Landscape Design

Challenging Backyard Landscape

Monday, January 22, 2018

This back yard had limited usable space, and the steep slope ended close to the existing deck. The area is mostly exposed soil which make the site muddy with rain fall and due to the natural contour of the hillside the original swale collected all the rain water run-off, which resulted in erosion and water collecting near the house. Once an eye soar, the hillside swale is now a design feature with the appearance of a dry stream bed. It functions to channel water down the new swale to a french drain at the wall base, moving it away from the house. The site was tight and had limited access which made moving materials in and out quite a challenge.

A once uninviting and unusable back yard is now the clients favorite place to relax and entertain. Naturalizing groupings of plants flow through the garden with varying textures and forms.  The clients hosted a musical performance with plenty of seating to accommodate 80 plus guests. The back yard now acts as a mini amphitheater as well as havering form and function.

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Epic Tree Plantings

Thursday, January 11, 2018

The VT AOT Route 7 project in Charlotte had an impressive number of tree plantings. The planting project spanned two years with the majority of the trees being planted in 2017. The tree counts are as follows: (1,096) 5-7' evergreen trees, (175) 2-2.5" Deciduous Trees, and (372) 3-4' Deciduous Shrubs.. We hauled in 5,070 cubic yards of imported soils for a proper planting environment. All material planted was inoculated with the appropriate soil microorganism for each speices. In addition we watered with a biostimulant consisting of humates, cold processed kelp, fish hydrolysate, L amino 18's, and a wetting agent. An antidesicant was applied to all evergreens to protect from winter burn.

 

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Bringing The Indoors Out

Friday, December 29, 2017

Outdoor entertainment spaces continue to be extremely popular with homeowners. There are many reasons why homeowners want outdoor living spaces but often it comes down to spending time with friends and family comfortably outdoors. The trend use to be bringing the outdoors in but it is quite the opposite now. Bringing the indoor comforts out to the patio, porch, or deck. Whether its an outdoor kitchen, a cozy fireplace, or a simple patio, these features bring people together and add value to the home. The return on investment can be as much as 150% based on study done by realestate.com. 

Things To Take Into Account

Choosing Privacy Or View: You may decide you want screens or hedges to make your space a private oasis. But if your yard offers a view, be sure you make the most of it.

Addressing Shade Needs: For most outdoor spaces, intense sunlight or pouring rain could send your family back indoors. Consider incorporating a covered area in your plan.

Use Weather Friendly Site Furnishings: Textiles and furniture designed and built for the outdoors are a must. They resist fading, withstand rain and even snow.

Use Lighting Accents: Lighting can make a good design great. There are numerous options form basic torches to complex electrical installs.

Mistakes To Avoid

Foregoing A Master Plan: A solid plan, including space use, style, and plantings could save you form serious problems and frustration down the line.

Getting The Scale Wrong: A patio that is too small for the furniture you buy for it is just as bad as a patio that swallows your whole yard. Consider scale early in the process.

Neglecting Water Movement: Neglecting drainage, irrigation, and erosion needs can lead to serious issues. Plan ahead to avoid problems.

Disconnecting The Design: Make sure your outdoor room design is holistic, complementing the style, design of your home, and existing yard.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Sculpture In The Landscape

Friday, December 22, 2017

More and more poeple are intruducing sculpture into the landscape. Whether its artfully stacked stones, a large upright obilisk, a detialed carved piece of granite, or welded peices of steel they add character and structure to the garden as well as make an interesting conversation piece. So next time you are out in your garden think about planting some art.

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We Know Plants. We Can Help.

Friday, April 7, 2017

Every plant is different; each one has unique conditions in which it thrives. Other than the numerous considerations needed to plant the right plant in the right spot (amount of sun, water, soil type etc.) another thing to consider is the intended function of the plant. This can be as basic as making sure the plant works aesthetically with its surroundings, or more complex like choosing plants to absorb excess water or that will not fall prey to hungry deer.

Our designers at Landshapes are familiar and experienced with tens of thousands of plants. Let us help you bring your landscape dreams to life while also creating a space that’s beautiful, thriving, and functions to your needs.

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Dream Big for Spring and Summer

Friday, March 3, 2017

The weather might not be able to decide what season it is, but our designers’ minds are on spring and summer projects! With our skilled designers, any landscape can be transformed into a beautiful and functional outdoor living space. We work with companies such as Alliance Gator, Cobble Creek Nursery, Gardener’s Supply Company, Techo-Bloc, and Trowel Trades Supply, Inc. to ensure high quality materials.

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Start Thinking About Your Summer Landscaping Now

Tuesday, January 24, 2017

Whether you embrace winter by hitting the trails, or push through with help from thoughts of sunny beaches, now is the perfect time to consider your landscaping. The dull grays and browns of winter may inspire ideas for a unique landscape design which could include colorful plantings, a stone patio, stone walkways, a water feature and more. You can also plan your Vermont landscaping so that there are still elements that add aesthetic to your yard in the winter, such as Winter Berry, Harry Lauder's Walking Stick, Red Twig Dogwood, evergreens and masonry. Winter is also a good time to observe how your yard handles rain, cold and foot traffic to determine if there are any irrigation, drainage or runoff problems that should be addressed. Rain gardens, drip edge, and retaining walls are just a few solutions to these problems.

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Holiday Decorating

Tuesday, November 29, 2016

Around here the holiday spirit seems to build itself, with cozy fires, fluffy snow and TV specials. This doesn’t mean you can’t add to the magical feeling by decorating! There is a huge array of decorating supplies and ideas out there, and it can seem a bit overwhelming, but all you have to do is decide what look you’re going for, and then chose the right decorations.

Create a classical look with white lights, traditional decorations, and use colors such as silver, white and blue. Bring the inside out by decorating with pine cones and fallen branches. For a more festive, decked out look, use color lights, seasonal candy dishes and tablecloths, garlands and wreaths, colors such as red and green, and put out a gingerbread house, elf on a shelf or mensch on a bench!

No matter what holiday you’re celebrating this season, there are always new ways to decorate your home, inside and out. Just remember to keep the look consistent and own and be proud of what you do.

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