08.23.19

What do I do now that my brick steps are dangerous?

Posted in Masonry, Pavers, Uncategorized, Winter Landscape at 6:59 AM by Administrator

This Topsfield family had two sets of brick steps that became dangerous. Some of the bricks had chipped while other had disintegrated and both sets of steps needed to be replaced. We were able to reuse the base/footing beneath the existing steps because the existing steps had not shifted. But, we installed new flashing against the lumber frame of the house prior to building the masonry steps.

We built the new steps with reclaimed granite as the risers (the vertical part of the steps) while the treads (the part where you step on) were built with gray granite treads that are 2” thick. The granite steps are all mortared together and we expect this family to get many years of maintenance free enjoyment from their new steps.

For information about how Artistic Landscapes LLC can help you get a patio, walkway, paver driveway or retaining walls that you want please stop by our office at 111 Newburyport Turnpike {Route One} in Rowley, MA or call us at 978.948.2900. Please ask us about our 5 year warranty as we believe we have one of the longest warranties that you will find.

08.21.19

Cobblestone Like Walkway in Salem, MA

Posted in Masonry, Pavers, Uncategorized at 6:41 AM by Administrator

This Salem, MA family wanted a walkway into their backyard and to connect their main entrance of their house to their driveway. This family selected Unilock’s Courtstone pavers in a blend of two colors. The cobblestone like feel to these pavers is perfect for a home in Salem. We were able to cut the pavers so that the curve at the end of the walkway is the exact same size as the curve in their trellis. This was important to this family as they wanted the end of the pavers to be perfectly aligned with the trellis.

For information about how Artistic Landscapes LLC can help you get a patio, walkway, paver driveway or retaining walls that you want please stop by our office at 111 Newburyport Turnpike {Route One} in Rowley, MA or call us at 978.948.2900. While you are at our Office, please look at all of the samples that we have on display. Our display includes 10 parking spaces that reflect potential paver patterns and styles, we have an outdoor kitchen that includes several samples of exterior grade porcelain tiles as well as other Unilock pavers.

08.19.19

What to do with an overgrown Rose of Sharon?

Posted in Plants, Pruning at 6:36 AM by Administrator

A Rose of Sharon is a terrific flowering shrub as the plants are often covered in multi-color flowers from August 1st – October 1st. A happy Rose of Sharon will grow to 8’ – 10’ tall and 6’ – 8’ wide. Although it is a beautiful flowering shrub, they often become too big for the area where it was originally planted and you have to decide whether to prune it or remove it.

 If you are wondering ‘what do I do with this Rose of Sharon that is too big’ then you may want to prune it or call us and we can take care of the pruning for you. Because the Rose of Sharon flowers in August and September, it is normally best to prune the plant anytime between November and March 1st.  This plant was touching the screens of their porch in Georgetown, MA thus it was time to be reduced. We pruned this plant on April 7th but eventhough it was later than the ideal time to prune a summer flowering shrub, it is still better to prune then rather than waiting another year. As you can see below, we pruned a significant amount of this plant off. The plant responded very well as the following picture shows.

For information about why we try to prune all Summer flowering shrubs from August 15th to September 30th and that we prune fall flowering shrubs from December 1st  to March 1st, please stop by our office at 111 Newburyport Turnpike {Route One} in Rowley, MA or call us at 978.948.2900.

08.16.19

What to do with overgrown rhododendrons?

Posted in Plants, Pruning, Uncategorized at 5:36 AM by Administrator

We are often asked ‘is there anything I can do with these overgrown rhododendrons’. If you think, I need to rip out those overgrown rhododendrons, you might be right but you can also prune them back into shape. Rhododendrons that are blocking your windows may be a problem but you have options.

During 2019, we reduced the size of many overgrown rhododendrons that were blocking some windows by pruning them extensively. We decided where to prune based on each plant. By that I mean, we made some pruning cuts about 2’ above the grade while other cuts were done at 3’ or even 4’ above grade. The cuts were made so that we would keep some of the green leaves on the plant and so that we will have clean cuts at branch intersections. The following pictures show what an overgrown rhododendron looked like when we showed up and how it looks like after we pruned.

Most of our extensive pruning of overgrown rhododendrons was done before June 15th so we expect all of those rhododendrons to flower next year. This rhododendron was pruned on July 29th. Because of the timing of the pruning, we expect the foliage to continue to grow but we do not expect this plant to be full of flowers next Spring.

For information about why we try to prune all Spring flowering shrubs before June 30th and that we prune summer flowering shrubs from August 15th to September 30th, please stop by our office at 111 Newburyport Turnpike {Route One} in Rowley, MA or call us at 978.948.2900.