Landscape Beds and Entries

A beautiful job has all the right components.

Here is a professionally done landscape.  Take notice of all the colors, textures, contrasting sizes and shapes.  An interesting landscape is comprised of many elements, coordinated into one attractive theme.


Duncan – A before picture of a drainage problem.

This was another technical project for Landmark Landscapes.  Our customer continued to have water seepage in their basement.  Standard drainage proceedures were utilized to no avail.  In the end, a special group was formed consisting of various specialists and an engineer, with Landmark Landscapes being a player in this process.  We unfortunately, had to tear out an existing pavered walkway, boulders, lighting, and landscaping trees, shrubs and perennials.  The picture merely shows how we lowered the entire front yard by close to 24″.  With the grade down past the level where the house essentially sat on the poured foundation, the seepage ended.  Do to the grade change we were forced to come up with a plan that allowed for an attractive entry while still allowing easy flow of water from the home.  We came up with a sunken grotto effect.  The trees, shrubs and most of the perennials were saved and taken care of at our nursery, while construction ensued.  Do to the lay out and grade changes a bridge was required.  We wanted to re-utilize the pavers as well and this became a challenge as well, since we needed a bridge of concrete and steel for ridgidity.  In the end, most of the initial landscape was reutilized and the main water issues were fixed.


Duncan – During construction

Here is our work in progress on the sunken grotto.  Note how we took the bridge from reinforced steel, added 3″ of high tinsel strength concrete, and then ran our pavers right over the top.  We have 4′ reinforced steel and concrete piers on all four corners of the bride as well.  Don’t want it to move!!!  In the end, we will finish out this landscape using many of our customers initial plantings as we saved them when it proved beneficial.  I will take some pictures in a year and show you the project filled out with colorful plantings.


Duncan – Pavered Bridge Completed

Here is our first steel and concrete bridge finished in pavers.  Built from scratch, looks wonderful when under lighted at night.  I will provide additional photos when the plants fill out in a year.


Hidden Flagstone Patio

Wooded lots offer unique opportunities in the landscape arena.  This lot allowed for a secluded patio of flagstone.  Throw in some subtle landscape lighting and you’ve created a warm, quite, intimate space.


Klement – Project before and after pictures.

Here is what we began with on this project.  Little do I know at present but this is going to turn into a turn key project for us.  First in, last out… we inevitably walk this project right through all phases of construction.


Klement – Re-working a problem area with too much slope

Initially, they were thinking turf.  In the end, a dry creek with landscaping to stabilize the bank became a more plausible answer.  This dry creek bed handles hard rains, channeling excess water through both turf areas and landscaped sections.

 


Lee – An after picture

In this case, our customer had purchased a home and was left with some challenging problems.  The prior home owner had built a wall that didn’t fit into the new home owners game plan.  We were commisioned to take out the old and bring in the new.  The wall was failing in spots and re-building it with out having a source for additional stone to match, was not an option.  This renovation involved adding natural Limestone snap steps, pavered walkways, a patio, a pondless water feature and landscaping.  The customer wanted rock instead of mulch to lessen maintenance.  I’m still a mulch fan, especially when boulders are being utilized.  The mulch adds contrast to the boulders and really allows them to stand out.  For customers that are after reduced maintenance, this maybe the way to go.  In time, proper placement of plantings will allow for nice contrast as they mature and fill in the river rocked areas.


Natural stone wall with curves

Here is a nicely done natural stone wall.  It has nice curves, and functional steps that complement the wall materials.  The plantings choosen use a scale that compliments the wall well.


Outdoor living space, where does it start and stop?

I searched the internet to find the perfect definition of an outdoor living space, and to my surprise I came up short, even Wikipedia left me hanging.  In my opinion, creating an inviting outdoor living space is similar to that of changing your house into a home.  They both require an investment of time and materials. They both require the owner to personalize the space.  Some of the adverbs I’d utilize to describe this place would be, comfortable, welcoming, functional, interesting,… etc.  Establishing such takes ability, creativity, experience, and a personal investment in the effort (a.k.a “time and money”).  This definition includes both you and the people doing the work.

Outdoor living can consist of both structural and natural elements.  The tactful combination of these elements determines the overall success of the project.  Structural elements that come to mind include but are not limited to a pergola, deck, outdoor furniture, grill, patio, fire pit, hearth, etc.  Natural elements would be plantings, lighting, contours, fragrance, water, stone, sound, etc.  The outdoor living space is not to be confused with an outdoor kitchen.  An outdoor kitchen is simply structural elements in combination with the needed appliances to cook outdoors.   Therefore the outdoor living space may include an outdoor kitchen but is not limited to having one.  A growing trend in residential landscaping is that of placing more emphasis into the outdoor living space.  This is perhaps one of the most cost effective home improvements.

Improving your home is always a good investment. In the current economic environment, people are staying home.  Adding to your home’s value is smart, it positions you well if ever decide to sell your home as it makes your home more marketable.  At the same time, it improves your way of life and adds to your overall health and well being by placing you in direct contact with the outdoors.


Poolside – Projects

As I said before, pools make our job easier.  Look at the color and interest, couple that with the reflection off the water and you have a recipe for success.


Rose – Project before and afters

Well what do you think.  We gutted the pond and built an entirely new one.   Tree’s were added for shade and dimension.  Plantings were changed to better fit the design and mood we were shooting for.  Boulders and contours were added as a backbone to this landscape.  Finally, lighting was introduced, which tied the whole project together and extended the use of this special area.


Tennity – A beginning… there was turf?

Here is what we started with in July. A basic back yard with a large expanse of turf and limited landscaping. The Tennity’s had quite the check list of needs. Our plan covered most of them, and we added a few additions along the way to bring the entire project together. To date this has been my toughest back yard renovation and most rewarding. I’ve learned a great deal from this project. Namely, with the right equipment, planning, and motivation, anything is possible.


Tennity – After pictures.

Here are some after installation photos.  Note:  the color both in bloom and foliage.  Contrast is everywhere, and bold distinctions abound through this landscape.  We installed a retaining wall for the elevation changed to accommodate the pool.  As you can see we added a dry creek bed to eliminate trapped water.  Then we installed a flagstone path to the golf course.


Water Feature Lighted

All water features look better under lights.  Here the feature continues to add enjoyment into the evening hours.