Planning a Planting: Site Preparation Considerations

Trees that are in your work area need to be considered a future item.  If the health of the tree is questionable, is it a treatable condition?  What if the effort to save it fails, what will be involved in removing it once our renovation is completed?  If the tree needs corrective pruning, then now is the time to address … Read More

Planning a Planting: The Wish List

The area that is to be renovated has been laid out on paper and your plan is now in process.  Let’s take some time to look at materials that you would like to incorporate into your renovation.  First, list the plants.  What is it that you would like for these plants to accomplish?  The ultimate goal of a successful planting is not just … Read More

Planning a Planting: The Function – Some Things to Consider Before Developing a Landscape Renovation Plan

This old planting has become tired and non-functional for the homeowners.  They have decided it’s time to upgrade this area of their backyard’s landscaping.  Before sitting down to develop a plan to renovate an area, there are a few questions that need to be asked.  Here are some basic thoughts: What is the function of the planned renovation: an inviting entrance … Read More

Planning a Planting: The Project – Where do I start?

So there is an area in your landscape that needs to be renovated.  You no longer enjoy caring for the plantings and your gardening hobby has become a chore.  What to do. . . You’ve thought about this project for quite some time.  Newsletters and blogs have been studied, garden centers have been toured and local gardens admired.  You’re ready to invest some … Read More

Challenging Hillside Landscape? No Problem.

  When I got out of my truck and saw the site for the first time, I said to myself, “You have got to be kidding me!”  After the initial shock wore off, I started thinking . . .    “OK, how are we going to make this job happen?” Meet Tim. He is one of our landscape construction foremen.  Tim … Read More