09.06.19

Plants along the front of a house in Newburyport?

Posted in Plants, Pruning, Uncategorized at 6:05 AM by Administrator

A Newburyport family had hired us to install their brick and cobblestone walkway in 2010 and then in 2019 asked us to design their front yard landscape. Based on the clients’ goals, type of curb appeal they want and their budget, we designed their new landscape to address those goals. Through the combination of evergreens and flowering hydrangeas, we were able to achieve the primary goals. We included some additional plants to further finish and make the front foundation gardens have year-round interest.

Because this family likes to do their own gardening but thought there was too much manual labor needed to create a new garden bed, we did the prep work up the right side of the house. The prep work included us removing the existing lawn before incorporating a few yards of compost/loam into the existing soil. Once we had the new garden bed area prepped, they were able to plant their own perennials and other flowers.

For information about how Artistic Landscapes LLC can help you with the design of your property or help you update your plants, please stop by our office at 111 Newburyport Turnpike {Route One} in Rowley, MA or call us at 978.948.2900. We have many of our plants tagged at our Office so that you can look at a variety of plants. As you will see, we have shade loving plants as well as plants in full sun.

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.

06.21.19

Coolest Moth in Newburyport

Posted in Masonry, Plants, Pruning, Uncategorized at 6:48 AM by Administrator

I was in Newburyport talking with our client about how we are going to be able to help them this year with the front of their house. Once we finished the conversation about how we are going to enhance their front steps and add a stone veneer to their foundation, we walked out back to look at the stonework that we did in 2017. The stonework looks great, in my eyes and the client as well as this really cool moth…

I don’t think I have ever seen something like this, thus I took a couple of pictures then let it be (it was pretty comfortable resting on the top of the bench that we built around their firepit).

04.19.19

Dogwood Tree during the Winter

Posted in Landscape Lights, Plants, Uncategorized, Winter Landscape at 6:23 AM by Administrator

This mature Dogwood tree is illuminated by 3 bullet lights. By using three lights on this dogwood, we are able to showcase its bark and branch structure without creating big, bright areas. The more uniform lighting around the whole tree pleases this Georgetown family.

What a Dogwood tree can look like during winter

For more information about Artistic Landscapes can help you with your landscape lighting needs, please call Tony at 978.948.2900 or visit us at 111 Newburyport Turnpike (Route One), Rowley, MA.

04.17.19

Pruning with Dogs

Posted in Plants, Pruning, Uncategorized at 6:32 AM by Administrator

As many of you know, I have two Bernese Mountain Dogs and they often work with us. I was pruning a Japanese Maple the other day and one of my dogs did his best to help prune (cut the branch and break it into smaller pieces). It is fun to have their help.

Pruning with a Bernese Mountain Dog

For more information about Artistic Landscapes can help you with your pruning or planting needs, please call Tony at 978.948.2900 or visit us at 111 Newburyport Turnpike (Route One), Rowley, MA.

04.15.19

Pruning a Viburnum

Posted in Plants, Pruning, Uncategorized, Winter Landscape at 6:44 AM by Administrator

We started some Spring pruning of plants that have not been pruned in many years, fruiting trees and to repair damage that occurred over the winter. This Viburnum is a very large shrub that is happy at its home in Georgetown. We were able to make some significant rejuvenation type pruning cuts and brought the shrub down from 11′ tall to 5′ tall in many areas. We left some stems at 11′ so that the family will be able to see some of the beautiful Viburnum flowers in a few weeks. This is the before and after look of this one mature Viburnum.

Pruning a Viburnum
Pruning a Viburnum
Viburnum
Viburnum after being pruned by Artistic Landscapes

For more information about Artistic Landscapes can help you with your pruning needs or help with planting, please call Tony at 978.948.2900 or visit us at 111 Newburyport Turnpike (Route One), Rowley, MA.

04.10.19

Drip Irrigation

Posted in Plants, Pruning, Uncategorized at 6:49 AM by Administrator

We believe drip irrigation is the best way to provide water to plants thus we install drip irrigation zones almost always when we are creating new planting beds. Drip irrigation is not visible since the irrigation pipes are buried in the ground. There are a variety of techniques that we use to install drip irrigation as the layout of the pipes will be dependent on the plants that we are going to water. If there are trees and larger shrubs then we will always wrap the root areas with a few loops of irrigation pipe, except for plants that prefer to have dry soil while we may install straight lines when we are going to water perennials or vegetables. Regardless of technique, we always install tees in the pipes so that the water will flow in a multiple directions throughout the irrigation system. We believe this extra effort will minimize the impact on the plants if the irrigation pipes get clogged.

For more information about Artistic Landscapes can help you with your irrigation or planting needs, please call Tony at 978.948.2900 or visit us at 111 Newburyport Turnpike (Route One), Rowley, MA.

03.18.19

Serpentine Natural Stone Wall in Rowley

Posted in Masonry, Pavers, Plants, Uncategorized at 6:27 AM by Administrator

We designed and built this natural stone wall for a Rowley family as they wanted their gardens to be more accessible and enhance their backyard with a New England type stone wall. The serpentine design complemented the flow of the plants and remained consistent with the shape and flow of the other garden beds.

Natural stone serpentine wall in Rowley

Closeup view of the natural stone wall that we built in a serpentine style

For information about how Artistic Landscapes can help you with your stone needs, please stop by our office on Route One (111 Newburyport Turnpike) in Rowley, MA or call us at 978.948.2900 so that we can schedule a time to meet you at your home.

02.15.19

Lights in a Rowley backyard

Posted in Landscape Lights, Pavers, Plants, Uncategorized, Winter Landscape at 6:48 AM by Administrator

This family was looking to have their patio illuminated as well as make a significant hill appear more attractive than the dark imposing hill that it was when we met. Because this family has young children and a dog, we designed their landscape lighting system to have light fixtures that were installed in locations where it would be unlikely that someone or the dog would knock them over.

Thus, we installed several lights up on their house. These lights provide downlighting onto the patio and plants while one light is focused over the grill to provide task lighting. Other lights were installed up on the hill and provide up lighting towards the top of the hill and some of the trees. As a result of the combination of lighting techniques, we were able to provide a consistent theme across the backyard and a more welcoming feel to the area. These FX Luminaire lights are in the ZDC style so they can be dimmed and emit different colors as often as you want to change the colors or the lights can be programmed to be a consistent color.

Rowley Backyard with Lights that can be programmed any color

Landscape Lights with color options in Rowley Backyard

For information about how Artistic Landscapes LLC can help you with your landscape lighting needs, please stop by our Office at 111 Newburyport Turnpike (Route One), Rowley, MA or call Tony at 978.948.2900.

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