Category Archives: Landscape Design

Create an Inviting Entry Courtyard as You Prepare Your Home for the Holidays

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Entry courtyards and arrival courts have become increasingly popular with owners of high-end luxury homes. They originally rose to prominence in the southwest, where they offer ventilation and cooling properties, but are growing in prominence throughout the country – including Maryland – thanks to their unique visual aesthetics that hark back to classic architecture. These Read More

Grow Entertaining Space & Home Value with a Custom Outdoor Kitchen

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Hosting a Thanksgiving dinner outdoors? Why not? It worked for the Pilgrims. Believe it or not, more and more homeowners are planning holiday parties in their custom outdoor kitchens. And while the potential for a cold snap is ever-present in the Mid-Atlantic in late November, the heat generated from a gas stove and adjacent firepit Read More

6 Ways Native Plantings in DMV Reduce Landscape Maintenance

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There’s a reason native plantings in the DMV (D.C., Maryland, and Virginia) are so successful. They were made for this environment. Put simply, there is no safer, more efficient, or more breathtaking way to populate your luxury landscape than with the implementation of plants that naturally belong. Even better, here are six ways that native Read More

Customized Water Features Can Improve the Natural Beauty of Your Landscape

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Pre-fabricated, man-made water features have grown in popularity in recent years, largely due to their off-the-shelf convenience and instant gratification. Still, many high-end homeowners desire something more personal; something that appropriately compliments their hard-earned investment. Customized water features can enhance and magnify the natural beauty of your surroundings. Outfitted and framed with natural stone, or Read More

Choosing the Right Path to a Perfect Landscaping Walkway Design

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Unsure if your landscape walkway design is headed in the right direction?  Leave your worries on the doorstep. Each and every landscaping triumph begins with just a single step. Hardscaped pathways are a perfect opportunity to lend further definition and functionality to your lawn and garden, while contributing a sense of welcome to your home, Read More

How a Defined Design Build Process Can Benefit Your Next Outdoor Enhancement Project

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From baseball diamonds to backyard paradises, summer is a time of teamwork. A defined design-build process can deliver a winning landscape for your home, with architects and construction crews working together to achieve optimal results in the most efficient manner possible. Unlike the traditional design-bid-build way of doing business, the landscaping design-build process offers a Read More

4 Features of Beautiful Hardscape Waterfalls

As spring approaches, the desire to enhance one’s property with custom hardscaping features begins to steadily mount amongst homeowners throughout the Baltimore-Washington area and along the Eastern Shore. Professionally-installed hardscape waterfalls can add a singular sense of wonder to your backyard, providing a one-of-a-kind respite for family and visitors, alike. Here are just four ways Read More

Why Your Luxury Property Needs Landscape Architecture Construction in 2017

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A New Year is often associated with a new outlook on life – and that includes one’s passion for hearth and home. Many luxury home and property owners have already started planning various landscape enhancements for 2017, and landscape architecture construction should be listed high among their considerations. Landscape architecture is a multi-disciplinary practice blending Read More

Why Your Luxury Property Needs Landscape Architecture Construction in 2017

A New Year is often associated with a new outlook on life – and that includes one’s passion for hearth and home.  Many luxury home and property owners have already started planning various landscape enhancements for 2017, and landscape architecture construction should be listed high among their considerations.  Landscape architecture is a multi-disciplinary practice blending Read More

5 Ways Landscape Design Services Will Improve Your Winter Landscape

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In those particularly magical moments, the winter months can yield frosty wonderlands covered with snow and serenity, but they can just as quickly drain the color and vibrancy from a home’s landscape, thrusting gardens and grounds into a drab, dreary wasteland. At this time of year, many homeowners may feel like throwing up their hands Read More

Leading Industry Magazine Calls Upon McHale for Expertise

In a November interview with Nursery Management magazine, McHale Landscape Design president Kevin McHale shared his views on plant shortages in 2016, and what growers and landscapers should expect in the New Year. Just a month prior, Kevin and Stephen McHale discussed design trends during a forum for the National Association of Landscape Professional’s national Read More

3 Reasons You Need a Landscape Retaining Wall

  Like the old song says, the hills are alive. And under extreme conditions, they can begin rolling directly toward your home. There’s absolutely no shame in telling yourself that you are installing a landscape retaining wall for the singular protection it provides your home, while secretly rejoicing about the fact that it makes your Read More

3 Things Your Outdoor Living Space May Be Lacking

Labor Day has come and gone. Summer is officially behind us. As the days grow shorter, the nights longer, and the memories of Memorial Day dearer, you may find yourself reflecting on those poolside parties and elegant outdoor dinner engagements that filled the last three months with wonder. And, then, wonder – were there any Read More

3 Ways to Optimize Backyard Patio Designs for Entertainment

Spring is here. The sky is blue. And before long, garden soirees, pool parties, and backyard barbeques will be consuming weekends and late summer nights, as warm weather revelers take to their lawns for some fun in the sun. For many homeowners and party hosts, the patio often becomes the de facto base of operations Read More

5 Ways to Achieve Low Maintenance Landscape Design

Many homeowners aspire to have gardens akin to those at the Palace of Versailles, but many more feel as though they barely have the time to be proper caretakers to a houseplant. If that sounds familiar, don’t get discouraged. Low maintenance landscape design can be achieved with a little bit of ingenuity, patience, and the Read More

How to Fall in Love with Your Home’s Landscape Design and Construction

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The Valentines have been opened, the rose petals scattered, and the chocolates picked over. Now, a new love affair begins as the promise of spring prompts an overwhelming desire for reinvention. Homeowners in Maryland and Virginia soon will be turning to their lawns and gardens – and pools – for a sunny reprieve, particularly after Read More