Plants along the front of a house in Newburyport?

Posted in Plants, Pruning, Uncategorized at 6:05 AM by Administrator

A Newburyport family had hired us to install their brick and cobblestone walkway in 2010 and then in 2019 asked us to design their front yard landscape. Based on the clients’ goals, type of curb appeal they want and their budget, we designed their new landscape to address those goals. Through the combination of evergreens and flowering hydrangeas, we were able to achieve the primary goals. We included some additional plants to further finish and make the front foundation gardens have year-round interest.

Because this family likes to do their own gardening but thought there was too much manual labor needed to create a new garden bed, we did the prep work up the right side of the house. The prep work included us removing the existing lawn before incorporating a few yards of compost/loam into the existing soil. Once we had the new garden bed area prepped, they were able to plant their own perennials and other flowers.

For information about how Artistic Landscapes LLC can help you with the design of your property or help you update your plants, please stop by our office at 111 Newburyport Turnpike {Route One} in Rowley, MA or call us at 978.948.2900. We have many of our plants tagged at our Office so that you can look at a variety of plants. As you will see, we have shade loving plants as well as plants in full sun.


What do I do now that my bluestone walkway is crumbling?

Posted in Masonry, Pavers, Uncategorized at 9:41 AM by Administrator

This Ipswich family had a beautiful bluestone walkway but it was crumbling and became a tripping hazard over the last few years. Because a large percentage of the bluestone pieces had layers flaking off, it did not make sense to just replace the problematic bluestone pieces. We removed the bluestone, many of the pieces just fell apart as we were picking them up by hand, and disposed of those stones. We were able to move the walkway a few more feet away from the house because all of the existing plants had grown into the walkway. By moving the walkway away from the plants, we will be able to keep the plants pruned so that they stay off of the walkway while staying full of foliage and beautiful.

In addition to removing the bluestone, we dug out the base as we prefer not to build a new walkway on a base of stonepack (stonedust and crushed stone combination). Plus, by moving the walkway then some of the new walkway was going to be installed where there was lawn. We did install a permeable base for their walkway. This family chose Unilock’s Westport style paver in the Steel Mountain color. The blend of colors within Unilock’s Steel Mountain color was able to provide them with a color scheme that is similar to the prior bluestone.

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.


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.

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