About 15% of all engagements happen in December and somewhere in the neighborhood of 25% of all proposals happen between Thanksgiving and New Year's. And that's just the ones that said "Yes". For most of you, this will be the first time you'll go through this and you're not quite sure of all that goes into planning a wedding. Most of the decisions you make are only made as part of this planning and there is nothing else like it. Ordering flowers for your mother/wife-to-be/girlfriend for Valentine's Day or Mother's Day is a simple affair compared to coordinating flowers for a once-in-a-lifetime event.
The southern suburbs of St. Paul/Minneapolis got 12-14" of fresh snow over the Christmas holidays, along with a little rain and sleet on Christmas Day, transforming our yards into new landscapes. I always enjoy looking at how a yard looks at different times of the year - how the light falls, what shapes are evident, what colors dominate and what activities are taking place. When you looked out your window this week, what did you see?
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Having a lawn can be a high maintenance commitment for your yard, but it doesn't have to be. As a landscaper, my yard tends to be the last yard I get to work in, but the expectations for a good looking yard are high. So, I make the most of every opportunity I get. And in the fall, I get the most return for my efforts.
This time of year, leaves get a lot of attention. First, we all enjoy the brilliant colors that fill the landscape as the nights get cooler. Later, we don't enjoy the tasks of cleaning them up as they drop on our lawns. So, what are we to do? Back when I was growing up, all we had was a rake. Now, you not only have rakes, but you also have blowers, blower/vacuums and shredders. Well, as it turns out, none of those are the best thing for you, your lawn, or the environment.