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Aesthetic Pruning of Japanese Maples

Weeping Japanese maples grow very large and dense.

Reduced in size, the tree has a pleasing open shape. Dennis Hopkins is a true artist in pruning our client’s maples.




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Big impact for small townhouse garden

We rearranged existing pavers and added wood chip mulch to make this small space much more usable and inviting.

Before, the space seemed unfinished.

The backyard had a tiny amount of unattractive storage space.

We moved the pavers to the front yard and filled the space with crushed gravel.

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Small West Seattle Patio

West Seattle patio

Now, this is a charming small patio in West Seattle

West Seattle patio

Before, this small space was very crowded with overgrown plants and uneven flagstones.

West Seattle patio

We removed the shrubs, replaced the flagstones with square pavers and planted colorful easy care plants.

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Before, part of the garden was open to the street.

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We enclosed the area with columnar evergreen trees, added colorful plants and created a small space for a bench or additional pots.

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Mercer Island make-over


Our client has a lovely wooded garden on Mercer Island


But even mother nature needs help sometimes.


We created a wood chip path for access and visual appeal and mulched the depleted soil with compost.


The back yard also needed attention.


The trees appreciate the compost and the client likes having a woodland path to stroll.

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Small Seattle garden makeover


Our client’s yard needed a makeover.


A small strolling path and new plants transform the space.


This was not a pretty view to come home to.


The wood chip path frames the garden beds.


The outside needed some curb appeal.


A tree and evergreen shrubs and ferns make this a  welcoming sight.

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Landscaping with rocks in Seattle gardens

Rocks off house

Creating a dry steam bed is an attractive and practical way of keeping soil from splashing against the house in the rain.


It is also an effective method for dispersing water pouring from a downspout away from the house foundation.

Sanislo before

Parking strips are often difficult areas for plants to thrive and are likely to become full of weeds.

Sanislo after

A dry stream bed adds a beautiful element to the landscape, helps keep the weeds down and makes it easier for people getting out of cars.

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Puppy friendly garden in Seattle


Our clients have an active new puppy.


Low fences around the beds were the solution to keep the puppy out of the garden.




We selected easy care plants and added stepping stones for access. Voila! An attractive solution for everyone to enjoy, just in time for Summer!









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