Peterson Companies News & Blog

What to Consider When Picking a Landscape Company

March 18, 2019

Picking a landscape company can be tricky. Do you pick a local company, a cheap company, a big company? Do you shop around or go with a company your friend recommended? How do you know if they’re fair or cost competitive? Continue reading about the most important factors when evaluating a...

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Top 5 Seasonal Plants for Spring, Summer, Fall, & Winter

February 19, 2019

The beauty of living in Minnesota is the constant changing of seasons. The colors, textures, and fragrances are always shifting within the landscape. Part of the challenge as a gardener is keeping the garden looking great in each one of the four seasons. Staggering bloom times, paying attention...

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Shoreline & Backyard Renovation - Project Summary

August 21, 2018

This design goal for this residential landscape project was to create a usable space while lowering the maintenance level of the yard. A large portion of the backyard was a steep slope making it virtually unusable as well as difficult to mow. There were old wooden steps leading to a dilapidated...

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Why Do My Plants Keep Dying? - A Guide To Troubleshoot Your Garden

June 11, 2018

For many homeowners, gardening seems impossible. No matter what, where, or how, their plants keep dying despite their best efforts. For those of us who struggle to keep plants alive, we simply concede we don’t have the elusive "green thumb". But what if I told you the trick to a beautiful garden...

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The Four Types of Landscape Lighting

May 22, 2018

Outdoor lighting can be more than a flood lamp attached to the garage.   Between path lighting, up lighting, moon lighting, or grazing, your residential landscape can be displayed in the best light possible (pun intended). Many homeowners are simply unaware of the different lighting techniques...

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When to Prune Plants, Shrubs, and Trees

October 12, 2017

Regular pruning is beneficial to shrubs and trees. Selective trimming, thinning, and cutting will generate new growth, denser foliage, and more fruit/flowers. How often and when to prune though seems to be the confusing part for many gardeners. Knowing a few basic rules of when to prune plants...

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Don't Wait Until Spring For These Fall Landscape Projects

September 12, 2017

The season for landscaping is quickly ending. Now is the time to get started on those fall chores before the ground completely freezes and is covered by snow. Any fall tasks that get neglected in the Fall will need to be dealt with in Spring. Waiting for Spring though can put you between a rock...

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Starting From Scratch - Residential Landscape Design + Build

August 30, 2017

Project Description:

Homeowner moved into a brand new house and needed a complete landscape design plus installation around the entire property. The first step of the project was to install 24 tons of limestone block retaining walls on the sides of the house. Then an underground irrigation...

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Swapping Out An Old Timber Retaining Wall

August 03, 2017

Project Description:

The homeowner needed a renovation to their sloped backyard.  They wanted the old, worn out timbers to be removed and replaced with block retaining walls, for a fresh, functional, updated space.  The steps were also made of timbers, and were rotting which was a safety...

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