02.26.21

Built-in grills

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

So many of us are moving towards having a built-in grill that I thought I would provide a few key factors on what to consider in a grill. The first is the size of the grill. I caution you from getting too big of a grill because you might not need the largest size grill that is available for sale. There are many grills that I can not envision in a person’s backyard but people want them because they might need the space someday. The bigger the grill the more gas it will require and the more space it will take up in your outdoor kitchen.

The quality of the grill will be largely dependent on the quality of the stainless steel. 304 stainless steel is the most common stainless steel. 316 stainless steel is marine grade and will last longer. The chemical composition between 304 and 316 is very different and we recommend only using 316 grade stainless steel if your grill is going to be exposed to ocean winds.

The three main brands of grills that we install are Kalamazoo, Napoleon and Lynx.

The Kalamazoo hybrid fire grill {K750} is made from 304 stainless steel, has 726 square inches of cooking area and costs $17,995. This grill can cook as a traditional gas grill or a charcoal grill or a smoker. It is very easy to use and it is compact.

The Napoleon built-in Presige Pro 500 is also made from 304 stainless steel and has 760 square inches (500 primary) of cooking area and costs $1,800. This grill has an infrared rear burner that can get up to 1800 degrees in a minute.

The Lynx 36″ Professional built in grill with 1 Trident Infrared Burner and 2 ceramic burners (L36TR) has 935 square inches (640 primary) of cooking area and costs $5,859.

As you can see, we normally install grills with 304 stainless steel but 316 stainless steel will be a better option for you if your grill is exposed to ocean winds.

If you have any questions about a built-in grill or want an outdoor kitchen, please feel free to call us at 978.948.2900. We look forward to listening to what you would like to have to entertain your family and pretty soon we will all be back to entertaining our friends as well.

02.25.21

Pruning Grape Vines in Newbury, MA

Posted in Plants, Pruning, Uncategorized at 10:13 AM by Administrator

This Newbury, MA family has more than 10 grape vines growing in their backyard. These homegrown grapes make terrific table grapes (they are not for wine). This is our first year of helping this family and we look forward to helping them achieve better tasting grapes than they had last year. As you can see from the pictures, we pruned about 90% of the vines and left just a few young canes.

Pruned grape vines in Newbury, Massachusetts. We will reinforce the posts in the Spring as that will help with the cabling.
The grape vines before we pruned them.

For information about how Artistic Landscapes can help you with your pruning, please call us at 978.948.2900.

02.19.21

Innovations in Outdoor Living

Posted in Landscape Lights, Masonry, Pavers, Plants, Pruning, Uncategorized at 10:39 AM by Administrator

Earlier this week, I attended a webinar held by New England Home – Connecticut magazine. This was a very interesting conversation as they had 7 panelists talking about some current landscaping trends and new innovations in outdoor living.

Because most of us are staying home almost all of the time, the trend has been to build multiple patios in a backyard but have each patio be small. After the small patios are built then the areas in between get planted to provide each patio with a private feel. This is helping families enjoy the outdoors while having some ‘me’ time. Interestingly enough, in my opinion, is that the trend is to plant pollinator gardens and food gardens because we gain a sense of calm and happiness by seeing the butterflies and birds around us while then being able to harvest our own food.

With our goal of being outdoors, a new innovation are screens that are motorized. By having motorized screens, you can be truly outdoors all day then lower the screens when the mosquitos arrive.

More and more people in Connecticut are choosing porcelain tiles for their patios rather than traditional pavers. The exterior grade porcelain tiles stay cooler than the typical paver and do not stain. I know that we installed porcelain tiles in an outdoor kitchen that we built in 2020 and they did stay cooler I expected.

Another trend in the outdoor living is that more outdoor kitchens included a pizza oven last year. Industry wide, pizza oven sales were up over 400%. The reason for this is that more than one person wants to do the cooking and by having a grill and a pizza oven then many families found it easier to get their children excited to participate in the cooking and spend more ‘happy time’ together.

Brown Jordan furniture has several new lines of chairs and tables that are able to be used indoors as well as outdoors. They have furniture to meet many different styles and plenty of colors to choose from. Their current lead time is 8 – 9 weeks. I think we are only about 12 weeks from Memorial Day so that might become problematic if someone wants to meet what I consider the start of summer (Memorial Day).

If you would like to discuss anything that was discussed during this webinar or would like to discuss your landscaping needs, please call us at 978.948.2900.

02.12.21

Dreaming of summer

Posted in Masonry, Pavers, Uncategorized at 7:17 AM by Administrator

As I sit here in the middle of winter, I am dreaming of summer and being sitting around on a patio looking at the lake. One company that is making pretty cool fireplace type units (they make the components that we can install) is Isokern. This video provides a couple of pretty cool ideas for an outdoor fireplace and was fun to look at it on a cold day.

Hope you enjoy and keep dreaming of summer as it will be here before you know it.

02.05.21

Why plant a tree – Byfield sunrise

Posted in Plants, Pruning, Uncategorized at 10:32 AM by Administrator

We often hear people say that they do not want to plant a tree that will get too big. We understand that a tree can be ‘too big’ if it is in the wrong location and you get concerned that it might fall onto your house. But, if a tree is planted in the right location, it can grow into a beautiful mature tree. Mature trees are beautiful all year but I saw this sunrise at around 6:45 this morning in Byfield. I couldn’t believe how beautiful the sky was and how terrific the trees looked with the sunrise behind them.

Sunrise in Byfield, MA

I hope you agree that today’s sunrise was beautiful.

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