Our favorite landscaping projects of 2016

Outdoor kitchen by Garden City Florascaping

For those of you who tuned into my blog last season, I’m really sorry to leave you hanging for so long between posts!  It’s a testament to how busy we were as a company in 2016, but at least we have some really cool landscaping projects to show for it.  So many really, I’ve had a hard time narrowing down my favorites which is what I’ll attempt to do here.   So, without further adieu (drum-roll please), our Top 10 Projects in 2016:

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Building a paver stone driveway

Paver driveway by Garden City Florascaping

They say first impressions are everything.  What’s the first thing most people see when arriving at your home?  Your driveway, of course!  Driveways come in all shapes, sizes, and materials, but my favorite is of course a driveway built from paver stones.  Nothing is quite as classy, durable, or as beautiful.  We’ve already discussed the merits of paver stones versus another material such as concrete, but in this post, I’m going to show you exactly how we build with pavers. Read more

What’s the deal with my retaining wall?

What is a retaining wall?

A retaining wall is a structure that retains or holds back soil.  It’s purpose, at least in residential applications, is generally to create a flat area above or below the wall to make the space more use-able by pedestrians and/or automobiles.  They can be made from pressure treated wood, boulders, tires, or most commonly, precast concrete block or formed in place concrete slabs.  When properly designed and installed, a retaining wall should have a lifespan of at least 30 years (most manufacturer’s warranty on their block), if not much longer.  Proper design includes picking the right materials for the application, designing for soil conditions and load, and ensuring your wall will drain correctly.

Why are so many retaining walls in Missoula falling over?

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Patio design – why it matters for your landscape.

Why do we need a good patio?

In Missoula, our summers are short but oh-so-sweet.  Warm temperatures, long days, and clear skies all beg us to get outside and soak it up all we can.  We have many options for doing this, including the plethora of river and trail options around Missoula.  And when you’re done floating the river or cleaning the mud off your mountain bike, many of us reach for a cold beverage and a patio or deck in our back yard, just not quite ready to go inside and plop down in front of the TV.  Attitudes like this are what makes Missoula a special place.

paverstone patio by garden city florascaping

Imagine having a cold beer on this patio!

What makes a good patio?

To really get the most out of your patio, there are a few things you ought to consider.  What size do you need?  What shape is best? What’s the best material for it?  What’s the best location for it? Read more