Thrive Landscape Design at The Rusty Shovel

Thrive Landscape Design at The Rusty Shovel

Starting spring of 2023, we’ve partnered with Alicia Putz at Thrive Landscape Design to offer custom landscape design services.

Alicia has been designing yards all over Saskatchewan since completing her Prairie Horticulture Certificate in 2009. She even design

ed the original layout for The Rusty Shovel showroom when we opened our doors back in the spring of 2010!

Alicia is working out of our 680 Angus Street location, where she will see clients by appointment.

All design work will be booked through Alicia directly through her website – 

Alicia Putz - Landscape Designer

You can check out some of her projects here.

Once your design is finished, we’re here to help you get it built. We’ll help confirm product selection, find you a qualified contractor to build your project, or help you do-it-yourself.

We’re really excited to invite Alicia into our space and look forward to working together with her to bring your dream yards to life!










How Much Does Landscaping Cost?

Would it surprise you to know that 8-12% of your home’s value can be found in your outdoor space? That means that for a $400,000 home, you can invest between $32,000 and $48,000 in your landscaping and feel comfortable that the value of your yard is on par with the value of your home.

Now, of course no one is saying that you have to spend within that range – it could be less if there are budget constraints, and it could be more if you have higher expectations of how you plan to use your outdoor space. It also doesn’t have to be done all in one year – but it at least it gives you a range to start thinking about the process of developing or renovating your landscape.

One person who often speaks on this area is television landscape and gardening expert Carson Arthur. “Never underestimate the value of landscaping. It’s the only outdoor renovation that actually grows in value as trees, shrubs and plants get bigger each year. Every other home improvement slowly loses value over time” he says in conversation about the topic.

So where do you start when thinking about making such a substantial investment in your property? Just like the process of building a house, you’ll need to start with a floor plan – or in this case, a landscape plan. You can sketch one out yourself, or you can have our landscape designer come out for as little as $150 to come up with some ideas and a pencil sketch plan for you. From there, you’ll have the framework to get your project started properly.

A good plan will allow you to complete your project in stages if needed. So, if your budget only allows for a $10,000 investment this year, you don’t have to give up on your dream yard concept that came in at a price tag of $30,000 – you’ll just have to chip away at it over three years.  And with a visit with our team at The Shovel, we’ll be able to show you how to break up your project so that you aren’t doing work that will need to be undone later. And if the staging strategy doesn’t fit your needs, we’ll help you determine the best places to compromise to still give you the most impact for your budget.

The next step is to come and visit us at The Rusty Shovel to determine what products are going to be needed to construct your project. Lean on our expertise to walk you through all the options and get your project done on budget. One way to save on that budget is obviously to do the work yourself. Our staff lives and breathes landscaping, so they’ll be able to walk you through the order of operations and best practices necessary to complete your project like a professional. We’ll complete all the product takeoffs from your design and price out your material package for you. Then we can help you stage things over time or tackle it all at once.

For the other half of the population, DIY landscaping isn’t something to be entertained, which is perfectly fine by us too. We work directly with dozens of professional landscape contractors that we can take your project to for quoting and completion. We work on your behalf to communicate your vision for your yard and find a landscaper that’s going to be a good fit to bring that vision to life.

(Article originally appeared in the March 2018 Editions of Neighbours Magazines)

3D Design

Our Regina Landscape Design Services

3D Landscape Design Rendering

At The Rusty Shovel beautiful yards are our passion and we love nothing more than sharing that passion with our clients.  The best way to do that is with our Landscape Design services.  Our in-house designer, Jesse Matlock, has designed hundreds of unique and custom yards of varying budgets.  With an honours in Sustainable Landscape Design, Jesse has the creativity and knowledge to not just design beautiful spaces, but also functional spaces.  It Is not uncommon for our clients to get a design done only to be blown away with the actual potential of their yard.  Where you see a tired old patch of grass, or an overwhelming new lot, or an overgrown yard we see possibility and solutions.

Our Landscape Designs always start with a $150.00 consultation that happens on site and acts as a collaborative brainstorming session to make sure the client’s wants and needs are being identified.  From here, Jesse will take your wants and needs and translate them into a concept sketch right then and there.  With that concept sketch in place to unlock the potential of the client’s space, we then offer a computer rendered design that fully clarifies what the yard can become.  The computer renderings include 2D construction plans that outline all of the building materials and quantities, plant selections and locations, and landscape lighting selections and locations.  On top of that the customer also gets their space shown in 3D photo realistic images.  These images give the client the experience of being in their yard before it is constructed so they know exactly what things will look like…and they get those images in both daytime and nighttime settings.

Landscape Lighting ViewIt is no longer a problem where clients hope they or their contractor interprets the design right, everyone can see it.  We love the computer rendered design phase because it always saves our clients time and money by having everyone on the same page with how things should look and exactly what material selections should be made. No more randomly picking plants and hoping that they live or regretting a paving stone colour selection.  The cost of the design is saved by the client the second one construction mistake or material mistake is avoided.  In the end, seeing or hearing about our client’s beautiful new spaces that they are now living in and enjoying is the most rewarding. It means we have transferred that passion we have for landscaping to our clients…and it happens with a design that shows them the space they always had right out their back door.

Want to keep up with some of Jesse’s latest work? Check him out on his Landscape.Designs Instagram account.

And if you’re ready, get more details and request your landscape design consult right now!

An Example of 3D Rendering – How It Helps You With Your Yard

The Shovel Crew is getting a bit of a wardrobe refresh this spring from our friends at Silver Screen Sportswear.

But what this post is actually about is how awesome 3D renderings are. When I saw these done up with our logo – it confirmed my choices and got me super excited to get it all in. The same goes for your yard. It’s a substantial investment you’re making in your property, so why not view it in 3D first to make sure you’re going to love it when it’s finished? It takes a potentially anxious/stressful experience and turns it into PURE EXCITEMENT about how you’re going to use your finished yard. Jesse can help you through that process.

(You can get more info and some landscape design portfolio samples here)

And finally back to the clothes. We’re doing a limited run for our staff right now, but if you’re a shovel fan, put in your requests and I’ll see what we can do on another run later in the year for you. We could always use a few more brand ambassadors out there