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Nestled in the heart of Cedar Rapids, Nolan's Lawn & Landscapes has been a beacon of creativity and quality in landscaping services since 2007. Among their myriad of expertise, their outdoor lighting designs stand out, offering not just illumination but also an artistic touch to any garden or outdoor space. This article delves into the innovative approaches Nolan's Lawn & Landscapes takes in outdoor lighting, enhancing both the beauty and functionality of outdoor areas.

The Essence of Outdoor Lighting

Outdoor lighting is more than just a practical necessity; it's an art form. It's about creating ambiance, ensuring safety, and highlighting the beauty of the natural environment. At Nolan's Lawn & Landscapes, each lighting project is approached with a deep understanding of these elements. The company's founder, Nolan Herlocker, believes in the transformative power of well-designed outdoor lighting.

Design Philosophy

Nolan's design philosophy revolves around three key aspects: aesthetic appeal, functionality, and energy efficiency. This approach ensures that every lighting installation is not only beautiful but also practical and sustainable. From soft, ambient lighting that creates a warm, inviting atmosphere to bright, focused lights that ensure safety along pathways, the range of designs is vast and varied.

Customized Lighting Solutions

Every outdoor space is unique, and Nolan’s team acknowledges this by offering customized lighting solutions. Whether it's a cozy backyard, a sprawling lawn, or a commercial property, they have the expertise to design lighting that complements each space's specific needs and character.

Innovative Lighting Techniques

Nolan's Lawn & Landscapes employs various innovative techniques to bring their lighting designs to life. 'Under-cap lighting' is a popular choice for adding a subtle glow to hardscape features like retaining walls and stairways. 'Up-lighting' is used to dramatize trees and architectural details, while pathway lights ensure safe and inviting walkways.

Smart and Sustainable Options

Embracing the latest technology, Nolan's offers smart lighting options, allowing homeowners to control outdoor lighting with their smartphones. Moreover, the use of LED bulbs and solar-powered lights reflects the company’s commitment to energy efficiency and environmental responsibility.

The Impact of Lighting on Landscaping

Good lighting can elevate a landscape design from ordinary to extraordinary. It accentuates the colors and textures of plants, trees, and hardscapes, creating a dynamic landscape that changes from day to night. Nolan’s team collaborates closely with clients to ensure that the lighting complements the overall landscaping theme.

Project Showcase

The article could showcase various projects completed by Nolan's Lawn & Landscapes. For instance, a recent project in a residential area where they transformed a backyard into a nighttime oasis with strategic lighting, highlighting the water features and native plants.

Client Testimonials

Featuring testimonials from satisfied clients adds credibility and gives potential customers insights into the experience of working with Nolan’s team. Stories of enhanced curb appeal, increased property value, and improved outdoor usability underscore the benefits of professional outdoor lighting.


Nolan's Lawn & Landscapes doesn’t just install lights; they create experiences. Their innovative outdoor lighting designs enhance the beauty, safety, and enjoyment of any outdoor space, making them a leader in the landscaping industry in Cedar Rapids.

Our founder, Nolan Herlocker began mowing lawns in his neighborhood when we was only 12 years old. Nolan’s used his work ethic and passion for providing great customer service to grow his business. Nolan grew up in Cedar Rapids and is a graduate of Iowa State University.

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Nolan Herlocker

Founder of Nolan's Lawn & Landscapes