How do you live in your outdoor space? Do kids play in the yard? Do you like to gather with friends? Are you a gardener? How will all of this change over time? Diana Grundeen of Trio Landscaping asks a lot of questions the first time she meets a potential client. She’s gathering the information she needs to create spaces that allow people to live their best outdoor lives at home — now and into the future.
Grundeen has 25 years of experience in the industry, including 12 years running Trio, her own landscape design business based in Minneapolis. Grundeen pictures yards as outdoor rooms, with different areas for different purposes, that bring people into the natural world. For her, yards should keep up with the changing needs of the people who use that space. Today you may want a sizable turf lawn where the kids can play. But kids grow up. Will you need that space when they do?
Grundeen speaks from experience. Her front yard was once mostly conventional turf lawn. Her sons used to play there when they were younger. In 2019, she decided to replace the turf with a rain garden and a patch of pollinator-friendly lawn, today a beautiful clover patch. There was some familial pushback. Her sons said they needed a place to play catch. So she asked when was the last time they played catch out there. They couldn’t remember. In the end, they helped tear out the lawn.