12.16.20

Natural stone walkway in Ipswich

Posted in Masonry, Pavers, Uncategorized at 6:51 AM by Administrator

This Ipswich family wanted a relaxed, casual walkway to access their backyard. They showed us a walkway that they love and asked us to duplicate that look. Thus, we were able to customize the feel of the walkway that they had seen into a walkway that works at their house.

View of the natural stone walkway from the front yard.
View of the natural stone walkway from the backyard

If you have seen some landscaping feature that you like but don’t know how to build it yourself, please call us at 978.948.2900 as we look forward to helping you. We look forward to looking at your pictures and listening to your landscaping goals so that we can best help you.

12.14.20

Paver patio in Charlestown

Posted in Masonry, Pavers, Uncategorized at 6:39 AM by Administrator

This landlord wanted to provide a patio for the tenants but had limited access and limited area to the courtyard. After listening to their goals and their budget, we developed a design that included loose tan stone as well as a paver patio. The patio is large enough that each tenant can have their own space for their grill. The patio is built with pavers manufactured by Unilock and their Treo Premier style and Fossil color.

Patio built with Unilock’s Treo pavers in the Fossil color for a Charlestown landlord
View of the Charlestown patio from one of the condos

For information about how Artistic Landscapes may be able to help you with your landscaping needs, please call us at 978.948.2900. We look forward to listening to your landscaping goals and areas that need to be improved so that we can help you.

12.09.20

Paver driveway in Ipswich

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

This Ipswich family wanted to extend their driveway to include the additional garage bay. They had been accessing the garage bay by driving on the lawn. We built this paver driveway with Unilock’s Westport pavers in Bavarian color so that it would match their front walkway. The outside edge of this driveway is maintained with cobblestones that are set in concrete. As you may be able to see, we kept the cobblestones that are near the existing driveway lower so that the homeowner is able to ‘cut the turn short’ and drive over the cobblestones.

The driveway was extended by installing Westport pavers.

For information about how Artistic Landscapes may be able to help you with your landscaping needs, please call us at 978.948.2900. We look forward to listening to your landscaping goals and areas that need to be improved so that we can help you.

12.07.20

Brick Walkway in Newburyport

Posted in Masonry, Pavers, Uncategorized at 6:46 AM by Administrator

We built this brick walkway for a Newburyport family so that they could safely access their backyard from the street. The prior walkway was broken asphalt so we removed all of the asphalt and base materials prior to building this brick walkway. The bricks were repurposed from an old patio and the edging for the walkway was done with cobblestones.

Brick walkway using repurposed bricks and natural cobblestones along the edge for this Newburyport family.

For information about how Artistic Landscapes may be able to help you with your landscaping needs, please call us at 978.948.2900. We look forward to listening to your landscaping goals and areas that need to be improved so that we can help you.

12.04.20

Goshen Stone patio in Newburyport

Posted in Masonry, Pavers, Uncategorized at 6:40 AM by Administrator

This is a follow-up to the posts where we discussed building this patio but we never shared the final pictures. As you will see in these pictures, Goshen Stone varies in color and size. Some of these stones were 8′ long and 3′ wide. A stone that we installed near the center of the patio is about 5′ – 6′ long and wide.

The finished goshen stone patio in Newburyport. NOTE: the steps are 4′ wide.
This view of the patio shows that it is a permeable patio as the joints were filled with 3/8″ peastone. Larger loose stone serves as the mulch between the fence and the patio.
This individual piece of goshen stone is approximately 6′ long and 6′ wide.
This individual piece of goshen stone is the same length as the fence (8′) and it is approximately 3′ wide.

For information about how Artistic Landscapes may be able to help you with your landscaping needs, please call us at 978.948.2900. We look forward to listening to your landscaping goals and areas that need to be improved so that we can help you.

12.02.20

Paver Front Walkway in Ipswich

Posted in Masonry, Pavers, Uncategorized at 6:32 AM by Administrator

This Ipswich family was ready to update their front walkway from the tired bricks that have been there for many years. We helped them understand their options and since they wanted larger format pavers, we installed Unilock’s Westport pavers in the Bavarian color. Everyone is extremely pleased with how well the Bavarian color goes with the color of the house. We were able to maintain the interesting garden beds that welcome you to the front of their home.

This picture shows the original front walkway.

Original front walkway in Ipswich

This picture shows the front entrance with Westport pavers. We did not have a paver accenting the perimeter of this walkway as the accent became ‘a little too busy’ given all of the angles that are in the walkway.

Front walkway built for an Ipswich family with Unilock’s Westport pavers

For information about how Artistic Landscapes can help update your front walkway or build you a patio or retaining wall, please call us at 978.948.2900 to setup an appointment. We can meet outside to discuss your property and then work on the design via emails and phone calls.

12.01.20

Not everything was terrible this year

Posted in Uncategorized, Winter Landscape at 12:11 PM by Administrator

I saw this picture that we took on Lexi’s 3rd birthday and it made me smile. Our Bernese Mountain Dogs have appreciated the additional time and walks together. Although our lives have changed significantly and we do not have family get togethers, Lexi was definitely ready for some cake to celebrate her birthday.

Please call Tony at Artistic Landscapes when you are ready to start planning for 2021. We are already planning for next year and scheduling work for April. Thank you to everyone who had (we are still working towards finishing several projects before the end of this year) us help improve and change their property this year.

08.28.20

Hot Tub Installation

Posted in Masonry, Plants, Uncategorized at 6:15 AM by Administrator

We were hired by this Newburyport family to build the base for which their hot tub will be installed. Because of the weight of the water that will be in the hot tub, the base has to be reinforced and solid. We had discussions with their electrician and hot tub representative as to what they wanted us to provide for a base and where the electrical conduit needed to be so that the electrician could wire the hot tub. A segmental retaining wall was built to allow the base of stonepack to be compacted and level. We also included a layer of geotextile to further help support the hot tub.

For information 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.

08.17.20

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.

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