Design Portfolio

Create an outdoor space the entire family can enjoy!

From the installation of paver patios, to waterfalls and retaining walls, LawnCare by Walter’s educated and knowledgeable landscape team will help turn your dream into a reality! We’ve proudly served customers in the Rockford area and surrounding communities since 1986 and use the very best products from local nurseries and businesses.

We offer free consultations and take the time to understand your own personal style. Our design team will carefully conduct a site analysis after the initial meeting, and will go on to create a hand drawn or computer software design of your landscape or hardscape project. To ensure your vision and needs are met, the design process could take anywhere from 1 to 4 weeks to complete.

Once plans are finalized, our highly trained landscaping crews will begin the installation process. Here at LawnCare by Walter, we stand behind our work and make sure you’re satisfied every step of the way!

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Outdoor Living Services

  • Landscape Design & Installation

  • Retaining Walls, Decorative Walls & Seat Walls

  • Gardens: Traditional, Butterfly, Cottage, Contemporary, Shade & Native

  • Tree Scaping, Shrub Integration & Pruning

  • Fountains & Water Features

  • Paver Walks, Patios & Driveways

  • Outdoor Fireplace, Fire Pits & Barbecue Grill Enclosures

  • Outdoor Annual Displays

  • Seasonal Planters


Our Design Portfolio

Let our Design Portfolio take your imagination to new places helping you create exciting ideas for your home or place of business. Our experienced and extremely talented team will transform your outdoor space in to a work of art while working within your budget.

At LawnCare by Walter, we pay close attention to detail and listen to your wants and needs, after all… your project is all about you! Take a deeper look in to our projects and testimonials and see what our customers are saying about our craftmanship!




Cozy Outdoor Fireplace

Hardscape Landscape

In this case, the homeowner knew exactly what he wanted. He already had a beautiful second story deck and lower level patio for entertaining, but he knew he needed something more. His family desired an addition that would bring them together and keep them warm. Due to the proximity to the home, our team could not install a fireplace to the existing patio. So, we got creative. Our designers created a more informal patio extension off of the lower patio. We then extended the existing retaining wall, appropriately graded the space, and finished it with a beautiful custom wood burning fireplace. The fireplace was constructed using Unilock's Brussels Universal wall block, and the patio's casual look was accomplished by using natural flagstone. To finish the project, we updated and extended the plantings around the patio to create a natural privacy screen, providing a cozier feel.




Driveway Makeover

Landscape

The end goal on this specific project was to spruce up an existing driveway. Our customer really wanted to do something unique that would make a statement but wouldn't overpower the surrounding landscape. The plantings in front of the house were also designed to facilitate the owner's need of being low maintenance while fulfilling the attributes of multi-seasonal color and texture. Our Designer included natural Fon du Lac Outcropping stones and decorative tan and brown Meramac gravel by the culvert to soften the overall driveway appearance. Double processed dark brown hardwood mulch was added to enhance the color of both plant material and natural stone really making this overall look pop with color!




Contemporary Backyard Retreat

Hardscape

It was out with the old and in with the new for this homeowner. The homeowners wanted an open space that would flow nicely, providing multiple areas for entertaining. They desired a backyard retreat that was spacious enough for a comfortable, yet cozy setting. The brick work was completed using Belgard products. The patio includes Lafitt Danville Beige pavers, with an Ashbury Haze soldier course. The seat walls, pillars, and fire pit were created using the Weston 3 piece retaining wall blocks in Danville Beige with an Ashbury Haze accent. The pergola added the rustic feel, with the help of dark brown cedar timbers. No paver fortress like this would be complete without lighting to add the perfect ambiance once the sun sets. Integral lights were installed throughout the seat walls and step leading up to the house to illuminate the space at night.

Testimonial

 Logan was awesome to work with. He had great ideas for our patio and we love our new patio. Logan's team was prompt, very hard working, and did a great job for us! 

-Mr. & Mrs. Corirossi




Minimalist Patio

Hardscape

Outdoor entertaining doesn't always mean fancy firepits and endless seat walls. This newly constructed patio is simple but makes a statement in the back yard. The seat walls were strategically placed towards the end of the patio to visually create a more open and spacial area. The pillars blending in to the wall gave this patio the perfect kind of accent for a more flattering look. Belgard Weston Universal wall stone in Cotswold Mist color and a natural limestone cap for the pillars compliments the the style of the existing house. The Belgard Holland stone pavers in Cotswold Mist also do well to match the walls and Belgard Granika Step.




Simplistic Yet Sophisticated Berm

Landscape

The existing berm for this homeowner was in need of a clean and updated look. Our Landscape Designer wanted to soften the shape of the landscaped bed by choosing natural Fon du Lac outcropping stone to compliment the dense yet airy Evergreens and plantings the homeowner originally chose. Installing a complimentary color of mulch, like the dark brown featured in this photo, really intensifies the bright crisp green of the plants and trees.

Testimonial

 Excellent job! We are very happy with the way it turned out. Even though changes were made by us to the selection of plants, the job was completed on the original schedule.

-Mr. & Mrs. Faleskin

 




Small Town Retreat

Hardscape Landscape

When the owner of this home contacted us, she was ready to have a space for entertaining and enjoying the outdoors. We did work at the home previously, but the sloping yard and mundane landscape weren't exactly meeting expectations. So, our designers created a layout that would provide not only functionality, but also dimension to the surrounding landscape. We installed a raised patio with seat wall, a ramped entrance for ease of travel, and a variety of landscape plantings to soften and beautify the space. The use of Unilock's Estate wall stone, Sierra colored Stonehenge pavers, along with Courtstone banding provided the modern, yet charming appeal to the older farm house.




Renovated Relaxation Garden

Landscape

This previously overgrown garden was in desperate need of makeover. Our customer was looking to transform his existing garden to something more manageable and contemporary in style. The existing patio and large open windows faced the garden so creating a beautiful focal point was key. One of our talented Landscape Designers used the existing planter beds and Japanese maple to integrate with the different newly installed plant textures and colors. The bubbling water feature was used as a simple design but strong in nature while using carefully placed Unilock Rivenstone stepping stones in the color Canyon. The relaxing sound of bubbling water echoes throughout the backyard enticing one to kick back and unwind.




Country Club Upgrade

Hardscape

Sometimes we come across a customer who already has the idea and design in hand and is looking for a reputable company to perform the work. Lucky for us, this country club entrusted LawnCare by Walter to bring their drawing and idea to life! The product used for this beautiful seat wall was Unilock Olde Quarry wall stone in the color of Coffee Creek. Unilock Brussels Full Nose cap in Coffee Creek color was used for a more defined and finished appearance. The wall defining pillars were constructed using the same Olde Quarry wall stone with a Grey Unilock Ledgestone cap.




Asian Contemporary Oasis

Hardscape Landscape

This project was uniquely designed to reflect the cultural background of our customer. Two of our talented Project Managers/Landscape Designers worked together to create a peaceful retreat of relaxation while incorporating the Asian elements of earth, water, stone, wood and a contrast of textures. The cedar trellises were custom designed and made by our team of skilled employees and the solid granite pagoda nestled between the red maple and lush evergreens was custom lit by our Project Manager for a lasting touch of artistry. In the back yard we used Belard Wellington wall in an Ashbury Haze color with a matching cap for the tapering retaining wall. The steps are Belgard Granika in Danville Beige and the patio pavers are Belgard Lafitt in the Ashbury Haze color with a Belgard Danville Beige accent band. The cozy firepit was created using the same stone as the retaining wall. The sidewalk and stoop to the front entrance of the house reflects the same beautiful wall and pavers that were used in the back yard.




A Neighborly Nook

Hardscape Landscape

Relaxing doesn't always have to take place in the back yard. This existing ordinary looking concrete pad was renovated to incorporate more of a relaxed atmosphere so the home owner could peacefully sit out in front of his house. The crescent shape of the Ashbury Haze Belgard Holland Stone paver patio and new plantings really opened up the space nicely and gave it more of an inviting look and feeling.

Testimonial

Logan and all the workers were great to work with; a beautiful job done! -Mr. and Mrs. Owen



The Family Hot Spot

Hardscape

One of the more popular style of projects that are requested from our customers are entertainment related. There is nothing we love more than to hear that there is a need to create more space to share with loved ones, so this space was indeed created for that purpose. The existing deck was to remain but an expanded area using Belgard Holland Pavers in an attractive Ashbury Haze color and 3 piece Belgard Weston Stone fireplace kit was installed to fulfill the homeowner's needs. This budget friendly patio and warm fireplace was exactly what was originally envisioned!

Testimonial

We received excellent service and quality workmanship in a timely manner from your polite, courteous, and hardworking staff, and greatly improved the appearance of our property. Thank you for everything! The supervisor Logan and his crew, were completely professional at all times and excellent representatives of LCbW.

-Mr. & Mrs. Pederson



Remaster a Disaster

Hardscape Landscape

When our designer first met with this homeowner, she was only interested in updating the landscaping around her home. While performing the walkthrough on the property, the two came upon the crumbling concrete stoop. The owner expressed her disappointment, as this was the third time she had replaced the stoop and it still wasn't holding up. Our designer took to the drawing board, and suggested a custom-built retaining wall and paver stoop. Not only would the new design provide more durability, it would also transform this mediocre entrance into a warm and inviting first impression. The owner was sold! Our designer created a safe and open stoop using Belgard's Weston stone wall block and Ashbury Haze, Hollandstone pavers. The new plantings created a more contemporary feel along the home's foundation, and the vibrant amber red Crimson Queen Japanese Maple made a beautiful addition next to the stoop.




Backyard Solace

Hardscape

When designing and executing projects big or small, it is extremely important to understand and listen to the wants and needs of the customer. With this project, the customer wanted to better utilize their beautiful backyard and had outgrown their existing small concrete patio. Privacy and ample space for seating was also on their must have list. It was a bit of a challenge working with a sloped lawn but our Project Managers and crew took on the challenge with great success. The raised patio is enclosed with gorgeous seat walls using Belgard Weston Stone 3 piece in Ashbury Haze color with a matching Holland Stone paver. Weston Universal wall pillars with Belgard Esplanade Pillar Limestone caps. were added to define the space and enhance the intimacy of privacy.




Lavish Entertainment

Hardscape

When the homeowners of this picturesque log cabin came to us, they felt uninspired with their simple square patio. Ultimately, the homeowners sought an outdoor space that could be enjoyed day and night, whether it was a quiet family evening or a party of 10. With the homeowners' aspirations in the hands of our designers, we developed a functional space that also aesthetically complimented the woodsy feel of their home. With approximately 1,000 square feet of patio space, seat walls running the entire perimeter, a raised fire pit, built-in grill and bar area, and plenty of lighting, the final design achieved exactly what the owners' were looking for! When it came to the products used, Belgard's quality professional grade stone provided just the look we were hoping for: Weston stone wall stone and pillars and Mega-Libre pavers. We integrated a mixed color scheme with Danville Beige and Ashbury Haze.

Testimonial

Danielle & Tim were an absolute joy to work with. Manny & the crews were also great to work with. All together they made a great team which led to a great experience throughout the job.




A Blessed Sanctuary

Hardscape Landscape

After visiting Rosary gardens in the surrounding area, the leaders at St. Rita Catholic Church knew it was time for a beautiful and sacred sanctuary of their own. Church leaders had many goals in mind: handicap accessibility, proper lighting for extended use and safety, private & open spaces, easy navigation through the rosary prayers, and durability. We first recognized the existing mature trees around the site were extremely valuable to the project; adding both scale and depth. We wanted to then add warmth and even more scale to the space by installing a variety of hardy plants. In the end, more than 1,200 plants were installed. When it came to the actual hardscape, we installed approximately 2,300 square feet of Ashbury Haze, Belgard Mega-Dublin pavers. Of course no sanctuary would be complete without the peaceful resonance of running water. That's why we specifically designed a three-stone basalt water feature with a winding dry creek to be installed at the center of the garden. We finished the project by installing low voltage LED accent lights and up lights throughout the garden. The statues and markers were purchased by the church. More than five months after breaking ground, the new Rosary Garden was complete and the parishioners and guests of St. Rita Catholic Church had a new place to worship and honor the Blessed Mother of Jesus.




Belgard Rustic Patio & Firepit

Hardscape Landscape

In this private and quiet setting, our Project Manager used the surrounding landscape to inspire a rustic themed outdoor space where family and friends could relax. The pre-existing concrete patio started failing and our customer trusted us to create a provincial style landscape to enjoy for many years! The patio pavers used to create a natural look were Belgard Mega Libre in a Danville Beige color, the pillar walls that encase the wood beams on the beautiful wooden deck were Belgard Weston Wall in Gascony Tan color and the gorgeous stone staircase is Belgard Granika in the Gascony Tan color.

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