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Concierge-style Landscape Services

Let us orchestrate all your lawn, landscape and hardscape needs Concierge-style landscape services refers to our creative and comprehensive way of orchestrating all your lawn, landscape and hardscape needs. We complement our own expertise with those of landscape architects, contractors and subject matter experts to deliver spectacular outdoor spaces. Our programs include: Annual Color Plantings in Beds, Outdoor Containers and Planters Mowing and TrimmingTree and Shrub PruningIrrigation Installation and Maintenance Mulching and Bed Maintenance Custom Gardening Services Gutter and Window Cleaning Party Prep and Holiday Decor Comprehensive or Customized Lawn Care Programs Specialized Landscape Design and Installation Water Features, Pools, Spas, Exterior Lighting and Hardscape Contact us today to learn more about Beaver Creative Environments concierge-style landscape services.  

Beaver Creative Environments Helps Grandmother Harmed by Shady Contractor

As the folks at Fox4’s Problem Solvers attest, Beaver Creative Environments, a Kansas City-based landscape design firm, came to the rescue of a grandmother in Overland Park, Kansas. The grandmother had a contractor disappear before finishing work she arranged with the business. Beaver Creative Environments didn’t hesitate when they heard of her plight and cleaned up the mess at no charge. It was the right thing to do. Watch the brief video for more on the

Is the grass always greener on the other side of the fence?

Autumn is the season for lawn renovation Well, if this summer has anything to do with it, the answer would be “NOT APPLICABLE,” since I’m sure most homeowners, if you’re anything like me, think everything is brown and there is not a shred of green left in my, or my neighbors’ lawns. Yes, it’s renovation time (cue the confetti and balloons)!!! Lawn renovation is a vital part in the annual maintenance of your home or business. The “whys and hows” of the lawn renovation process are fairly straightforward. Lawn renovation helps give turfgrasses, as well as the soil below, boosts in two important resources: air and water. The two central components of a lawn renovation are aerification and reseeding. By aerifying your lawn, creating those thousands of holes, we are opening the root systems of the grasses up to get more contact with water and the air. By then reseeding, …

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Anything besides a maple!

Consider alternatives to maple trees for autumn colors Don’t get us wrong. We like maple trees as much as the next landscape design company. Especially this time of year, as maple trees shine in any setting, with their reds, oranges and burgandies lighting up the fall landscape. But from a big picture point-of-view, maple trees do have the tendency to be overused. And as the old saying goes, “Variety is the spice of life.” So allow us to give you a list of some of our favorite plants that can really spice up your home’s fall landscape color palette. We divided them up by fall leaf color. I included a range of plants in terms of size, from large shade trees to small shrubs. Beaver Creative Environments’ list: shrubs and trees that add fall color and interest REDS   * Dynasty Elm * Northern Red Oak * Kousa & Flowering …

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Why so few ornamental grasses?

Ornamental grasses add color and interest to landscapes One thing we’ve noticed in Kansas City is how few ornamental grasses appear in residential landscapes. The most glaringly obvious reason may be a lack of sun. For those of you in the more established neighborhoods with mature shade trees, you know what we mean. But for anyone with even the smallest planting areas that get enough sunlight, please try out some ornamental grasses. Autumn is the season when these plants really shine and you should experience these graceful garden ornaments. Drive a couple of hours west and you will see how dramatic a landscape can be when enhanced by native grasses. The Flint Hills of Kansas, while on a much grander scale than a home landscape, can give you an idea of how well-suited most grasses can be to the fall experience. Along with the golden yellows, oranges, reds and burgandies of …

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Water features bring the serenity of water to your outdoor environments

A water feature can transform your outdoor landscape environment into something distinctive, provide a focal point in a front or back yard and even create a separate ecosystem. Water features allow you to savor a private paradise where you can relax and enjoy leisure time with family and friends. There are many different types of water features, ranging from a simple bubbling rock to a large waterfall that spills into a pool or pond. Consider these common types of water features as you envision your own waterscape. Water Fountains Fountains can be works of art in and of themselves, such as a freestanding fountain designed as a landscape focal point, perhaps surrounded by flower beds or a rock garden. Smaller fountains can enhance a small garden or hardscape area. Wall fountains can be a great accent for your home’s exterior. Ponds and water gardens Ponds can be very simple or …

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Flowering trees and shrubs herald spring’s arrival!

Certain flowering trees and shrubs truly herald the arrival of spring. And many of them can be planted in late winter or very early spring for immediate gratification. Some of our favorite trees and shrubs are listed below. They provide lawn and landscape areas with a wide range of blooms, colors and fragrances. Contact us today to capture the unique joys of the spring season! Flowering Trees Eastern Redbud Unique purple flower “buds” along branches give off a colorful, linear effect. Rosy pink flowers appear in mid-spring. White Fringe Tree Fragrant white “feathery” flowers hang in showy, branched clusters 4-6 inches long. Pink Flowering Dogwood Classic, biscuit-shaped flowers grace this low-branching tree. Kousa Dogwood Optimal landscape tree; white flowers bloom at same time of leaves for spectacular, 2-tier effect. Cherry – Yoshino or Kwanzan Festive early spring blooms, same varieties as you see in our nation’s capital. Magnolia – Jane …

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Landscape design for all seasons!

Often we find landscapes designed only for three seasons: spring, summer and fall. The landscape goes from breathtaking to drab, and some people don’t realize the spectacular things we can do to bring out the wonders of our Midwest winter season. Think winter landscape first When we design your landscapes, or do a renovation of your matured landscapes, we think of winter first. By adding plants, trees and hardscapes into your landscape that are interesting or unique, you will have a landscape fit for all four seasons. Winter interest in landscape largely emanates from the architecture of the lawn and gardens: Ornamental grasses add sweeping background to your other plants. Hydrangeas, dormant, with flowers intact, look like oversized snowflakes when covered with frost. Hollies, heavenly bamboo, barberry and other winter fruiting plants add unexpected splashes of brilliant reds and oranges. Deciduous trees bring drama as they rise up dark and …

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Seasonal Landscape Displays

Landscape color can have an incredible impact on your landscape. Color, combined with texture, can make your landscape environments dynamic and bring focus to seasonal plants and foliage. Beaver Creative Environments designs and installs seasonal colors to enhance Kansas City landscapes throughout the year. Our expert crews are experienced and ready to come in and coordinate your plantings with seasonal colors each quarter or holiday season, so your property glows with year-round beauty. For the holidays, we offer exterior seasonal displays and tree lighting. We can enliven the spirit of the holidays, including Memorial Day, the Fourth of July, Halloween, Thanksgiving, Hanukkah and Christmas. For interiors, we can hang garlands, put up and decorate Christmas trees, string the lights, create magnificent centerpieces and more.