Landscape

HOA Landscape Retrofit – Spacing for Planting

by John W. Olson July 23, 2015

I am in the process of retrofitting the foundation plantings for the Spring Creek Townhome Association in Colorado Springs.  The original landscape designer or landscape architect had specified plant material that did not fit the space it was given.  This is a common mistake with […]

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Water Wise Landscapes – Xeriscape Not Zeroscape

by John W. Olson July 9, 2015

EVstudio specializes in providing low-water use and water conservation landscapes to our clients. Xeriscape is a common term used as it relates to the landscape architecture profession, especially in the State of Colorado.  According to dictionary.com, xeriscape “employs drought-resistant plants in an effort to conserve resources, […]

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Landscape Urbanism: A Critique from a CNU Cardholder and Landscape Architect

by John W. Olson July 1, 2015

  Landscape Urbanism sounds like a great name that really meshes together a lot of what I believe in and do as a professional.  Landscape Urbanism is rapidly growing in popularity and I suspect this will continue as the CNU (Congress for the New Urbanism) […]

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Urban Street Tree Well

by John W. Olson June 16, 2015
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The urban landscape can be a complicated environment for a successful landscape. Variables of vegetation forms, types, tolerances and aesthetics must be carefully calibrated for a successful streetscape. Also important is how the landscape can assist in storm water drainage management. We practice with a […]

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Gold Hill Mesa Welcomes Hi-Point Home Builders to the Neighborhood

by John W. Olson June 3, 2015

The following blog post was written by EVstudio Planning’s Summer Intern, Ji Soo Park of the University of Georgia: Hi-Point Home Builders are the newest builder in Gold Hill Mesa, a neo-traditional neighborhood that provides a new community to live, work and play. (Hi-Point Home Builders […]

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Colorado Springs Neighborhood Landscape Master Plan

by John W. Olson May 26, 2015
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We recently completed a Landscape Master Plan in Colorado Springs on the northwest side of town. The Master Plan was in response to increased water costs, maintenance concerns and as a retrofit to trees and vegetation that were inappropriately planted in the 1980′s. The Master […]

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Landscape Edging: Which Type is Most Applicable for My Landscape?

by John W. Olson March 31, 2015

Previously, I wrote a blog on edge restraints (Landscape Edging: Which Variety Should I Use?) and some of the positives and negatives associated with them. In this blog post, I am going to relate the types of edge restraints to locations in which they would/should […]

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Location Efficiency as the Framework of Activity Centers

by John W. Olson March 28, 2015

The convenience factor, or Location Efficiency, is often a forgotten component of development in a society that has become increasingly automobile dependent. Development occurs with the assumption that people drive and will always get in a vehicle.  Location efficiency can be defined as the ability to access […]

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Landscape Edging: Which Variety Should I Use?

by John W. Olson February 21, 2015

Landscape edging is the physical barrier between two landscape surfaces, most commonly a landscape bed and turfgrass.  There is a multitude of types of landscape edging available on the market today, but how much of it is beneficial to your landscape?  I am going to […]

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Benefits of Permeable Interlocking Concrete Pavement (PICP)

by Anna Chmel February 1, 2015
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Permeable interlocking concrete pavement (PICP) can be used as a viable alternative to asphalt or poured concrete for parking lots, roads, sidewalks, driveways, and other surface treatments. Permeable pavers have come into more common usage in recent years as a means to reduce stormwater runoff […]

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Land Entitlements and Redevelopment Options for Golf Courses

by John W. Olson January 29, 2015

Recently, I faced an issue that I see becoming a common issue as the golf industry continues to decline and the costs and availability of water continues to decrease.  That issue is what to do with the excess number of golf courses that our country […]

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Urban Street Trees: Root Barrier

by John W. Olson January 21, 2015

In an urban environment, street trees are considered a necessity, but sometimes a nuisance. There are a series of considerations that should be made when incorporating street trees into the urban framework. Root Barrier: What is the most common nuisance in our historic neighborhoods in regards […]

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