Photos: Courtesy of Harold Leidner Landscape Architects

We’re big fans of artificial turf here at CandysDirt.com, as it’s a water-wise way to have a lawn without all of the seasonal maintenance of turfgrass. However, some homeowners associations have outlawed artificial turf despite its many benefits. One reader writes:

I am an interior designer who worked on a residential project for about three years, and was involved in every aspect of the the design of the home. The home is in a gated community called [redacted]. We submitted the plans to the architectural committee through the builder when we began the project and they were approved. Nowhere in the CCRs did it say that we had to submit further landscape plans for approval. When we got to the landscape design, we wanted a minimal look to coordinate with the home. We are empty nesters and wanted as little maintenance as possible. As a result, we decided to go with a combination of artificial grass, charcoal gravel, and minimal natural plants in both the front and back landscaping. The artificial grass is of a high-end quality that makes it very hard to tell if it is natural or artificial. 

Needless to say, our HOA sent us a denial notification giving us no reason. There is nothing in the CCRs that says you cannot have artificial grass. We’ve hired a lawyer to handle this and have had no success. We even offered to remove the artificial grass on  just the narrow crescent that aligns the sidewalk and they would not accept that. 

We would greatly appreciate any advice you have on this subject. With the new technology in artificial grass, there is no question that it is the way to go! With Texas heat and watering restrictions, this is a wonderful option. I really want to be the person that gets the board members, who are not keeping up with the times, to make a change! 

We asked our most-trusted landscaping expert, Harold Leidner of Harold Leidner Landscape Architects, to weigh in on this obviously contentious issue:
 

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It feels like fall! We’re so excited to have a reason to drink pumpkin spice-flavored anything, to put on a sweater, and decorate our homes for the season. Of course, while everyone loves decorative gourd season, I feel like it’s tough to strike just the right balance between pumpkins and seasonal foliage without going overboard. 

Lucky us, Harold Leidner of his eponymous landscape firm offers some great tips on how to celebrate fall with your own display of decorative pumpkins and gourds.

“Who doesn’t like a spectacular fall display?” Leidner asked. “We’ve heard through the grapevine that, between commentating and running the Corona hotline, Tony Romo takes his kids by one of our houses every year, just to see the pumpkins!”

Want something dramatic without the work? Contact Harold Leidner Landscape Architects for your custom fall display!

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This modern pool by Harold Leidner Landscape Architects incorporates some of the latest and greatest design trends.

With this heat, are you dreaming of adding a cool oasis in your backyard like we are? If you don’t already have a pool, North Texas summers will surely have you wishing that you did, and if you’re wishing for a pool, why not wish for a top-of-the-line design?

That’s what Harold Leidner offers his clients. We asked the founder of his eponymous landscape design and maintenance firm about the latest in pool design and construction. Read on for his answers and you’ll be dreaming of your summer respite in living color!

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This is the time for outdoor living

4225 Ranier Court has and outdoor oasis (photos: Tourmax)

It’s March and that means we get to enjoy outdoor living! Hopefully no more soggy afternoons or need for winter coats.  These next few months are what make North Texas a fantastic place to live. Trees start turning green.  Grass and weeds start growing.  Swimming pools get warmer and you can almost smell the burgers and brats sizzling on the grill.

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Tasteful Christmas lights are easy to accomplish when you hire the experts at Harold Leidner Landscape Architects. (Photos: Harold Leidner)

Though our winter weather in Dallas and Fort Worth is often mild, that doesn’t mean your landscape is out of the woods. And who doesn’t like to have their halls decked by someone else? Today we’re tackling some winter landscaping questions and myths with the one and only Harold Leidner. Find out how you and your yard can have a happy holidays this season, all without lifting a finger:

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Protect your plants with the coming cold snaps with these tips from the Dallas Arboretum.

From the Dallas Arboretum

With freezing weather approaching, it is important to take precautions to ensure your plants are protected from extreme weather conditions.  Following a few simple steps prescribed by Dave Forehand, Dallas Arboretum vice president of gardens, will enable your plants to survive the sometimes-harsh North Texas cold spells. 

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ultra modern

We’ve been playing a rousing game of “Is This an Ultra-Modern House or a Correctional Facility” over here today, if you’d like to join in.

But spoiler alert, it is indeed a home — an ultra-modern that could use a landscaping budget. We have all the details (including a link to landscaping suggestions) over on MidlandDirt.com.  You’re going to want to check it out, because this bad boy also has a separate, self-contained guest quarters that would be a great spot for grandparents or even a live-in nanny.

6231 Berryhill ATwo words seem to be on the lips of almost all prospective homebuyers as they browse from listing to listing, no matter the price range: open floorplan.

Chopped up rooms and awkward spaces get a big thumbs down in today’s market. Those considering a renovation with a future sale in mind are wise to put their dollars into interior spaces that are light, bright, and flow easily from one area to the next.

Today’s Thursday Three Hundred offers just that. The 1959 ranchette at 6231 Berryhill St., near Abrams Road and E. Northwest Highway, is 1,596 square feet of open sight lines and airy rooms. Located in East Dallas’ fast-appreciating Merriman Park neighborhood, this 3-2 was recently remodeled to created that coveted open floorplan for buyers.

This house was listed Nov. 2 by Chuck Briant with Real Estate Marketing Association for $335,000, or $210 per square foot. Looking at nine neighborhood comps, this house is tied with the highest price-per-square-foot, which range from $153 to $209 (average: $180; median: $183). The renovations play a big part in that asking price: it’s a turn-key property with a cohesive, elegant look and feel.

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