Upon entering the front gate of this estate I saw a long arching a-frame home and didn’t know what to expect. As I glanced to the left and to the right all I could see were long streams of messy Pachysandra loaded with weeds that seemed almost impossible to clean.
Landscaping Services in Bergen County
Recently a client requested that I stop by his residence in Haworth to discuss a potential landscaping project he was considering undertaking. A previous so-called “landscape contractor” dumped a load of soil and dirt into a pile in the front yard, somewhat raked it out and then loaded it down with shrubs and grasses. Then “see ya”
Some of the oldest gardens ever designed were built thousands of years ago in Japan. Many of them have stood the “test of time”. This client, desiring a “Japanese garden”, took it one step further by utilizing the aspects of a Japanese rock garden (枯山水 karesansui) or “dry landscape” garden.
It was 9-11-17 when I got a telephone call from a very unique woman regarding a woodland landscaping project. After our phone conversation, which was both informative and full of laughter; I thought to myself “this lady is one of a kind”. I always heard birds of a feather flock together so I suppose that’s why we got along so well right from the get-go.
Welcome to Spring City Pennsylvania the home of farms and town houses. Most townhouses are left with very little space to do anything with. Then, to top that off; these residences are all landscaped (according to builder association codes) with an unappealing four (4) shrub planting, toss in a tad of mulch and “see ya”. When I first saw this place I thought of the Pete Seeger song “little houses” which went something like this:
This residential setting located in Paramus of Bergen County with its dark slate grey exterior, white shutters and a light slate grey paver entrance was screaming for color to make it shine. Using masses of all summer long blooming petunias, splashes of begonias throughout and the bright yellows of marigolds adding interest, the front bed area of the low-growing cypress and the hydrangeas was completely filled in.
This small backyard in Teaneck NJ was quite unruly, overgrown, and old when we arrived. The existing plants were planted with no rhyme or reason. None had been properly pruned or trimmed and years, some had dead branches throughout the interior growth, and some were plain dead.
Who says shade gardening can’t be interesting? This HoHoKus residence located in northern New Jersey was just that. The front of this house had sporadic patches of ground covers which weren’t very attractive and numerous areas of bare ground. Many shade and deer resistant plants have been selected so that this install flourishes with time. Some of the material’s selected were, Ilex Steeds, Variegated and other species of boxwoods, leucothoe, and vinca, a great ground cover for dense shade gardening.
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.
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.
A solution to this drainage problem was to install a trench drain box the entire length of the door thus catching the water before entering. The water then is diverted to the side to naturally flow away down the property.
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.