12.11.19

Loose stone wall along property line

Posted in Masonry, Uncategorized at 6:44 AM by Administrator

This Groveland family had the property line marked with stones but was not a proper wall. Artistic Landscapes was hired to build a natural stone wall that is dry laid (no cement or mortar) along the front property line. The homeowners gathered stones from their property so that we had more stones to work with. We built the two sided natural stone wall with stones that were already on the property.

The existing stones lining the front property line
Completed farmers wall along the front property line for a Groveland family
This is what the top of the farmers wall looks like

For information about how Artistic Landscapes can help you improve the look of your property, please call 978.948.2900 to setup an appointment or stop by our offices on Route One (111 Newburyport Turnpike) in Rowley, MA.

12.09.19

How to prep for a paver walkway?

Posted in Masonry, Pavers, Uncategorized at 6:37 AM by Administrator

We were asked what needs to be done to prep for a paver walkway, thus we thought we would discuss this here today. The first thing that we do is start digging out the existing loam or materials as we will need to install a compacted stone base. We figure out how deep to dig based on the type of soil that exists on the side and if the walkway is going to be used for just people to walk on or if there will be vehicles driving on it. If vehicles are going to drive on it, then that is a different conversation as this conversation assumes that it is just for people to walk on. We will normally dig 8″ – 10″ deep and about a foot wider than the walkway. It is important to dig deep enough and wide enough to allow for the stone base to have enough holding capacity to hold the pavers while allowing for water to drain into the native soil. We use a laser level to ensure that we will have a consistent grade of the base materials as we do not some areas of the walkway to have 10″ of crushed stone while other areas have only 6″. We recommend reading the ICPI website for more information.

Excavated base beneath a paver patio in Georgetown, MA

If you would like to see how Artistic Landscapes can help you with your walkway and patio needs, please call us at 978.948.2900 or stop by our offices on Route One (111 Newburyport Turnpike) in Rowley, MA.

12.06.19

Winter Flower Arrangement

Posted in Pruning, Uncategorized, Winter Landscape at 6:31 AM by Administrator

We enjoy being artistic and making things that do not cost money. We made this winter flower arrangement by picking up some fallen limbs of a white birch tree (they were resting on the ground in these pieces), kept some of the flowers from some perennials that we pruned to the ground as we were preparing a garden bed for winter and included some greens from a foundation shrub that we pruned and limbs from a christmas tree that were pruned off so the christmas tree would sit in the stand.

By combining all of these materials, we were able to make this winter flower arrangement without buying any materials.

Winter flower arrangement in Georgetown, MA.

For information about how Artistic Landscapes can help you with your pruning or decorating needs, please contact us at 978.948.2900.

12.03.19

Winter Wonderland

Posted in Uncategorized, Winter Landscape at 10:43 PM by Administrator

The snowfall from yesterday and today created some beautiful landscapes. I was appreciating the beauty during the many hours of plowing that we did. Following is a picture of a deer watching me plow in Ipswich followed by an example of the roads in Topsfield.

I was being supervised while plowing in Ipswich by a couple of deer (the other deer is just to the right of this picture).
Snow covered trees in Topsfield.

For information about having Artistic Landscapes LLC help you with your snow plowing needs, please call us at 978.948.2900 or stop by our offices on Route One, 111 Newburyport Turnpike, in Rowley, MA.

11.20.19

Leaf Clean-ups

Posted in Plants, Pruning, Uncategorized, Winter Landscape at 7:07 PM by Administrator

We are in the midst of our Fall clean-ups and picking up leaves for our clients prior to Thanksgiving. Despite the very cold weather and constant rain today, we were able to be successful in this leaf cleanup for a Georgetown family. I thank Will, Jesse & Kevin for all of their hard work today in weather that did not make any of us happy to be working outdoors but we got the projects done!

I believe this property had more wet Oak leaves than we wanted, but we were able to remove all of them!

Too many leaves on the grass for a Georgetown family

This looks much better as we removed all of the wet leaves.

Fall cleanup in Georgetown
Leaf clean-up finished in Georgetown

For information about having Artistic Landscapes help you with your leaf removal or to vacuum up leaves that you have already piled near the driveway or road, please call us at 978.948.2900.

11.11.19

Edge restraints along a walkway

Posted in Uncategorized at 6:29 AM by Administrator

We design and build our walkways with manufactured concrete pavers that are secured on top of compacted crush stone by plastic edge restraints. We secure the edge restraints into the base material with 10″ steel spikes as we have found this method to provide a stable long-lasting edge. As you can see from the following picture, the edge restraints are set below the top of the paver as we do not want to see the edge restraints. Once the edge restraints are secured then we compacted the pavers and backfill the area outside of the walkway with freshly screened loam. The height of loam or mulch is the same as the paver therefore you do not see the edge restraints.

Edge restraints with 10" spikes keep the pavers from moving
Edge restraints along a front walkway

For more information about how Artistic Landscapes can help you with your walkway or patio, please call Tony at 978.948.2900 or visit us at our Offices on Route One (111 Newburyport Turnpike) in Rowley, MA.

11.08.19

Curved walkway with granite steps in Georgetown

Posted in Masonry, Pavers, Uncategorized, Winter Landscape at 6:28 AM by Administrator

This Georgetown family wanted a paver walkway to connect their front entrance with the driveway. They selected Genest pavers in the Katahdin and Harborline styles. We complemented the pavers with solid gray granite steps for the front entrance as well as the steps within the walkway. We did not install all of the granite steps together as we wanted to stay more in line with the existing grade of the front yard.

For information about how Artistic Landscapes can help you with your landscaping and walkway needs please stop by our offices on Route One (111 Newburyport Turnpike) in Rowley, MA or call us at 978.948.2900 to schedule an appointment.

11.06.19

How to determine where the front walkway should be located

Posted in Masonry, Pavers, Uncategorized at 6:57 AM by Administrator

This Georgetown family wanted a new walkway that would connect their driveway to the front door. They have found over the years that people walk on the lawn since many of the stepping stones were partially covered by overgrown grass. Although they knew that they wanted the walkway and they knew the pavers that they wanted to use, they did not know where to have the walkway meet the driveway. We helped them by drawing out the walkway with the location of the steps beforehand so that they could look at it and determine if the location felt right. After we painted the walkway lines, we moved the walkway a couple of feet further away from the house and made a larger welcoming beginning to the walkway.

For more information about how Artistic Landscapes can help you with steps or a walkway, please stop by our offices on Route One (111 Newburyport Turnpike) in Rowley or call us at 978.948.2900.

11.01.19

Fall weather and produce

Posted in Uncategorized at 6:38 AM by Administrator

We are entering Fall clean-up time as the leaves are falling and the weather is about to change. It looks like we will have some mild weather for the next 10 – 14 days before the first extended freeze/frost arrives. We recommend that you get as many leaves picked up before they freeze to the lawn as you can while still enjoying this Fall season. We are regulars at Marini Farm in Ipswich and have enjoyed their produce during this whole year. We are now enjoying the miniature pumpkins that we use for decorating as well as the various squashes that they grow. Enjoy this time because it will be winter too soon.

Fall produce from Marini Farms in Ipswich

If you are ready to start thinking about Spring, please call us at 978.948.2900 to setup an appointment and we can begin working on your landscape plans for the Spring. In addition, if you see that we are at our offices on Route One (111 Newburyport Turnpike) in Rowley, please stop and we can figure out a time for us to get together at your property to see how we can help you.

10.30.19

Natural Stone Front Steps with Granite Treads

Posted in Uncategorized at 6:47 AM by Administrator

This Haverhill family loved the idea or natural stone steps but wanted strong, sure footing stones for the top (treads) of each step. So, we showed them a variety of stones that we could build the risers (the part of the steps that is vertical) with and they liked the combination of gray and tan stones. Once we had those stones selected then the homeowner saw the tan particles in the Caledonia granite. We built the top of each step with the Caledonia granite.

We decided to include several vertical pieces of granite closer to the house and one solid piece of granite across the front of the top landing. We believe this added some more interest to the steps and was in proportion to the house (one big slab of granite felt like it would be too heavy/big for that step).

The following picture shows the prior set of steps. Note that the bottom step is wider than the top landing. Because the homeowner liked that detail, we built the new steps to have those same dimensions.

Existing steps that were replaced
Granite steps with natural stone risers in Haverhill

For information about how Artistic Landscapes can build you steps into your house or within your yard, please call us at 978.948.2900 or stop by our Office on Route One (111 Newburyport Turnpike) in Rowley, MA.

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