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.
We are finishing up this project in South Hero! Naylor & Breen Builders, Inc. built this home designed by Brad Rabinowitz Architect. The landscape was designed by Cynthia Knauf Landscape Design Inc. We installed bluestone walks and patios with stone from Trowel Trades Supply, Inc. We planted trees, shrubs and perennials from Gardener's Supply Company.
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.
The depth in which a tree is planted is very important to the tree’s future health. If a tree gets planted too deeply, such as in image A, it can die. A tree should be planted so that the root flare is just above the ground’s surface. The root flare is where the roots move away from the trunk, flaring outwards. Do not mistake the graft for the root flare; sometimes the grafts can be exaggerated and look like root flare ( B ). A correctly planted tree looks like images C and D. Sometimes before planting a tree, soil must be removed to expose the root flare; the newly exposed trunk can be at a higher risk of damage from cold or sun. You can prevent damage by putting down mulch, but not too much. You want to avoid volcano mulching, shown in image E, which can also harm the plant. Mulch should be laid approximately two inches deep.
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.
Some of our crew is working on a new project, a barn on the lake! Monolithic natural cleft bluestone slabs are being used to create walkways and patios that match the large scale of the property. Sod will be installed in the joints to create a rustic informal look.
Our masons also masterfully pieced together split face fieldstone steps to create large continuous stair treads leading into this lake barn which will be used to host events with its amazing view up Lake Champlain.
We're almost a month into Fall and this hilltop home in New Hampshire is looking even more fabulous with foliage! In these photos you can see how a landscape changes not only with the season but also with time of day; here at Landshapes we're always considering how our work will look year round in sun or shade.