Category Archives: Outdoor Living

A Balanced Landscape for your Warsaw, IN Landscaping

Phlox is a great perennial for your landscape in Warsaw, Winona Lake, and Syracuse.

One of the comments I hear most as I meet with clients in Warsaw, Syracuse, Leesburg, and Winona Lake is “I would really like to have a balanced landscape and plantings.” Balance means alot of different things to different people throughout the greater Warsaw, In area. In this post, I would like to provide some explanation of what I consider to be a balanced landscape.

Me idea of a balanced landscape in Warsaw, IN & Syracuse, IN includes proper scale, flowing design, easy maintenance, evergreen and deciduous shrubs and trees, perennial and annual flowers, water, sunlight, shade and good air movement. In Warsaw, Winona Lake, and Syracuse there is no shortage of water as most properties are either on the water or near it.

Proper Scale

A landscape should reflect the the size and scale of your home or lake house. This means that in time, mature plantings should appear that they belong. Wise choices avoid the pitfalls of designs that incorporate planting that are too large, too small, and too many or too few. All of us have seen foundation plantings that cover windows and crowd out walkways or hedges so think that plants are diseased and sickly. A landscape in Warsaw or Syracuse should express the uniqueness of the homeowner while enhancing the architecture. There is no right or wrong but a casual passerby should see the home and the landscape as one beautifully framed picture.

Flowing Design

A design integrates the needs of the homeowner with the use of the outdoor spaces created. I like an easy traffic pattern that moves one from the front of the home to the rear or lakeside with color and interest, while positioning service areas for air conditioners, pool equipment, trash cans, and storage sheds for quick accessibility but not necessarily in the line of vision. For those of you that live or have cottages on one of our many lakes in Warsaw, Winona Lake, Syracuse, North Webster, Leesburg or Culver, getting all that lake gear from the garage to the lake can be a problem. Traffic patterns become critical.

Next week I will continue with this blog post by providing more details on maintenance, planting suggestions, and water requirements.

Warsaw, IN Trends in Brick Pavers and Retaining Walls

Brick Paver Patio with Fire Pit in Warsaw, IN

Most people agree that despite the old saying, things are not necessarily the same all over. Whether we are talking about clothes, food or interior design, what is popular in New York isn’t always as popular in Warsaw, IN or Syracuse, IN. Especially for landscaping and brick pavers and retaining wall products and projects. WLM, Inc. knows this better than any other landscape company in Warsaw, IN. Looking at the projects we have installed for our Warsaw, In and Syracuse, IN clients over the past 5 years provided us with some insights on which styles and colors are rising in popularity in different areas of our market. People that live on the water/lakes have different styles than homeowners who live in town Warsaw, IN.

Trending Styles

When looking at which styles of pavers are trending, we looked back at the landscaping projects we have installed for our Warsaw, IN and Syracuse, IN clients. We looked at colors, textures, and shapes to determine which brick pavers were the most popular for our clients. The trend leans towards smooth-faced pavers in large formats or sizes. Rectangular shaped pavers with a mixture of grey and tan colors are the predominant color blends for brick paver patios installed by WLM, Inc. in Warsaw, IN and Syracuse, IN. Of course, there are some projects that had varying products installed and varying style attributes.

Brick Paver Patio with Fire Pit in Warsaw, IN

Trending Landscape Retaining Wall Styles in Warsaw, IN

Looking back at the projects installed in Warsaw, IN and Syracuse we decided to divide the retaining wall block materials into two categories. Texture and Pattern. The trends we discovered in our Warsaw, In landscaping market are a contemporary modular pattern in color tones that compliment the brick pavers. The texture varies widely by where the project is installed throughout the county. For years, the trend in Warsaw, In retaining wall block was the rough faced split stone but now WLM, Inc. is seeing a more tailored chiseled stone look becoming popular with our clients.

Unilock Brick Paver Patio in Warsaw, IN

Landscaping:  Brick Paver Patio.  Fire Pit.  Bar with Grill Area.  It’s all here!

This landscape project installed by WLM in Warsaw In has everything but the kitchen sink.  This project started as the winter weather began to leave Warsaw and allowed us to finally get some landscaping projects off the ground.

This landscaping project in Warsaw started out with having a deck that the homeowner couldn’t use for outdoor living and entertaining.  They also wanted to have a new landscape installed.  We were able to help them out by giving them an outdoor space and landscaping they will love.  Check out this video of what it will look like at completion.

With any new outdoor living area and landscaping, we have the capability to show the customer what the project will look like before it ever gets installed.  We install to manufacturers brick pavers for our landscaping projects in Warsaw, IN.  We install Belgard Hardscape Products.  We also install Unilock Brick Paver and Retaining Wall products in our Warsaw and Syracuse landscape projects.  The landscaping project in Warsaw we are featuring here is installed using Unilock brick pavers and retaining wall block.

Proper planning of your landscape project is the key to having a successful project installed smoothly.  Also, hiring the right contractor who has the skills and capabilities of installing complicated projects makes landscape projects successful.

We will update with more pictures and videos as the project takes shape.  You can also visit our website to learn more about outdoor living projects and landscape projects in Warsaw.

http://wlminc.biz/landscape-installation

 

Trends in Retaining Wall for Warsaw, IN and Syracuse, IN

Retaining wall blocks add dimension and definition to your outdoor living spaces. Whether utilizing a retaining wall to control sloped hillsides in your lawn or lakeside cottage, or to add additional space for a brick paver patio or outdoor living space, retaining walls can help in many ways and help solve your landscape problems.

Terraced Retaining Walls

Retaining walls can be used to convert a sloped lawn or backyard into a space that is now usable for the whole family. You can also terrace retaining walls to create level spaces for planting beds or additional patio space.

Raised Gardens with Retaining Walls

A new trend that we are finding in Warsaw, Syracuse, Leesburg, Ft. Wayne, Columbia City, Winona Lake and Culver is the construction of raised gardens. Raised Gardens can take your landscaping to a new level and add alot of visual interest and color with perennial plants to your existing landscape or patio area.

Outdoor Space Room Definition

The use of seating walls, pillars, and the combination of the two can help define your outdoor brick paver patio in Warsaw, IN and Syracuse, IN.

Outdoor Kitchens

Patios bring families closer together.

Outdoor kitchens are probably the fastest growing segment of all the hardscape installations we install in Warsaw, IN and Syracuse, IN. These outdoor kitchen and bar areas can be completely customized to allow the best use of space for large or small areas.

Pillars & Columns

Don’t forget about adding a Pillar to your project.  They can even be installed as mailboxes and have lighting installed under the cap for additional interest.

Crazy Things You Might Not Know About WLM

Wihebrink Landscape Management, Inc. located in Warsaw, In and serving Syracuse, Leesburg, Culver, Ft. Wayne, Columbia City, North Webster, Winona Lake and all the lakes in the Kosciusko county area has some pretty unique things that make us alot different than most landscape companies.

Here are some Crazy Things You Might Not Know About WLM:

  1.  We have two Purdue University graduates with degrees in Horticulture & Landscape Design.
  2.  We employ nearly 23 people during the peak of the landscape season.
  3.  WLM is a full time, year round employer.  We do not lay off in the winter.
  4. We do company cookouts at our shop/office in Warsaw before all three summer holiday weekends.
  5. We have an all woman crew!  That’s right, we an entire crew entirely staffed with women.  Paula leads that crew with over 14 years of experience at WLM.
  6. WLM has two staff people in the office full time to help provide administrative support and customer support.  No other company in our area provides better customer support.
  7. We provide our clients with design options for your landscape project.  Most only provide you with one option and hope you love it.
  8. Our shop is the cleanest you’ll ever find!  And so are the trucks.
  9. We have had every college and university in Indiana represented at our company at some point except Notre Dame.  Not really sure why???
  10. WLM employs individuals with disabilities.  We don’t consider them disabilities, but special gifts that we could only see.  

Fundamental Foundation of Outdoor Decor for your Warsaw, IN & Syracuse, IN Home

Decking is more than a surface to set a lawn chair on or to roll out the grill for the weekend cookout in Warsaw, IN and Syracuse, IN.  It’s the fundamental foundation in the exterior decor.  Homeowners should take thoughtful consideration when selecting a product – not just the color and finish of the material but also the function, maintenance and durability.

There are alternatives to pouring a slab of concrete, with pavers becoming the go-to decking material for residential applications in Warsaw, Syracuse, Culver, Leesburg, Winona Lake, and all of Kosciusko County.  Travertine, natural stone, porcelain and simulated wood are taking the lead in the exterior landscape installation projects in Warsaw & Syracuse especially.

As the top installer in Warsaw & Syracuse for hardscape products and projects, Wihebrink Landscape Management, Inc. offers our clients a wide selection of pavers including the hottest trends in exterior flooring and brick pavers.

Our projects are designed to serve more that a functional purpose other than gray concrete.  We want people in Warsaw, Winona Lake & Syracuse areas to use these products in a way that look great and make them look forward to spending time outside.  We can help the design and product selections.

Tips For Planning the ‘Phased’ Landscape Project in Warsaw & Syracuse

Planning The Perfect Project for Your Warsaw, IN & Syracuse, IN Landscape

Sometimes, it’s just not feasible to build your dream outdoor living space all at once in Warsaw, IN or Syracuse, IN.  When building one phase at a time, proper upfront planning can save time, money and headaches.

Tip #1:  Choose a qualified design/build contractor

A large outdoor living brick paver patio for your Warsaw, Culver, Ft. Wayne, Columbia City, Syracuse, Winona Lake, or Leesburg home is an important investment.  Don’t trust that investments to just anyone.  With a smaller job, an installation contractor is fine, but in order to properly plan a job that will be built in phased, you’ll need someone with design skills.  For more information about how to choose the right Landscape Contractor, visit this blog site from Belgard Hardscapes, Tips for Choosing a Hardscape Contractor.

Tip #2:  Design your complete dream outdoor space upfront

You can always scale it back, but it can be much less costly to design something that is never built than to retrofit a space later.  This is especially true if future footings or underground utilities will be needed.  Many contractors charge a fee for the design, but often credit back that fee when the work is done.  WLM, Inc. does charge for their designs and also credits that fee back.  WLM, Inc. also has the ability to create 3-D renderings and Fly-Through Videos that will allow you to virtually walk through the design so you can truly get a feel for how you would live in that space.  This can help you catch potential issues with the layout prior to construction.  This service is only available to Belgard Authorized Contractors.  Check out some of our Fly-Through Videos. 

Tip #3:  Pre-plan for future phases

Outdoor Living

When you’re planning an outdoor living space for your home in Warsaw, Winona Lake or Syracuse, think of what you would plan for an indoor living space.  Think of lighting, music, televisions, cooking needs, and gas or electric appliances.  Consider the local climate in Warsaw and Syracuse and at the lake and about keeping warm in the winter and cool in the summer.  Running utilities all at once, including those that you won’t need until later, can be a huge cost savings.  Also, if you plan to add other elements like a fire pit, fire place, outdoor bar, pergola, hot tub, etc., it’s good to plan those things out now rather than later.

Tip #4:  Consider your lifestyle

When planning out the phases, discuss your lifestyle with your contractor so that you can plan the phases that will work best with your budget.  For example, if a design includes alot of elements it could look like this:  1. Patio  2. Kitchen  3. Fireplace  4. Seating Walls  5. Lighting and Sound.

Tip #5:  Look for opportunities to reduce the number of phases

Efficiency can be achieved by building in fewer phases.  We offer the Belgard Preferred Payment Program, which can help you build more at one time and spread the cost out over several months with same as cash financing options.

Bring Your Family Closer Together With Brick Paver Patios in Warsaw, IN & Syracuse, IN

Landscape project installed by WLM in Warsaw, IN.

Patio Overlooking Chapman Lake in Warsaw, In

Nothing brings families closer together when spending time at the lake more than a brick Paver patio installed by Wihebrink Landscape Management, Inc. located in Warsaw, IN. Brick Paver Patios have an effect on people that concrete or decking just don’t have. Imagine living on Lake Wawasee or Lake Tippecanoe spending some quality time with your family and kids on your new outdoor living space and brick paver patio. Want some quiet evening by the fire?  How about a fire place or fire pit incorporated into that brick paver patio overlooking Winona Lake?  WLM, Inc. can help design and install your next brick Paver patio and outdoor living space.

Not all brick Paver are the same. We are the only Belgard Authorized Contractors in Warsaw, Syracuse, Leesburg, North Webster and Winona Lake areas. Wihebrink Landscape Management, Inc. installs over 25,000 sq.ft. of Belgard brick pavers every year.

‘Outdoor living space is becoming extremely popular in our Lake Wawasee, Syracuse, Lake Tippecanoe, and Warsaw areas. Homeowners are investing where they want to spend more time……on their new outdoor living rooms including brick Paver Patios with other elements like kitchens, fireplaces, fire pits, and seating areas.

Get Ahead Of Mosquito’s in Warsaw, IN & Syracuse, IN

Recently in the news, it came out that Indiana, especially Warsaw, IN and Syracuse, IN, could expect to see more mosquitoes and ticks earlier than normal for the spring and summer of 2017.  A Purdue University entomology professor, indicated that due to the mild winter in northern Indiana, especially around the Lakes areas like Warsaw, Winona Lake, and Syracuse, coupled with a wet spring could mean that these insects will be out early and will be prolific.  While this isn’t the news we want to hear, WLM, Inc. can help you get your backyard back from those mosquitoes so that you can enjoy your outdoor living space with family and friends.

NuTome Haven Backyard Mosquito Repellent System will help repel mosquitoes from ruining your lakeside entertaining spaces.  These systems are effective, convenient, safe and simple to use and easy to install.  We can even add them to your existing landscape lighting around your house and patios.  There isn’t any noise, or nasty chemicals to be afraid of.

MistAway Mosquito Systems Installed by WLM, Inc.

WLM is also providing our clients with other mosquito services like spraying of your property.  We also install and service MistAway Mosquito Control Systems and have several systems installed around the Warsaw, Leesburg, Syracuse, Winona Lake and Kosciusko County.

Our service technician, Dan, has been installing these systems for nearly a decade.  The feedback we get from our Warsaw clients is that they were able to Take Back Their Backyard!

Don’t let bugs determine whether you get to enjoy your outdoor living area, take control and give us a call at 574.268.2566 or just click on the Contact Us tab on our website.

WLM, Inc. Service Technician Installing MistAway System in Warsaw, IN.

Mosquito system installed by WLM in Warsaw up and running.

Brick Paver Patio Installed in Warsaw, IN

Check out this short video of a brick paver patio installed by WLM, Inc. in Warsaw, IN.  It’s hard to believe what this backyard looked like before this beautiful patio and outdoor living area was installed!

There was actually a pool in this spot before the patio with fire pit was created.  This project took about 4 weeks to install from beginning to end and is installed with all Belgard Hardscapes products.

You can see several more projects installed by WLM, Inc. in Warsaw, Winona Lake, Syracuse, Culver & Ft. Wayne on our website or on our YouTube channel.