Chris Lee

President, Earthworks

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Chris Lee is President of Dallas, Texas-based Earthworks, which specializes in multifamily housing landscaping. He is a contributing author to Landscape Management magazine, licensed irrigation specialist and a Toro Intellisense certified technician. Chris studied business at the University of Arkansas from 1990-94 and horticulture and landscape design at Tarrant County College from 1999-01. He has been employed at Earthworks since 1998.

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Best Practices for Apartment Landscaping Maintenance in Winter

Do not slack on apartment landscaping maintenance during winter months The winter months do not obviate the need for apartment landscaping maintenance. Giving lawns, plants, trees and shrubs the attention during this time ensures that the apartment grounds transform into lush and colorful landscapes when spring arrives to enhance curb appeal. The arrival of La Niña,[]

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Enhancing Curb Appeal with Landscape Design Software

Virtual apartment tours enable marketing teams to lure prospects into units with accurate renderings of what life can be like in a community, just one example of how technology has shaped multifamily housing. That same technology is helping create a similar look and feel of the property’s landscape, long before the first shovel of dirt[]

 

How to Minimize the Negative Impact of Heavy Rains on Apartment Landscapes

With the recent abundance of moisture in the Southwest, the prospects for great summer curb appeal appear good for apartments. Frequent and heavy rains have resurrected water-starved landscapes into lush, green utopias that are eye-catching and keeping lawn and maintenance staffs busy. The good news is that well-maintained grass, bushes, shrubs, and trees are now[]

How Nice Landscapes offer Value to Residents
 

How Nice Landscapes Offer Value to Residents

The U.S. wants good-looking landscapes that don’t tax the environment. So say respondents in a couple of polls conducted for professionals who create and maintain residential and commercial landscapes. Sustainable design literally got the green thumb in a recent American Society of Landscape Architects (ASLA) survey of landscape architects, who were asked to rate the[]

Multifamily Summer Landscapes
 

4 Ways to Get the Most out of Colorful Summer Landscapes

While peak leasing season is upon us, summer is a time when apartment landscapes have their greatest opportunity to flourish and put on a colorful show for residents and prospects. Plant and flower variety is plentiful and thrives best during the summer months, providing the opportunity for turning beds and entrances into palatial-like gardens. It’s[]

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How Property Managers can Battle Weeds in Apartment Landscapes

The wetter-than-normal fall and winter in some parts of the country has been quite a relief for landscapes starved by drought in recent years. But there will be a price to pay this year, say landscape professionals and agronomists. In a recent post on the Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service website, agronomist Dr. Jourdan Bell[]

 

5 Steps to Transforming Out-of-Date Landscapes into Utopias

An out-of-date landscape may send a message that you’re in the land of the lost. A landscape installed 20 or 30 years ago usually shows its age – certain types of plants and rock date a property. For residents and prospects, living in surroundings that don’t appear to be current can be difficult. Yet curb appeal[]

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4 Tips for Conserving Water with Drip Irrigation

For the past few years, drip irrigation systems for residential and commercial uses have been an effective way to not only conserve water but give landscapes the deep watering they need to flourish in any climate. They have become increasingly popular on the apartment landscape – whether by requirement or voluntary implementation – and are[]

Tree Health
 

The Root of the Problem: Paying Attention to Tree Health

Research shows that the presence of trees in a community encourages people to be more physically active, and, in general, affects their attitudes and behaviors. In addition, leafy and healthy trees can make a big contribution to the well-being of an apartment community, providing a great aesthetic value for residents. The big, tall oak may[]

 

Wide Open Spaces: Outdoor Apartment Landscape Ideas

Apartment landscapes aren’t just for pansies anymore. Pretty flowers, shrubs and hedges are getting a lot of competition as community landscapes are muscling up to accommodate a sense of gamesmanship, competition and personal fitness. Recent installations of outdoor lawn chess, disc golf, sand volleyball and interactive fitness trails are becoming more fashionable to engage apartment[]

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