Landscape Installations

How Much Water Does My New Landscape Require

Wednesday, February 14, 2018

Don't rely on mother nature to water you new Landscape! Rain fall can be very deceiving. You think the 45 minute thunderstorm just watered your plants beautifully, but half of it ran off into the lawn because it rained so hard, and only the top couple of inches of mulch is wet. Unless it rains a light soaking rain for a least 4-5 hours, Don't even consider natural precipitation as watering. 

Here are some watering guidelines which Landshapes recommends. 

First and foremost water must be applied gradually to allow water to soak in deeply and not run off, this is very important.

Perennials, grasses, and medium size shrubs 2'-4' in height: Apply 2-3 gallons of water per foot height of plant. Water daily for the first two weeks, every other day for the next 2 months and twice a week for 1 full year.

Trees 2"-3" in caliper: Apply 2-3 gallons of water per inch caliper of tree trunk. Water daily for 1 month, every other day for 3 months, and twice weekly for 1 full year.

Trees 4" and greater in caliper: ​Apply 2-3 gallons of water per inch caliper of tree trunk. Water daily for 6 weeks, every other day for 5 months, and twice weekly for 1 full year.

Notes: ​Note that supplemental watering during dry periods may be need of up to several years.

            Take your soil type into account. If you have heavy, dense, clay, soils less water will need. Sandy soil may require more water.

            Unless you get a minimum of  2"-3" of rain per week this watering protocol should be followed.

Tree and plant establishment times.

Herbaceous perennials, grasses, and ferns 1-3 Months.

Medium shrubs 6 months to 1 year

Large shrubs and caliper size trees 3-6 months per foot height or per caliper inch of trunk.





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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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South Hero Home

Tuesday, June 13, 2017

We are finishing up this project in South Hero! Naylor & Breen Builders, Inc. built this home designed by Brad Rabinowitz Architect. The landscape was designed by Cynthia Knauf Landscape Design Inc. We installed bluestone walks and patios with stone from Trowel Trades Supply, Inc. We planted trees, shrubs and perennials from Gardener's Supply Company.

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Mass Plantings

Friday, May 12, 2017

Landshapes has been working with landscape architect Deborah Nevins & Associates, Inc. out of New York City on the landscaping for a home being built by Cascade Builders out of Saranac Lake. The landscape architect’s goal is to create mass plantings combined with an understory meadow. 27 trees, 1,369 shrubs and 5,140 ferns are to be planted.

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Happy Cinco de Mayo!

Friday, May 5, 2017

Foam Brewers is celebrating one year in business! We are installing an irregular stone walkway and patio that reflects the mood of the interior. The patio will be used as an outdoor bar. Once plantings and a trellis are installed, this bar/brewery will have a great outdoor space to be enjoyed by happy customers.

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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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Job Site '97

Thursday, July 28, 2016

Landshapes has been designing and providing landscapes and hardscapes for over 24 years! We’ve done work throughout Vermont, as well as in New Hampshire, New York and Massachusetts. We do more than just plants, pools and patios; we create family spaces, conversation pieces, entertainment areas, and smiles. We do what it takes to make our clients happy. Whether it involves installing an outdoor kitchen, pool and spa, patio and steps, water feature, rock wall, or planting beds, we make it happen. Here are a couple photos of a job site from 1997.

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Massive Entry Pillars

Friday, January 15, 2016

These Massive Stone Veneer Pillars were built on the entry of a 25' wide driveway. They Measure 6' H X 4' W X 4' D. Our Mason Veneered American Granite onto CMU structure using Possi-Tie's for strength. Although not on the structure yet, we have 4" custom cut granite caps with an additional 4" of beveled top.... these things are massive. The caps will also have custom made LED strip lights recessed into the cap. 

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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.

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Stone Walls At Dartmouth Hitchcock Medical Center

Thursday, April 30, 2015

This project was designed by ORW Landscape Architects out of White River Junction Vermont. The Landscaping being done at this building is at the Williams Translational Research Building At Dartmouth Hitchcock Medical Center. The Wall Stone being used by our Landscape Masons is a Granite quarried right here in Chester VT. The attention to detail our Landscape Masons have is beyond what most would even comprehend. Just about every Wall Stone is meticulously cut by hand for the perfect fit. Some times our Landscape Masons will work a stone 3-5 times before is is actually set in mortar. You can see the quality of workmanship in the finished product itself.

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