12.06.19

Winter Flower Arrangement

Posted in Pruning, Uncategorized, Winter Landscape at 6:31 AM by Administrator

We enjoy being artistic and making things that do not cost money. We made this winter flower arrangement by picking up some fallen limbs of a white birch tree (they were resting on the ground in these pieces), kept some of the flowers from some perennials that we pruned to the ground as we were preparing a garden bed for winter and included some greens from a foundation shrub that we pruned and limbs from a christmas tree that were pruned off so the christmas tree would sit in the stand.

By combining all of these materials, we were able to make this winter flower arrangement without buying any materials.

Winter flower arrangement in Georgetown, MA.

For information about how Artistic Landscapes can help you with your pruning or decorating needs, please contact us at 978.948.2900.

12.03.19

Winter Wonderland

Posted in Uncategorized, Winter Landscape at 10:43 PM by Administrator

The snowfall from yesterday and today created some beautiful landscapes. I was appreciating the beauty during the many hours of plowing that we did. Following is a picture of a deer watching me plow in Ipswich followed by an example of the roads in Topsfield.

I was being supervised while plowing in Ipswich by a couple of deer (the other deer is just to the right of this picture).
Snow covered trees in Topsfield.

For information about having Artistic Landscapes LLC help you with your snow plowing needs, please call us at 978.948.2900 or stop by our offices on Route One, 111 Newburyport Turnpike, in Rowley, MA.

11.20.19

Leaf Clean-ups

Posted in Plants, Pruning, Uncategorized, Winter Landscape at 7:07 PM by Administrator

We are in the midst of our Fall clean-ups and picking up leaves for our clients prior to Thanksgiving. Despite the very cold weather and constant rain today, we were able to be successful in this leaf cleanup for a Georgetown family. I thank Will, Jesse & Kevin for all of their hard work today in weather that did not make any of us happy to be working outdoors but we got the projects done!

I believe this property had more wet Oak leaves than we wanted, but we were able to remove all of them!

Too many leaves on the grass for a Georgetown family

This looks much better as we removed all of the wet leaves.

Fall cleanup in Georgetown
Leaf clean-up finished in Georgetown

For information about having Artistic Landscapes help you with your leaf removal or to vacuum up leaves that you have already piled near the driveway or road, please call us at 978.948.2900.

11.08.19

Curved walkway with granite steps in Georgetown

Posted in Masonry, Pavers, Uncategorized, Winter Landscape at 6:28 AM by Administrator

This Georgetown family wanted a paver walkway to connect their front entrance with the driveway. They selected Genest pavers in the Katahdin and Harborline styles. We complemented the pavers with solid gray granite steps for the front entrance as well as the steps within the walkway. We did not install all of the granite steps together as we wanted to stay more in line with the existing grade of the front yard.

For information about how Artistic Landscapes can help you with your landscaping and walkway needs please stop by our offices on Route One (111 Newburyport Turnpike) in Rowley, MA or call us at 978.948.2900 to schedule an appointment.

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.

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