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Before and After with a lot of Impact!

Check out this drastic before and after photo in Edina, MN!

The homeowner had just built an addition off the back of their 1950’s walk-out and was in need of a conversation area that overlooked their serene wetlands. They also added a way to move from the front of the house to the back without having to go through the house, along with screening the road and neighbors using a variety of plant material. Clayton and our team nailed it!

Before and After backyard transformation in Edina, MN

2014 MNLA AWARD WINNERS!

CONGRATULATIONS David Kopfmann and Clayton Johnson for both winning awards from MNLA. Check out the video that MNLA put together:

DAVID KOPFMANN’S project was a remodel in MINNEAPOLIS.  The family loved to entertain, but wanted to keep it low maintenance.  With David’s design, he offered the family an extension of their house to extend outside.  It is fully equip with a full outdoor kitchen, large bluestone patio, custom concrete dipping pool/hot tub, and raised stone fire pit.

2014 MNLA Award Winner David Kopfmann

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CLAYTON JOHNSON’S project was also a remodel, but in EDINA.  His client had just done an extensive remodel on the back of their home and now wanted the help of landscaping to tie it all in together.  The client wanted a backyard to entertain in – complete with outdoor kitchen, mortared fireplace, and a large paver patio.

2014 MNLA Award Winner Clayton Johnson

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Creating a Beautiful Winter Landscape

Midwest Home Magazine asked David Kopfmann the following question, and his answer will be featured in their annual HomeBook, as well as online! David offers great advice and information that a homeowner may not consider while creating a landscape design during the summer months. Take a look…

Ask the Expert: What are important factors when it comes to winter landscape design and installation?

When creating a landscape design and installation project, I keep in mind all four seasons that blend different elements and effects. Since this is the winter season, let’s review a winter landscape.

Lighting: Landscape lighting is a major element due to the shortened daylight hours. A good lighting plan will illuminate driveways and sidewalks leading up to the house, but shouldn’t overpower the area. You can illuminate just the address by mounting it to a stone or brick driveway entrance pillar down by the street, you can light the driveway by utilizing down-lighting from trees (to stay above the height of snow), and you can light structure elements like gates, arbors, and sculptures at night, creating an artistic landscape. Your view of the yard at night from inside of the house is also important, and can be accomplished through adding accent lighting to evergreen trees, water features, urns, and pots.

Color: Ornamental grasses in the winter stand out in the snow and give your barren yard some warmth with its golden color. Plants that have red branches, such as Redtwig Dogwood, create a great color balance against a backdrop of white. Limelight Hydrangea shrubs have a strong branching system to support the dried flower heads all winter long.

Custom Hammock Stand

What do you do when you don’t have 2 perfect trees in your yard to hang a hammock?

You call David Kopfmann to design & build one for you out of metal! That way you can customize it anyway you would like and place it anywhere in your yard! It also becomes a piece of yard art like this one in the picture. What’s more perfect than a lazy day relaxing in a hammock?

Custom Metal Hammock Stand

David Kopfmann on The Art of Home on My Fox 29

David Kopfmann on The Art of Home

As you may know we recently wrapped up the Midwest Homes Luxury Home Tour. The home that Dave got the opportunity to design and build the landscaping for is located in an upscale development called Locust Hills on Lake Minnetonka. He worked closely alongside Peter Eskuche (architect), and Sven Gustafson (builder). The team pulled it together and it was a huge success during the tour; we had the highest attendance among the rest of the others on the tour!

The Art of Home approached us and wanted to do a segment on the home, so we signed on and here is the link to the show in its entirety.  (*Please note if you only want to catch a small portion of it, you can find Dave at minutes 4:03 and 24:53)

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Video: Construction of a concrete swimming pool with auto cover

Finished Swimming Pool MN

David Kopfmann (Owner and Designer of Yardscapes, Inc.) has been capturing the process of installing a concrete pool from beginning to end. If you have ever wondered what all goes into constructing a concrete swimming pool, check out this video of a project overlooking the Mississippi River in Minnesota that we completed!

Luxury Home Tour 2013 – 650 Locust Hills Drive, Wayzata – June, 7,8,9,14,15,16,21,22,23

We are so excited to be part of the Stonewood, LLC Home for the Luxury Home Tour! We were able to design the landscaping for the homeowner and are now in the process of installing it all! The tour opens June 7th and you can find more info at: www.luxuryhometour.net

This beautiful home that Eskuche Associates (www.eskuche.com) designed and Stonewood, LLC (www.stonewood.com) is building is  located at: 650 Locust Hills Drive, Wayzata, MN 55391.

Here are a few images of our crews busily working to complete the home in the next 2 WEEKS!

Luxury Home Tour Minnesota 2013 Driveway

Luxury Home Tour Minnesota 2013 Fire Pit

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Benefits of Hiring a Landscape Design/Build Firm

What is a landscape design/build firm?
A: The term landscape design/build gets thrown around a lot in the landscape industry, yet many people don’t fully understand the meaning. Landscape design/build refers to the landscape contractor’s ability to do both the designing and installation of a project within the same company. That way, instead of coordinating project logistics between multiple outside sources, a design/build firm can provide you with a one-stop shopping experience.

What are the benefits of hiring a landscape design/build firm?
A: One of the biggest advantages to working with a landscape design/build firm is that the entire team is working together to complete the project at the highest level of quality in a timely manner. With the same team working on your project, you are less likely to have a communication breakdown, resulting in a more positive experience.

Designers Clayton Johnson and David Kopfmann

Designers Clayton Johnson & David Kopfmann

We ALL Want Our Green, Lush Lawn & Gardens Now! Tips enclosed…

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Green, Lush Gardens in MinnesotaI know, I know, everyone is wondering when is this Minnesota weather going to change?! 

At this point, I truly believe, we deserve the BEST summer ever! I also truly believe you want your lush, green gardens and lawn NOW – but, WAIT! I don’t want you to go wasting any money on throwing down seed for it all to be washed away or plant your annuals for them to die over night of frost! So, here are a few pointer so you don’t waste your time or money:

1. Wait just a couple of weeks to put that seed down – the soil temperature needs to warm  up a little bit for the seed and water to absorb and take affect.  We need at least a week of warm days to bring those temps up.

2. Wait to plant your annuals or perennials until you see a future forecast of above freezing temps at night. 

3. Now is a good time to cut back perennials – like grasses that you may have not gotten to last fall.

4. Don’t cut back anything that may have a bud on it, wait until it’s done flowering to do so.

5. If you haven’t done so already – CALL your landscape professional NOW if you are considering any work you would like completed this summer. Schedules are filling up fast due to the late spring!

6. The hot trends we are seeing this year are outdoor kitchens & fireplaces/fire pits. Just something to think about when you are looking for ideas for your yard.   

You can always reach us by phone at 952-887-2794 or email us at yardscapes@yardscapesinc.com

Meditation Garden

Meditation Garden Before and After

I think everyone needs one of these after the hustle and bustle of everyday life to sit back and relax – to really reflect on where you are headed in life. 

This beautiful modern home is full of window and the view from this side was of thistles and brush.  The homeowner wanted a beautiful, but functional area – so we created this meditation garden with a custom metal art piece (designed and built by David Kopfmann – Yardscapes) which also gave him privacy from his neighbors.  The thing I really thought was great about this idea, was that he could sit and reflect from inside or outside.

The metal sculpture was custom built out of steel with two pieces of green “hand-carved” acrylic. 

Meditation Garden Metal Sculpture

If you are looking for ideas for your yard or custom metal pieces, give us a call at 952-887-2794.  We would be happy to answer any of your questions.

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