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LIVING The newest decorating ideas, gardening tips and lifestyle guide to Whidbey Island, 2019. A supplement of the Whidbey News-Times and South Whidbey Record.

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Lively Landscapes builds walls that last Luc d’Aignault is an artist. Not with pencil or paper, but with the hands he uses to carefully shape the land into the vision held in his mind’s eye. He can spend hours thinking about, talking about and working with rocks — what color they are, how many “faces” they have and how they sit together once they’ve been stacked into a sprawling wall. His Langley-based company, Lively Landscapes, offers a variety of services, including landscaping, trail building, excavator work, digging horse graves, making the land ADA-accessible and blackberry bush removal. “I’ve done a ton of blackberry removal,” d’Aignault said. “I always thank the blackberries for keeping me afloat.”

His passion, however, lies in building rock walls.

“I like the permanence of the rock wall,” he said. “If it’s done properly, I know they’re going to outlive me.” D’Aignault describes rocks as “craggly like teeth” and a rock wall as a “marriage between the earth and the rocks.” “I like taking all the pieces of the rocks and making them a team,” he said. “Each rock has its space in the wall. It’s fun to find that rock a home.” The sign of a good, well-built rock wall is one that can withstand harsh weather


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conditions and stay solid over years of wear and tear, he said. “Rock walls that I’ve built, you could smash a car into, and the car is going to get messed up,” he said.

Stone walls can come in several varieties, according to d’Aignault. There’s dry-stacked and ones that use mortar. The size of rocks can vary, as can the types. Whidbey Island has many glacial erratic type of rocks, d’Aignault said, and Anacortes is good for blue-green ones. Much of the final look of a rock wall is up to personal preference. Building a rock wall takes some time. D’Aignault works with clients to map out a project, helping them visualize their desired look. “My biggest thing is I always like to meet who I’m making the wall for,” he said. “I like to hear directly from the horse’s mouth.” Consider several factors when thinking about getting a rock wall made,

d’Aignault said. First, a budget. He usually charges by the job, and the price depends on the square footage of the wall and the type of rocks used. He also takes into consideration how


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tionist, flexible, a good teacher, college-educated and a family man. Professionally, his work is classified as dry stone masonry, meaning he doesn’t use mortar to lay the stones together. He’s worked in the business for nearly 20 years and worked for himself since 2005. He’s proud of his excavator that he uses to move heavy items and said it’s like an extension of his hand, complete with a “thumb” for grabbing. Since his company is small, he prefers to work with clients who he can keep in close contact about the progress of the job, he said. “I like working with the customer,” he said. “I enjoy what I do.” n Plagued by blackberry bushes? D’Aignault has some advice to fighting the stubborn plants. First, blackberry bushes need to be dug out by the roots. He uses specialized machines to make sure the deepest roots are pulled out. Then, he suggests putting another type of hearty invasive plant in, such as grass or clover, that will prevent the bushes from returning. He doesn’t use pesticides, due to his concerns about salmon. Be sure to keep mowing over the grass or clover as it grows.

Luc d’Aignault sits on a rock wall he built about 10 years ago. The wall is a dry stack, local glacial erratic granite wall, he said. He likes to get his rocks from a variety of places, such as bluegreen ones from Anacortes and the darker “black ace” rocks from south east of Whidbey. His current project on his property uses South Whidbey local granite. His trusty excavator does the heavy lifting as he navigates the controls.


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BRUCE A. BELL Forestry Mulching It took about five minutes. Five minutes and the machine cleared a 50-foot by 20-foot wall of man-high black berry bushes and small trees. All that was left was a layer of mulch. “You can’t beat that,” laughed Clinton property owner Troy Yale. “I was going to do it myself; it probably would have taken me a week.”

Yale hired landscaper Bruce Bell to clear a few acres of his rural property off French Road. Like many parcels on Whidbey, it’s overrun with heavy brush and invasive species, including blackberries. He wanted them gone but didn’t want to overly tear up the property either. Bell was a natural choice.

The South Whidbey business owner has earned a reputation for “green” land-clearing practices, specifically with his forestry mulching machine. Attached to a rubber-tracked loader, the device resembles a street sweeper but behaves like a lawn mower on steroids. Its large steel teeth make short work of brush and trees up to 12 inches thick, yet the machine is still small enough to weave in and out of heavily forested areas. What’s left behind is a mulch that can be as fine as “sawdust,” Bell said. The machine is an alternative to heavy machinery that

can do a similar job but at a heavier environmental price — usually the removal of a top layer of soil — and without the clean up. After clearing, property owners usually have to pay for removal of debris and or burning. The forestry mulching machine requires neither. “You’re getting the best of both worlds,” Bell said.

Goats are the super-green method of property clearing, one that many on Whidbey have turned to. But these living, breathing munching machines can’t take down larger trees, and their work takes time. Bell says he can usually clear an acre in about two hours.

Bell set up shop in 1994 after a long career in retail sales. He bought the forestry mulching machine about 12 years ago as way to break into the clearing business, but doing it in what he says is a more environmentally friendly way. “It’s really important to me to better Whidbey Island,” he said.

While private property owners make up the bulk of his business, he’s also been employed by organizations such as the Whidbey Camano Land Trust. Jessica Larson, a land steward for the nonprofit, said Bell was hired to clear about five acres for the Dugualla Bay restoration project on North Whidbey and about three acres for restoration of the Waterman Property on South Whidbey.

Larson said Bell’s work was desirable for several reasons. Saving a layer of top soil and avoiding the need to burn aligns with the trust’s environmental values. Similarly, the machine is small enough that it can avoid native species; Bell took the time to walk through the properties with land trust project leaders to mark plants that should be spared. The result was successful, selective clearing. Larson also noted that blackberries are no fun, not for the organization volunteers who often are tasked with their removal, or herself. It’s tough and grueling working that takes a long time.

“They’re kinda the bane of my existence,” Larson said with a chuckle.

Along with the forestry mulching machine, Bell also has a flail mower on an excavator that produces a similar result. It’s attached to an extendable arm that can reach places the forestry mulching machine can’t, such as steep inclines or slippery hillsides.

Bell’s business is based in Freeland, but he does work all over Whidbey Island. He can be reached at 360-331-6254.

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Decorating made easy

Decorating your house doesn’t have to be overwhelming or expensive. Two Whidbey Island professionals with experience making homes look good offer some easy tips and tricks for those looking to upgrade their homes. • Rebecca Robinson with Windermere Real Estate/Whidbey Island has plenty of experience making houses look their best. She is a broker, Realtor and an accredited staging professional, which means she knows how to transform a home from drab to spectacular with her tried and true decorating methods. • Sarah Jean Muncey is the merchandise manager for home goods and gifts at Bayview Farm and Garden and is also a designer. Muncey’s name may be familiar to locals, as she hosts the morning show “What’s Up Whidbey” by Whidbey Telecom. Here is their advice:

Tips and tricks to make your house look put together while expressing personal style. You don’t need to spend a lot of money to make your house look good.

A good place to start your home decorating journey might be with the mantra “less is more.” For some people, parting with unnecessary items can be really difficult, Robinson said, but getting rid of extra clutter can bring peace of mind as well as a space that’s easier to clean.

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“Area rugs are a great way to define a space,” Robinson said. She especially likes adding in rugs to open-floor plan houses because “it makes walls without walls.”


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Decorating will always hold true. Paint can completely change a room,” Muncey said in an email. Choose a bright, clean shade to make a room feel larger or choose a darker shade for an accent wall, she said. She highly recommends people use primer; it really does make a difference, Muncey said. Robinson also emphasizes the importance of paint and said it’s an easy way to redecorate. “It’s probably one of the cheapest things you can do to change up a look and get the most impact for the least amount of money,” she said. But people should start with a test

patch before redoing an entire wall, she said, such as a two-by-two square with the new color. This allows people to see how it looks in all manner of light and test whether the color dries an unexpected shade. “Live with it for at least a couple of days,” Robinson said.

with items you cherish and considering how the space makes you feel is important, according to both Robinson and Muncey. Adding in plants can bring in a breath of life and oxygenate your space, Muncey said. Decorators can repurpose cherished items as well. Perhaps you have a driftwood collection that would also make excellent decor.

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