Category Archives: Sustainable Style

RAGWEED is in FULL BLOOM in Wisconsin and it may have you sniffling!

Oh yes, Allergy season is in full swing in the Midwestern region of the U.S. Sneezing and drippy, red rimmed eyes are plaguing allergy sufferers all up and down the St. Croix river valley.  So what’s causing us all to … Continue reading

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Low Maintenance Design In Eastern Minnesota: A Feminine Touch

Talk to Germaine Ross on any given day of the week and you will literally feel the passion she has for low maintenance, eco-friendly landscape design.  “There is something about how rain gardens, native plantings and edible landscapes work together … Continue reading

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Celebrating Fathers and “Manly” Outdoor Activties

It is Father’s Day this month, so  we’re talking outdoor activities!  “manly” kind! What updates can be done to your property that your husband would really enjoy? Our expert Osceola landscape designers  have collected a few ideas to get your … Continue reading

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The Journey of the Smokinistas

An idea formed when we heard about the St. Croix Valley Brew-B-Que competition.  From the very beginning we knew we were destined for BBQ greatness, so we put the question out there, should we enter?  “Of course,” raved our fans!  … Continue reading

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Birding and Butterfly Watching in your own Back Yard

One of the great joys of spring is taking the time to watch for birds and butterflies in your back yard and around your neighborhood.  From planting fragrant and vibrantly colorful plants to installing small bird feeders and baths in … Continue reading

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Eco-Friendly Furniture Back Yard Design

Remember the days when plastic webbing was the only choice available for your favorite outdoor chair? We’ve come a long ways since then and outdoor furniture has taken on a new role in making outdoor spaces more inviting, cozy and … Continue reading

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Planning an Outdoor Living Space

As summer comes ever closer many of us start looking and remembering that we have an outdoor space to enjoy. Our outdoor spaces are sometimes underutilized, if not completely forgotten. Most homes have some type of outdoor space that can … Continue reading

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Biodiversity, Rain Gardens and Butterflies Oh My!

Some of the design principles that go in to planning your rain garden can also attract biodiversity to your outdoor environment.  Biodiversity is just a fancy way of talking about drawing butterflies, birds and beneficial insects to your garden. As … Continue reading

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Choosing Plants for Your Rain Garden

We have made it to the fun part!  You’ve chosen your perfect spot, you know your style and you are well on your way to choosing your landscape designer, (hopefully St. Croix is on your short list).  So now the … Continue reading

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Design Tips for Rain Gardens

Oh, I know what you are thinking, Rain Gardens are just wild looking plantings that take little thought to design. Nothing could be further from the truth. There are many different approaches to designing your Rain Garden and there are … Continue reading

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