Landscape Designer Caroline Dudek won this years Honor Award for a Burlington hillside retreat. This back yard had limited usable space and the steep slope ended close to the existing deck. Once an eye soar the hillside swale is now a design feature and is functional at channeling water to a french drain at the bottom of the wall and moving water away from the house. A once uninviting and unusable back yard is now the clients favorite place to relax and entertain.
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.
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.
More and more poeple are intruducing sculpture into the landscape. Whether its artfully stacked stones, a large upright obilisk, a detialed carved piece of granite, or welded peices of steel they add character and structure to the garden as well as make an interesting conversation piece. So next time you are out in your garden think about planting some art.
Despite what seems to be endless rain, our crews have still been able to make progress on our projects! This project includes the installation of a water feature and fountain with lights that will provide a tranquil space for relaxing as well as aerate the pond to help control algae growth and sustain the trout. In the construction we used on site boulders hand selected by the client. A mix of ornamental and native wetland plants were used.
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.
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.
The weather might not be able to decide what season it is, but our designers’ minds are on spring and summer projects! With our skilled designers, any landscape can be transformed into a beautiful and functional outdoor living space. We work with companies such as Alliance Gator, Cobble Creek Nursery, Gardener’s Supply Company, Techo-Bloc, and Trowel Trades Supply, Inc. to ensure high quality materials.
Whether you embrace winter by hitting the trails, or push through with help from thoughts of sunny beaches, now is the perfect time to consider your landscaping. The dull grays and browns of winter may inspire ideas for a unique landscape design which could include colorful plantings, a stone patio, stone walkways, a water feature and more. You can also plan your Vermont landscaping so that there are still elements that add aesthetic to your yard in the winter, such as Winter Berry, Harry Lauder's Walking Stick, Red Twig Dogwood, evergreens and masonry. Winter is also a good time to observe how your yard handles rain, cold and foot traffic to determine if there are any irrigation, drainage or runoff problems that should be addressed. Rain gardens, drip edge, and retaining walls are just a few solutions to these problems.
Have wooded land on your property?
Do you have snags, dead standing trees, or are thinking about having hiking or snowshoeing trails in your back yard?
Landshapes is currently taking on more winter woods work! Let us create beautiful trails on your property for hiking and snowshoeing, or just have us clean up those dangerous snags and dead standing trees.