Landscape

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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Creating the Sense of Enclosure with Deep Setbacks

by John W. Olson December 16, 2014
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Let me start by saying that I am a huge advocate for new urbanism, neo-traditional neighborhoods and form-based codes, as you may have predicted from prior posts. However, one thing that has bothered me is the often missed-opportunity for traditional homes to be set back […]

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The Neighborhood Unit: How Does Perry's Concept Apply to Modern Day Planning?

by John W. Olson October 8, 2014

False interpretations of Perry’s concept have conceived segregation of land uses, further validating the modern-day road classification system and unfortunately created an auto-centric society in today’s first ring and outward suburban communities.

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Green Roofs – Some are Intense

by Anthony Ries October 4, 2014

I want to talk today about intensive green roofs. These roofs are beautiful but expensive due to their continued maintenance and irrigation requirements and structural requirements.  In exchange for high cost a building owner gets a green roof that can have a large variety of […]

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Killeen Landscape Frontage Standards

by John W. Olson October 4, 2014

As I was reviewing the landscape standards for the City of Killeen, Texas, I noticed some major differences in the requirements in respect to other City’s standards.  The difference I will talk about in this post is the spacing of trees along the street right-of-way.  In Killeen, […]

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A Bump-Out for Traffic Calming and Storm Water Management

by John W. Olson October 4, 2014

Bump-outs (also known as “curb extensions“) have become commonplace in many subdivisions across the country.  They are also common in the existing neighborhoods as a means of traffic-calming.  The purpose is to provide an additional element in protecting the vehicles parked on the street and enabling shorter, […]

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HOA Landscape Retrofit – Spacing for Planting

by John W. Olson July 15, 2014

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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Gabion Walls can be used for Landscape Design as well as Retaining Wall Design

by Dean Dalvit May 20, 2014

One type of site wall system that is very common in Europe, and only beginning to gain popular acceptance in the US is a Gabion Wall System. Essentially, a Gabion wall is a wire cage that is formed to contain loose rocks as a mass. […]

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Consider LED Outdoor Lighting to get LEED Points

by Dean Dalvit May 20, 2014

It’s no surprise that LED lighting has made a significant impact on the energy use for lighting applications with it’s extremely low energy use per footcandle. New ground is being broken in all lighting uses and we are seeing LED lighting in everything from decorative […]

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