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.

02.05.21

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.

08.17.20

Exposing the Root Flare of a Tree

Posted in Plants, Pruning, Uncategorized at 6:50 AM by Administrator

Planting a tree is more difficult than planting a perennial due to the trees size and trees NEED their root flare exposed. Most of the time, nurseries and garden centers sell trees that have been reinforced to stay upright by having extra clay/loam up on the tree trunk. I believe the thought is that if we (the growers) can have the tree stand straight up then people will buy it. That is fine if you remember to remove the extra soil when you are planting.

The root flare is defined as the area where the tree starts to get wider at the base. Normally the tree trunk is straight and about the same size then just before you get to the roots of the tree the tree will start to get wider and it is that area that is defined as the root flare. If you bury the root flare too deep then the tree will still grow for a number of years but as it grows it will begin to need more oxygen and water to help support the larger tree. It is at this time that the root flare being exposed is critical.

This is a 20 year-old evergreen that had its root flare buried about 6″ – 7″ below the grade of the mulch. Because the root flare was buried, the tree eventually suffocated and died. We had to remove a tree that should be a beautiful specimen after 20 years but instead they are back to having no tree.

Root flare was buried too deep which caused this evergreen to die

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

08.10.20

Getting plants ready for planting

Posted in Plants, Pruning, Uncategorized at 6:48 AM by Administrator

We are at the time of year that is great for planting. We believe you should help your plants get acclimated to their new home by loosening up the roots as most plants have been growing within a container or burlap. You will probably need pruners or a knife to pry the roots free of the rootball. By loosening up the roots, you help the roots grow outward from the plant thereby making the plant stronger and more viable. This is what a perennial looks like just before we plant it.

Loose roots for a perennial (Phlox) before Artistic Landscapes plants it

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

08.03.20

Pruning of Rhododendrons in Newburyport

Posted in Plants, Pruning, Uncategorized at 6:22 AM by Administrator

We did a significant amount of pruning on mature Rhododendrons this summer. We normally try to do our significant pruning of rhododendrons shortly after they flower (June or July) as that timing will allow the plants to recover and grow flower buds for next year. Although we can still prune rhododendrons, any plant pruned at this time of year is likely going to have only a few flowers next year as we will be pruning off most of the flower buds.

Here are a group of mature rhododendrons that were blocking the view out of the kitchen windows as they had grown too tall. Although we pruned them significantly back in the middle of July, we expect this Newburyport family will have some flowers on their rhododendrons next year.

Rhododendron that is too tall as nobody can see out the kitchen windows
Mature rhododendrons that blocked the view of the kitchen windows
Rhododendrons pruned so that you can see out the kitchen windows of this Newburyport home

For information about how Artistic Landscapes can help you with your pruning or landscaping needs, please contact us at 978.948.2900 or stop by our Office on Route One (111 Newburyport Turnpike) in Rowley, MA.

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.

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.

10.04.19

Monthly Weeding and Garden Bed Maintenance

Posted in Plants, Pruning, Uncategorized at 6:48 AM by Administrator

We provide garden bed maintenance for many families in the Ipswich, Rowley and Newburyport areas. This service is performed on a monthly basis where we will focus on weeding and pruning. There are some months when we perform more pruning hours while other months may be more focused on weeding. The plan is determined by our conversations as we tailor our work to meet your goals and make sure that you smile when you come home as the plants look better than you expected.

This is a picture of the hillside in front of our own building after we performed extensive weeding. This area was not a focal point for us, so we did not perform any weeding in this garden bed over the last few months. Despite the recent lack of attention, we were able to bring the area back to being something that looks great.

The beginning of the weeding and garden bed maintenance of the hillside in Rowley

For information about how Artistic Landscapes can help you with your landscaping needs including redesigning garden bed areas, pruning or monthly garden bed maintenance, please stop by our office at 111 Newburyport Turnpike {Route One} in Rowley, MA or call us at 978.948.2900.

09.27.19

Planting in Newburyport

Posted in Plants, Pruning, Uncategorized at 6:51 AM by Administrator

This Newburyport family wanted to transform their small front yard from an area that had a variety of plants growing into each other into a more defined garden area. We designed the new area to include some evergreens that will have red berries during the winter months, ornamental grasses that are great for dried flower arrangements while not impacting the beautiful, mature Japanese Maple that was existing.

This is what the front of this beautiful home had for their landscaping.

Prior landscaping in the front of this Newburyport home

The new landscape includes few plants while keeping a mix of loose, flowing plants (the Liriope and ornamental grasses) with flowering shrubs (the hydrangeas) and a couple of accent evergreens (hollies that will have red berries for the winter).

For information about how Artistic Landscapes can help you with your landscaping needs including redesigning garden bed areas, 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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