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looking forward to spring. It is time to start planning and preparing your landscape so that you will be able to enjoy it throughout the rest of 2010. We have an entire special section devoted to landscape planning and outdoor spaces in this issue, beginning on Page 14. First, on Page 16, find out how to prepare your landscape for spring. Get started by evaluating the landscape and developing a master plan, and then start pruning roses and trees, pulling weeds and getting your yard into the best shape possible that will ensure a beautiful oasis. Adding a water feature to your home is another great way to enjoy your landscape. On Page 20, discover a multitude of water feature options that will add that peaceful sound of water and give your outdoor space an air of tranquility. Finally, on Page 25, fencing options are examined. While cedar fences are most popular in North Texas, ornamental iron, vinyl, welded iron and recycled material fences are also great options. To really start your spring off right, you don’t want to miss the All Texas Garden show, with a special appearance by Neil Sperry, Feb. 26 to Feb. 28 at the Arlington Convention Center. Be sure to stop by House & Home booth 723 for more great landscaping information. AMANDA FLATTEN Editor


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Explore the world of modern art through American Moderns on Paper: Masterworks from the Wadsworth Atheneum Museum of Art presented by the Amon Carter Museum on Feb. 27. Left: Edward Hopper (1882–1967); Marshall's House, 1932, Opaque and transparent watercolor over graphite on wove paper, Wadsworth Atheneum Museum of Art, Hartford, CT; Purchased through the gift of Henry and Walter Keney, 1933.93, Wadsworth3. Right: Max Weber (1881&ndash1961); Three Figures, 1910, Opaque and transparent watercolor on laid paper, Wadsworth Atheneum Museum of Art, Hartford, CT; The Ella Gallup Sumner and Mary Catlin Sumner Collection Fund, 1963.457, wadsworth7. The Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth, 3200 Darnell St., presents “FOCUS: Gardar Eide Einarsson,” which runs through Feb. 14. The first Focus exhibition features the work of Gardar Eide Einarsson, who often explores the complex relationship between individuals and institutions, and the painful limits of transgressing society-imposed boundaries. General admission is $10; children 12 and under and Modern members are admitted for free. Information: 817.738.9215 or The Kittrell/Riffkind Art Glass Gallery will kick off the 17th annual Scent Bottle Invitational with a selection of unique perfume bottles from more than 50 glass artists nationwide. Located at 5100 Beltline Rd., Ste. 820 in Dallas, the opening reception will be held on Feb. 5 from 5:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. The exhibit will continue through March 6. Information: 972.239.7957 or Retreat to Eddie Dean’s Ranch in downtown Dallas for the Outdoor Living Extravaganza on Feb. 6 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Located at 944 South Lamar, the seminar features guest speakers: Carmen Johnston, creative container designer; John Gaydos, plants expert; Jimmy Turner, Senior Director of Gardens for the Dallas Arboretum; and P. Allen Smith, garden expert. The cost is $85 per person and includes a catered luncheon. Information: 877.865.5818 or 8

Krewe on Bishop presents the Second Annual Mardi Gras Oak Cliff Parade. Beads, floats, music and more will parade down N. Bishop Ave. on Sunday, Feb. 7 at 4 p.m. The route leads from Methodist Hospital to the Bishop Arts District. Come early and have Cajun fare, a Hurricane and live jazz in the Bishop Arts District. Hatties, Eno’s, Zen Sushi and more will be participating. Information: Selecting the right color for a room can either “make” or “break” the feel of the room. Tesoro Decorative Paint Source’s latest seminar, “Choosing Color with Confidence” is designed to help homeowners select the right color for their home in keeping with the home’s architecture, lighting and theme. Presented by Dallas designer Elaine Williamson of Architextures Designs, this two-hour seminar is Feb. 10 from 7 to 9 p.m. Cost is $30. Class will be held at the Tesoro Decorative Paint Source studio at 15222 King Rd., Ste. 204, Frisco. Information: 469.362.9604 or Get some Design Inspiration for your garden from Roundtree Landscaping architect, Berit Hutson and Roundtree Landscaping owner Johnette Taylor as they teach basic landscape design principles. Learn how to design your garden with the right combination of plants to complement the look of your home. The event will be held at the Dallas Arboretum, 8525 Garland Rd., Dallas on Feb. 20 at 12 p.m. Cost is

$22 and includes parking and admission. Information: 214.515.6500 The abstract expressions of Virgil Grotfeldt will be displayed at Holly Johnson Gallery, 1411 Dragon Street, Dallas. The exhibition entitled, “Memories and Transformations” commemorates the late artist by featuring a wide selection of his work. The opening reception is Feb. 20 from 5 to 8 p.m., and the exhibit will run until March 20. Gallery hours are Tuesday through Saturday from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Information: 214.369.0169 or www.holly Channel the works of Dallas artist Valton Tyler in Valley House Gallery and Shango Galleries collaborative exhibition, “Channeling Other Worlds.” The exhibition, which contrasts Tyler’s work with Tribal art from across the globe, will run until Feb. 27. Located at 6616 Spring Valley Road in Dallas, the gallery is open Monday through Saturday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Information: 972.239.2441 or Are you interested in planting a tomato garden this spring? On Saturday, Feb. 27, join John Hunt, former President of the First Men’s Garden Club of Dallas, as he shares his tips on tomato gardening. The event, Tons of Tomatoes, will be held at the Dallas Arboretum located at 8525 Garland Road, Dallas. Cost is $22 and includes parking and admission. The event begins at 12 p.m. Information: 214.515.6500.

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Explore the world of modern art through American Moderns on Paper: Masterworks from the Wadsworth Atheneum Museum of Art presented by the Amon Carter Museum on Feb. 27. With more than 100 works on paper, the exhibit showcases the work of artists such as: Georgia O'Keeffe, Charles Demuth, Edward Hopper, Arshile Gorky and others. Admission is free. The museum is located at 3501 Camp Bowie Blvd., Fort Worth. Hours of operation are: Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday and Saturday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Thursday 10 a.m. to 8 p.m., and Sunday 12 p.m. to 5 p.m. Information: 817.738.1933 or Enjoy the tranquility and beauty of the Dallas Arboretum’s gardens with a friend over a cup of tea during the 2010 Friendship Tea. The event offers guests a three-course menu featuring a selection of teas, sandwiches, scones and petit desserts. The teas take place in the DeGolyer Garden Cafe and Tea Room from Thursday through Sunday at 11 a.m. until February 28. Admission is $38 for the seated tea and $48 for the Champagne tea, both of which include admission to the garden, parking and gratuity. Adults and children 13 years of age and older are welcome to attend. Reservations are required in advance. The Arboretum is located at 8525 Garland Road, Dallas. Information: 214.515.6610 or


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I.O. Metro Furniture recently opened its newest store at The Village at Fairview, located at the northeast corner of US75 and Stacy Road. The new 11,040square-foot store features contemporary furniture, lamps, bedding, art and accessories from around the world. The second annual Moore Lawn & Garden and Moore Tree Care food drive ended with success, providing 1,000 meals to families in need this past holiday season. The 1,110 pounds of non-perishable food items, donated by the company’s clients and employees, were delivered to a North Texas Food Bank. In conjunction with the food drive, Moore Lawn & Garden and Moore Tree Care also sponsored a coat drive in an effort to keep Dallas-Fort Worth residents warm during this chilly holiday season, garnering more than 30 coats that were delivered to a local homeless shelter. Visit or call 214.352.7088 for more information about the company that’s been serving the community since 1962. Are you looking for that certain one-of-a-kind piece of furniture to spruce up your home? The Wooden House recently opened a new store at 2918 N. Henderson Ave. in Dallas, offering a variety of affordable handmade furnishings, such as handcrafted dining tables inspired by the early 19th century, pastoral sitting chairs, hand-painted works of art and much more. Call 214.823.0002 or visit for a preview of some of the décor. Store hours are Monday through Saturday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Sunday from 12 p.m. to 5 p.m. For the second straight year, Elite Remodeling received the Best of Frisco Award in the Remodeling & Repairing Contractors category from the U.S. Local Business Association. Also, for the third consecutive year, Elite Remodeling received the No. 1 DFW Market Leader award from Professional Remodeler magazine. The Elite Remodeling Showroom & Design Center is located at 2930 Preston Rd., Ste. 980 in Frisco. Visit or call 972.334.9800 for more information.


Are you in need of some design inspiration? Robb & Stucky Interiors offers complementary design consultations to homeowners in need of advice. With locations in Plano, Southlake and the NorthPark Center in Dallas, consultations can be requested by visiting Store hours are Monday through Saturday from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. and Sunday from 12 p.m. to 6 p.m. I.O. Metro Furniture recently opened its newest store at The Village at Fairview, located at the northeast corner of US75 and Stacy Road. This is its second Dallasarea location. The new 11,040-square-foot store features an interesting layout with “themed” areas of the store and a large art gallery. The contemporary home furnishings store has unique furniture, lamps, bedding, art and accessories from around the world. I.O. Metro offers free design service and a Metro Custom line, providing 12,500 ways for customers to customize their furnishings. For information, visit

The Wooden House recently opened a new store at 2918 N. Henderson Ave. in Dallas, offering a variety of affordable handmade furnishings. LEFT: Getting prepared to deliver food to North Texas Food Bank and 30+ coats to a Dallas homeless shelter are the leaders of the Moore Lawn & Garden team (from left): Brooke McCollum, office manager; Brenda Scott, garden manager; Leonard Evans, garden manager; and Ken Fischer, director of Moore Lawn & Garden.

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Hard-To-Recycle Items Guide burned in incinerators. With toxic materials such as lead, mercury, hexa-

machine or used water filters? How about cell phone batteries or, ugh,

valent chromium and the like, where should our e-waste go?

Styrofoam? Consuming these and other common household items typi-

Fortunately, forward-thinking environmental advocates, corporations

cally proves far easier than recycling them. (We don’t have curbside roll

and policy-makers have worked to implement producer takeback recy-

carts or bins for packing peanuts, after all.) However, all of these materi-

cling programs for obsolete e-waste. In essence, takeback recycling

als serve as resources — feedstock, if you will — that can be re-used or

means that manufacturers offer convenient recycling options for their

re-manufactured to extend their life span, save raw materials and keep

old products — you can learn more than you ever wanted to know at

toxic materials out of our air, water and soil. Recycle away … © R O B E RT G R U B B A

Have you, like many Texans, wondered where to take your old washing

FLUORESCENT LIGHT BULBS AND TUBES Although the instructions for responsible disposal of non-working compact fluorescent light bulbs (CFLs) tell you to simply wrap the bulb in a plastic bag and throw it in the trash, don’t. Instead, take your spent CFLs to any Home Depot location, where the toxic bulbs will meet a safer end. In the Metroplex, Universal Recycling Technologies will recycle your old fluorescent bulbs and tubes and currently partners with some municipal household hazardous waste programs. Check with your city for details. Note: The amount of mercury pollution prevented by saving energy — often produced by coal-fired power plants, which emit mercury into the atmosphere — is greater than the amount of mercury


in CFLs. Thus, you should undoubtedly continue to utilize energy-effi-

As laptops get skinnier and flat screens get flatter, cell phones become

cient lighting; just make sure you don’t follow the instructions and recy-

smarter and game consoles become multipurpose entertainment-net-

cle responsibly instead.

working-exercise machines (if you’ve used a Wii, you understand), millions upon millions of old electronic gadgets end up buried in desk


drawers, gathering dust in the garage or, worse, buried in landfills or

How old is your cell phone? How long until you get a new one? Precisely. Outside of the toxic materials you find in most e-waste, your cell phone or laptop batteries also contain potentially harmful metals such as nickel, cadmium, lithium or zinc, among others. Luckily, these are also valuable metals, so recycling markets are strong. With 150 million cell phones alone becoming obsolete annually, all those rechargeable batteries could produce a mountain of trash — or a mountain of treasure. Choose. You can go to to view the free recycling options offered by the non-profit Rechargeable Battery Recycling Corporation. MERCURY-ADDED THERMOSTATS As many households switch to sleek new programmable thermostats (a good move for energy-efficiency mavens),


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cling the old bulky thermostat will help prevent mercury from entering

Turn your used water filters into toothbrushes. Really. A company called

our landfills. The Thermostat Recycling Corporation, started by leaders

Preserve, will take your old Brita filters — made mostly of number 5

in the thermostat industry, facilitates programs across Texas and the

plastic — and remanufacture them into razors, cutting boards, bowls,

United States. Since old thermostats contain among the highest mercury

cups and, yes, toothbrushes. At,

content of household items, recycling is a must. Find details at

you can find drop-off locations for Brita brand water filters. Note:

Unfortunately, Preserve doesn’t accept other branded filters at this time. POLYSTYRENE, A.K.A. STYROFOAM


Oh, Styrofoam … thou art a dunghill vil-

Every year, Americans dispose of more

lain and a petrol-fed knave … or

than 100 billion single-use plastic

words to that effect. Elizabethan insults

checkout bags, each of which takes

aside, polystyrene is petroleum-based, con-

biodegrade. The amount of petroleum used to manufacture these disposable bags could fuel an average car for more than 680,000 miles. Worse yet, they cost us


as many as a thousand years to

tains potentially carcinogenic components and takes eons to biodegrade. Currently, recycling markets for polystyrene are extremely limited, so using less — or none at all — is the best pol-

money: some reports estimate that each plas-

icy, with one exception: If you get a package

tic bag costs taxpayers 17 cents for pick up

with polystyrene peanuts, take them to a packing

and disposal. Grocery stores such as Whole Foods

store such as FedEx or UPS. These folks love free

have banned plastic bags altogether, and Wal-Mart has pledged to reduce bag use by one-third by 2013. Other large grocery chains

product … and you’ll love keeping those plastic nonlegumes out of the landfill.

have also implemented plastic bag recycling programs. Although many of the programs you’ll see at don’t go far

Jeffrey Jacoby is program director for Texas Campaign for the Environment, a grass-

enough, U.S. retailers are beginning to change their wasteful ways.

roots nonprofit working locally and statewide to press for sustainable waste and recycling policies. Call 214.599.7840 or visit

LARGE APPLIANCES, A.K.A. “WHITE GOODS” The list of large household appliances, they’re often white … creative, no?) consists of washers and dryers, stoves, air conditioners, dishwashers, refrigerators, freezers and water heaters. Because large


also known as “white goods” (because

appliances are usually made of steel, recyclers want to get their hands on your white goods. Click on the “Steel Recycling Locator” at to find a recycler near you. A word of caution: Refrigerants such as freon must be removed by a certified technician prior to recycling, so make sure you read the directions provided by the recycler before you lug your fridge halfway across town. Additionally, many cities now offer this service at no charge.



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2010 Landscape Guide

Prepare Your Landscape for Spring Tranquil Water Features Functional & Beautiful Fences Above: Photo by Ken Vaughan; Landscape Design by Weisz Selection (, 972.838.4205)



Spring Into Action

This front yard landscape, designed by Highland Landscaping, was created for a customer who had areas of dense shade and areas of full sun. Versatile plants are used in some areas of this landscape that are tolerant of different sunlight conditions. Foxtail Ferns and Black Mondo grass are used around boulders for a powerful display of texture. Shades of green are complemented with splashes of color from Impatiens. Camellias add winter interest during their blooming season (December to March). Red Double Knockout Roses in the foreground decorate the garden during spring, summer and fall. Dwarf Mondo grass is planted between pieces of Oklahoma 2-inch flagstone to create an aesthetically pleasing, yet functional, walking path to the back yard.

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etting ready for the next growing season is always on a gardener’s mind, but here in Texas things are a bit different. Plants tend not to go fully dormant and thus it seems like we have one constant growing season. February and March can be dicey months between the freezing temps and unexpected warm spells so pay attention to your local meteorologists and heed their warnings.

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Garden Planning If you haven’t evaluated your garden and developed a master plan, then spend the time to so do so before you start digging. This critical process outlines the overall design objectives while allowing you to see the relationships of the spaces that occur throughout your garden. Understanding your landscape as a whole and how it will function will enable you to better achieve your wants and your garden’s needs. More than likely your landscape plan will entail transplanting of existing materials. You can start the process this month for a majority of plants, especially perennials, but hold off on spring flowering shrubs and trees until after they have bloomed. Doing so will most likely compromise their bloom capacity or completely eliminate the bloom cycle for this year.

Garden Maintenance One of the first tasks to accomplish as you gear up for spring is also one of the most dreaded of all, weeding. Weeds are the bane of all gardens, but if caught early, most can easily be pulled and thrown into the compost pile. But it must be done early because if the weeds have a chance to flower then they will go to seed and weed seeds tend to be a nuisance years after the mother plant has passed. Apply a thick application (2 inches to 3 inches) of shredded hardwood mulch to all bare soil to help guard against damage induced by fluctuating temperatures while amending soil, keeping down weeds and conserving moisture during the growing season.

ABOVE: Mulch all beds, even those with the most delicate plantings such as velvety soft Lamb’s Ear and succulent Sedums. Photo courtesy Moore Lawn & Garden BELOW: With appropriate care and planning, your garden will spring into action this Spring. In this garden, designed by Moore Lawn & Garden, use of Old Chicago brick and Pennsylvania bluestone fields provides an elegant setting for the outdoor dining area adjacent to an antique lead fountain feature. Highly textural plantings, including azaleas, ferns, English ivy and Japanese maples, along with seasonal color of geraniums, reinforce the New Orleans-style garden.



ABOVE: This bed was designed and constructed by Highland Landscaping for a customer who likes neatly manicured landscapes. Featuring many topiary shrubs and ornamentals, the manicured elements are complemented by the contrasting textures and colors of pockets of perennials and annuals. An occasional boulder peeks out from between plants to add interest and strength. A miniature hedge of Wintergem Boxwoods winds through the landscape. Oklahoma Sawed stone was mortared together for edging to create a crisp and clean line to separate the beds and lawn.

Just after Valentine’s Day is the optimum time to prune roses or so we were taught. But before pruning, it is important to know the growth habit. Roses that bloom once a year should be pruned after they bloom. Pruning now will reduce the number of blooms since buds develop from hardened wood. On the flip side, repeat bloomers can be lightly pruned throughout the year since they flower on new wood. Ornamental grasses add wonderful texture and movement to a garden; however, they do require a bit of maintenance this time of year. For smaller clumps, hand clippers are effective, but for larger ones or mass plantings pull out the hedge trimmers and cut the old growth 6 inches above the soil.

Tree Notes Pruning is an art that requires knowledge of the growing and blooming characteristics of each plant, correct pruning techniques and proper equipment. Descriptive books and Web


sites are dedicated to appropriate pruning, but if you are in doubt or if the plant is a large specimen, then consult a certified arborist who is licensed and bonded. Of immediate concern is an application of Horticultural Oil to your trees now through the end of March to suffocate over-wintering insects, such as spider mites, scale and aphids that have taken up residence on your trees and shrubs. As part of an organic program the oil will keep populations of pests from emerging when the weather warms in the spring and prevent the use of more toxic materials later. Horticultural oil is safe and non-toxic to humans and pets. Lastly, if you haven’t fertilized your larger plant materials recently, a root zone fertilization of all trees and large shrubs is strongly recommended. Root zone fertilization delivers a slow release organic fertilizer mixed with water at a high pressure directly to the roots while reducing soil compaction and encouraging additional root zone aeration. This is a standard part of a comprehensive tree care program and should be done annually for the best health care of your trees.

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RIGHT: A drainage problem is transformed into the focal point of this backyard by Highland Landscaping. A dry creek bed can be the anchor to a breathtaking back yard. A properly constructed dry creek bed is carefully graded with levels (laser levels were used for this project). A thin layer of concrete is installed under the stone to make maintenance a breeze. It prevents weeds from growing up between the stones and debris that settles in the creek bed can be easily blown or washed away. Creek Rock, 1-inch Pea gravel, Native Sandstone and Moss Boulders were used in construction. BELOW: This north Texas lawn is covered with Tech Turf grass by Turffalo. It requires half the maintenance and watering as Bermuda grass and can stay green on as little at 2 inches of water a month once it is established.

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Low-Maintenance Lawn This spring, as you are making plans for your landscape, consider water-wise options, especially when it comes to your lawn. High temperatures and water restrictions in the heat of summer can take a toll on north Texas lawns. How would you like your yard to require half the maintenance and half the water of other turf grasses? One option you might not have considered is replacing your Saint Augustine or Bermuda grass with Tech Turf and Shadow Turf from Turffalo. Turffalo grasses are fine-bladed, dark green and high quality. “Tech Turf, which can be planted in full sun, requires half the water of Bermuda grass and a third of the water of Saint Augustine grass,” says Turffalo President Trent Ryan. “Once the grass is fully established, it will stay green on as little as 2 inches of water per month.” If your yard has a lot of shade and large trees with dense canopies, Shadow Turf is a shade-tolerant turf grass that will grow in 80 percent shade. Ryan says Turffalo grasses are delivered as plugs that can be planted by homeowners themselves. Tech Turf should cover the ground in 40 days, while the Shadow Turf takes approximately one year for plugs to cover at 1-foot spacing. As with any lawn cover, the best time to plant is after the last freeze date.

Lara Moffat is a degreed horticulturist with a Masters in Landscape Architecture who acts as an advisor to Moore Lawn & Garden and Moore Tree Care. The Moore companies have been serving the Metroplex since 1962. Please visit for more information. 19


Water World

Designed by Highland Landscaping, this water feature was built for homeowners who want to enjoy the sound of splashing water in their back yard. Their grandchildren enjoy sitting by the pond and feeding the Koi. The pond is constructed with Firestone liner and underlayment. The pumps are made by Cal and Aquascape. Oklahoma Chop and native sandstone (supplied by Alpine Materials) surround the feature. Add interest to a pond-type water feature with water lilies, which should be planted in plastic landscape pots with heavy clay soil, planted at a depth between 12 and 24 inches.

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rom gently winding streams and still ponds to whimsical sculptures with bubbling fountains, water features are beautiful focal points in any landscape. The sound of trickling water relaxes the mind and creates a serene outdoor paradise. As you can see by the beautiful outdoor features created by local landscape experts shown in the following pages, there are numerous types of water features that will suit every lifestyle.

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A recirculating stream is designed to make the viewer wonder if they are looking at something natural or man-made. Every morning, the owners of this beautiful, private sanctuary enjoy breakfast at the bistro table. Designed by Highland Landscaping, native sandstone and limestone are used to cover the concrete, liner and underlayment hidden below. Firestone, Cal and Aquascape products were used here. The Impatiens seen growing beside the stream were supplied by Pipe’s Plant Farm.

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Nestled beside the crystal-clear swimming pool in this landscape designed by Stephanie Bellinger Landscape Design, this water feature mimics the cascading waterfall and the natural flow of the pool with a creek lined with rocks and lush plant materials.

The design of this water feature is unique in many ways. This homeowner wanted a low-profile water feature rather than a tall and visually intrusive waterfall. There are 5,000 to 8,000pound Native Moss Boulders set into the ground around the pond. These boulders were drilled and plumbing was run through the boulders. This allows water to run down the side of the boulder and fall into the pond. Firestone, Cal and Aquascape products were used for the pond. Vista lighting is used underwater to illuminate the splashing water. Oklahoma Chop, native sandstone and native Moss Boulders surround the pond. Designed by Highland Landscaping


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Designed by Bonick Landscaping, this stone sphere fountain recalculates in a tile basin on the end of a set wall, providing the gentle sound of water. The unique fountain is surrounded by a variegated Miscanthus grass.

This custom design pond system was created for very large Koi. With careful consideration for the lifestyle of the client, Horton Water Display Inc. built a multi-level pond. The four-level water feature has a natural bog waterfall, a still water lily pond, a mini grotto waterfall, embedded river gravel for the stream, a rock footpath bridge and floating walkway going over the pond. All of this is surrounded by native Texas sandstone with natural lichen.

Spice up a specific area of your yard with a large urn fountain, such as this one by Water Gardens Galore. Water bubbles up from within the urn and spills out onto the rocks below. This type of fountain is great for families with small children, those who don’t have a lot of space for a pond and homeowners who want a low-maintenance option.


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“Oh, give me land, lots of land under starry skies above. Don’t fence me in … Let me be by myself in the evenin’ breeze.”

Cole Porter may have not wanted to be “fenced” in when “Don’t Fence Me In” was written in the 1930s, but homeowners today are more receptive to the idea of being fenced in for the privacy and protection a good fence offers. That barrier provides homeowners with a measure of privacy and security, adding beauty to a home and giving it curb appeal. THE TREND IN FENCING

Cedar is the most commonly used fencing material in the Dallas/Fort Worth and Houston area. Abe Larson, owner of Fence Max Texas says in the Dallas Metroplex, cedar is more common than iron, vinyl, pine, and it’s the right choice because it adds beauty to the house. “It adds security, safety and it lasts longer,” he adds. A B O V E : A beautiful fence complements your home, extending its reach to the garden and out to the property line. L E F T : Designed by Ace Fence of DFW, this unstained cedar fence has an interesting design and complementary arbor for the homeowners to enjoy. 25


CertainTeed fences are made of polyvinyl chloride (PVC), a material that is 99 percent recyclable and requires no wood treatments or chemical preservatives for maintenance.

With the look of an ornamental fence, welded iron is a newer fencing option, available from Designmaster Fencing System. With only 3 inches between each wire, it keeps animals contained within the fence and other animals out. This type of fence requires no upkeep and will last between 20 to 30 years.


Natural fibers in cedar wood called thujaplicins preserve the wood by resisting weather and deterioration. Cedar is “a material that contrasts and expands based on the weather conditions,” Larson says. As with most fences, there is maintenance involved. Cedar fences need to be restained every three to four years. If they are regularly maintained, they “will last 20 years or more,” says Larson. Larry Little, owner of Ace Fence of DFW says, “It’s kind of like painting your house. Every now and then you’ve got to paint your house. Same thing with a fence — you’ll have to restain your fence three, four, five years down the road, but it stays looking nice and pretty for an extended length of time as opposed to turning gray.” Privacy and security are two of the biggest benefits of cedar fences. Mike Camfield, owner of Fancy Fence, says because houses are built closer together these days, “People want the 8 feet tall, board over board look, to give themselves an area in their back yard where they can relax and not worry about the neighbors peering over at them.” Cedar fences can also be stained to match the color of an individual’s home. Camfield illustrates that if homeowners have a red brick home, they may want to stain the fence with the same tone of stain. “In some higher-end areas, homeowners may build a fence and put columns every 10 or 12 feet out of the same color of brick that the home is,” he says.

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By Southwest Fence & Deck, this fence features a clear cedar tongue and groove fence with deco columns, arch trim and corbels. The gate is a metal frame, metal jamb with an iron insert.

This custom gate and fence designed by Fence Max Texas is made of cedar, the most commonly used wood in Texas. It is beautiful, durable and doesn’t require much maintenance.

Ornamental iron fencing, or wrought iron fencing, is another beautiful option. It offers a measure of privacy while allowing homeowners a visible view of the area beyond their fence. With visual appeal, this fencing option also promises durable, long-lasting protection depending on how many years of protective powder coating it’s purchased with. The powder coating protects the fence from nature’s elements, but the homeowner should check the fence every two to three years for rust. “Check and maintain,” Larson says. “You can take care of the rust with antirust materials or paint.” Another advantage of ornamental iron is that it gives the appearance of a longer, more open yard. It is a material that can be easily combined with other elements such as stone, wood or brick to match and complement the look of a home. For families looking for something that offers the containment of a chain link fence and the visual appeal of an ornamental fence, welded iron is a newer fencing option. Having recently been introduced in the United States, it offers a more aesthetically modern design although it can be an accent to any home. Jorge Guerra, a Texas sales manager for Designmaster Fencing System, says it’s often used as a “green screen” for homeowners because they “plant certain vegetation that will weave through ... fencing.” With only 3 inches between each wire, it keeps animals contained within the fence and



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other animals out. This type of fence requires no upkeep and will last between 20 to 30 years. “It doesn’t require any maintenance. It doesn’t fade. It doesn’t rot,” Guerra says. On the more expensive side of the spectrum is vinyl fencing. Vinyl fencing is a zero maintenance option that comes in a specific color. “You don’t have to stain it or do anything to it,” Camfield says. “Vinyl fences, more or less, appear to be like a plastic.” He adds that although the product is resistant to decay and offers privacy, it is not as durable in the face of high winds. DECORATIVE OPTIONS

For those looking to upgrade their current fence and give it more visual appeal, there are many options. Top caps, decorative pieces that are placed on top of fence posts, can add value and beauty to a fence. The categories include: glass, wood, vinyl, copper, solar and lighted post caps, which can be used on wood, vinyl, steel and aluminum fences. Other options include decorative pieces called corbels that can be placed every 8 to 10 feet on a fence, according to Little. “[Corbels] are kind of decorative sconces,” says Camfield adding that it is a popular, high-end option. Trim, arch trim and double trim are other decorative additions that can be added to a fence. And for owners wanting a complete fence system, they can add an automated driveway gate, according to Camfield. Personal touches, such as adding flowerpots and decorative lights, also help highlight fences. WHAT HOMEOWNERS NEED TO KNOW

Before investing in a fence, there are a few things that every homeowner needs to consider. Larson recommends homeowners research fencing


contractors, check the contractor’s references and make sure they offer liability insurance. Larson also says to check the company for a long-standing history of professional business. Maintenance wise, homeowners should ask contractors what materials the rails are made of and how many feet are between the posts. “The difference between posts is 6 feet and 8 feet,” Larson says. The wider the posts are from one another, the less sturdy the fence will be when dealing with strong winds. Also find out what type of post will be used. The post is the backbone of a fence. “When the wood post weakens, or rots, then the whole fence fails,” Little says. “A lot of people are using steel posts. Even if the wood pickets and rails start to deteriorate, the post will not and then you will only have to replace those components of pickets and rails rather than the posts.” If homeowners are looking to build a cedar fence, Camfield suggests adding a baseboard. A baseboard is a pressure-treated piece of wood that protects the bottom of the fence from rot and the damage caused by a weed eater, says Camfield. “Cedar is a type of material that will last forever as long as it’s not touching the ground, but the moment it touches the ground, the deterioration process starts. That baseboard acts as a barrier,” he says. A typical fence should take two to four days to install. Whether a homeowner is rebuilding or upgrading their fence, there are many options available to secure, contain, decorate and beautify one’s home. A fence can add a great deal of curb appeal to your property, so don’t settle for function only. “Give the fence some character,” says Larson. “Adding character costs marginally around five percent of the whole value of the fence.”

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A combination of iron and beautiful stone make up this fence by Southwest Fence & Deck.


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Healthy Tips Chef Melton confesses that while he’s not always a healthy eater, there are some things that home cooks can do to enhance their meals: • Sprinkle flax seeds on any dish for a great source of fiber (studies show a benefit of flax seed is lowering cholesterol) • Substitute olive oil for vegetable oil when possible. • Use the juice vegetables are cooked in so you don’t lose any nutrients.

Lawry’s The Prime Rib A REFINED MENU AND AN ELEGANT DINING EXPERIENCE Since 1982, Lawry’s The Prime Rib has set the bar by providing high-quality prime rib, using creative tableside presentations in a classy, relaxed atmosphere. Whether going out on a date or booking private parties, guests can expect delicious food, exceptional service and a fabulous dining experience. Lawry’s famous seasoned salt was created by Lawrence L. Frank in the late 1930s to complement roasted prime ribs of beef by mixing a secret blend of spices. He also founded the original Lawry’s The Prime Rib, located in Beverly Hills, Calif. Always the showman, Frank designed the concept of silver carts, where beef is carved tableside for each guest. As one of the remaining four Lawry’s in Texas, the concept behind the restaurant is associated with traditional Old English fine dining. Although formal and elegant, Lawry’s is best noted for being a wonderful venue where friends and family can enjoy a great dinner. The restaurant specializes in prime rib, offering remarkable selections of steaks and seafood and mouth-watering desserts prepared in-house. Without a doubt, the prime rib is the most popular item featured on the menu. Carvers take pride in cutting prime rib to guests’ personal specifications. If beauty lies in the eye of the beholder, then dinner becomes a beautiful presentation when it’s brought from the kitchen to the table. Lawry’s owns five rolling silver carts, each priced at $35,000. These carts can hold up to 850 pounds of meat when loaded to full capacity. Salads are served by way of a spinning bowl, where salad is tossed tableside over a spinning bowl of ice. 30

Executive Chef Matt Melton started out as a Sous Chef at Lawry’s before accepting his current position, which he’s held for three years. He’s been in culinary arts for 15 years and owes his success and inspiration to his grandmother. “Cooking has been something vital that’s brought my family together,” he says. “My grandmother’s cooking made an impact on my life, and I grew up cooking with her as a small child.” Melton could have chosen to take a different path, one of an athlete. In high school, he was an accomplished baseball player and passed up a full athletic scholarship to play baseball at The University of Texas at Austin to go to culinary school. A graduate of the Art Institute of Dallas, he honed his basic skills in culinary school, but admits he gained most of his professional expertise through restaurant experience. Lars Staberg, general manager, says the restaurant’s success is linked to consistency. “Having been in Dallas for 26 years, Lawry’s has maintained a reputation of serving quality food consistently,” he says. “We want our guests to leave feeling they’ve had a world-class experience at a great value.” Lawry’s most esteemed compliments come from guests, upon finishing dinner, who choose to make a second reservation. Lawry’s makes a bold statement by committing to premier dining and exquisite dishes. “Chef Matt Melton prepares some of the best foods in Dallas/Fort Worth, but it’s our service staff that makes each guest feel like a VIP,” Staberg says. All recipes courtesy of Executive Chef Matt Melton, Lawry’s The Prime Rib; 14655 Dallas Parkway, Dallas; 972.503.6688;

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Lawry’s Premier Salad Serves 1 DRESSING 1 cup extra virgin olive oil 1/2 cup balsamic vinegar 1/2 cup raspberry vinegar 1 tablespoon Lawry’s seasoned salt 1/2 tablespoon Lawry’s seasoned pepper 1 tablespoon Italian seasoning 1 tablespoon dry mustard 1 tablespoon minced garlic

LETTUCE MIX Equal parts: Boston lettuce Red leaf lettuce Romaine lettuce TOPPING Desired amounts of: chopped pecans, diced bacon and shredded Gruyere cheese

In a large bowl mix both vinegars and all dry ingredients including garlic. While continually whisking, add the olive oil in a steady stream until the dressing is thick enough to coat the back of a spoon. Refrigerate. When you are ready to serve, toss the lettuce in desired amount of dressing with chopped pecans, diced bacon and shredded gruyere cheese. Serve immediately.

Blue Crab Cakes With Pepper Lime Aioli Serves 1

Dijon Glazed Salmon with Feta Cheese Creamed Spinach Serves 1 SALMON 1 8-ounce filet of Atlantic salmon 1 teaspoon Dijon mustard 1 tablespoon brown sugar

Salt and pepper as desired 1 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil 1 handful fresh baby spinach 1/4 cup crumbled feta cheese

Warm olive oil in a sauté pan on medium heat for about 1 minute. Lightly dust salmon with salt and pepper. Sear salmon on both sides for 2 minutes. Remove from heat (do not discard pan). Spread the mustard over the top of the salmon and coat with the brown sugar packing it tightly. Bake in a preheated oven at 400 degrees for 7 minutes or until the sides of the salmon are firm to the touch. In the meantime re-heat the sauté pan on medium heat. Add the spinach. Sauté until it begins to wilt. Add the feta cheese and remove from heat. Serve the salmon on a bed of the spinach and garnish with a sprig of fresh parsley.

CRAB CAKES 1/2 red bell pepper, small dice 1/2 green bell pepper, small dice 1/2 small red onion, small dice 1/4 cup mayonnaise 1/2 teaspoon crab base (can be found at any fine grocery store)

1/2 teaspoon Dijon mustard 1 teaspoon old bay seasoning 3 cups jumbo lump crab meat Panko bread crumbs (as needed) AIOLI Blend 1 cup of mayonnaise, the juice from 3 limes and 1 teaspoon of Lawry’s seasoned pepper

Sauté peppers and onions on high heat in 2 tablespoons of butter until translucent and cool in refrigerator. In a small bowl combine all ingredients aside from the peppers, onions and crab. Mix until smooth. In a large bowl gently mix the crab and cooled peppers and onions. Now add the mayonnaise mixture and fold together. Shape the crab cakes into 1/2 ounce disks and coat with bread crumbs. Refrigerate for 1 hour. Sauté the crab cakes in butter on medium heat until golden brown on both sides and serve immediately. Garnish with a dollop of aioli and a wedge of lemon.


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Dallas/Fort Worth House & Home Magazine February 2010 Issue  


Dallas/Fort Worth House & Home Magazine February 2010 Issue