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19th Century Retreat Wins LCA Award

McHale Landscape Design was recently honored with an “Excellence in Landscaping Award” from the Landscaping Contractors of America for its work on a 90-acre, 19th-century garden in Easton, Md. Spearheaded by McHale’s own Hans Bleinberger, the meditative and meticulously crafted grand retreat was featured in HOME&DESIGN. Read more about the project in HOME & DESIGN Read More

Tailoring Your Garden with Deep Greens and Blues

What was James Taylor dreaming about when he wrote “deep greens and blues are the color I choose” in his song “Sweet Baby James?” Maybe it was the variations of the two colors that work so well in a perennial garden. With so many shades of blue and green to choose from, it’s easy to 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

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

From Garden to Kitchen: Container Gardening Tips from the Pros

  Container gardening continues to grow in popularity among landscapers and homeowners, thanks to its versatility and relative ease of care. When utilized properly, container gardening can effectively spruce up large property landscapes, outdoor living areas, patios, and pool houses, while providing quirky, quaint, or distinguished splashes of seasonal color throughout the year. Just getting Read More

Travertine or Flagstone Patios? Your Backyard Wins Either Way

Summer has arrived, and your backyard is calling. Patios are a low-maintenance means of expanding your home’s living space, and with the help of a professional landscape designer, can be built to any specification, shape, or size. Perhaps the biggest decision encountered when installing a patio is what type of stone you will choose. At Read More

McHale Runoff Woes Offer an Eco-Friendly Opportunity

Protecting the Chesapeake Bay and preserving its natural aquatic ecosystem is an enduring goal for those living and working near Washington, D.C. As conservation minded professionals, McHale Landscape Design must anticipate any and all environmental effects on Maryland’s critical areas to ensure that our multiple projects near the Bay or the Eastern shore meet and 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

5 Important Features of Quality Pool House Designs

Everyone on the East Coast would likely agree that we’ve endured an unsuspectingly brutal winter. But the silver lining on that particular storm cloud is that summer is now within reach. Soon, it will be time for flip flops, umbrella-topped beverages, and poolside fun. Is your pool deck and outdoor living area equipped for summer Read More

McHale Receives Honors for Sustainable Landscaping Efforts

At McHale Landscape Design, each design-build project is undertaken with an eye toward sustainable landscaping. Whether populating gardens with native plants, which aid the environment by reducing the need for fertilizers and pesticides, or installing green roofs that improve air quality, promote biodiversity, and conserve energy, our team remains dedicated to making clients’ homes – 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