Creating The Landscape Of Your Dreams

Posted on | April 9, 2014 | 2 Comments

Finally … the winter that zinged us with cold temps, snow and freezing rain is a memory, and North Carolinians are warmly welcoming spring! For many, one of the best parts of this season is watching gardens and lawns come to life with color. No one relates to this particular joy better than Kevin Fontaine of the Raleigh landscaping company, Fontaine Landscaping. Kevin is one of our favorite landscapers, and his wealth of knowledge makes him a go-to for landscaping advice, from the ground up. North Carolina Design chatted with him recently concerning some of the essential components of a successful landscaping project.

Images Courtesy of Fontaine Landscaping ©

Landscaping is a natural fit for Kevin, and he truly loves what he does. “I love the outdoors, and watching the landscape change through the seasons,” he notes. “I also really enjoy the creativity landscaping offers. But the best part – the ultimate goal – is bringing enjoyment to people’s lives. Landscaping is near and dear to homeowners. It’s not a necessity, but it’s close. They take a lot of pleasure in it — not just in the aesthetic aspects, but in the added functionality.”

Kevin explains that outdoor spaces that are both beautiful and functional don’t just happen – they require a good plan. “Homeowners go to Home Depot and grab a hodge-podge of a thousand different plants, but they just don’t make sense together. You need a really a good plan to achieve a really good outcome. A good landscaper can develop a plan that achieves all of your goals for your space.”

It’s important for homeowners to understand how a landscape project will come together. To help clients visualize his plans, Kevin relies on scaled renderings and 3-D walkthrough videos. “3-D videos are a great tool. We can walk homeowners through their new landscape and help them see how it will all look, and how it will function as a whole.”

Future maintenance is a big factor in landscaping, and should be an important part of any plan or installation. “Being smart about landscaping can save homeowners time, effort and money,” Kevin notes. He incorporates concepts like fescue to Bermuda lawn conversions and LED lighting plans to create cost-effective, low maintenance landscapes that significantly minimize power and water usage.

Kevin is committed to educating homeowners about their options and helping them understand everything that goes into building a landscape. “Our YouTube channel provides homeowners with helpful how-to’s for their landscapes,” he says. “It shows them all the stages involved and all the work it takes to put a landscape together.” Fontaine Landscaping also created Outdoor Experts University, an informal seminar presented to homeowners associations to educate them on gardening and lawn care.

Kevin’s willingness to go above and beyond for his clients and commitment to getting the job done right have not gone unnoticed. Fontaine Landscaping was recently the proud recipient of the 2013 Angie’s List Super Service Award.

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2 Responses to “Creating The Landscape Of Your Dreams”

  1. Anne
    April 14th, 2014 @ 3:26 PM

    What a beautiful job Fontaine does! A professionally landscaped yard can enhance the view out every window of the house.

  2. Liz Hughes
    April 14th, 2014 @ 3:37 PM

    Thank you, Anne. I totally agree!!

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