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.

04.12.19

Unique’s Tiki Lights

Posted in Landscape Lights, Uncategorized at 6:46 AM by Administrator

We are installing 11 of Unique Lighting System’s Tiki lights around a pool in Beverly. The lights are very tall (4′ or so) and have a great stake that should support the lights for years to come. Each light is secured to a 17″ stake. We compacted the ground around each stake to help keep each fixture plumb/straight. This picture shows the stake and post but does not show the top of the Tiki light as we were in the process of installing the light fixtures and connecting the wires.

Lighting around a pool

For more information about Artistic Landscapes can help you with your landscape lighting goals, 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.

04.08.19

Stepping Stones on a Hill

Posted in Uncategorized at 6:58 AM by Administrator

There are steep areas between some of the homes in Turner Hill Country Club in Ipswich. The homeowners had no access to their backyard or lower level except for going through the house. It was not ideal to have the personnel who came to service the AC units or perform other work for these families having to walk through the main party of the house just to get to the basement or backyard. To solve this issue, we installed large stepping stones around the plants so that people can have exterior access to the backyard and mechanical equipment.

Natural stepping stones through a steep hill in a Turner Hill Country Club residence

For information about Artistic Landscapes can help you with your landscaping goals and needs, please call Tony at 978.948.2900 or visit us at 111 Newburyport Turnpike, Rowley, MA. We look forward to listening to your goals and needs so that we can create a plan that will address those goals and needs.

04.03.19

Natural Stone Wall in Reading

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

This Reading family had a front lawn that sloped down towards the driveway and a failing retaining wall. After talking with us at the Boston Flower Show, we listened to what their goals were (to make some sort of wall that looks pretty) and gained an understanding of the type of wall that they liked. After these discussions, we designed and built a natural stone retaining wall that has minimal mortar showing on the face of the wall. We capped the walls with granite coping and prepared a small garden bed between the back of the stone wall and the lawn. These pictures show the difference between the walls that were existing and the walls that we built.

Natural stone wall with granite coping for a Reading, MA family
Close-up of a Pennsylvania flat type stone wall

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

03.27.19

How important is the finish of a stone to the look of a patio

Posted in Uncategorized at 6:28 AM by Administrator

The finish or style of a stone is extremely important to the look of your patio. Many people know what they like when they see it and because of that we can show you many options before you need to decide on the look of your patio. For instance, the following picture shows the same exact 8″ x 8″ natural stone and same color but we have 3 different finishes. One finish is the natural stone as it came from the quarry, a 2nd finish shows the stone with a penetrating clear sealer while the 3rd finish shows the stone with a penetrating and enhancing sealer (much darker color).

Natural stones that are the same color but have different finishes – creates a different look

During the design phase of your project, we will ask questions and listen to what you want prior to having any recommendations for which stone or paver will be best for you. You may want the darker finish (sealed stone) and we will provide you with samples of the stones so that you can decide if the darker stone gets too warm to walk on barefoot (this is important if you plan to walk on these tiles barefoot). We can combine different finishes in the same area as that will allow you to obtain a unique and impressive finish to your patio and/or walkway.

Please let us know if you are interested in learning more about these natural stones as are excited by them and believe they will make some beautiful patios and driveways. You can also see some samples by stopping by our offices at Artistic Landscapes, 111 Newburyport Turnpike (Route One) in Rowley, MA.

03.25.19

New Natural Stone line of tiles/pavers

Posted in Masonry, Pavers, Uncategorized at 6:31 AM by Administrator

Last week we attended a seminar on a new natural stone line of marble and travertine tiles/pavers which we were extremely impressive to us. These natural stones can be used as a paver for a walkway or patio as they can be cut with a uniform thickness of 1 3/16″. Other natural stones that they fabricate are cut with a uniform thickness of 2 1/4″ and can be used as a driveway. They are very slip resistant as they are not slippery (eventhough they are marble or travertine). They do not get as hot, temperature wise, as bluestone can.

Natural stones for patios, walls and driveways
Natural stones for patios, walls and driveways now available in Massachusetts

Please let us know if you are interested in learning more about these natural stones as are excited by them and believe they will make some beautiful patios and driveways. You can also see some samples by stopping by our offices at Artistic Landscapes, 111 Newburyport Turnpike (Route One) in Rowley, MA.

03.20.19

Do I need to Replace the Footing to my Steps

Posted in Uncategorized at 7:11 AM by Administrator

We are often asked if the footing needs to be replaced when we are updating a set of masonry steps. The answer is ‘it depends’. If the footing is still level and structurally sound then you probably do not need to change the footing (if you had wood steps and are now changing to stone steps then the footing may not be adequate to support the weight of the stone steps, so it might need to be changed). We built a walkway and steps for an Andover family and listed the footing as optional in our proposal/contract because ‘the existing steps were not that bad’. But, after we removed the brick steps we were able to see the existing footing. Because the edges were damaged and the center of the footing was showing signs of deterioration, the homeowner and Artistic Landscapes agreed that it would be best to remove the footing and for us to build a new footing. As a result we removed the footing and found out that over the years the footing was ‘improved’ at different times. Parts of the footing were more than 16″ thick. We needed a jackhammer to breakup the old footing so that we could move it.

Old concrete footing that failed upon inspection for this Andover family
Removal of the large concrete footing – jackhammering was required

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

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