out of style. Many trusted classics are locally grown, and although this is a benefit because they are already climate-adapted, it is not a requirement. Examples of exceptional plants that are trusted classics include:

Boxwood

Evergreens are an essential component of most garden styles, and boxwood is an excellent choice. It is one of the best plants for Kansas City, and it grows well all over the country. One of the advantages of boxwood is its smaller growth habit. It won’t outgrow its area like many other evergreens that can become difficult to manage.

High Prairie Landscape Group offers a variety of boxwoods, including Green Mountain (a good choice for Country Gardens), Green Velvet, Chicagoland Green (both Green Velvet and Chicagoland Green are landscape trends in Formal Gardens), Winter Gem, and Green Tower. The numerous cultivars can be a bit daunting to decide between, but our experts will help make it easy.

Japanese Maple

Known for their striking fall colors, a Japanese maple can make a perfect focal point for landscapes. With proper pruning, a Japanese maple can grow into an impressive bonsai that is sure to delight visitors of your Oriental Garden. Two beautiful varieties of Japanese maple available at High Prairie Landscape Group are Coral Bark and Crimson Queen.

Blue Spruce

This hardy evergreen is admired for its blue-green color. Blue spruce makes a beautiful accent tree and also looks great when multiples are planted closer together to create a privacy screen.

Golden Privet

This deciduous shrub is perfect for hedges and looks lovely, especially when paired with green-leaved plants to create color contrasts. In the fall, its golden foliage takes on a purple-red tone.

Yews

Low, spreading shrubs, dense yews are durable and versatile. With dark green foliage backing scarlet, berry-like cones, dense yews make attractive hedges, screens, or borders.

Exceptional Plants: Improved Innovators

Combining “improved innovators” with trusted classics will help you to achieve long-lasting and durable landscapes. Each year, High Prairie Landscape Group’s team visits trial gardens all across the country in search of the newest, most innovative plants. Staying ahead of landscape trends and bringing new plants to our customers in the Kansas City region is something we love to do! We’ve been able to offer many new cultivars to our customers often years before the wider public is aware that they exist. Other local landscapers tend to “play it plain” by sticking to only the classics.

Improved innovators include cultivars that provide more impact, durability, color, bloom, or fragrance. Examples of these best plants for Kansas City include:

Brindabella Roses

Stunning doubled flowers and clean foliage define Brindabella roses, a collection of durable, bushy shrub roses that deliver superior disease resistance and garden performance. They’re available in both traditional and contemporary colors, and High Prairie Landscape Group offers several varieties including Dawn, First Lady, Purple Prince, and Red Empress. Brindabella roses are a beautiful addition to a Country Garden.

Sunshine Privet

All summer, this compact shrub maintains its golden color. Sunshine privet may be the perfect choice if you’re looking for an accent, and it also makes an eye-catching border or hedge.

Poquito Series Agastache

Beautiful, fragrant, herbaceous perennials, Agastache provide a bold impact. Compact, low, and bushy, the showy, dense flowers of Poquito ‘Butter Yellow’ make it a great choice for borders, containers, or mixed beds.

Poquito ‘Dark Blue’ is also compact, low, and bushy. It is actually more purple than blue and a hummingbird favorite. Poquito ‘Lavender’ has a dwarf, bushy habit with pink and mauve flowers over bright green foliage.

Lil’ Ditty Viburnum

An easy-care, low-growing shrub with large bright foliage, Lil’ Ditty blooms large puffballs of creamy white, fragrant flowers in late spring. In the fall, its little berries attract songbirds to your garden.

Get Your Own Exclusive Plant Palette Today!

If you want to create one of the most spectacular landscapes in your neighborhood, comprised of the best plants for Kansas City, contact High Prairie Landscape Group today. We’ll help you create your own exclusive plant palette.

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Step one of the secret formula to an award-winning landscape is “distinctive design.” When you want to create landscapes that are worthy of an award, distinctive design is a must.

A distinctive design plan allows you to move forward with landscaping, without worrying whether each element you choose will fit. Since you have chosen one particular theme from various landscape styles and landscape trends, you know your final design will be cohesive.

Most people select their landscape elements by browsing around from garden center to garden center, choosing an array of items that appeal to them, without thinking enough about the big picture. This strategy (or lack thereof) usually results in an unorganized landscape design.

Deciding on a specific design early—before you start purchasing your plants and other elements—will ensure your landscapes convey cohesion and thoughtfulness.

What Landscape Styles Suit You?

If you already know the landscape styles that you’re after, then you’re ahead. But if you’re not sure, our team at High Prairie Landscape Group can help you determine which landscape styles you prefer. If you’re looking for a Kansas City Landscape company with the professional expertise to help you design a customized space you’ll love, visit us.

There are five main landscape styles, each with virtually unlimited options to customize for your unique tastes. The five categories are:

  1. Naturalized Gardens
  2. Country Gardens
  3. Modern Gardens
  4. Oriental Gardens
  5. Formal Gardens
1. Naturalized Gardens

A Naturalized Garden reflects the region’s natural landscapes. Naturalized Gardens are wildlife-friendly and appreciated by bunnies, bees, and other living things that happen to stop by for a visit.

Two popular styles of Naturalized Gardens are Prairie/Craftsman and Dutch Wave. Prairie/Craftsman is the quintessential Mid-Western style, brimming with native plants, perennials, and handcrafted wood or copper accents. The Dutch Wave landscape style uses large beds to create “waves” of color and texture with pathways throughout. The use of ornamental grasses originated with the Dutch Wave garden.

2. Country Gardens

Country Gardens exude romance, often including whimsical elements. Two subtypes of Country Garden are English Gardens and French Country Gardens. English Gardens are informal, reflecting the rolling hills, streams, and ponds of England. French Country Gardens combine the casual aspects of English Gardens with the more formal style of French Gardens. Soft, billowy flowers are often paired with hedges and parterres.

3. Modern Gardens

The Modern Garden is a contemporary—sometimes edgy—space, with a clean, linear design. A simplified plant palette is often used so that one’s attention is drawn to the architectural elements of the garden. Typically, the color in Modern Gardens comes primarily from the soft hues of the plants and accents. Flowers are not a significant part of this style of landscaping; instead, garden pots, vibrant cushions, and garden art are highlighted. The Modern Garden style is also sometimes referred to as Art Deco.

4. Oriental Gardens

The Oriental Garden landscape style, derived from Buddhist and Hindu gardens, is intended to reflect a sense of spirituality. Gardens are used for prayer or meditation in many Asian cultures; thus, every element has intentional meaning. Design choices create a calming environment, with the use of water features, curving pathways, and a subdued plant palette. The foliage and shape of the landscape plants provide color and texture and often include bonsai trees and shrubs adjacent to vivid foliage.

5. Formal Gardens

A Formal Garden is highly structured and sophisticated. Formal Gardens, usually considered “European” in landscape style, have been widely celebrated throughout history. These gardens are comprised of hedges and geometric beds with a strong focus on symmetry.

The Italian Garden and French Garden are two of the most prominent Formal Garden designs in America. Italian Gardens reflects Roman history, with elements such as terracotta pots or tiles, stone accents, narrow evergreens, and clipped hedges. The French Garden landscape style stemmed from the earlier Italian style but evolved to include more flowers and fragrances. As well, decomposed granite paths and cast iron seating are frequently part of a French Garden’s design.

What If You Can’t Decide?

It’s common to struggle when choosing between landscape styles or landscape trends. Our professional Kansas City landscape company can incorporate elements of different landscape styles in ways that work. We’ll also help you merge your style into a design plan that works with the architecture of your home.

Learn Your Landscape Style

Contact High Prairie Landscape Group today to get started! We’re your destination for Kansas City landscaping, always ahead of the curve on the latest landscape trends. We’ll help you to learn your landscape style and design a space that you’ll enjoy spending time in with friends and family for years to come.

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In this series of posts, you’ll learn the secret formula for award-winning landscapes. We’ll teach you how to make the most of the local growing conditions and transform your property into a stunning oasis you’ll enjoy for years to come.

Each region of the country has its own unique growing conditions and specific requirements to optimize landscaping outcomes, and the Kansas City region is no exception. Our region’s wide swings in weather conditions—from hot to cold, wet to dry, often all in the same day—can present a challenge.

Successful Kansas City landscaping involves eight distinct steps. We’ve summarized the eight steps here, and we’ll dedicate a full post to each of the steps so that you can create a breathtaking landscape using techniques developed by the pros.

  1. Design: Your Distinctive Style

Identifying your distinctive style and then boldly implementing it into your landscape design is the first step in achieving an award-worthy landscape. Without a focused design plan, you risk your landscape appearing mediocre or unfinished.

You’ll find that in the most striking and engaging landscapes, all elements work together to create a cohesive and pleasing look.

  1. Plant Selection

Perhaps the most exciting of the eight steps is plant selection. A combination of “trusted classics” and “innovative top-performers” provides the best of both worlds, ensuring a long-lasting landscape that will never go out of style.

High Prairie Landscape Group’s professional landscapers travel all over the country, visiting trial gardens to find the best cultivars available so that we can offer them to the Kansas City area long before—sometimes years before—they’re typically made available to the public.

  1. Secret Step-Game Changer: Soil Customization

Of the eight steps, this one packs the most power. Soil customization is the secret to a lush, vibrant landscape that exudes maximum plant health. The soil customization step involves three sub-steps:

  1. Have your property’s soil professionally tested.
  2. Determine which of your desired plants will need more support from the soil than is naturally available.
  3. Create a “Soil Customization Plan,” so you can engineer the perfect soil for your desired plants.

The geological make-up of the Kansas City region means that our soil is typically quite heavy, containing a high amount of clay. That must be taken into consideration because this type of soil can make it difficult for plants to thrive when the ground becomes waterlogged during wet periods of the year. Most Kansas City landscape companies don’t warn their customers about this, and they often use a “one-size-fits-all” type of compost that doesn’t address clay content. A soil customization plan mitigates this challenge and many others so that all of your plants will thrive.

  1. Best Practices: Proper Planting Techniques and Drainage

For a landscape to thrive, proper horticultural planting techniques must be followed. Every year, it is likely that the number of plants being installed incorrectly exceeds the number of those being installed correctly. Even some of the professional landscaping companies can be guilty of this if their staff isn’t properly trained.

Just as soil optimization is crucial to a thriving landscape, proper planting techniques and drainage are also key components. Even the most outstanding design combined with the healthiest soil will not be enough if your planting techniques and drainage aren’t carefully considered.

  1. Mulch vs. River Rock: The Case for Both

If you have a strong preference for one over the other, mulch and rock each have their own advantages and disadvantages. For example, mulch makes a wonderful insulator for plant roots and helps with moisture retention, whereas rock prevents erosion and provides drainage channels.

Which one is right for your landscape? That will depend on several factors, including your personal aesthetic preferences.

  1. Seasonal Color: Over-the-Top Impact

Seasonal color can provide a stunning new impression each time the season changes. When your landscape is planned correctly, small seasonal updates can provide significant impact with very little fuss. A seasonal planting schedule can ensure that your landscape boasts beautiful colors throughout the year.

  1. Watering Properly

Proper moisture is necessary for your landscape to thrive. A well-planned landscape can maximize the benefits of natural precipitation so that the cost and environmental impact of additional watering is reduced.

  1. Caring for the Landscape

Once all your landscape elements are installed, and you’ve mastered the previous seven steps, you’ll want to develop a care plan to maintain the health and vitality of your new space. Remember that your landscape is a living, evolving thing, and your careful nurturing will ensure that it continues to thrive for the long term.

Get Started With a Trusted Kansas City Landscape Company

Following the eight steps in this series can help you to create the best landscape in your neighborhood. If you’re looking for a unique, long-lasting landscape, our team would love to help you get started. Contact us today!

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We wouldn’t be where we are today without the exceptional time, talent, and skill of our team. Each week, we’ll be highlighting a team member, which offers a peek into our culture.

Meet: Joe Lyon

Family:
Britni – Wife
Spencer – Son
Heath – Son

Who Inspires You?

Jesus. Not only because he died for my sins BUT because he was able to overcome the dread and gravity of the immediate for the payoff of the long term.

Why Do You Like Landscaping?

I like having a profound impact on peoples lives for the better.

What Would You Like to Do on the Weekend?

Nap

What is your favorite Restaurant?

Joe’s KC Bar-B-Que

What is your favorite Color?

Orange (burnt orange)

What is your Favorite Candy Bar?

Reese’s Pieces (not a candy bar because I’m a rebel)

What is the Best Thing About Working at High Prairie Landscape Group?

Having the opportunity to be involved in projects that push the envelope and get outside the box and being surrounded by a team that is willing to tackle those projects with me.

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We wouldn’t be where we are today without the exceptional time, talent, and skill of our team. Each week, we’ll be highlighting a team member, which offers a peek into our culture.

Meet: David Jeannin

Family: Kaitlyn Jeannin

Who Inspires You?

My grandfather and my dad . They thought me compassion and how to work. They help me become the man I am.

Why Do You Like Landscaping?

I like problem solving, being outside with the plants

What Would You Like to Do on the Weekend?

Watch football, nap

What is your favorite Restaurant?

Jack stack

What is your favorite Color?

Blue

What is your Favorite Candy Bar?

Reese’s

What is the Best Thing About Working at High Prairie Landscape Group?

The people I work with.

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We wouldn’t be where we are today without the exceptional time, talent, and skill of our team. Each week, we’ll be highlighting a team member, which offers a peek into our culture.

Meet: Sam Fritz

Family: Crystal Fritz

Who Inspires You? My wife. She works very hard to connect with her students, often going way beyond typical expectations for her position. She does it this way, because she loves her students and that’s just how she’s wired.

Why Do You Like Landscaping? No two days are exactly the same, there is always something changing that requires reaction.

What Would You Like to Do on the Weekend? Watch sports, read, see a movie, spend time with my wife

What is your favorite Restaurant?  ???

What is your favorite Color? Green

What is your Favorite Candy Bar? Snickers

What is the Best Thing About Working at High Prairie Landscape Group? It is a really fun group of people. We certainly are very different in some aspects, but for the most part, I think we get along as a team and enjoy working with the rest of the company.

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We wouldn’t be where we are today without the exceptional time, talent, and skill of our team. Each week, we’ll be highlighting a team member, which offers a peek into our culture.

Meet: Paula Jackle

Family:  Dillen Jackle – husband Jase Jackle – Son

Who Inspires You?

I have several people in my life who inspire me in different ways. (I believe you can learn valuable lessons from ANYONE and EVERYONE.) But, more specifically, I find that I look to my sister for inspiration, encouragement, and mentoring. We share the same beliefs, faith, and outlook on life. We also happen to have VERY similar personalities. With her being 11 years older than I am, I feel like she can often prepare me for situations that I’ll soon be going through myself.

Why Do You Like Landscaping?

I love the beauty of nature’s elements and thus the opportunity to create and maintain spaces that imitate what God has created. I also love developing relationships with clients and providing solutions for their landscape challenges. Before having an indoor position, I really loved the physical nature of the work.

What Would You Like to Do on the Weekend?

Explore Kansas City with family – shopping, outdoor events, dog park, pumpkin patches in the Fall.

What is your favorite Restaurant?

Ponaks

What is your favorite Color?

Red

What is your Favorite Candy Bar?

Snickers

What is the Best Thing About Working at High Prairie Landscape Group?

I can’t list just one. I love the culture we have and the friends I’ve made throughout my employment. Our team really cares for each other and cares for the direction High Prairie is going. None of us want to be the average landscape company. We’d rather make waves. I love that we have owners who work really hard to find solutions to the seasonal challenges our industry presents. (Such as minimal laying off and a balance of work/personal). I’m thankful for the above average pay all employees receive and the unexpected breaks we get for the Winter Holidays & months.

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