TAG: Installation

VERSA-LOK Retaining Wall Systems

December 29, 2015By

VERSA-LOK® is retaining walls and so much more. Our solid construction and unique top-down pinning system enables design flexibility and ease of installation. With VERSA-LOK Standard, you can build walls, curves, multi-angle corners, stairs, and freestanding walls and columns—all without specialty pieces or hollow cores to fill. VERSA-LOK Standard is available in traditional split-face or vintage weathered textures. If you... read more

Case study: Staged to sell

March 12, 2015By
Photo: Schmechtig Landscapes

One landscape company helps clients sell their homes. As Michael Schmechtig observed real estate staging become popular and help sell homes, he got an idea. Buyers get their first impression of a home before they even get through the door—so why not stage the exterior? He put the idea in motion in 2010, when his company, Schmechtig Landscapes in Mundelein,... read more

Cooking up tips in the outdoor kitchen industry

July 2, 2014By
Photos: Outdoor Entertainment Concepts

An outdoor kitchen expert shares some basics of tapping into this ever-popular field. After years of frustration trying to source outdoor kitchen products, Carl Peterson quit his hardscaping business and started Outdoor Entertainment Concepts. The Hackettstown, N.J.,-based company is a “middle man” between product distributors and both contractors and outdoor kitchen retailers/dealers. Its goal it to make it easy for... read more

Michigan firm ‘goes dark’ after Great Recession

June 9, 2014By
headshot: Michael Bedell

Michael Bedell made good on a bad situation when the Great Recession hit hard in Michigan, particularly his service area in Milford, Mich. Instead of altogether losing commercial clients who were cutting back or going idle, the owner, horticulturist and landscape designer with Bedell Property Management, developed a service for unoccupied properties or those not generating revenue, known as “dark... read more

Retainers vs. landscape design fees

December 20, 2012By

Q: Can you explain the concept of using a retainer agreement instead of a design fee to get a commitment from the client toward both the design and the installation? —Dylan Mickelson, Bright Lights Landscaping and Outdoor Lighting, Las Vegas, Nev. A: I just got back from PLANET’s Green Industry Conference in Louisville, Ky., where I was a speaker, as... read more

Project Portfolio: Building Community

April 11, 2012By

Provide beautiful, meditative and functional outdoor spaces to help a community center better serve its members. As one of nearly 100 subcontractors on this $33 million project, the DeSantis Landscape team was continually faced with coordination, scheduling and logistics challenges. But as President Dean DeSantis notes, “We are proud to say that we have become the general contractor’s landscape contractor... read more