JUNEAU - In the middle of winter, a local landscaping business dug up 500 trees, took its greenhouses apart and rebuilt them to move its office to the Costco area of Lemon Creek.
Landscape Alaska, owned by Margaret Tharp, moved to a smaller site from Vintage Park so the business could be reinvented, according to Tharp's husband, David Lendrum, who also works there.
Customers' desires are changing, Lendrum said. More people are looking for landscaping that's ready to go: planters already blooming, trees already full-grown, vegetables already ripe. The business will focus more on those customers in the future.
Landscape Alaska has spent the past two decades discovering new soil mixes or techniques to grow plants in places they couldn't survive before, Lendrum said. For instance, Tharp figured out how to make rhododendrons and Japanese maples thrive near Montana Creek.