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.

02.06.19

Natural Stone Wall in Newburyport

Posted in Landscape Lights, Masonry, Pavers, Plants, Pruning, Uncategorized at 7:08 AM by Administrator

This restaurant along the waterfront in Newburyport wanted a seating area by a firepit that they had. We designed and built a natural stone wall that was tiered so that the wall could serve as additional seating while not obscuring the view. This natural stone wall was capped with granite coping after we installed low voltage landscape lights near the top of the wall.

Natural Stone Wall with Granite Coping

Natural Stone Wall and Granite Coping with mortar

For information about how Artistic Landscapes LLC can help you with your stonework needs (whether it is a patio, walkway or stone wall) that you want, please stop by our Office at 111 Newburyport Turnpike (Route One), Rowley, MA or call Tony at 978.948.2900.

02.01.19

Do you have to light all sides of a tree

Posted in Landscape Lights, Plants, Uncategorized, Winter Landscape at 6:13 AM by Administrator

We design landscape lighting systems to provide our clients with great value and aesthetics thus we include site specific information and our clients’ goals when designing a landscape lighting system. When a tree is going to be seen from all sides then we design and install landscape lights that will provide us with a constant amount of light around the entire canopy of the tree. In many instances, a tree is only going to be seen from one or two angles and there is a “back” side to the tree that does not have to be illuminated (fewer lights will result in a lower cost of the lighting system). This tree has a front side that can be seen from the main driveway while the back side is facing the woods and an extra parking area that is rarely used. Thus, we did not illuminate the back side of this tree. When you look at the tree from the back side, you do not get to see the bark or much of the tree as it appears to have a slight glow from the lights that are in front of the tree.

This is the back side of a tree that is not illuminated but the front side is illuminated.

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

01.25.19

Uplighting Mature Trees in Beverly

Posted in Landscape Lights, Plants, Uncategorized, Winter Landscape at 7:03 AM by Administrator

We designed this lighting system to highlight many of the trees that are along the long driveway for this Beverly family. The goal of lighting the trees was to provide the visual appeal of uplighting the branch structure of these trees as well as to have the light reflect off of the trees back towards the driveway. The benefit of having light reflect onto the driveway is that we are able to enable a person to safely walk the driveway at night and be able to see where they are walking.

Uplighting of trees along a driveway in Beverly

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

03.15.18

Boston Flower & Garden Show – Awards

Posted in Landscape Lights, Masonry, Pavers, Plants, Pruning, Uncategorized, Winter Landscape at 11:10 PM by Administrator

Earlier today we were honored to receive the award for Best Pavers and the award for Best Trained Plants.  I am thankful for having such great employees who worked on the design of our display and then fully implementing our design.  They did a great job.

If you would like to see our use of porcelain pavers for an outdoor patio, please stop by our display or call Tony with Artistic Landscapes at 978.948.2900.

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