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Ideas from Ideal
by Rick Dassow, Owner
Ideal Property Management

It's All in the Details

As a Milwaukee-area landscape contractor for nearly 25 years, Ideal has served a wide range of clients in many neighborhoods -- particularly in Milwaukee's Northshore. Large estates, business properties and single- and multi-family homes all are in our portfolio.

It's interesting how each property has its own personality and each project its own set of challenges. That's why it's always rewarding to learn just what a home- or business-owner has in mind and then to "deliver" exactly that.

In Spring, for example, I was contacted by a client with a beautiful new Lake Drive home atop the bluff of Lake Michigan. Like many lakeside property owners, he faced potential bluff erosion problems, yet wanted lake access.

My assignment, was to build a walkway from the top of the bluff to lake level without compromising the bluff itself. The biggest challenge was a sharp drop of about 100 feet, so I knew we would have to take great care in implementing proper landscaping techniques.

Working together with the client, we first identified current and potential erosion problems; then thoughtfully fine-tuned our objectives (to gain beach access, make a lovely walkway and introduce erosion control measures in the process); then we agreed on a number of creative engineering solutions.

Ultimately, we decided on utilizing a step-height of 6" and a combination of graded walkways to make the climb uniform and aesthetically pleasing. Then we drew up an installation plan which included:
  • putting the plan to paper (with geographical grade lines)
  • clearing the bluff
  • grading
  • stabilizing the soil
  • adding washed stone
  • anchoring the walkway framework
  • completing the walkway (made of 40-year treated timbers)
  • adding aesthetic landscape features such as shrubs, plants and rest areas

This challenging bluff walkway portion of the project is now complete, and the final landscape touches will be added over the next few weeks. Typically, phased in projects like these are completed in steps (as shown above) over a period of months. This one was no exception and the project, which began in June, is scheduled for completion by October 15th.

We invite you to visit our website to track our progress from start to finish once the project is completed. We will be posting "before" and "after" photos for comparison

At Ideal Property Management, we pride ourselves on our "passion for detail" in all of our projects -- everything from sod restoration to drainage solutions to total landscaping. The bluff walkway project is a fine example of just how much that passion can help achieve the best possible landscape solutions and results. Feel free to call me regarding your landscaping challenges and how we might bring that "passion for detail" to YOU. Call (262) 246-8512 today.
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SAMPLING OF SERVICES

French Drains


Bluff Walkways


Erosion Control


Any time is a good time to think about your landscape.

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Dollar for dollar, few services will help increase a home's value more than professional landscaping. And you can count on Ideal Property Management to help you keep your lawn and landscape looking the best that it can be. Ideal has been serving clients in Milwaukee's Northshore for nearly 25 years.


Ideal
Property Management
W264 N6615 Hillview Drive
Sussex, WI 53089
(262) 246-8512

"Landscape professionals with a passion for detail."