05.13.19

High School Masonry Competition Results

Posted in Uncategorized at 6:09 AM by Administrator

On Wednesday, May 8th, the Massachusetts Trowel Trades Association (“MTTA”) conducted their 20th annual hardscape & masonry competition. I was one of three judges for the masonry competition. Thank you for having me as a judge and I am very impressed to see how many quality high school students are focused on masonry and hardscaping. It appeared to me that there was about the same number of females and males competing. Everyone did a great job and I expect they will do well in the future.

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05.06.19

Thank you from Groveland Family

Posted in Uncategorized at 6:36 AM by Administrator

We transformed a significant portion of this Groveland family’s front yard in 2017 and we just updated the remaining area of the front yard. I am really proud of the work that Will & Jesse did on this next area as it looks great and the client appreciates what they did. The client said “We are so happy with the changes and enjoy the view everyday! Your crew is so efficient and thorough.” This multi-phase project consisted of us designing the front yard and installing the plants over a couple of years.

Client Thank You Note

05.03.19

High School Masonry Competition

Posted in Uncategorized at 10:54 AM by Administrator

On Wednesday, May 8th, the Massachusetts Trowel Trades Association (“MTTA”) is conducting their annual hardscape competition at Whittier Tech Vocational School that day. There will be students from 6 schools competing in this competition. I look forward to seeing the great work of these students. I thank Whittier Tech staff for inviting me to be one of the judges for this competition.

Please wish all of the students good luck and I hope that they are able to do their best during the competition and each day.

05.01.19

The Importance of Drainage

Posted in Masonry, Pavers, Uncategorized at 6:45 AM by Administrator

We believe one of the keys to building a strong retaining wall and patio is to provide an appropriate drainage system. We typically install underground drainage pipes every time that a downspout is near our wall or patio. The drainage pipes will carry water past our work and empty into either an open area or into an underground dry well. The dry well is filled with crushed stone and lined with soil separation fabric.

The types of drainage pipes that we use will vary depending on the site and the location of the pipes. For instance, the drainage pipe that we installed in front of our retaining wall is a different quality of pipe than the pipe that we used to carry water under our patio. In this project, we did not install any perforated pipes related to the downspout disposal as we wanted to bring all of the water into the dry well.

Downspout draining into an underground drainage system
Heavy duty drainage pipe to drain a downspout under a patio
The dry well will accept the water from 2 downspouts and keep the patio and retaining wall from sitting in water

For information about how Artistic Landscapes can help solve your drainage issues or to have us build you the patio and/or retaining wall of your dreams, please stop by our Office on Route One (111 Newburyport Turnpike) in Rowley, MA.

04.19.19

Dogwood Tree during the Winter

Posted in Landscape Lights, Plants, Uncategorized, Winter Landscape at 6:23 AM by Administrator

This mature Dogwood tree is illuminated by 3 bullet lights. By using three lights on this dogwood, we are able to showcase its bark and branch structure without creating big, bright areas. The more uniform lighting around the whole tree pleases this Georgetown family.

What a Dogwood tree can look like during winter

For more information about Artistic Landscapes can help you with your landscape lighting needs, please call Tony at 978.948.2900 or visit us at 111 Newburyport Turnpike (Route One), Rowley, MA.

04.17.19

Pruning with Dogs

Posted in Plants, Pruning, Uncategorized at 6:32 AM by Administrator

As many of you know, I have two Bernese Mountain Dogs and they often work with us. I was pruning a Japanese Maple the other day and one of my dogs did his best to help prune (cut the branch and break it into smaller pieces). It is fun to have their help.

Pruning with a Bernese Mountain Dog

For more information about Artistic Landscapes can help you with your pruning or planting needs, please call Tony at 978.948.2900 or visit us at 111 Newburyport Turnpike (Route One), Rowley, MA.

04.15.19

Pruning a Viburnum

Posted in Plants, Pruning, Uncategorized, Winter Landscape at 6:44 AM by Administrator

We started some Spring pruning of plants that have not been pruned in many years, fruiting trees and to repair damage that occurred over the winter. This Viburnum is a very large shrub that is happy at its home in Georgetown. We were able to make some significant rejuvenation type pruning cuts and brought the shrub down from 11′ tall to 5′ tall in many areas. We left some stems at 11′ so that the family will be able to see some of the beautiful Viburnum flowers in a few weeks. This is the before and after look of this one mature Viburnum.

Pruning a Viburnum
Pruning a Viburnum
Viburnum
Viburnum after being pruned by Artistic Landscapes

For more information about Artistic Landscapes can help you with your pruning needs or help with planting, please call Tony at 978.948.2900 or visit us at 111 Newburyport Turnpike (Route One), Rowley, MA.

04.12.19

Unique’s Tiki Lights

Posted in Landscape Lights, Uncategorized at 6:46 AM by Administrator

We are installing 11 of Unique Lighting System’s Tiki lights around a pool in Beverly. The lights are very tall (4′ or so) and have a great stake that should support the lights for years to come. Each light is secured to a 17″ stake. We compacted the ground around each stake to help keep each fixture plumb/straight. This picture shows the stake and post but does not show the top of the Tiki light as we were in the process of installing the light fixtures and connecting the wires.

Lighting around a pool

For more information about Artistic Landscapes can help you with your landscape lighting goals, please call Tony at 978.948.2900 or visit us at 111 Newburyport Turnpike (Route One), Rowley, MA.

04.10.19

Drip Irrigation

Posted in Plants, Pruning, Uncategorized at 6:49 AM by Administrator

We believe drip irrigation is the best way to provide water to plants thus we install drip irrigation zones almost always when we are creating new planting beds. Drip irrigation is not visible since the irrigation pipes are buried in the ground. There are a variety of techniques that we use to install drip irrigation as the layout of the pipes will be dependent on the plants that we are going to water. If there are trees and larger shrubs then we will always wrap the root areas with a few loops of irrigation pipe, except for plants that prefer to have dry soil while we may install straight lines when we are going to water perennials or vegetables. Regardless of technique, we always install tees in the pipes so that the water will flow in a multiple directions throughout the irrigation system. We believe this extra effort will minimize the impact on the plants if the irrigation pipes get clogged.

For more information about Artistic Landscapes can help you with your irrigation or planting needs, please call Tony at 978.948.2900 or visit us at 111 Newburyport Turnpike (Route One), Rowley, MA.

04.08.19

Stepping Stones on a Hill

Posted in Uncategorized at 6:58 AM by Administrator

There are steep areas between some of the homes in Turner Hill Country Club in Ipswich. The homeowners had no access to their backyard or lower level except for going through the house. It was not ideal to have the personnel who came to service the AC units or perform other work for these families having to walk through the main party of the house just to get to the basement or backyard. To solve this issue, we installed large stepping stones around the plants so that people can have exterior access to the backyard and mechanical equipment.

Natural stepping stones through a steep hill in a Turner Hill Country Club residence

For information about Artistic Landscapes can help you with your landscaping goals and needs, please call Tony at 978.948.2900 or visit us at 111 Newburyport Turnpike, Rowley, MA. We look forward to listening to your goals and needs so that we can create a plan that will address those goals and needs.

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