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Meet Our Landscape Architects

Landscape architecture is a multi-disciplinary profession combining creativity and engineering with a passion for the natural world and designing beautiful spaces. Meet the landscape architects on our team at Southview Design.

5 Ways to Enhance Your Front Yard

The front entry is the gateway to your home. It should welcome guests or be a comfortable place to pause before saying good night. Over the years, Southview has installed hundreds of front yard living spaces. From charming front porches, to cobbled walkways and even front yard Zen gardens.

What Makes a Landscape Modern?

Do you think you might be interested in a modern landscape design for your yard? What is a modern landscape?

Tabletop Succulent Garden Tutorial

Learn how to create tabletop succulent garden pots with this easy DIY tutorial.

Southview Saves The Day

A client with a serious and very frustrating water problem asks Southview for help!

TRENDING: Fun and Functional Entertainment Spaces

Since the pandemic, homeowners have increasingly sought ways to optimize the use of their backyard spaces.

Wood Vs. Gas Vs. Propane

Any fire feature is sure to become a focal point and central gathering place of your landscape design. Here are the pros and cons of the most popular fuels: wood, natural gas and propane.

2022 Landscape Design Trends

The pandemic has reshaped the industry and inspired a new era of landscape design trends. What changes are on the horizon for the landscape design industry? What innovations lie in store?

Let's Talk About Outdoor Lighting

Examples of the different types of outdoor lighting: path lights, uplights, downlights, and wash lights.

Rain Garden Facts

Water pollution threatens the delicate ecological balance of our waterways. High levels of chemicals, nutrients, and sediment harm vegetation, kill wildlife, foul drinking water, and destroy pristine recreational areas.

2023 Landscape Design Trends

Over the last three years, we have seen a growing number of homeowners ready to invest in their outdoor living spaces. While many preferences have remained consistent, others have evolved and inspired a new era of landscape design trends.

One Student's Path to Career Goals

Learning how students gravitate toward a career in the landscaping industry is always interesting. Who or what influenced them to study landscape design/horticulture? Here is one student’s path.

Landscape Challenge: Swimming Pools on Slopes

Water flows downhill, which is a bit of a challenge when you want a backyard swimming pool but live on a hill. Fortunately, with the right design and careful construction it is possible to build a swimming pool anywhere.

10 Emerging Landscape Design Trends

Whether you're looking to revamp your backyard or create a welcoming outdoor space, here are 10 emerging landscape design trends that are making waves in the Land of 10,000 Lakes.

Low Maintenance Landscaping Ideas

Low-maintenance landscaping saves you time, money, and resources. By implementing these ideas, you can spend less time working on your landscape and more time enjoying it.

TRENDING: Water-Conscious Landscaping

With drought conditions continuing, it should come as no surprise homeowners are leaning toward water-saving landscape options such as rain gardens, rain barrels, and drought-tolerant/native plants that don’t need much water.

Insider Scoop: Mike Goergen of Southview Design

We asked Mike Goergen of Southview Design about his thoughts on the landscape industry. He has a few tips for homeowners.

Bringing the Party Outside

Your backyard oasis is a convenient and comfortable space to relax and unwind. And what better way to relax than with your favorite show or even some music?

Small Yard, Big Impact

Our designers can customize your yard to how you want to use it, no matter the size.

TRENDING: Backyard Kitchens & Edible Gardens

More homeowners are asking for space to grow tomatoes, cucumbers, squash, beans, and a variety of fruits. How great to cut fresh herbs for one of your kitchen masterpieces or make a fantastic salsa with peppers from your own garden?

Patio Perfection

The patio is one of the most important features of your outdoor living area. It’s important to plan carefully, choose the right materials, and above all, build a compact and secure base before installing pavers, stone, or concrete.

Landscape Architects and Designers - What's the Difference?

There are two primary classifications of landscape design professionals, Landscape Architects and Landscape Designers. Many people wonder, “What’s the difference?” and “Which is the right fit for my project?”.

How to Force Branches to Bloom Indoors

Here's a general guide on how to force branches to flower or bloom indoors.

The Growing Appeal of Faux Turf

Consider artificial turf for its low maintenance, water-saving benefits, and year-round green appeal, providing a durable and aesthetically pleasing alternative to natural grass.

Bringing Designs to Life

In past years, landscape designs were hand-drawn to scale with pencils and pens. Today, CAD tools made the creative process easier for professionals and more fun for clients!