Photos by Hillary Ehlen and J. Alan Paul Photography
With the unpredictable weather in North Dakota, it’s hard to imagine tropical plants thriving, or even surviving here. However, Skyler Akason and his family have created a tropical retreat surrounding their South Fargo home. Complete with a waterfall and fire rock, you won’t believe what the owner of Precision Lawn Care & Landscaping has incorporated into his own backyard.
We asked Akason to dive into the details and found out about an unexpected guest that momentarily made themself at home in the Akasons’ backyard.
Many of the houses in the Akasons’ South Fargo neighborhood were relatively new construction and boasted some sort of landscaping. The Akasons’ house made a pretty picture, which was framed by this beautiful neighborhood. However, the front entrance contained just a hint of the tropical retreat that exists in the Akasons’ backyard.
When they first moved in, the only feature that existed in the Akasons’ backyard was the deck, which Skyler Akason integrated into his vision for their tropical retreat. He decided that he would take all his knowledge and experience plus consult with his friends at NBG Landscapes about some of the tropical plants and flowers he wanted to use. He then cut a stairway into the middle of the deck for increased access to the pool. In addition to the heated, in-ground swimming pool, they also have a hot tub, wet bar and several seating areas, as well as a fire pit.
An Unexpected Guest
We asked Akason if he’s ever caught any uninvited guests taking advantage of their in-ground pool. His response did not disappoint. “There was an older lady back here one day who sat down on a lounge chair. Our dog was barking, so we came upstairs, and this lady was just hanging out by the pool. It was before we had our fence in actually, so she might have thought it was a public pool. She sat there for about five minutes and then she just got up and walked away,” Akason laughed.
“There’s about 50,000 pounds worth of boulders just on that waterfall.”
Skyler Akason’s favorite part of their backyard is by far the waterfall made from natural stone that was sourced out of Duluth, Minnesota. He then introduced tropical plants and trees to the feature to add even more tropical appeal.