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Think Spring! Top Tips From Our Clients Who Help Make Backyards Beautiful

Think Spring! Top Tips From Our Clients Who Help Make Backyards Beautiful 900 600 Kari Switala

Spring is officially here! And while it may not always feel spring-like here in Minnesota (April snowstorms are all too real, whether we like it or not!), it’s that time of year when we turn our thoughts to tidying up our outdoor spaces. As the weather gets warmer and the days grow longer, we are eager to spend more and more time outside. That season is nearing where we’ll spend long days working in the gardens while the kids play outside, followed by grilling on the deck for dinner and maybe a s’more or two by the fire. If you’re as ready for those days as we are, it’s time to start thinking about spiffing up your lawn, gardens, and deck. 

We recently talked with three of our clients who specialize in making outdoor spaces beautiful. Read on to learn more about them and the trends they’re seeing this year in landscaping, decking, irrigation, and lighting. We’re certain you’ll find some inspiration for your yard!

McDonough Landscaping, Inc.

McDonough Landscaping was one of our very first clients when we started out 10 years ago! They are a small, family-run design/build landscape construction company that has served the Twin Cities metro area since 2003. They specialize in landscape design and installation of residential projects, from small front yard plantings to large outdoor living spaces. Their goal is to provide their customers with sustainable, high-quality landscape design and installation while providing excellent customer service from start to finish. The team at McDonough loves the work they do, and it shows—check out their gallery of past projects here! 

WFM: What would you say is the #1 trend in the landscaping industry right now?

MM: With COVID hitting last year, calls for patios and/or fire pits have increased a ton. It seems like every other call is for one or both of these with people spending more time at home and wanting to utilize their yard more.

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WFM: What was one of your favorite projects from last year? 

MM: It would be a project we did in Woodbury where they just wanted to add some simple outdoor living space to their yard. It wasn’t a big space but the client’s backyard usable space went from small and cramped to spacious and stylish with the addition of their beautiful stone patio and outdoor living area! It just goes to show that you don’t have to have a large space to be able to create some amazing outdoor living space for your yard. 

As you can see, the team at McDonough Landscaping do an amazing job of making backyards both functional and beautiful!

Backyard Before
Backyard After

Do you dread the landscape work that comes with the beauty and warmth of a Minnesota spring? Fear no more! McDonough offers seasonal landscape maintenance services for the warmer months like planting bed cleanup and mulch topdressing services. Contact them to schedule your spring cleanup service today!

Skip’s Sprinklers & Outdoor Lighting

For over 43 years, Skip’s Sprinklers has been a family owned and operated business offering irrigation design and installation, as well as landscape lighting. They use simple lighting and lawn hydration to help you turn your backyard into a peaceful haven. Their founder, Skip, believed in the finest service and quality in all aspects of the business. They strive to maintain this belief in all of their work, and the results speak for themselves. Skip’s Sprinklers never takes shortcuts, always offering unparalleled quality of work and outstanding customer service. 

WFM: What would you say is the #1 trend in your industry? What new exciting thing should homeowners watch for?

SS: Smart controllers are becoming huge in this industry! The need to go inside customers’ homes is a lot less with this option, which is very appealing in the current situation. Also, the user-friendly apps that come with the smart controllers are very helpful for both customers and contractors! 

One of the smart controllers we recommend is the Hunter Hydrawise. It is a robust and reliable high-end residential controller that offers simple programming and the potential for expansion as needed. A smart controller like this can really make keeping your lawn properly irrigated a breeze!

WFM: What was one of your favorite projects from 2020? 

SS: A new build lighting job in Hastings! The customer was very open to letting us do the most and it turned out lovely! It works very nicely with the landscaping they added last summer!!

Landscape lighting has the ability to add both safety and beauty to your yard. It enhances your landscaping and allows you to use your yard later into the evenings, giving you more time to enjoy your lawn and gardens. 

When it comes to installing and maintaining sprinklers, irrigation systems, and landscape lighting, Skip’s gets it right the first time, every time. Contact them today to get a free estimate for lighting or irrigation installation!

Outdoor Solutions, Inc

Jim and Christy Funk founded Outdoor Solutions in 1997, and have enjoyed building the company into what it is today—a trusted construction company specializing in decks and additions. Their favorite part of their job is the people: they are thankful to work with such wonderful clients and a phenomenal staff!

Outdoor Solutions works to design and build environments that enhance the use and enjoyment of their clients’ homes. It is a licensed and insured general contracting company, offering an array of services including decks, additions, windows and doors, and remodeling.

WFM: If you could share the #1 trend in your industry, what would it be?

OS: With the onset of COVID last year, we’ve seen a big interest in transforming the yard into an outdoor oasis. People are spending more time at home and are using their outdoor spaces as places to “get away from it all” or to entertain friends and family. They’re looking for decks or patios with great views of their landscaping and plenty of space to entertain. Many people are adding features like built-in bars or outdoor cooking areas, fire pits, water features, comfortable furniture…even weatherproof TVs! The idea is to find ways to live more of your life outside.

WFM: What have been some of your favorite projects to work on? 

OS: We love any project where we can help our clients enhance their outdoor areas. A new deck or four-season room can bring a world of enjoyment to your backyard. We love creating spaces that allow our clients to gather with friends and family or simply enjoy the peace and beauty of nature.
Are you dreaming of creating your own outdoor oasis with a new deck or four season room? Contact Outdoor Solutions today for a free estimate!

WHAT WE’RE THANKFUL FOR THIS YEAR!

WHAT WE’RE THANKFUL FOR THIS YEAR! 900 600 WildFigAdmin

We were inspired by our friends at Showcraft to share what we’re thankful for this year…and what a year it has been for all of us. We hope you enjoy this article and that it encourages you to pause and take a moment to count your blessings and think about all you have to be thankful for this year.

Amy – Marketing Coordinator

What have you learned this year?  

That I can do hard things, even when it might seem like I can’t.

What are you grateful for?  

I am grateful for my beautiful and healthy kids, my strong, close-knit family that sticks together and leans on each other in the good times and in the dumpster fire that is 2020 and for the amazing team at Wild Fig Marketing!

Jamie – Content Writer

What have you learned this year? 

I learned, like many others, to bake sourdough bread (and to make my own sourdough starter from scratch—I named mine Norbert). And through the increased isolation that came with COVID, I learned three main things: 1-to enjoy my own company more than I ever have, 2-that I have even better friends than I realized, and 3-to take time to appreciate the little things that make life so beautiful.

What are you grateful for? 

I’m grateful for so much. At the top of my list are: my health and that of my friends and family; having a job I love that has allowed me to easily work from home; the always rejuvenating beauty of nature; books and tea; the constant love and support of my close friends; and creativity, which has kept me sane throughout this crazy year—writing, baking, cooking…creating something new always makes me feel more alive. I really have so much to be grateful for—I have a feeling that when I look back at 2020, I’ll have more good memories than I now realize.

Jen – VP of Sales

What have you learned this year?   

This year I learned you cannot take anything for granted. Jobs, loved ones, health, what you have – any or all of it can be gone in the blink of an eye so never lose sight of what you have.

What are you grateful for?   

More than I ever have been, I am grateful for the health of my family. After a scary Covid outbreak in our house, I am grateful we are lucky enough to celebrate Thanksgiving together unlike so many people who have lost loved ones this year.

Jenna – Graphic Designer

What have you learned this year? 

I’ve learned that you shouldn’t take anything for granted, even the small things. Also, if you lose yourself, you can always find yourself again 🙂

What are you grateful for?   

I’m grateful for the incredibly strong support system surrounding me. This includes friends, family, coworkers and of course pets 🙂

Kari – Chief Creative Officer

What have you learned this year? 

Whew…where do I even begin? I feel like I’ve learned SO much this year.

  • We’re not in control – It doesn’t matter how much you plan or prepare, we’re ultimately not in control of what happens around us. However, the one thing we can control is how we respond!
  • Time is our most precious asset – I feel as if I’ve been on a Coronacoaster ride since last March. At times, I was so crazy busy I could barely catch my breath (which is my modus operandi by the way), and I found myself saying, “If only I had more time to work on this or that” while longingly wishing for the day when that would be true. Then a week later, it would be so quiet I could literally hear crickets chirping, and I finally had the time I was wishing for. But instead of doing something with it, I found myself paralyzed, unable to accomplish anything because there was no stress or pressure to motivate me. After riding this mentally and physically exhausting rollercoaster for the past 9 months, I think I’ve finally found the perfect balance. I no longer feel the need to work insane hours. I work smarter, not harder, and I take time during the day to incorporate more of the things I love: walking my 3 dogs, doing my paint by number projects, reading, audible-ing, and hanging out with family, friends and our Figgy team. Don’t wait for tomorrow to become the best version of yourself, my friends. Time is precious. Choose to make every second, minute and hour of the day count!

What are you grateful for?

My family, my friends, my Figgy team and for all of the beauty that surrounds us and the time spent enjoying it!

Kevin – Chief Propellor Head

What have you learned this year?

I’ve learned that I really LOVE dogs especially living with 3 of them in a 38ft. RV this summer while we remodeled our cabin. I also learned that my wife is incredibly brilliant, she’s right 100% of the time and she really deserves a 2-week trip to Italy in 2021.

What are you grateful for?

I’m grateful for my wife and her willingness to write this for me!

Maddi – Marketing Coordinator

What have you learned this year?

Over the last year, I’ve learned a lot about what really matters (and what doesn’t), the importance of putting faith and hope over fear, and even learned more about myself and what I like to do! Since buying a State Park pass at the beginning of COVID, my husband and I have hiked 13 of Minnesota’s State Parks. We never took the time before COVID to do things like spending a Saturday hiking, and now it is our favorite way to spend a weekend. 

What are you grateful for?

So so much right now. A supportive husband, my health, and the health of my family and friends, the ability to get lost in nature, a roof over my head and food on my table, my sweet fur-babies, and a supportive team at Wild Fig. 

2020 has reminded me to be thankful for the little things and the big things, each and every day. 

Mindy – Content Writer

What have you learned this year? 

I have learned that, when you face the unknown with hope, you pass on hope to the people around you. Conversely, when you face it with fear, you pass on fear. But the beautiful thing is that you get to choose. 


What are you grateful for? 

I’m grateful for my family and that no matter how crazy life gets, we have each other to walk through it with. I’m also profoundly grateful for the privilege of being able to homeschool our son this year. 

OUR FAVORITE MEMES OF QUARANTINE

OUR FAVORITE MEMES OF QUARANTINE 900 600 Amy Judge

From home haircuts to homeschooling, from TP to PJs and evvvvvvverything in between, these are some of our team’s favorite, most laugh-worthy quarantine memes. So put on some comfy clothes (oh wait,  they’re on), pull up a chair, pour yourself a dri- uh, a cup of coffee, and settle in for some funnies.

Passing on home haircut PTSD to the next generation.

 

But at least we’re in this together, right kids?…Kids?

 

Zoom meetings take self-discovery and team building to a whole new level.

 

Can I blame Carole Baskin for my lack of productivity today?

 

So in other words, we’re all saving some money on travel this year.

 

That should cover it.

 

Things are getting a little hairy on the home front.

 

Epic Pajama Fail 2020

 

Although 6′ isn’t far enough if there’s cookie dough in there. ?

 

On the other hand, maybe we’ll just stick to water. ?

 

Dogs ? – 1, Cats ? – 0

 

Oh, the irony.

 

This looks like an arbitrary Zoom meeting screenshot.

 

I actually feel bad for my car. Is that weird? ?

 

Same. ?

 

And fruit snacks are cheap!

 

We have important matters to discuss.

 

I knew it was going to come in handy one of these days!

 

Brilliant.

 

I declined.

 

The independence I’ve been trying to foster is finally paying off.

 

Suckers! ?

 

I’m with you. ?

 

Um, moving on…

 

Hey, don’t judge. At least it’s not pajamas.

 

It’s all very confusing.

 

I didn’t think it was possible to hate grocery shopping even more.

 

Damn Karen.

 

I thought a stroll to the fridge was more like 10 steps?

 

When you can’t say anything nice, take your wife to the spa.

 

“We’ve got this.”
– Coffee

 

Sorry coffee, I’m seeing someone else…

 

Target.com really knows how to show some appreciation.

 

See? I can homeschool!

 

Too much of a good thing is too much of a good thing.

 

It would be helpful to know these things.

 

Age is beauty. Homeschooling is madness.

 

Er’ day at work.

 

Two-day shipping baby!

 

We hope you had as much fun reading these memes as we had finding them! If you’re looking for marketing help in the form of website design, sales or process automation, content marketing, email marketing or lead generation, our team at Wild Fig Marketing has the knowledge and experience to help you rock your brand. Contact us on our website or set up a complimentary 30-minute strategy session here!