Category: Landscaping

Top Landscaping Design Trends for 2023

As we head into spring, exciting new trends continue to emerge in the field of landscape design. Staying up to date with these styles helps ensure that your home’s outdoor space has the latest and most innovative solutions. Continue reading our blog to learn about the top landscaping design trends for 2023.

Sustainable Landscaping

Sustainability continues to be a major trend in landscape design. People desire eco-friendly and low-maintenance solutions that are kinder to the environment. We see this trend reflected in the use of native plants, rainwater harvesting, and the incorporation of edible gardens. Using permeable materials for hardscaping can also help with water conservation.

Outdoor Living Spaces

With people spending more and more time at home, outdoor living spaces have become a popular trend. These areas are designed to be an extension of the indoor living area, complete with comfortable seating, lighting, and even outdoor kitchens. Fire pits and water features can add a touch of luxury to these outdoor spaces.

Technology Integration

Technology has been making its way into outdoor spaces for some time now. We expect this trend to continue in 2023, with the integration of smart irrigation systems, lighting, and even sound systems. The use of mobile apps can also help homeowners monitor their outdoor spaces and adjust as needed.

Multi-Functional Landscaping

Multi-functional landscaping has continued growing in popularity. This trend involves designing outdoor spaces that serve more than one purpose, such as combining a play area with a vegetable garden and using a retaining wall as a seating area.

Bold Colors

This year, we see bold colors making a comeback in landscape design. Clients are looking for bright, vibrant colors that make a statement in their outdoor spaces. For example, homeowners incorporate brightly colored plants, furniture, and outdoor décor.

Contact JK Landscape Construction

Style and décor consistently evolve, and that includes the areas outside the house. Are you looking to incorporate these 2023 landscaping design trends into your home? At JK Landscape Construction, we offer a full suite of innovative design and build services to transform your outdoor space from ordinary to extraordinary. Our experts specialize in decks, outdoor living, landscape lighting, water features, and more.

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The Benefits of JK Landscape Barging Services

When you purchased your waterfront property, one of the factors that may have drawn you to that specific acreage could be the unique and beautiful terrain. But with steep or tree-populated landscapes, you’ve most likely also noticed its challenges. When the time comes for landscaping work to be done, many companies may battle to navigate the land and access the shoreline with large construction equipment, but not us. Continue reading to learn more about the benefits of JK Landscape barging services.

What is a Barge?

A barge is a flat-bottomed boat used for carrying freight, typically on canals, rivers, and lakes, either under its own power or towed by another. At JK Landscape, we use our barge to transport landscaping machinery, equipment, and supplies right to the shore of waterfront properties. And thanks to a barge’s size and flat bottom, it can pull up close to the shoreline in shallow waters to unload materials with ease.

Damage-Free Landscaping

Working on a landscape with steep slopes, narrow property lines, and obtrusive trees poses a challenge for even the most experienced landscaper. You may notice many companies are not prepared to take on these challenging terrains, but we are. Thanks to our barging services, we are able to transport skid steers, bulldozers, excavators, and more across the water, straight to your shoreline—without risk of damage to your property.

Call the Landscape Professionals

Take your waterfront property up a notch with a custom landscape design from JK Landscape Construction. Whether you’re looking to add rip rap to your shoreline, a new deck to your outdoor entertainment space, or a paver patio for grilling, we look forward to bringing your dream landscape to life.

Contact the professionals today to schedule your upcoming landscape project.

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The Benefits of Retaining Walls for Waterfront Properties

In the land of 10,000 lakes, we Minnesotans love our waterfront properties. With such proximity to lakes, canals, and rivers, the opportunity for waterside fun is endless, especially during cabin season. But owning property on the water is not without its challenges. If your shoreline is not properly protected and maintained, your waterfront home is at risk for flooding, wind damage, and erosion. Installing a retaining wall can help. Read on for the benefits of retaining walls for waterfront properties.

What are retaining walls?

Retaining walls are strong structures designed to hold or “retain” a mass of earth that would otherwise erode or collapse. They are used to contain soil between two different elevations in areas with difficult terrain or undesirable slopes. For waterfront properties, a retaining wall that retains the soil on the backside and the water on the frontside is called a seawall or bulkhead. Retaining walls are typically constructed using many different materials like stones or concrete and are offered in a variety of styles. A colorful, well-designed retaining wall can also add esthetic value to your property.

Retaining wall materials

A retaining wall for your waterfront property can be constructed from a variety of materials. From concrete and stone to steel, timber, or rip rap, each material has its advantages and disadvantages. Whatever you choose should be based on what’s important to you. The best way to select material is to consider the circumstances of your property now and in the future, as well as your budget and what type of material addresses them best.

  • Cobblestone: using stone adds a beautiful esthetic quality to your property and works well to protect against waves.
  • Concrete: one of the most common types of materials, concrete is durable and lasts for decades.
  • Steel: extremely durable and can last up to fifty years.
  • Rip rap: consists of placing various stones along the shoreline; simple to construct and easy to maintain. Rip rap is also eco-friendly as well.
  • Wood: not as common in Minnesota due to the extreme elements and constant maintenance.
  • Vinyl: available in many colors and provides long-lasting protection for your shoreline.

The Benefits of Retaining Walls

In addition to esthetics and increasing the value of your waterfront property, there are many other benefits to adding a retaining wall:

1. Prevents erosion

Perhaps the number one benefit of constructing a retaining wall is the prevention of shoreline erosion. Shoreline recession is not only caused by the natural flow of water, but ice buildup as well as constant wakes created by boats. As the water pushes against the shore then subsequently recedes, the earth begins to break up and eventually erodes. This reduction in land becomes a big problem for waterfront homeowners on busy waterways as the erosion threatens the property and can lead to costly repairs.  

2. Protection from flooding

Living in the upper Midwest, we all know how much damage storms can cause to our homes. During heavy rainfall, water can rise quickly and lead to devastating flooding which is dangerous for your home and your health as floodwaters carry harmful toxins. Flooding can cause structural damage to the interior and exterior of your home. Retaining walls provide protection from flood waters and keep it from flowing onto your property.

3. An investment that lasts

Many retaining walls have been around for nearly a century. With proper construction and consistent maintenance, your retaining wall can last for decades and protect your property for future generations.

4. Space and cost-effectiveness

Compared to other shoreline defensive structures such as dikes, retaining walls use much less space and are more cost-effective in the long run. They are relatively easy and quick to install so you won’t experience much inconvenience during construction.

A well-constructed, esthetically pleasing retaining wall adds beauty, protection, and value to your waterfront property. If you’re considering installing one, contact the landscaping experts at JK Landscape Construction. Our experienced shoreline restoration professionals will help you choose the best material and design for your property, budget, and lifestyle.

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Green-up Your Yard This Season

We’re in the swing of spring, but your lawn still probably looks a little sad from the never-ending winter. Summer will be here soon enough, so now is the time to start gathering ideas for a lush lawn. The professionals at JK Landscape have just the thing. Keep reading for tips on how to green-up your yard this season.

All About Watering

The biggest keys to watering your yard is to properly know when and how to do it.

Morning is the best time for watering. The early hours allow enough time for the soil to adequately soak in the water before the later-day sun can dry it up. Excessive dampness from nighttime watering can damage your grass and may promote lawn disease or fungus.

Also, using hot water to quench your lawn can scorch the roots and potentially kill the grass. Be sure to roll up hoses after each use so the water empties from them. Keep hoses out of the sun to help prevent them from heating up and sprinkling hot water on your yard.

Another miscue to watch for is how you’re watering. Set up sprinklers so the watered area covers your lawn instead of the sidewalk, driveway, or road.

Develop Deep Roots

Some homeowners water their lawns every day. And while it helps keep the grass green, it may do a disservice to the foundation of the yard.

Rather than every day, water your lawn at regular-but-staggered intervals. Maybe soak it thoroughly a few times each week. Doing this will help the grass develop a deeper root system for stronger and denser turf.

Aerate for Better Results

A healthy lawn needs water, but it also needs to breathe. To ensure your yard is getting the air it needs, consider aeration.

The aeration process involves making small holes in the grass and soil to allow your yard to get the water, air, and nutrients it needs. The roots can extend further into the soil, allowing the grass to grow lush and green. You can do this yourself with a manual tool or machinery, or you can have a certified lawn care team do it for you.

Trim with Care

During summer months, keeping your grass longer will help keep it healthier. Raise the deck of your lawnmower to ensure an ideal trim height to prevent the grass from drying out and potentially being damaged by the sun.

Watering schedules and rain usually determine how often you need to mow. But try not to mow too often; mow just enough so your yard is neat and well-kept while allowing the grass to grow and flourish.

Call on JK Landscape

These ideas to green-up your yard this season should go a long way toward making your lawn one of the best on the block this summer. If you run into issues or need help, the lawn care experts at JK Landscape have the training, tools, and tricks to make your yard the stunning oasis that will make your neighbors jealous. Contact us today with your lawn care questions or concerns or to discuss landscaping projects to make your property stand out.

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When Is the Best Time to Start Landscaping Projects?

When is the best time to start landscaping projects? It’s a question many homeowners ask, especially now as the longer, warmer days of spring and summer get closer. Read on as we discuss why you should begin planning now, as well as the benefits of starting landscaping work in spring.

Begin Planning During Winter

Considering Minnesota’s climate, it’s no surprise that spring–fall marks the busy season for landscapers. For one, the snow and freezing temps present unhealthy conditions for new trees, shrubs, and plants to thrive. Additionally, frozen soil makes it extremely difficult to dig holes for landscaping structures and features.

However, winter is the perfect time to begin planning. Advantages of staying ahead of the busy season include:

  • A more relaxed pace during the planning stages to ensure the design(s) match your vision.
  • Submitting necessary permit and approval applications early helps ensure that you’ll be ready to be cleared when it comes time to break ground.
  • Early planning provides access to a wider selection of plant materials before competition increases during the busy spring planting season.
  • Landscapers tend to have more convenient scheduling options during the off-season, making it easier to book an appointment and get started.
  • Planning and starting the project early allows for better timelines and earlier completion, allowing you to enjoy your new landscape sooner.

That’s not to say that some winter landscaping isn’t possible. In fact, sometimes it’s necessary. JK Landscape provides professional rip rap (AKA “rock armor) installation to repair and prevent shoreline damage, snow removal and ice control, and more. Contact us to learn more about our lakeshore winter services.

The Benefits of Spring Landscaping

With the snow and ice gone and the weather getting warmer, spring is the ideal time for work to begin. Generally, it’s best to start construction when temperatures remain above 45–50 degrees. Benefits of spring landscaping include:

  • The ground has thawed and softened, making it easy to dig holes for new structures, features, and plants.
  • Mid to late spring is considered “mulching season,” as the soil has had time to warm up following winter and allows time for the plants to establish throughout the summer and fall.
  • Additionally, planting new shrubs, trees, and perennials early on helps ensure they have time to acclimate and establish a strong root system for surviving Minnesota’s harsh winters.
  • As previously mentioned, planning in winter and starting construction early allows you to beat the rush. You’ll have better scheduling, quicker turnaround, and more time to enjoy the final product.

The Final Word: Get Started Today!

So, when is the best time to start landscaping projects? The real first step is planning, and the time for that is now. The design and installation specialists at JK Landscape have the experience and expertise to ensure success and satisfaction. We’ll make sure the soil is ready for optimal planting and plant care, work with you to create a design you’ll love, and then bring it to life with prompt and professional construction.

Browse our project gallery to see our exceptional services in action. Contact us today to learn more and schedule a meeting.

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