Where Architecture Meets Landscape Design: A Collaboration

Landscape Design Collaboration
In addition to clients who come directly to us, Bonick Landscaping collaborates with talented architects, builders, interior designers, and landscape architects. A landscape design and build collaboration we currently have the pleasure and privilege to be working on is a Preston Hollow property with the architectural firm, Stocker Hoesterey Montenegro Architects (SHM).

According to SHM, “We love working with Bonick Landscaping for their appreciation of the spatial relationships and the seamless indoor/outdoor experience that is achieved through our collaboration. Our client loves the flexibility Bonick has provided through a landscape design master plan, which sets a direction that can be implemented in phases and in response to the changing needs of the family across time.”

Traditional Style, Modern Sensibilities
According to David Stocker of SHM, the design of the residence is “traditional, but judiciously simplified to give the home a more modern sensibility that answers to the needs and wants of a young family. Public and core spaces are placed near the main points of entry. Bedrooms are upstairs. Importantly, the gathering spaces and the master suite orient toward an expansive, private backyard and a deep, covered porch. Unity is achieved through horizontal and vertical alignments, linking experiences from room to room and from interior to exterior.”

Architects drawing of front of house

Front of House

Architects drawing of back of house

Back of house

After meeting with SHM and going over the home design plans, our landscape designer, Michael Pappas, met with the client, a couple with young children, several times to get a list of their needs and desires for their outdoor space.

In the front, where there are two large trees, a pecan and a red oak, the couple wanted a courtyard feel for privacy and a greater sense of intimacy at the front entrance. The walled courtyard features ornamental trees, a small plot of grass, gravel, and limestone pavers leading to the main walkway. The front walkway is limestone in a traditional running bond pattern. The pavers with grass in between give the front a fresh, modern take while keeping with the architecture of the house. The homeowners wanted additional parking for guests in the front, which included a gravel extension off the driveway beyond the sport court.

Seamless Integration of Indoors and Out
According to Michael, “A key element in designing the back space was understanding the architecture and flow of the home. When you are standing at the front entrance, you can see down the hallway, through the house into the backyard. It was important to have that view be a very consciously planned one.” That view includes an allée of trees, a fire pit, and a large perennial garden. From a different angle, this is also the view from the master bedroom.

Other features the homeowners wanted in their outdoor space:

  • A screen from the neighbor’s tennis court in the backyard
  • A large outdoor living, cooking, dining area; partially covered
  • An herb and vegetable garden
  • A pool
  • A fire pit
  • A putting green
  • A place for a trampoline

The living area includes a covered veranda and a dedicated dining area with a grilling station that will be underneath a pergola. Off to the left of the dining area is an area with raised beds for an herb and vegetable garden. The play area for the trampoline and putting green are intentionally placed at the back of the lot so that activities in one area don’t disrupt activities in another area.

Landscape Design Plan

With the design in place and the client’s list of needs and desires met, the next step will be choosing the plants and hardscape materials for the project.

Landscape Installation and Maintenance Collaboration
Recently, our blog featured another collaboration, this time with Hocker Design Group on a project of their design that won us the 2016 National Association of Landscape Professionals GRAND Award of Excellence for construction and installation as well as TNLA Gold Awards for Residential Installation and Residential Maintenance for a property in Fort Worth’s Westover Hills.

Regardless of the project, everything we do is a collaboration whether it is between the client and our team or working with an architectural firm, one of our peers in the landscaping business, a home builder or an interior designer. When collaborating with other businesses, it is always exciting to see how our shared appreciation for clean design and passion for excellence in workmanship come together into a unified indoor/outdoor environment for each family.

For over 30 years, Bonick Landscaping, has served Dallas area clients with the highest standards looking for out-of-the-ordinary luxury landscape design and pools by offering the best in service, workmanship, and plantings. Services include hardscape and landscape design, pool designs, pool construction and installation, estate management, lawn care services and garden maintenance, pool maintenance, and more. For discerning clients in Dallas who want to express their own distinctive style through their landscaping, Bonick Landscaping can help you realize your dream. Call us at 972-243-9673 or visit our website at www.bonicklandscaping.com.

Bonick Landscaping Wins Houzz Design and Service Awards for 5th Year in a Row

Houzz Design & Service Awards 2017This week, Houzz Inc., the leading platform and homeowner-to-homeowner guide for premier architects, home builders, landscaping professionals, interior designers, and residential remodeling professionals, announced the winners of Best of Houzz 2017. I am extremely proud that for the fifth year in a row, the team at Bonick Landscaping won awards for both design and customer service.

Winning the Houzz awards for our excellence in landscape design and customer service for the fifth consecutive year is both uplifting and humbling. It reinforces what I already know, which is that it’s all about the team and the people at Bonick Landscaping. I feel very fortunate to be surrounded by people who share my passion for excellence. Winning is never an accident; awards are not determined by a roll of the dice. Behind the win there is always a lot of hard working, talented people that lead up to it.

Along with the Bonick team, we are very fortunate to have peers within the industry, such as Hocker Design Group, who trust us to execute/build their designs. We are also extremely fortunate to have truly great clients who want and appreciate great work.

To the entire Bonick Team, our collaborators and clients: Thank you!

Pssst…In case you haven’t noticed, Bonick Landscaping has been on a roll lately when it comes to awards. Late last year we won the National Association of Landscape Professionals GRAND Award of Excellence for our work in collaboration with Hocker Design Group and the Texas Nursery and Landscape Association bestowed three awards on us: the prestigious Gold Award for Excellence in Landscaping for Residential Design & Build, Residential Installation, and Residential Maintenance. D Magazine also recognized us in their annual Best of Big D Awards for Best Pool Maintenance Services. Life is good.

About the Houzz Awards
Houzz is the leading platform and homeowner-to-homeowner guide for premier architects, home builders, landscaping professionals, interior designers, and residential remodeling professionals. The Best of Houzz is awarded annually in three categories: Design, Customer Service and Photography. Design award winners’ work was the most popular among the more than 35 million monthly users on Houzz. Customer Service honors are based on several factors, including the number and quality of client reviews a professional received in 2015. Architecture and interior design photographers whose images were most popular are recognized with the Photography award.

For over 30 years, Bonick Landscaping has served Dallas area clients with the highest standards looking for out-of-the-ordinary luxury landscape design and pools by offering the best in service, workmanship, and plantings. Services include hardscape and landscape design, pool designs, pool construction and installation, estate management, lawn care services and garden maintenance, pool maintenance, and more. For discerning clients in Dallas who want to express their own distinctive style through their landscaping, Bonick Landscaping can help you realize your dream. Call us at 972-243-9673 or visit our website at www.bonicklandscaping.com.

Bonick Landscaping Receives 3 Gold Awards from the TNLA for Excellence in Landscaping

The Bonick Landscaping team is proud to again strike gold – with not one, not two, but three Gold Awards! The Texas Nursery and Landscape Association has awarded us the prestigious Gold Award for Excellence in Landscaping for Residential Design & Build, Residential Installation, and Residential Maintenance.

The prestigious Gold Award for Residential Design & Build from the TNLA was awarded to us for a University Park residence where our client, an artist, wanted us to transform the outdoor space surrounding her traditional brick Tudor home to have a more inspired and modern feel while being mindful of creating a harmonious balance between the two. We fulfilled her desire by mindfully designing strong landscape elements that would meld both art and function

Front yard landscape design by Bonick Landscaping blends traditional and modern elements.

Landscape design detail features modern address sign.Beginning at the front entry, we positioned a modern weathered steel address blade off-center in relation to the front doors that cuts through a bed of purple winter creeper and disappears into a stand of inland sea oats.   The large bands of purple winter creeper and inland sea oats are laced with Autumn Blaze maples, redbud and dogwood trees, and Rose of Sharon, creating a living barrier between the drive court and street. The repetition and vertical lines provided by the inlay of trees brings the massive brick facade of the home into human scale.

Landscape design of front drive and entry way.

The formality of the home’s windows and symmetrical facade were subtly mirrored with Crushed marble drive and Pennsylvania bluestone walkway and driveway pavers help tie the landscape to the home.mass plantings of soft native grasses and shrubs such as Mexican feather grass and gray cotoneaster. Yewtopia® yew and Chinese indigo were used under the shade of the existing trees to provide soft texture and color. The unexpected plant pallet and varied textures bring a fresh perspective to the traditional brick home.

Tudor home entry with modern hardscaping elements.

The layout and use of materials throughout is clean and modern while the materials Front entry hardscape detail of crushed marble gravel with Pennsylvania blue stone pavers.themselves remain classic. Natural hardscape materials, including the crushed marble drive and Pennsylvania bluestone walkway and drive court pavers, help tie the landscape to the home. The mix of textures and deep blue/gray color pallet compliment and coordinate with the rich red brick and gray trim on the Tudor home while adding elements of charm and sophistication.

Modern water feature made of steel cage, blue slag glass and scupper mounted on a woven rebar wall.

A major design opportunity was mitigating the visual discord of a large stucco home constructed closely next to the residence. Working with the limitations of an existing Modern fountain features large chunks of blue slag glass.pool located 3 feet from the property line, a custom woven rebar wall was created and installed. A focal point was created by adding a back-lit water feature made of a galvanized steel gabion cage filled with blue slag glass and featuring stainless steel scuppers. Together, the rebar wall and fountain create modern art that contrasts nicely with the formal setting, providing light, ambient sound, texture, and function. In late spring and summer, crossvine blankets the rebar wall, displaying an abundance of tangerine blooms.

Modern backyard landscape design with pool, fountain and lush plantings.

Modern backyard landscape design with large live oak and shade plantings.The backyard landscaping was designed to reinforce the tranquility of the setting while taking into account the shade of a large existing live oak tree located in the center of the backyard. Walkways of oversized rectangular bluestone step pads placed in crushed marble, an elevated synthetic turf terrace banded by steel, and mass plantings including variegated sedge complete the successful melding of traditional and modern in an artistic manner.

Backyard landscaping features synthetic turf under large live oak tree.

Site plan for award-winning landscape design by Bonick Landscaping.

Bonick Landscaping received two other TNLA Gold Awards for Residential Installation and Residential Maintenance were awarded for our outstanding work in collaboration with Hocker Design Group on a sprawling 4-acre mid-century modern estate located in Fort Worth’s Westover Hills. The Hocker Design Group’s design for the landscaping of the Westover Hills estate posed complex construction and installation opportunities, and is also a large and varied maintenance challenge.

We were also one of three firms from across the nation to receive the prestigious 2016 Judges Award in addition to a Grand Award of Excellence for construction and installation by The National Association of Landscape Professionals (NALP) for our expertise in tackling this same Westover Hills project.

Modern backyard sculpture surrounded by lush landscaping.

More information and photos of the Westover Hills project.

For over 30 years, Bonick Landscaping has served Dallas area clients with the highest standards looking for out-of-the-ordinary luxury landscape design and pools by offering the best in service, workmanship, and plantings. Services include hardscape and landscape design, pool designs, pool construction and installation, lawn care services and garden maintenance, pool maintenance, and more. For discerning clients in Dallas who want to express their own distinctive style through their landscaping, Bonick Landscaping can help you realize your dream. For more information, call us at 972-243-9673, email us,

or visit our website at www.bonicklandscaping.com.

Adding Outdoor Rooms to Your Landscaping

Outdoor rooms have never been more popular. Today’s homeowners are increasingly willing to sacrifice indoor space as long as they can do some of their living outdoors. In Outdoor pavilion with fireplacefact, houses are shrinking in size by nearly 10%, according to the National Association of Home Builders.

Outdoor Rooms are a Smart Investment
Adding outdoor rooms to your home landscaping is not only a great way to expand your usable living space and create an outdoor oasis, it makes sense from a home investment standpoint as well. One real estate study done by Trulia suggests that professional landscaping and hardscaping can deliver a return on investment as high as 150%, an ROI that puts it ahead of popular home improvement projects like kitchen or bathroom updates. As people continue to turn more and more to outdoor living and entertaining, the ROI in outdoor landscaping projects will only continue to increase.

Pergolas
Pergolas are a popular choice among clients who want a defined outdoor dining or lounging area because beyond function, they add a beautiful architectural element to Custom built cedar pergola with fire pit in Dallasoutdoor spaces. Pergolas are a common choice here in Dallas and look best when they are custom designed to complement the architecture of your residence. One appeal of a pergola over a patio roof is that it lets the sun in but can also provide shade through various mechanisms including features like angled rafters, lattice, laser cut steel panels, semi-transparent screens, and even plants. The open structure of Pergolas make them well-suited for climbing plants such as wisteria, honeysuckle or clematis that can create a gorgeous natural ceiling.

Covered Structures
Covered structures are popular with clients who often want a more fully-equipped or Outdoor kitchen with poured concrete floor and wood ceiling designed by Bonick Landscaping of Dallas, Texas.furnished outdoor space that is more protected from the elements. Whether they are located near the house or as a destination in the garden, covered structures can be enjoyed year-round and typically feature a fire pit or an outdoor fireplace as a focal point and source of warmth for the cooler months. Clients who want full outdoor kitchens often choose covered structures. However, outdoor kitchens or grilling stations, lighting, fans, and furnishings work well in either kind of structure.

Shade Trees
Another natural option for defining outdoor spaces are shade trees. Whether evergreen or deciduous, a grouping of trees can create a sculptural element, especially when located along a line of sight. Trees not only add value to your property, but also have the benefit of providing a habitat for wildlife and an opportunity for capturing those ephemeral moments of sun filtering through the canopy.

Allow one of our creative designers to help you determine the best outdoor living solutions for your space. In addition to our complete landscape design services, we encourage you to take advantage of our design services for furniture, outdoor rugs, planters and other décor. For more information, call us at 972-243-9673 or email us.

For over 30 years, Bonick Landscaping has served Dallas area clients with the highest standards looking for out-of-the-ordinary luxury landscape design and pools by offering the best in service, workmanship, and plantings. Services include hardscape and landscape design, pool designs, pool construction and installation, lawn care services and garden maintenance, pool maintenance, and more. For discerning clients in Dallas who want to express their own distinctive style through their landscaping, Bonick Landscaping can help you realize your dream. Visit our website at www.bonicklandscaping.com.

Bonick Landscaping Wins National Award for Excellence

Bonick Landscaping award-winning construction and installation.

Bonick Landscaping is proud to announce it is the winner of the prestigious 2016 National Association of Landscape Professionals GRAND Award of Excellence for construction and installation.

This residential project, designed by Hocker Design Group, posed complex construction and installation challenges, which is why they turned to Bonick Landscaping to execute their vision.

Before and after aerial photos of award-winning landscaping project.

The scale of the project can be seen in the before and after aerial photos, above.

Residential poured concrete motor court in Fort Worth, Texas.

The poured concrete motor court, ground to expose a smooth aggregate surface, features precision saw cuts on a 3-foot grid.

Contemporary sculpture surrounded by ornamental grasses.

 

 

The carved stone sculpture at center of the motor court required a large crane and coordinating with qualified art handlers for placement and installation.

 

 

Side-by-side photos of a poured concrete planter wall and a contemporary lily pond.

A low planter wall displays agave plants that act as living “sculptures” (left). The covered entry to the front door is flanked by a koi pond and a bog planted with irises that act as a natural filtration system (right).

During construction - pumps and plumbing for dancing fountain with LED lights.

 

Five pumps and an extensive network of plumbing provides precision control of the LED lighting and water volume, allowing for a unique night time experience.

 

Cobblestone Dancing Deck Fountain with LED Lights

A cobblestone courtyard with a dancing deck fountain was built. On two sides of the fountain, an angled wall of structural concrete was added and faced with large polished black granite slabs.

Natural stone slab walkway leads to sculpture "room."

Natural stone slabs create a meandering path around the lawn (left). An exposed aggregate walkway leads to an outdoor sculpture room. Large magnolias that were craned in provide privacy from the neighboring property while creating a natural backdrop to the sculpture (right).

Custom contemporary concrete fire pit.

A series of concrete “blade” walls (left) terrace the lawn and act as steps to the custom concrete fire pit made of exposed aggregate with a limestone cap.

Excavation for concrete stairs and pool in progress.

 

Excavating for the concrete stairs and new pool. A hidden service room below the stairs will house the pool equipment and surge tank.

 

Construction photos of stairs and fountain being built and installed.A structured shell of steel (left) supports the concrete stairs and black granite water feature (right).

Workers laying a 3' x 3' paving grid for black granite slabs.

 

The same 3-foot paving grid used on the back terrace and front motor court is carried into the pool area by using 3-foot x 3-foot black granite slabs.

 

 

Negative edge pool with ipe deck and Brandon Oldenburg sculptures.With dual negative edges, one side of the pool disappears under the ipe deck while the other side “disappears” into the limestone terrace below.

We want to thank Hocker Design Group and the homeowner for allowing us to be part of this amazing project and for the opportunity to continue to maintain and nurture it’s growth.

For over 30 years, Bonick Landscaping has served Dallas area clients with the highest standards looking for out-of-the-ordinary luxury landscape design and pools by offering the best in service, workmanship, and plantings. Services include hardscape and landscape design, pool designs, construction and installation, lawn care services and garden maintenance, pool maintenance, and more. For discerning clients in Dallas who want to express their own distinctive style through their landscaping, Bonick Landscaping can help you realize your dream. Call us at 972-243-9673 or email us. Visit our website at www.bonicklandscaping.com.

Meet Brandy Salinas, Services Assistant at Bonick Landscaping

Photo of Brandy Salinas, services manager at Bonick Landscaping of Dallas, TX.Lee: “So I’m going to jump right in with the same wildly creative question I ask everyone first. What exactly do you do?”

Brandy: “I am the direct assistant to both the Service Manager, Jeff Jennings, and the Garden Account Managers. I oversee the pool, irrigation, garden, and enhancement departments’ daily administration. I do the scheduling for all those areas, handling billing, and procure materials (plantings, sod, etc.) that are needed. I also handle client relations for these areas. People call me if they have a service request for pool cleaning, irrigation repairs, seasonal color, those sorts of things.”

Lee: “Are all the requests pretty ho hum or do different things pop up from time to time?”

Brandy: (Laughs.) “Most of them are what you’d expect but every now and then we get asked for something different and I love it when that happens.”

Lee: “Can you give me an example?”

Brandy: “Well, there’s this one client who I really love and she sometimes makes interesting requests, which make my day. One time she was having challenges with ducks in her pool. She didn’t mind having them around the property, but understandably, she really didn’t want them in the pool all the time. She had read somewhere that if you fill your pool with beach balls it helps deter the ducks from swimming there and she wanted to try it. So we got to blow up 50 beach balls and put them in her pool. I loved it!”

Lee: “Did it work?”

Brandy: “Well, yes and no. It did deter the adult ducks but the little ducklings weren’t phased at all. They just swam around between the beach balls.”

Lee: “What do you like most about your job?”

Brandy: “The people I work with and the atmosphere. Generally, everyone likes each other and we’re all friends so that makes us a better team.”

Lee: “It’s amazing how I keep getting that same answer in each of the interviews. So what else?”

Brandy: “I like our clients. I go with Jeff on site visits when I can, and I love that. I like meeting our clients face-to-face, really getting to know them and seeing their yards and landscaping. It makes for better client relations. That way, when they call with a request or an issue, I can picture who they are and what their yard or pool looks like. I can envision what we are talking about exactly.”

Lee: “How long have you been with Bonick Landscaping?”

Brandy: “Eight years. Wow. It doesn’t seem like that long. I guess time goes fast when you’re having fun.”

Lee: “So why Bonick Landscaping? What’s different about it?”

Brandy: “We’re constantly exploring ways to make things better. Even if what we are doing today is working fine, we want to find a way to do it better. It’s an innovative environment. I think most places feel if something is working, there’s no reason to change it. They aren’t asking if there is an even better way.”

Lee: “Last questions. What about family? What do you do for fun?”

Brandy: “I married my high school sweetheart, Jason, and we’ve been happily married for 19 years. We have a son in high school, a 5-month-old Boston terrier puppy named Oscar, and two sugar gliders, Beasley and Bratton (characters from The Office). For fun I like to do DIY projects, date nights with my husband, gardening, hiking, going to the gun range…I could go on and on!

This is the fourth post in a series spotlighting Dallas-based landscape design firm Bonick Landscaping’s most valuable asset – its employees.

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For over 30 years, Bonick Landscaping has served Dallas area clients with the highest standards looking for out-of-the-ordinary luxury landscape design and pools by offering the best in service, workmanship, and plantings. Services include hardscape and landscape design, pool designs, pool construction and installation, lawn care services and garden maintenance, pool maintenance, and more. For discerning clients in Dallas who want to express their own distinctive style through their landscaping, Bonick Landscaping can help you realize your dream. For more information, call us at 972-243-9673 or email us. Visit our website at www.bonicklandscaping.com.

Outdoor Fireplace and Fire Pit Designs

Summer is ending and fall will quickly be upon us, with its changing leaves and the perfect weather to take any event outside. Nothing makes the transition from daytime lounging by the pool to nighttime cocktails on the patio more seamless than the warmth and comfort of an outdoor fireplace or fire pit.

Night shot of pool in foreground, fire pit in background.

An outdoor fireplace or fire pit is one of the most popular design elements in outdoor spaces today, with seventy-eight percent of homeowners stating that they would like one in their home, according to the 2015 Residential Landscape Architecture Trends Survey. Warm and welcoming, an outdoor fireplace or fire pit brings a natural focal point to any outdoor space and creates the perfect intimate atmosphere for gathering and socializing. They can even make your outdoor area usable year-round, given the mild seasons we are fortunate enough to enjoy in Texas.

Between the development of newer, more efficient outdoor fireplace and fire pit options, and the endless opportunities for customization and design, there has never been a better time to invest in one for your home.

Contemporary outdoor fireplace with ribbon flame.

Fireboxes or Vent-free Fireplaces
Versatile and easy to use, fireboxes produce a hot flame, resulting in 80 to 95% efficiency. They also have an excellent safety record, particularly when installed outside. Vent-free fireplaces are the perfect option for those who a desire a high-design, more minimalist look, as they pare the fire down to the essence of the flame itself, meaning you can replace the more traditional base of logs with “firescapes” that include firebeads, crystals, or natural river pebbles, among other materials.

Ribbon Fireplaces
One of the newest and most visually dramatic styles of fireboxes are ribbon fireplaces, that create wide and shallow gas flames that look – quite literally – like ribbons of fire. Like other fireboxes, they are ventless and easy-to-use, with flames rising from rock, sand or glass instead of logs.

Aesthetically pleasing and virtually smoke-free, ribbon fireplaces are almost as much a piece of art as they are a source of warmth for you and your guests, and eliminate much of the work and hassle of their more traditional counterparts.

Natural stone outdoor fireplace

Fire Pits
Outdoor fire pit styles have also gone more contemporary, thanks to the same clean technology you see being used in outdoor gas and propane fireplaces. Natural stone continues to be a beautiful and extremely versatile option, with the ability to match most backyard landscapes and create an inviting space in any outdoor area.  However, metal, has also become an increasingly popular choice for a more contemporary look.

Regardless of what type of outdoor fireplace or fire pit appeals to you, designers at Bonick Landscaping will work with you in choosing one that reflects the architecture of your home and coordinates with any existing materials of your outdoor space.

The myriad of choices today can be overwhelming, but we are happy to walk you through the pros and cons of various systems and the many design options available to create the outdoor fireplace or fire pit that’s right for you. For more information, call us at 972-243-9673 or email us.

Outdoor pavilion with fireplace

For over 30 years, Bonick Landscaping has served Dallas area clients with the highest standards looking for out-of-the-ordinary luxury landscape design and pools by offering the best in service, workmanship, and plantings. Services include hardscape and landscape design, pool designs, pool construction and installation, lawn care services and garden maintenance, pool maintenance, and more. For discerning clients in Dallas who want to express their own distinctive style through their landscaping, Bonick Landscaping can help you realize your dream. Visit our website at www.bonicklandscaping.com.

Outdoor Rugs in Your Landscape Design

Our landscape designs include outdoor rugs, furniture, lighting, planters, and other décor. When clients come to us, they usually think landscape design entails planting, pools, paving, and hardscapes such as fountains, fire pits, and outdoor fireplaces, etc. What they often don’t realize is that when we envision your outdoor space, whatever that outdoor space is, we envision it in its entirety, which also includes outdoor furniture, outdoor rugs, lighting, planters, and other décor. Working with us on your outdoor design project beginning to end ensures a cohesive vision that further enhances the overall design and character of your space. Furnishings are fundamental to many outdoor spaces, and while your yard may not require a completely new landscape, we can also work with you in updating your space by restyling it to improve what exists.

An important feature in creating outdoor rooms are outdoor rugs that both define spaces and pull all the elements together. There are many good quality outdoor rug lines out there, but the one that stands out as head-and-shoulders above the rest is Perennials Performance rugs. These rugs match our design sensibilities, our client’s desire for customization, and our exacting standards for quality workmanship that lasts.

Outdoor Rugs that are Durable
The collection of rugs from Perennials are luxurious, high performance rugs appropriate for both indoors and out. Handmade by skilled artisans using 100% solution-dyed acrylic, rugs are offered in a flatweave or high-density Tibetan knot styles with the look and feel of an interior wool rug. They are and are both UV-resistant and mildew-resistant to withstand outdoor elements, guaranteeing that for years to come, your rug will stay as vibrant as the day it arrived.

Perennials Performance striped, flatweave rug.Outdoor Rugs that are Easy Care
Best of all, unlike many rugs that are easily ruined with accidents that result in stains, Perennials Performance rugs are easy care. Red wine and other beverage and food spills are easily cleaned with soap or mild detergent and water. Amazingly, tougher stains can even be cleaned using bleach without damaging the rug.

Outdoor Rugs that are Customizable
All rug designs can be customized using their palette of 150 colors. Although the rugs featured here are all fairly neutral, you can go as bold as you like. This is where you will value the expertise of your landscape designer in helping you to choose a design and custom color way to enhance your outdoor space. These rugs can also be customized to any size and shape to accommodate any space. Perennials also offers rug pads that like their rugs are UV-resistant and mildew-resistant and will be cut to perfectly fit your finished rug size.

You have 150 color choices with Perennial Performance outdoor rugs.To ensure that your investment in our landscape design service is fully realized and endures, we encourage you to take advantage of our additional design services for furniture, outdoor rugs, planters and other décor. As a final step, protect your investment by allowing our award-winning company to maintain your newly designed landscape and/or pool or water feature.  For more information, call us at 972-243-9673 or email us.

For over 30 years, Bonick Landscaping has served Dallas area clients with the highest standards looking for out-of-the-ordinary luxury landscape design and pools by offering the best in service, workmanship, and plantings. Services include hardscape and landscape design, pool designs, pool construction and installation, lawn care services and garden maintenance, pool maintenance, and more. For discerning clients in Dallas who want to express their own distinctive style through their landscaping, Bonick Landscaping can help you realize your dream. Visit our website at www.bonicklandscaping.com.

Bonick Landscaping Recognized for Best Pool Maintenance Services in Dallas

Graphic says "We won! Best of Big D 2016"Once again, Bonick Landscaping is proud to be recognized in the Best of Big D annual competition sponsored by D Magazine. This year, Bonick Landscaping has been recognized for Best Pool Maintenance Services in Dallas.

“We have been recognized by D Magazine and its readers many times over the years but I am particularly gratified to be recognized both this year for our pool maintenance services and last year for our lawn care services,” said Glenn Bonick, president and founder. “We are well known and recognized for our design and build capabilities in landscaping but in the past people have been less aware of our excellence in delivering ongoing pool maintenance and lawn care services.”

Pool maintenance technician cleaning a pool.

Pool service technician, Dustin, on the job.

Bonick attributes their superior services not just to the processes they follow, but more importantly, to the knowledgeable and conscientious employees that deliver their services. Many swimming pool maintenance companies have high turnover rates. Additionally, many pool companies hire inexperienced employees and provide minimal training. The strong corporate culture that emphasizes family and teamwork creates an environment that attracts and keeps better employees. According to Bonick, “Everybody that works with us has a passion for creating and nurturing the environment. Being empowered and supported leads to quality work and greatness. Our team members strive for the highest quality in everything they do and it shows.”

There is more to proper pool maintenance than most people realize. The best pool maintenance extends the life of your pool and keeps repair costs down. Pool maintenance technicians are chemists, engineers, plumbers and more, especially when repairs are necessary. Pool service professionals know how to keep your pool and pool components in good working order and can handle surface problems, filter equipment, and heater problems more effectively (and faster) than most homeowners.

For the best pool maintenance services in Dallas, contact Bonick landscaping at 972-243-9673 or email us.

For over 30 years, Bonick Landscaping has served Dallas area clients with the highest standards looking for out-of-the-ordinary luxury landscape design and pools by offering the best in service, workmanship, and plantings. Services include hardscape and landscape design, pool designs, pool construction and installation, estate management, lawn care services and garden maintenance, pool maintenance, and more. For discerning clients in Dallas who want to express their own distinctive style through their landscaping, Bonick Landscaping can help you realize your dream. Visit our website at www.bonicklandscaping.com.

New Looks in Natural Stone Landscape Design

Contemporary pool with decorative limestone wall and led lighting.

Bonick Landscaping design featuring Leuders limestone wall.

Defining the character of your landscape design is not only achieved by the design itself; equally important are the materials and textures chosen. One of the many benefits of working with a landscape design professional is their knowledge of, and access to materials that reach beyond run-of-the-mill to create a truly custom and beautiful outdoor environment for your home.

In hardscape design, natural stone continues to be the most desired material and offers a wide array of options in colors, textures, patterns, and beauty that simply can’t be achieved with other materials. New choices are changing the way we can dress up walls, paving, and other hardscape features.  Below are few of the more popular stone choices, along with some of the newer textures available today.

LIMESTONE continues to be a popular choice for landscape design projects of all kinds. It is a durable, sedimentary rock that has been a popular building material for centuries (the Empire State Building in New York is made of limestone). It’s quarried all over the world and comes in various grades of durability and many colors from white to black and even red. Light-colored limestone deflects heat and stays cool, making it a good choice for patios and pool decking. But limestone is also a good choice for walls, footpaths, fireplaces and fire pits, fountains, stairs, columns, and other hardscape features.

New On Our Design Boards: Limestone with interesting textures are trending, like black honed limestone. A honed finish is created the same way a polished finish is except a coarser grade of grit is used. The finish is like a smooth, matte finish; the opposite of a polished finish. Honed finishes are popular choices indoors and out for flooring, mantels, hearths, and vertical surfaces. Another great look is grey adze limestone. The adze finish is named for a stone-age cutting tool shaped somewhat like an axe. It is a beautiful, no-slip, highly-textured finish that adds interest and takes pavers, stair blocks, coping, columns, fireplace surrounds and other outdoor hardscape features to the next level. Also shown here is black corduroy limestone. The corduroy finish is belt sawn to produce a smooth surface with slight grooves that provides a rich texture and feel for architectural elements and paving projects. Limestone is always a popular choice with our clients, especially Leuders limestone, which is known for its color range, distinctiveness, and durability.

Collage of natural stone hardscaping materials including limestone, granite and basalt.GRANITE is an igneous rock that has been quarried since ancient times and comes in a wide range of colors and is available in large hunks. It has long been valued in building for its beauty, strength, superior weathering durability, and abrasion-resistance. Granite has innumerable landscape design applications including stair treads, pavers, flagstone, fountains, outdoor countertops, gravel, and more.

New On Our Design Boards: Popular for many years for commercial use, granite with a lychee finish is finding its way into more residential designs. Both black and white lychee granite are pictured here. White lychee granite, in particular, is widely used in hotels, restaurants, public buildings but seems fresh and new in outdoor home settings. The lychee finish gets its name from the lychee fruit skin, which it resembles. Lychee is an even, non-directional, hammered finish that brings a depth and richness to granite and other natural stones. Honed and sandblasted granite are popular choices with clients.

Black basalt bench and small lily-filled water feature.

Black basalt bench. Property shown a collaboration between Hocker Design Group and Bonick Landscaping.

BASALT is a dark, fine-grained volcanic rock that is one of the densest stones on earth. Like limestone and granite, it has been used in building for centuries. (Basalt was used in stadium seating and as street pavers during Roman Empire.) Basalt is valued for its hardness, uniformity of color, and endless finish possibilities. It is suitable for exterior applications where freeze-thaw cycles are a concern and is a unique alternative to everyday paving materials and a good choice for landscape design features such as patios, garden terraces, pathways, walls, fire and water features, etc.

New On Our Design Boards: Textured basalt, like the black flamed basalt pictured top, right. The flamed finish is achieved using an extremely hot flame (thus, the name) that removes the outermost grains and results in a rough, textured surface that resembles naturally weathered stone. It creates a non-slip finish that is a good choice for pavers and flagstones.

These are just a few of the many choices that are out there today that our designers at Bonick Landscaping are excited about for their projects.

For over 30 years, Bonick Landscaping has served Dallas area clients with the highest standards looking for out-of-the-ordinary luxury landscape design and pools by offering the best in service, workmanship, and plantings. Services include hardscape and landscape design, pool designs, pool construction and installation, lawn care services and garden maintenance, pool maintenance, and more. For discerning clients in Dallas who want to express their own distinctive style through their landscaping, Bonick Landscaping can help you realize your dream. Call us at 972-243-9673 or visit our website at www.bonicklandscaping.com.