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Spa and Landscape Installation in Moretown, VT

Monday, September 9, 2013

Our Vermont Landscaping crew has been busy working at a residence in Moretown, VT. The area was excavated and compacted prior to the placement of the San Juan Fiberglass Spa. The client asked to have the perimeter of the pool sprayed with foam for added insulation to make the Spa more energy efficient. Bluestone coping and a patio are phase two. A Stone fireplace will be constructed to complete the project.

Pool Patio, Coping & Automatic Pool Cover Installation Completed in Stowe, Vermont

Friday, August 23, 2013

This pool patio and coping were recently completed in Stowe Vermont, following the installation of the San Juan fiberglass pool. Our Vermont landscaping crew created the hardscape out of patterned thermal bluestone. This Automatic pool cover has top tracks and an in ground vault for storage when the pool is open! You can check out a video of the Pool PCS Cover System in Action on our facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/pages/Landshapes/476501595704554

How to get rid of Wild Parsnip without pulling it by hand

Friday, August 16, 2013

Someone asked us how to remove this weed without pulling it by hand and so I have looked into this and have found many weed killers that could help reduce Wild Parsnip from spreading.

Note: If using any herbicides or chemicals, be careful to not have the chemicals run off to a drain or water source.

For a chemical control of Wild Parsnip, Glyphosate can be used as a herbicide and an effective weed killer. It can be used for spraying individual plants or small areas, which is effective. Glyphosate can damage and remove all other plants, so be extremely careful where you spray this herbicide. Glyphosate can also be slightly toxic to amphibians, fish and frogs. If you have plants by Wild Parsnip, cover them with polythene or cardboard boxes to protect them.

Another option is using a homemade weed killer. One option is to use vinegar because the acid in it kills the leaves, unfortunately it does not kill the roots.

If you'd like more information, check out these links for other ideas on stopping Wild Parsnip from spreading!

http://www.ironmountaindailynews.com/page/content.detail/id/517162.html

http://www.thisgardenisillegal.com/2006/05/7-deadly-homemade-weed-killers.html

WARNING: Invasive Weed (Giant Hogsweed)

Tuesday, August 13, 2013

Another weed that has become a pest is Giant Hogsweed, which grows along streams and rivers in fields, forests and roadsides. This noxious weed prefers open sites with abundant light and moist soil. Giant Hogsweed produces a sap in combination with moisture and sunlight that can cause severe skin and eye irritation, blistering and permanent scarring. Make sure to watch carefully for this weed when going on hikes or family adventures. The contact of skin to sap happens when bristles of the stem brush onto the skin. The sap is in the stalks of this weed, than on the leaves.

If you notice this weed, make sure to wear clothing that protects all of your skin as well as protective eyewear upon removal. To help prevent further spreading of this weed, bring the plant to a waste facility and treat it as trash than plant material. Make sure to wash your skin multiple times!!!

WARNING: Invasive Weed (Wild Parsnip)

Tuesday, August 13, 2013

A weed that has become a nuisance is Wild Parsnip, which grows along roadsides and abandoned fields. Wild Parsnip looks similar to Queen Anne’s Lace, but produces a sap that burns skin in sunlight, and causes rashes and blisters. To control this weed you can hand pull the plant, mow or cut the base of the flowering stem. Wild Parsnip does not like shade, so remove this weed on cloudy days!

If you notice this weed, make sure to wear clothing that protects all of your skin as well as protective eyewear upon removal. To help prevent further spreading of this weed, bring the plant to a waste facility and treat it as trash than plant material. Make sure to wash your skin multiple times!!!

South Burlington Vermont -Stream Installation

Monday, August 5, 2013

This stream and pond-less waterfall was installed by our Vermont Landscaping company in South Burlington, VT last week. The clients told our Landscape Designer that they were looking for a meditation space in their landscape. A small irregular bluestone patio was created between two streams, which will provide the clients with a space to meditate while listening to the running water.  Plant material was carefully chosen to correspond with the Zen like feel of the space.  We are all looking forward to seeing this installation mature over time.

Hotel Vermont Green Roof - 5 Months After Installation

Monday, July 22, 2013

Hotel Vermont’s Green Roof was installed by our Vermont landscaping company at the end of March.  Just 5 months after the Burlington, Vermont installation both roofs have filled in nicely.  The Sedum on the lower roof is colorful and thriving and the more substantial shrub and perennial planting on the upper roof looks great too!

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