Natural Playscapes

By Kristy DeGuire, Landscape Architect and owner of DG2 Design I grew up on three acres of woods adjacent to acres of more woods, swinging vines and creeks, an ever changing paradise! [caption id="attachment_60309" align="alignright" width="225"] Plant vines or install ropes.[/caption] My Mom and Dad - like most parents in the area - would send us kids out the door with our rainboots and pails and not expect to see us until dinnertime.  Unfortunately, times have changed the...

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Peonies!

How do you pronounce peony? Do you emphasis pe-OH-knee, or pe-UH-knee? It's similar to the song tomato, tomahto, right? Well, let's not call the whole thing off shall we?   Spring is a wonderful time of year. Rain showers, warm days and cooler nights, the pollen and bees filling the air (my allergies don't agree) and the beautiful blooms of flowers. And what flowers are beginning to bloom? None other than the fragrant and show stealing peony.   For years...

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Egg-stra Special Easter Eggs

DG2 Home isn't a DIY blog, or a craft blog, but sometimes you can break the shell and write about something a little different. (See what I did there?)   DG2 Home is a landscape design firm that focuses on natural elements, sustainability and creativity, so today, we will give some inspiration and ideas for dying Easter eggs with natural ingredients, flowers and dyes. After all, adding natural eggs to your landscape is part of design, right?...

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Back Yard to Table

Spring is well under way and plots of vegetable and herb gardens should start being planned. To grow and harvest and cook and eat your own produce is very rewarding, as well as a lot of work. There are many guides out there to get started on your mini garden so it is important to do your research.   A garden in the back yard doesn't necessarily have to look like a garden in the middle of...

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What’s Popping?

It's spring time and we have had a crazy one at that.   Snow, heat, rain and cold has confused some of the spring time plants. Regardless, plants are blooming and allergies are abundant. Have you been walking or driving around asking yourself what trees are those? Or what flower is this? Today's post will show spring blooming trees and their names so that you can add it to your book of knowledge or your design files for...

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Retaining Walls in the Landscape

Does your space have a steep slope? Do you need to deter some drainage or control erosion? Retaining walls can be a great option for your landscape.   There are several DIY tutorials and resources for building your own, however, retaining walls when built incorrectly can break down and create damage. Consult a landscape construction company before you begin. Your soils, rock selection and existing landscape all play a part in a successful design, so plan out...

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Spring Break Landscapes

Most of the country is seeing cold and grey weather this week, and the unfortunate part is that the majority of schools are on spring break.   The skies might be cloudy and cold raid and snow in the forecast, but that doesn't mean we can't go on a virtual spring break. Enjoy these residential landscapes that make you feel as if you were on vacation!   (source)   (source)   (source)   (source)   (source)   (source)   (source)...

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Stop, Collaborate and Listen!

Landscape design is such an important element in your home. It is your first impression. It defines your space. It says a lot about you as a home owner. Are you modern?  Do you love flowers and maintenance? Do you value time being outside or do you want a clean yard with no fuss?   Landscape architecture and design is much more than picking out a pretty color for your planting beds. We as designers create outdoor...

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Curb Appeal

According to the dictionary, curb appeal means the visual attractiveness of a house as seen from the street.   One of the services that DG2 Home provides is a curb appeal sketch and recommendations. Head over to our dg2home.com website to look at some examples. We are happy to get you on your way!   Want to tackle the process a little at a time on your own? Well here are some tips to get started.   Your house is the...

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Bring the Outdoors In!

February is a tough month for those landscape lovers.   One week is dreary and cold and the next can be sunny and warm. It's not a safe month to start planting, however you can bring the outdoors in with some house plants, potted bulbs and terrariums.  Nurseries will start prepping their greenhouses with perennials and bulbs about this time, so go take a wander and see what you can bring home to add some cheerfulness to...

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