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We Know Plants. We Can Help.

Friday, April 7, 2017

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.

residential landscape design
curved stone wall
outdoor stone fire pit

Start Thinking About Your Summer Landscaping Now

Tuesday, January 24, 2017

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.

Vermont Landscape Design
Garden Installation
Tree Plantings
Planting Bed Installation
Landscape designers new englandd
landscape installation

Installation for Failing Hillside is Complete!

Monday, June 20, 2016

If you take a look back at our previous blog post, "Failing Hillside", you can see just how far we've come! Even when you look at the "Failing Hillside Update!" it was hard to visualize how things would end up looking. But now here it is! Installation is complete and all that's left is for the grass to come in! The owners now have space to enjoy the outdoors, whether it's lounging on the patio or enjoying the stadium seating around the fire pit.

stone wall
bluestone patio
Outdoor Fireplace
outdoor living space
Vermont hardscaping
new england landscaping
bluestone walkway
Bluestone patio
new england masonry
Outdoor Living Area

Failing Hillside

Friday, May 20, 2016

This client had a failing hillside. It was nearly impossible and dangerous to try to mow because of how steep it was, and it was taking up usable space. The slope extended right up to the back of the house leaving the client without much of a back yard. We were able to turn the area into livable space with boulder walls and mortared core walls to support the slope once we dug some of it away. These walls will prevent the sandy ground from future erosion. We also added stone stairs that climb up to a patio and fire pit, which was one way we were able to utilize the slope. Eventually the upper hillside will be reforested with native species.

vermont landscaping
supporting rock wall
new england lanscapers
rock stairs
stone retaining wall

Little Fenway Gets a Facelift

Monday, May 16, 2016

August 12-14, 2016, marks the 15th year when friends of the Travis Roy Foundation will meet at Little Fenway in Essex, Vermont, to have a backyard WIFFLE Ball tournament. The Travis Roy foundation focuses on shortening the path to a cure for spinal cord injuries and helping spinal cord injured survivors who are in need of adaptive equipment improve their quality of life. Landshapes was able to help by re-grading and compacting the gravel so that it is handicap accessible. We also did drainage work to keep the pathways and fields dry. Stone slab stairs were set for access to the new field.

patio installation
pool installation
bluestone patio
outdoor living space
pond installation

Spring Is in the Air!

Thursday, February 25, 2016

Sunday March 20th at 12:31 AM - what's the significance of that date and time? That's the first day of Spring! For 92 days and 18 hours we will experience trees, shrubs and perennials leafing out and flowering. This is a special time in most gardens and landscapes; when plants stretch for the sun with the deep desire to propagate themselves, our landscape designers are hard at work creating beautiful and functional landscapes for our clients. Don't miss out on one of our talented landscape designers creating the outdoor living experience of your dreams! Don't hesitate, call today!

Landshapes (802)434-3500

landscape installation
plantings
garden installation
flower planting
stone design
stone pathways
vermont landscaping
Vermont landscaper

Outdoor Living At It's Finest

Friday, February 5, 2016

The area where this customer wanted to build his outdoor living Space had a 15 foot drop with the potential for flooding from the Mad River. It required the pouring of reinforced concrete walls which where tied into the surrounding ledge. This gave us a a large flat space to work with and no potential of flooding. The patio was laid with large irregular blue stone. 2 large planting beds were created flanking each concrete wall with large pieces of granite. The planting beds soften up the look of all the stone elements and brought some plant color and textures into the living space. We Installed a high tech fiberglass spa with all the bells and whistles into the corner. This included custom cut and thermaled blue stone coping and stairs. This spa also included a salt water chlorinator, UV light, Pentair Intelchem, Intelchlor, and an Easytouch controller. This created a maintenance free spa which could be controlled by any smart phone or tablet. The full size outdoor fire place was built with a Stone Age Fireplace Kit and veneered with Mountain Field Stone. It really throws the heat into the patio area. A hearth was laid with custom cut granite pavers to play off of the granite planting beds. With a secondary highway in view and privacy an issue a custom made cedar fence was built. It flanks the fireplace and blocks the space from a busy secondary highway, To bring the outdoor living space together with the entry, we laid a random pattern tumbled paver with an accent inlay around the perimeter to bring the build together..

Outdoor Fire Place
outdoor living
Salt Water Spa
Spa
Landscape Design, Landscape
Landscaping Vermont

Got Logistics?

Wednesday, December 30, 2015

How does Landshapes get 3,500 square feet of pavers, 245 tons of crushed gravel, 61 tons of sand, an excavator, and skidsteer into an almost entirely enclosed courtyard........Very Carefully!  Laying this Paver Patio was no easy task. We first craned in an excavator and skidsteer to excavate large amounts of soil in the courtyard while a small team of dingos moved the soil out a 6' door, thru a hallway, and out another 6' foot door to the driveway. It was then hauled off site. That same small team of dingos moved in all the crushed gravel and sand for the patio base. That's allot of trips seeing the buckets on these machines only hold about a wheel barrow of material at a time.  I large telehandler boomed in the large pallets of Pavers thru the 6' doorway then thru the hallway to the interior door.

Patio, Landscape Design. Landscape Instalation
Paver Patio, Landscape Design, Techo Bloc
Techo Bloc, Landscape Design, Landscape Instalation
landscape design and installation, Paver Patio
Paver Patio, Techo Bloc, Landscaping
Landscaping Vermont
Stone Patios, Paver Patios
Landscape Installation

Mycorrhizal Fungi, Do I need them?

Thursday, January 8, 2015

Most people do not understand how profoundly important it is to use Mycorrhizal Fungi when planting trees, shrubs, and lawns. If I ask most people what the main function of roots are they will answer..... to anchor the tree or plant in the ground and to take up water and nutrients. Well, only one of those answers is correct....to anchor the tree or plant in the ground.  The next main function of a root is to act as an attachment site for Mycorrhizal Fungi.  Mycorrhizae should be the primary way which trees and shrubs should take up water and nutrients. The fact that roots can take up water and nutrients is a secondary function which nature put in place in case roots where to loose there mycorrhizal association. Roots are not very efficient at taking up water and nutrients compared to Micorrhizae. They are thousands of times more efficient at taking up water and nutrients than roots. What you do when you inoculate roots.......... you are increasing the surface absorption area several hundred to several thousands times. This is how natural systems work....think of old growth forests no body ever watered or fertilized those trees yet they are extremely large, vigorous, and mostly disease free. How did they grow so health without any input from man? It is the Mycorrhzal association in the soil which gets the majority of the water and nutrients to these trees and shrubs and also fight off pathogens in natural systems like these. the next questions most folks have is, If they are suppose to occur naturalyl in soil all over the planet shouldn't the already be in the soil? The answer is no! Once you disturb, compact, or let soils go fallow you kill all of the mycorrhizae as well as the beneficial bacteria in the soil. they do not fall from the sky or blow in the wind or exsist in compost, so once they are gone they are gone.  They could only be introduced by another plant which has never been disturbed, is fairly old and is close enough to get spores over to the new plants. This may take multiple decades to accomplish and only if there is nothing in there way like streets, sidewalks, and buildings. So that being said all trees, plants, and grass should be inoculated with Mycorrhizal Fungi. You will find that plants will establish faster and are able to overcome times of drought as well as disease. For more information on this subject please go to our distributors website on these amazing fungi. http://hortpros.com

 

 

Mycorrhizal Fungi
mycorrhizal Fungi

An Interview With Jonathan Leduc / Vermont Homes

Monday, March 24, 2014
Check out the latest Interview with our Operations Manager Jonathan Leduc on the Vermont Homes website.  Jon talks about landscape irrigation, intergrating hardscapes into the existing landscape, the importance of a good landscape design, as well as outdoor living spaces in your landscape. 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Landscape Operations Manager
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