Landscaping Company in Traverse City 

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Peninsula Pavers
6772 East Traverse Highway
Traverse City, Michigan   49684
(231) 421-8480


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About Penisula Pavers Landscapers

block walkway around houseAt Peninsula Pavers, Inc. one of our main goals is perfection. We strive for it everyday on your projects, large or small. We take into account your visions of the design along with our ideas and come up with something that you the customer, and us at Peninsula Pavers, will love & take pride in. We build trust and friendships with every project we complete. Peninsula Pavers, Inc. hires only the best local and set our standards to exceed industry expectations.  

There is no better feeling leaving a job knowing that the customer is 100% satisfied with what was created for them. This is a small part of what you can expect when you deal with Peninsula Pavers, Inc.


"We here at The Concrete Service Inc. recommend Len “The Paver Guy” without hesitation. Peninsula Pavers is dedicated to quality and attention to detail. No matter how big or small the job, Len and his crew will always go beyond the call of duty."

-The Concrete Service Inc.

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Landscaping Design

The canvas that yard designers work on is considerably different from other art forms. The “art” is constantly evolving as people use the space, environmental conditions change, and as plants grow. It is due to this reason that the design process systematically considers all the aspects of the environment, the land, the growing plants and user needs to ensure an ecologically healthy, functional, and aesthetically pleasing design.

If you have just moved into a new property or would merely like to give your backyard a makeover,  designing is guaranteed to be a lot of fun. However, it can be hard to know exactly where to start. You need to be aware of the essential aspects to take into consideration and incorporate into your outdoor living space design. If you would like your backyard to appear professionally groomed, it is essential to consider the top 3 elements that all professionals use:

  • Color
  • Line
  • Form

If you can get this right, you will have an impressive backyard.

1. Color

Color is arguably the most used element and plays the most critical role in your backyard aesthetic. It can affect your mood, create optical illusions with space, and even add dimension to your backyard.

Flower and foliage color both help create moods. Color is used for visual interest in the design. Colors should be weaved intricately throughout, and its presence should be extended across the seasons at different levels.

The colors in the décor and plants in your design should complement the color scheme of your home, but you should be careful not to neglect your preferences and taste.

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Here are the commonly used colors:

  • Warm Colors

Warm colors include yellows, oranges, and reds, not just because they are reminiscent of the summer sun, but rather because they evoke excitement and passion. Warm colors make objects appear closer than they are, which makes warm colored plants great visual points of interest.

Warm colors are very bright, so you should arrange your blooms carefully. You should use softer shades to lead you to the boldest hues. Start your shrub and flower cluster with pale yellow blossoms then move up to the bright reds and oranges little by little.

  • Cool Colors

Cool colors include greens, violets, and blues, which are natural relaxants and ideal for meditation gardens. Cool colored décor and plants appear to move away from you and recede into the background. The effect makes objects seem to be further away from you, which makes them suitable for smaller backyards.

2. Lines

You would not think that lines are essential in the process, but are very important when it comes to influencing how you experience your garden. Lines, such as those used for paths and gardens help in drawing attention to the focal points and help with the continuity of the terrain. Lines can have one or more characteristics, such as the ones described here, but generally, serve different purposes.

  • Properties of Lines

The properties of lines in design determine how people respond both physically and emotionally.

  • Straight Lines

Straight lines are forceful and structural, are usually associated with symmetrical design, create a formal character, and lead the eye to the focal point directly. Straight lines are commonly found in hardscape material and edges. Diagonal lines are straight lines with an intentional direction.

  • Curved Lines

Curved lines create a relaxed, natural, and informal character associated more with asymmetrical balance and nature. Curved lines typically move the eye at a slow pace and develop hidden views to add mystery to space.

  • Horizontal Lines

Horizontal lines can make space feel larger by moving the eye along the ground plane. Low lines create a feeling of repose or rest and tend to be more subdued. Horizontal lines can either divide a space spatially or tie an area together. Low lines are usually created by short hedges, walkways, and low garden walls.

  • Vertical Lines

Vertical lines help make space feel larger by moving the eye up. Upward lines have a feeling of movement or activity and emphasize various features. When designing the perfect yard, vertical lines include tall and narrow plant materials such as trees or tall structures such as a birdhouse or an arbor on a pole.

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3. Form

Form refers to the shape of objects in a garden from the widespread ground cover to the tall trees and pergola. The form is usually the dominant visual element in the design that organizes the elements spatially and often determines the garden’s style.

The form of garden ornaments, plant beds, and structures also determines the garden’s overall form theme. By carefully selecting the different forms for your project you will be able to create natural patterns that contribute to the overall feel and look of your garden.

People are often able to perceive form even when just a part of it is visible. The suggestion of form coupled with familiarity is enough for the eye to fill in the rest. The repetition of form is critical to the creation of pattern, which is the primary organizational structure of the outdoor spaces.

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Forms usually come in 4 different varieties:

  • Rounded

Plants, and especially shrubs are rounded. They are great for creating multiple plant groupings and are easy to look at.

  • Spreading and Horizontal

Spreading and horizontal forms such as hedges placed close together are quite popular since they draw the eye to the horizon.

  • Weeping

Weeping forms help lead the eye to the ground. However, their soft lines and unique shape can make an excellent focal point in your backyard.

  • Pyramidal

Pyramidal forms such as trees lead the eye upward, so it is best to use them when grouped with more ground-level plants.

  • The Bottom Line

Understanding the three elements is critical to laying a foundation for good yard design and ensuring that you will love your landscaping for many years to come. If you would like assistance with regards to planning and implementing these elements, call us today!

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About Traverse City

The Cherry Capital of the World, Traverse City, Michigan is located along the shores of Lake Michigan and Grand Traverse Bay. It is a fantastic place to visit any time of year. It is full of culture, art, music, scenic views, beautiful beaches, and great food.

Settled in the mid-1800s, the area grew mainly due to the rail service that was put in by the Grand Rapids and Indiana Railroad in 1872. It is now a thriving city located near beaches and gorgeous terrain that make it an ideal weekend getaway.

Outside the city limits is Traverse City State Park which features a beautiful combination of trails and beaches. Sleeping Bear Dunes has been part of the national park system since 1970 and was recently named the most beautiful place in America by Good Morning America. It features clear-blue freshwater beaches, forests, sweeping trails with trees that go on forever. The dunes, shipwrecks, and islands only make it more enchanting. It is worth camping here when the weather is right.

Traverse City is also the Midwest’s very own Wine Country, laying along the 45th parallel the way Burgundy and Bordeaux France do. The wines and wineries here make for the best excuse to get out of the city for a weekend and tour Old Mission and Leelanau Peninsula wineries.

Some of the historic spots include Mission Point Lighthouse which is now a great place to start a long, leisurely beach walk where you can bird watch and catch a spectacular sunset. The Village at Grand Traverse Commons is a combination of restaurants, shops, and housing. Formerly an asylum in the 1880s. It closed 100 years later. Instead of being torn down it was transformed into a place to tour on foot to discover more about the history of this fascinating city.

Why Traverse City?

Traverse City is a beautiful place with a lush natural terrain. This is the perfect place for us to express our artistic abilities. With so many beautiful homes in the tri-county area, we have a nearly unlimited potential to create lush beautiful terrain and environments that people can enjoy for generations to come. This is our business, but it was our passion first and Traverse City is an elegantly profound part of the world that suits our style. 

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Peninsula Pavers

Based in Traverse City, Michigan, Peninsula Pavers is a locally owned and operated business. 

If you are interested in learning more about our services and how we can bring your outdoor hardscape project to life, please contact us today!


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Peninsula Pavers
6772 East Traverse Highway
Traverse City, Michigan   49684

Phone: (231) 421-8480

Peninsula Pavers, Inc., Landscape Contractors, Traverse City, MI