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15 Practical Cabin Landscaping Tips

Experts from New York’s Adirondacks and Wisconsin’s lakes regions show you easy, low-maintenance ways to beautify your property
By Deb Wiley
Published: April 1, 2012
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Eastern white pine, red maple, Canadian hemlock, spruce, blueberries and red-twig dogwood add varying textures and heights. Along the edges, creeping vinca minor will fill in bare spots.
Photo by Wesley Moody Landscaping
Perhaps you’ve decorated the inside of your cabin to the nth degree, but every time you approach your place from the outside, something seems to be missing.  

The solution: Decorate it, too! With landscaping, that is. Good landscaping adds value, privacy, and beauty to your property.

First, stop thinking in urban terms. For instance, don’t limit yourself to manicured garden beds around your cabin’s footings. “We don’t think of them as foundation plants,” says Deborah Dupree, who with her husband, Wesley Moody, owns Wesley Moody Landscaping in Saranac Lake, N.Y. “If you’re in a cabin, look out in the woods and try to bring that into your yard.”

Rick Stewart, a landscape designer with Stoney Creek Landscaping in Minocqua, Wis., agrees. “The one thing I find is that people don’t come up here to mow the lawn.”

Use these 15 practical tips to improve your cabin’s landscape.
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