Teach your children. Working in a garden, a child can experience the satisfaction that comes from caring for something over time, while observing the cycle of life firsthand.
So a few weeks ago I was asked by an associate of mine Rebecca Leer if I would be interested in posing for an art class at the Ridgewood Art Institute. Rebecca is a pronounced artist who is one of the best art instructors I know.
These are landscapes specifically designed for “winter color”. One example of a plant that provides winter interest is the Firethorn, Pyracantha, which is an evergreen plant that is easy to grow and provides seasonal interest and berries.
One of the great things when it comes to landscape design and build makeovers is that no matter how small an area is or how confined a space may be; it can always be designed with simplicity and elegance in mind. By utilizing the appropriate species of planting materials, any look can be achieved.
Fall is a great time for planting. There are numerous advantages that you don’t have in the spring. Not only is the weather cooler and easier on the plants, but planting in the autumn with rain on the horizon has its advantages too. Plant’s leaves aren’t stressed by scorching sun and with cooler temps there is less demand for water from the roots.
Pennsylvania Bluestone is dense, strong, fine-grained sandstone quarried only in the northeastern tier of Pennsylvania, parts of northern New Jersey and the southern tier of New York. It is an excellent material for decks and patios as it resists cracking and won’t discolor. It easily can be separated into slabs of varying sizes, making it suitable for other architectural details such as steps, walls, entrance walkways, building facades, interior floors, and fireplaces.
This thermaled bluestone is cut like a loaf of bread, with each piece being of the same density and thickness. The sawing process requires a 2nd step of thermaling wherein a flame is applied to the surface, ensuring the stones have a non-slip and consistent surface.
This lawn maintenance client of ours came to me and explained how he was very unhappy with the entrance walk to his residence from the driveway and not looking forward to another winter of snow and ice upon it.
This client recently purchased this residential property and had me look at her backyard with her. Neither of us could figure out what the prior owner had in mind with this landscaping when designing the outdoor living area.
Fall is a great time to show off in the neighborhood, with all the beautiful colors of the falling leaves, the colorful pumpkins and gourds lying amidst the seasonal plantings of Mums, Ornamental Peppers and late blooming black-eyed susans. Then toss in all the laughter, fun, and excitement of the Halloween season and you have a splendid and festive display.