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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The Challenge of Achieving the Perfect Landscape in Multifamily

Well before weeds first germinate, the battle for control of turfs across multifamily communities begins. It used to be that a couple of good shots of weed killer earned the upper hand pretty quickly for maintaining an immaculate landscape in multifamily. That’s changed now. The cost and ability to establish and uphold the perfect turf[]

How to Create Rustic Community Areas with an Old-School Amenity

How to Create Rustic Community Areas with an Old-School Amenity

The months leading up to spring and summer when the landscape hibernates afford time to employ an old-school amenity with rustic elegance that promotes outdoor gatherings around the fire pit, pool or grill area. Pergolas, also known as arbors, are time-tested wooden open-air structures that offer apartment residents a comfortable, outdoorsy place to congregate nearly[]

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How to Control Mosquitos Hanging Around Your Apartment Community

Labor Day may signal the unofficial last day of summer, the final big opportunity for outdoor gatherings, but as cooler weather approaches the desire of your residents to chill on patios, decks and outside common areas doesn’t fade. If anything, more people will frequent conversational areas like fire pits and around the grill. The sad fact[]

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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[]

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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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