09.02.19

Playset Area

Posted in Masonry, Uncategorized, Winter Landscape at 6:08 AM by Administrator

This Rowley family wants to get a swingset for their young son but they did not have a level area in their yard. Thus, they hired us to build them an area for their future swingset. Even if you do not know what swingset you are going to buy, we can still prepare an area so that it is ready for when you select the swingset. We have found that an area that is about 25’ x 25’ is normally big enough to provide an area for a swingset, climbing wall and slide but it is best to get the actual size and layout of the swingset that you want in case you need a larger area.

If you are wondering, how do I build a playset area then we recommend reviewing the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission guidelines related to Public Playground Safety Handbook for some advise. These guidelines will not guarantee the safety of all users of your playset but it is what we use as guidance. I recommend doing your own research to figure out if there is better advice and recommendations on how to ensure everyone’s safety.

We always build playset areas with a drainage layer of ¾” crushed stone (over 20 tons of stone for this project) before installing landscape fabric on top of the crushed stone. This family selected Certified Playground Chips (approximately 23 yards of chips) to be the surface that we installed as the base of their playground.  The following picture shows the playground area that we built and is now ready for when they select a swingset.

 For information about how you can have a playground area prepped for you or for help in deciding where to locate the playground on your properties, please stop by our office at 111 Newburyport Turnpike {Route One} in Rowley, MA or call us at 978.948.2900.

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.

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.

04.15.19

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.

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.

02.01.19

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.

03.20.18

Boston Flower Show – Pergola

Posted in Landscape Lights, Masonry, Pruning, Uncategorized, Winter Landscape at 6:14 AM by Administrator

Artistic Landscapes LLC was able to enhance the kitchen area of our display at the Boston Flower & Garden Show that was held at the World Trade Center in Boston from March 14th – 18th, 2018 by installing a pergola that was made by Joe Caputo of Pittston, Maine.  The lumber for the pergola was milled from high-tension utility poles that had been decomissioned by a utility company.  Joe was able to repurpose the Alaskan Yellow Cedar poles into the beautiful pergola as well as the two stools.

Pergola built from re-purposed utility poles

For more information about how to contact Joe, please contact Artistic Landscapes LLC at 978.948.2900 or emailing us at Tony@Artistic-Landscapes.com.

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.

Boston Flower Show, Day 2 – 2018

Posted in Landscape Lights, Masonry, Pavers, Plants, Uncategorized, Winter Landscape at 11:08 AM by Administrator

It is a beautiful day and we are all enjoying the vibrant colors of Courtney Tanner’s hand blown glass bowls and bird bath as well as her ceramic bowls.  Courtney made us some ceramic bowls that look exactly like a half of a cantaloupe.  At this point, we have only 4 of Courtney’s hand blown glass bowls left and 1 bird bath.

Please stop by to enjoy these vibrant and useful bowls made by Boston artist Courtney Tanner.

 

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