Cobblestone Like Walkway in Salem, MA

Posted in Masonry, Pavers, Uncategorized at 6:41 AM by Administrator

This Salem, MA family wanted a walkway into their backyard and to connect their main entrance of their house to their driveway. This family selected Unilock’s Courtstone pavers in a blend of two colors. The cobblestone like feel to these pavers is perfect for a home in Salem. We were able to cut the pavers so that the curve at the end of the walkway is the exact same size as the curve in their trellis. This was important to this family as they wanted the end of the pavers to be perfectly aligned with the trellis.

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. While you are at our Office, please look at all of the samples that we have on display. Our display includes 10 parking spaces that reflect potential paver patterns and styles, we have an outdoor kitchen that includes several samples of exterior grade porcelain tiles as well as other Unilock pavers.


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.


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.


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).


Patio and Grilling Area in Medford, MA

Posted in Masonry, Pavers, Uncategorized at 6:30 AM by Administrator

This Medford, MA family asked Artistic Landscapes for our help in designing a backyard for them that will look much better than what they have had and have a more defined purpose. Their goals were to have patio space for a large table and some chairs/lounges, a vegetable garden, a lawn and a space that they can use to turn a vehicle around.

We designed their backyard by using Unilock’s U-Cara wall stones as these wallstones have a similar feel and look as their house foundation. The wall was built so that they could have a long garden area which they plan on using as a vegetable and herb garden. We made an alcove to allow for the grill to be located. This alcove is sort of a mini-outdoor kitchen area and allows for more flexibility in the main part of the patio. The patio was built with Unilock’s Treo style pavers and Courtstone pavers as a border (the boldness in the color of the Courtstone help define the patio even further). In between the patio and the retaining wall, we planted sod.

The client has been enjoying their patio and grill space so much that they have not built the pergola that we installed footings for.

For information about how Artistic Landscapes can help you with your patio, driveway and landscaping needs, please visit our office at 111 Newburyport Turnpike (Route One), Rowley or call Tony at 978.948.2900.


Backyard walkway in Rowley

Posted in Masonry, Pavers, Uncategorized at 6:43 AM by Administrator

This Rowley, MA family has several dogs and wanted a 2nd large kennel for a puppy that they were going to get shortly. Because they needed a kennel and wanted something to keep the dogs clean (when the area was a lawn the dogs often went into the house with mud), we built them a large walkway and patio. This walkway and patio was built using Techo-Bloc’s Hera pavers in Chestnut Brown color. As you can see from the following picture, we built a short retaining wall, with Techo-Bloc wall stone, on the left side of the walkway so that the kennel area could be relatively level. The Techo wallstones and patio complement the stonework that was done around their pool a few years ago.

We felt a combination of curves and straight edges would make the space more interesting and aesthetically pleasing, which our client agreed with. But, because we were looking to continue the look and feel that was around the pool, we accented the perimeter with the same Hera pavers but we used just one size.

Techo-Bloc pavers in the Hera style for a backyard walkway and patio in Rowley.
Techo-Bloc pavers in Hera Style and Chestnut Brown color for a walkway and patio in Rowley, MA
The square Hera pavers were used for the perimeter of the walkway.
The accent along the perimeter of the walkway is built with one size of the same stone that was used for the body of the walkway.

For information about how Artistic Landscapes can help you with your patio, walkway or stone needs, please call Tony at 978.948.2900 or send us an email or visit our office at 111 Newburyport Turnpike (Route One) in Rowley, MA.


Memorial Day – Honor our Veterans

Posted in Uncategorized at 9:54 AM by Administrator

We thank all of the Veterans as you have provided us with safety and support for our great country. The Rowley Veterans Association parade begins at 1:00 on Monday, May 27th. This parade will stop at the Memorial Star Garden in the Rowley Cemetary. We are pleased that we finished building the brick walkway around the Memorial Star Garden that was designed and supported by and the Great Marsh Garden Club. This walkway allows for better accessibility to everyone.

Brick Walkway honoring the 5 military branches at the Memorial Star Garden in Rowley, MA


Memorial Star Garden in the Rowley Cemetary

Posted in Uncategorized at 6:22 AM by Administrator

We are very excited that the Great Marsh Garden Club selected Artistic Landscapes to build a brick walkway around the Memorial Star Garden in the Rowley Cemetary. We are going to provide a brick walkway between the asphalt driveway and parking area that is between the Town Hall and the cemetary. We are very pleased with the results so far and we look forward to finishing the installation of the bricks in time for the Rowley Veterans Memorial Day Parade on May 29th.

We found extensive loam around the Memorial Star Garden thus we excavated more than normal prior to installing 3/4″ crushed stone for the base of this walkway. As you may be able to see in the following pictures, we set the bricks on 3/8″ crushed stone (the 3/8″ stone was installed on top of the compacted 3/4″ stone).

Thank you to all Veterans!


High School Masonry Competition Results

Posted in Uncategorized at 6:09 AM by Administrator

On Wednesday, May 8th, the Massachusetts Trowel Trades Association (“MTTA”) conducted their 20th annual hardscape & masonry competition. I was one of three judges for the masonry competition. Thank you for having me as a judge and I am very impressed to see how many quality high school students are focused on masonry and hardscaping. It appeared to me that there was about the same number of females and males competing. Everyone did a great job and I expect they will do well in the future.



Thank you from Groveland Family

Posted in Uncategorized at 6:36 AM by Administrator

We transformed a significant portion of this Groveland family’s front yard in 2017 and we just updated the remaining area of the front yard. I am really proud of the work that Will & Jesse did on this next area as it looks great and the client appreciates what they did. The client said “We are so happy with the changes and enjoy the view everyday! Your crew is so efficient and thorough.” This multi-phase project consisted of us designing the front yard and installing the plants over a couple of years.

Client Thank You Note

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