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Landshapes Landscape Designer Wins 2017 Green Works - Vermont Nursery And Landscape Association Industry Award

Thursday, March 1, 2018

Landscape Designer Caroline Dudek won this years Honor Award for a Burlington hillside retreat. This back yard had limited usable space and the steep slope ended close to the existing deck. Once an eye soar the hillside swale is now a design feature and is functional at channeling water to a french drain at the bottom of the wall and moving water away from the house. A once uninviting and unusable back yard is now the clients favorite place to relax and entertain. 

Landscape Design
Landscape Design
Landscape Design
Landscape Design
Landscape Design

What Bio Stimulants Do for Plants

Monday, January 11, 2016
  1.   Improving the efficiency of the plant’s metabolism to induce yield increases and enhanced crop quality;
  2.   Increasing plant tolerance to and recovery from abiotic stresses;
  3.   Facilitating nutrient assimilation, translocation and use;
  4.   Enhancing quality attributes of produce, including sugar content, color, fruit seeding, etc;
  5.   Rendering water use more efficient;
  6.   Enhancing soil fertility, particularly by fostering the development of complementary soil micro-organisms.

Bio-stimulation is the spontaneous plant response, whereby a catalyst (Bio-Plex-Root-Drench) stimulates numerous biological activities in the plant resulting in elevated levels of hormonal and other closely related compounds utilized for maintaining 'elevated' plant health & vigor.Increasing aggregate hormonal threshold levels (IAA, IBA & Others) greatly facilitates functional cell wall permeability and turgidity (in "ALL" plant tissues) providing the foundations directly responsible for successfully offsetting challenging "stress symptoms" throughout the extended planting cycle - harvest, installation and stabilization. Absent comprehensive cellular integrity, physiological and vascular functions become largely degraded, inefficient and nonfunctional. The onset of vascular failure manifests itself quite visibly in the form of wilt and flagging symptoms initially, frequently leading to tissue decline, and ultimately - possible plant mortality. Bio-Plex's "Summer-Digging" application protocol targets individual, single plant cells which when considered collectively provide the building blocks for plant tissues, plant structures and ultimately fully functional complete ornamental plants.

First Pic: Stressed leaf tissue (cellular) representation. Note the smaller, irregular, less turgid cells. Less cell turgor equals less physical intracellular capacity for moisture, more involuntary transpiration from deformed guard cells at leaf stomata, and reduced cell-wall permeability. Result: More flaccid inferior cell walls. More space between individual cells diminishes their capacity for efficient fluid retention and translocation.

Second Pic: Healthy leaf tissue (cellular) representation. Note the larger more turgid cells. More cell turgor equals more capacity for moisture, less involuntary transpiration from ineffective leaf stomata guard cells. Greater cell-wall integrity promotes superior moisture retention and fluid translocation. Result: less wilt & flagging, decreased potential for tissue decline and reduced defoliation potential.

Biostimulation, Landscaping, Horticulture
biostimulation, Landscaping, Horticulture

Christmas Decor

Tuesday, December 22, 2015

The interior and exterior of the Hilton In Burlington was decorated with delightful Christmas displays. We used 15 Live 5 foot Blue Spruces, 500 Poinsettias, Hundreds of pounds of Cut Balsam Greens , hundreds of Red Twig Dogwood and Curly Willow to create these spectacular Christmas displays. It took a team of 7 people 5 hours to bring this all together.

Landscape Lighting , Landscaped Design
Landscape design
Landscape Designers, Landscape Lighting
Landscape Design, Landscape
Landscaping Vermont
Landscape design
Landscape Installation

Proper Horticultural Practices / Spraying Antidesicant

Wednesday, December 9, 2015

Landshapes always practices proper Horticultural Practices when planting & maintaining all of its tree and plant material. Prior to winter hitting we spray all of our needled and broad leaf evergreen we planted with a Powerful Antidesicant.  This coats the needles and leaves with a waxy substance for up to 6 months protecting them from winter winds and sun. This is normally the cause of winter burn. Although this antidesicant is not a deer or rodent deterrent it has a taste aversion to deer, rabbits, mice, and other rodents. 

Landscape Construction, Landscape Design,  Landscape Instalations

Preparing Irregular Blue Stone

Monday, March 30, 2015

Landshapes employees get a jump on the season. They are preparing Irregular Blue Stone Flagging for spring projects by taking off weak and or the thin edges of the Blue Stone making them more uniform in thickness. They then will champer all edges with a masonry hammer for a more natural look. This eliminates one step in the process at the job site making laying the Blue Stone Steppers much faster.

Blue Stone
Irregular Blue Stone
Stone Masons

Planting Soil Preperation

Wednesday, March 25, 2015

Landshapes gets a jump on the season preparing thousands of yards of soils for the spring Landscape Planting Season. All of our soils are custom mixed at our facilities in Richmond Vermont. Carefully selected amounts of Silt, Sand, and Compost are incorporated and run through a screener to blend and mix the Planting Soils thoroughly. 

Soil Prep
Soil Preperation
Preparing Soil

Landscape ROI As High As 150%

Friday, February 13, 2015

A study by RealEstate. com suggests that landscaping and hardscaping can deliver a return on investment as high as 150 percent-an ROI that puts it ahead of popular home improvement projects like kitchen or bathroom updates.

"When I bring a buyer to a home that features state-of-the-art landscaping and elements like a fire pit and high-end pavers, there's an immediate assumption that the inside of the house will be as spectacular as the outside," says John Duffy of Duffy Real Estate. "Now we have research that shows homebuyers will pay a premium for a nicely landscaped property, particularly one that features elements like an outdoor fireplace and finishes in stone or brick. The new mantra in home buying is location, location, landscape."

According to, for every dollar spent on upgrading a backyard or outdoor space, a homeowner can expect to get back anywhere from 60 cents to $2. With up to 14 percent added to the home's resale value; on a $500,000 home, that's nearly $75,000.

The most popular items being requested by homeowners today, according to EP Henry authorized hardscaping contractor Blase DeMichele of B. DeMichele Inc. based in Media, Pennsylvania, are:

  • Outdoor fireplaces
  • Covered outdoor spaces with kitchen components
  • Stone veneer sitting walls
  • Fire pits
  • Patio pavers

"Today's homeowners want to extend their living areas, so they're choosing to create outdoor living spaces," DeMichele says. "Landscaping is like a room addition without the roof. When you put it in those terms, it's easy to see why a backyard renovation has such a high return on investment."

The American Institute of Architects reports that seven in 10 architects have noticed an increase in outdoor living's popularity, while only 4 percent noted a decrease. A Houzz survey also notes that 70 percent of homeowners want a contractor who is an expert in his field-a sharp contrast to the DIY-mentality in the early2000s.

Other popular home improvements and their approximate ROI, according to Duffy, are:

  • Basement remodel: 77 percent
  • Minor kitchen remodel: 83 percent
  • Attic bedroom: 84 percent

"Most homeowners don't embark on yard projects looking ahead to the day they will eventually sell their homes," says J.C. Henry, CEO of EP Henry. "But it's nice to know that the day-to-day enjoyment of a beautifully designed yard can be capped by an impressive ROI when it comes time to sell."

Swimming Pond, Landscape Design

Maintenance Free Pools And Spas

Thursday, February 12, 2015

The Science behind Pool and Spa Equipment has come a long way in the past 15 Years. We know have the ability to install maintenance free Pools and Spas with the new high tech equipment that is available on the market today. IntelliChlor® Salt Chlorine Generator uses common table salt to produce all the chlorine a pool needs, safely, effectively, and automatically. Same sanitation performance as manual chlorine addition without the drawbacks. No need for customers to buy, transport and store chlorine compounds.   A well-balanced water produces a more trouble-free pool and a more satisfied customer. The IntelliChem chemical controller automatically monitors pool pH and sanitizing levels, and delivers just the right amount of chemicals. Its built-in Langelier Saturation Index calculator lets pool owners know when the water is in or out of balance. IntelliChem can work independently or in conjunction with other Pentair Water Pool and Spa automation products, offering the customers the same advanced technology found in commercial installations, water parks, hotel and community pools. A Delta UV Sanitizer will kill all bad bacteria in water without the use of harm full chemicals. And to go a step further The Easy Touch® Control Systems family allows full control of all pool and spa features, offering a new level of convenience for pool owners looking for an affordable, convenient pool and spa control system. The system includes an easy to use control panel that is built-in to the outdoor enclosure. This panel allows for full system setup, programming, and everyday operation. In addition, Easy Touch owners can access their equipment via optional indoor control panels, spa-side remotes, and wireless hand-held remotes. When used with the new ScreenLogic2™ interface, homeowners gain added control of their pool and spa from anywhere across the globe, using their iPhone®, iPad®, iPod touch®, Mac™ or PC. Easy Touch comes in a variety of configurations: Pool only, Spa only or Pool/Spa combination. Plus, there's a model with an integrated IntelliChlor® salt chlorinating system for ultimate convenience and control.

Pools Spas
Pool Spa
Pools and Spas

Landshapes' Vermont Landscape Designer Wins 2014 Green Works - Vermont Nursery and Landscape Association Industry Award

Friday, February 6, 2015

Landshapes' Vermont Landscape Designer, Caroline Dudek won this years Honor Award for Special Projects at the Green Works - Vermont Nursery and Landscape Association Annual Conference. Caroline won the Landscape Industry Award for a Vermont Natural Swimming Pond that she Designed and Landshapes Installed. This Vermont Natural Swimming Pond consisted of a Natural Bog Filtration System, A Bluestone Patio with Fire Pit, and Beautiful Native Vermont Plantings. Caroline Dudek won the award based on her Creative Vermont Landscape Design, the complexity of the project, and the outcome after the Landscape Construction. Click on our Awards Link on our 'About Us' page in the near future for more pictures of our past Vermont Award Winning Landscape Projects.

You can also see more about the award on the Green Works website:

Vermont Landscape Natural Swimming Pond Pool
Vermont Landscape Natural Swimming Pond Pool
Vermont Landscape Natural Swimming Pond Pool
Vermont Landscape Natural Swimming Pond Pool
Vermont Landscape Natural Swimming Pond Pool


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