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.

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.

07.30.20

Supervised by Lexi a Bernese Mountain Dog

Posted in Uncategorized at 6:51 AM by Administrator

Today Lexi turns 3. As many of you know, we have been caring for her since she was about 8 weeks old. She is a working dog as she has supervised many of our projects. Here is a picture of her when she was less than 4 months old and a picture of her just before she turned 3 years old. She has grown up to be a large, friendly dog who likes to supervise our work.

Lexi supervising the completion of a backyard patio and sitting wall around the firepit
Lexi supervising the installation of natural granite steps

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

07.28.20

Outdoor Kitchen

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

We finished this outdoor kitchen by creating a new sitting area in between the lawn and the kitchen. The contrasting colors of the sand and beach pebbles work very nicely against the stonework that we built for the kitchen cabinets. The porcelain tile floor provides of wide planks of wood grain tiles that are made to be installed outdoor. The kitchen counters are granite slabs.

Outdoor kitchen with built-in gas grill and granite counters
A close-up look at the outdoor kitchen with adjacent seating

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

07.22.20

Sod lawn

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

We planted a sod lawn after completing an outdoor kitchen. We prepared the ground with freshly screened loam prior to planting the sod. We do not roll the sod after planting it as we do not believe that is beneficial to our planting process. This picture shows the sod one week after the sod was planted.

Sod after 1 week of being planted

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

07.20.20

Raised counter on outdoor kitchen

Posted in Masonry, Pavers, Uncategorized at 6:37 AM by Administrator

We designed this L shaped outdoor kitchen for the stainless steel cabinets and refrigerators. Once we had agreed that the L shaped cabinets would work best for the flow of the kitchen, we decided to raise the the corner area between the cabinets as that added another element of interest. We raised the corner and built the stonework to emphasize this element.

Raised counter in an Outdoor Kitchen

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

07.17.20

Built-in Refrigerators in an outdoor kitchen

Posted in Masonry, Pavers, Uncategorized at 6:33 AM by Administrator

This family wanted an outdoor kitchen with storage drawers/shelves and plenty of refrigerator space. We designed the kitchen to include two refrigerators. The refrigerators are manufactured by Kalamazoo Gourmet. The refrigerator on the left has shelves for cans, bottles and food storage while the refrigerator on the right have shelves for wine bottles (the shelves actually allow the wine to be stored lying down).

In addition to the refrigerators, we installed various drawers and shelves in stainless steel cabinets that are manufactured by Napoleon. Having a cabinet door with shelves was helpful as it allows them to store some of their taller items, including a blender.

Outdoor kitchen with refrigerators and storage cabinets

For information about how Artistic Landscapes can help you with your outdoor kitchen or other landscaping needs, please call Tony @ 978.948.2900 or stop by our office on Route One (111 Newburyport Turnpike) in Rowley, MA.

07.15.20

Built-in Grill in Outdoor Kitchen

Posted in Masonry, Pavers, Uncategorized at 6:55 AM by Administrator

This family wanted an outdoor kitchen with a built-in grill. We built the kitchen with stone masonry and stainless steel cabinets. The cabinets are manufactured by the grill company, Napoleon. A family who we built a patio for last year loves their Napoleon grill so we looked into them and they have quality materials. The cabinets have a soft close and the insides have stayed dry even after the rain.

The 4 burner grill (plus the high heat burner at the back) have worked very well. The heat is pretty consistent and the family has been using the grill to cook homemade pizzas on a regular basis. The Napoleon grill has lights inside the grill which helps them see the food that they are cooking. The knobs are illuminated blue when the grill is not on and the knobs turn red when the grill is on.

Built-in grill with storage drawers for an outdoor kitchen
The blue knobs mean that the grill is not on as the knobs turn red when the grill is on

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

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