From Outdoor Living Spaces to Solving Drainage Issues, Landscaping Deserves a Careful Look

If you don't have the time, energy or right equipment, hiring a contractor you like and can work with are key.

The Daily Republic
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Gary Lindberg is nearing the end of a long-awaited project. His home build was five years in the making, and now, he and his wife are in the final stages: the yard.

Their focus was a narrow slice of land, where they wanted to add more privacy in an aesthetically pleasing way. "We have neighbors very close on both sides," he added.

The Lindbergs hired Mike Saline of Saline Landscape and Design in Hermantown, Minnesota. They started designing in October, finished in February, and now, are in the final stages. The job calls for more than 480 boulders, a tremendous hardscaping project, Lindberg said.

He looked to Australia and France for inspiration, and the homeowner is looking forward to the gabion walls that are made from a steel basket with rocks on the inside. "You can shape it anyway you want to and we did a big retaining wall," he said. Also on the landscaping agenda: benches to match and a fire ring on the couple's less-than-one acre.

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