Embrace Your Outdoor Living Space with Trio Landscaping
Photos courtesy of Trio Landscaping
Increase your smile quotient every time you get home. Creative, beautiful landscaping not only raises the attractiveness of your house from the curb, but also increases your own enjoyment of the entire outdoor area – whether you are talking, playing with the children or just relaxing by a crackling fire or a bubbling water feature.
“The hiring of Diana Grundeen from Trio Landscaping was the turning point between zero interest in our steep, unattractive garden and the hope that one day I would fall in love with it,” says Sheyna Galyan, who signed the Trio in 2020.
The certified gardener and landscape manager Diana Grundeen, owner of the Trio Landscaping from Twin Cities, brings the living space outdoors to life with her company’s trio of services of the same name: consulting, design and project management.
A counseling session is the primary starting point for any project to ensure that the homeowner and trio are on the same page with expectations for the project. “I really want to understand which style, architecturally and personally, best suits the customer,” says Grundeen. And since people are sometimes unsure how to express their wishes, she asks potential customers how they want to use the space. “Knowing that you want to play outside with your kids, have a barbecue with friends and family, or go up and down and have people come from every direction, that gives me an idea of how this landscape is going to work,” she says .
That was exactly the case with Galyan: “I wanted a walking meditation garden, but I didn’t know enough to explain what it meant to me exactly. I actually wanted to take a quiet walk through nature in our garden, ”says Galyan. “In a room about 25 by 15 meters, I wasn’t sure if that was possible. We also had a problem with the garage water drain which was eroding in the middle of our back yard … I remember standing up on the hill looking at something that looked kind of hopeless to me and saying to Diana, “Fix ours Backyard, please. ” ? ‘ She had full reins. “
The plan is brought to life in CAD drawings so that Grundeen can easily pass it on to customers. In addition to planting, the design can include anything from patios and paving stones to concrete retaining walls and decks, as well as lighting, fires, and water features.
“She revealed her drawing for our garden and I was speechless and close to tears at how perfectly she captured the vision I had in my head for so long,” says Galyan. “There were trails, a dry creek bed, bridges, steps, a fountain, two park benches, edible plants, trees, shrubs, and so many flowers, colors, and textures – plus a new deck that replaced our rotting and large deck for dining or entertaining . She told us we could if we wanted to buy the drawing and do the work ourselves, but it was clear it was such a big job. I wanted them and their audited teams to do the work. “
Trio works with projects that range from small (which is a relative term for everyone) to completely new builds that encompass everything in the residential landscape. Trio also has multiple teams and crews who are qualified for specific tasks like planting, paving, carpentry, and more. “We also plan and coordinate a lot – that is the project management versus the installation,” says Grundeen.
Grundeen has been a landscaper since 1999 and is certified by the Minnesota Nursery Landscape Association (MNLA). She develops projects with knowledge of horticulture in Minnesota and is always looking for the right plant for the right place and purpose. (Plus, she considers sustainability in everything she can, both in the use of the land and the crops.) As a committee chair and an active MNLA member, as well as a member of the Association of Professional Landscape Designers, she works on continuing education to grow inspired to adopt new styles and practices, especially when it comes to native planting and water management. If you hire Trio, you also have the right to say that your designer was featured in HGTV’s Curb Appeal and participated in Extreme Makeover: Home Edition.
“I’m stunned how Diana and her teams were able to completely transform this courtyard,” says Galyan. “I really feel like I have a secluded nature trail just steps from my house, and I love spending time in my garden whenever I can. Diana was somehow able to reach into my dreams and wishes for this garden and turn it into reality, and I will be forever grateful to him. “
If you’d like a project to be completed this season, ask if your project fits into this year’s schedule. A big focus now is dreaming of plans for 2022 projects and Trio can provide ideas and inspiration. “Landscaping is the way we make our homes unique – we create the rest of the design to make these spaces our own,” says Grundeen.