Frank D. Porter, owner and operator of Almost Perfect Landscaping, began his early education at Hackensack High School. Next he attained his BA degree in Marketing at Saint Peters College of Jersey City. Following St. Peters, he attained certificates at Rutgers Cook College for Landscape Architecture. While running his company, his passion to help people drove him to further seek higher education in the School of Social Work, also at Rutgers.
What do you imagine when you think about a peaceful, serene and tranquil place our outdoor living area on your property? Do you see expansive beds of colourful perennials with meandering paths and perhaps a sitting bench? Perhaps a water feature with the sound of flowing water amidst a shaded setting? Or maybe you desire a place to entertain family, guests and friends.
Those Lilacs, Weigela and Virburnmum and other spring flowering shrubs looked “great” this spring with their spectacular blooms and aromas. But now that they have bloomed, what do you do? Proper pruning can promote new growth, maintain the plant’s shape, encourage flowering and also aids in pest and insect control as well as disease problems.
This property located in Tenafly, N.J. entailed a complete landscape design build makeover. The entire lawn and landscaped areas were both neglected and the beds were overgrown with scraggly shrubs and ground cover growth and as such the appearance was very unsightly and not usable for family and friends.
This property located in Paramus, N.J. entailed a complete landscape design build makeover. All existing lawn and bed areas were in dire straits, need a thorough cleaning and weeding before we could even begin to move forward. Within some of the landscape areas were concrete and block paver stones, long neglected and serving no purpose anymore which we removed. Being mostly sun areas, there were however shade garden beds wherein the landscaping needed to incorporate plants that thrive within the full spectrum of sun to shade gardening.
Within the scope of this project page you will see a prime example of landscaping return on investment as related to your property value. You can see for yourself the condition of a recently purchased property and the appearance thereto. You can see examples of safety issues to address, examples of drainage issues, privacy enhancements and proper landscape design, build and layout and last but not least property appearance.
Within the past few decades, a native American shrub has been slowly making the transition from it woodland and forest habitat to backyards throughout New Jersey. What’s puzzling about it is just how long it took homeowners to realize that Callicarpa American (Beautyberry) is both an attractive addition to any landscape as well as a valuable source of food for many types of wildlife. Most of the time though, you’ll look at it and wonder why it’s name alludes to beauty? Then bam, fall arrives and this plant gets busy.
Zen Rock Gardens defy the definition commonly thought of as a garden in almost every manner speaking. There are no places with row after row of lush trees and shrubs, a gazebo to gather in or even no pond filled with fascinating koi fish. According to Japanese philosophy, rocks represent a sense of power and desire. In a Zen garden, rocks represent islands and are surrounded by raked gravel which represents water.
A blank slate such as this property makes it easier to separate the areas. Some houses already have a foot print that need existing materials to be moved in order to provide a more evenly flow from one area to another. This backyard had almost all the components of a true backyard paradise.
Residential Outdoor Living Area Landscape Design and Build Makeover in Ridgewood New Jersey. Native plants providing a privacy screening accented with perennials and seasonal color
Landscape Design and Build Makeover in Dumont New Jersey incorporating outdoor living area, fire pit, and landscape planting and screening.