Month: February 2012

13 Common Landscape Mistakes: 5. Proper Plant Spacing

Because most plants are not mature at the time of installation into new landscapes, there is a tendency to plant trees and shrubs closer together than they probably should be planted.  What happens is, everything looks good for a couple of years and then one day your landscape is out of control.  Resist the temptation …

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Brick and Granite Patio Installation in Redding, CT

Here is a brick and granite patio being installed in Redding, CT. A design you don’t see everyday.  When discussing materials for patios with our landscape clients, I always suggest using materials that already exist on the property and house and use those materials for any new construction projects.  The reason for that is the …

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13 Common Landscape Mistakes. 4. Planting Too Deep in Kent, CT

I was called to a property on the Kent, New Milford line in March. The homeowners, weekend New Yorkers, were concerned about their landscape. Their trees in this relatively new landscape are in decline. The first time I went up to the property there was snow on the ground. Considering the property is at the …

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13 Common Landscape Mistakes: 3. Not realizing the growth habit of a plant

Plants are like children, most are very different in how they act and look.  Some plants have hundreds of cultivars or varieties that might look similar to the parent plant but each can have a growth habit that is very different from cultivar to cultivar.  It is important to know what you are planting  before …

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13 Common Landscape Mistakes: 2. Not working with what you already have.

As a landscape designer, nothing drives me more crazy than homeowners and professionals who disregard the site analysis and history of a property.  Follow this simple approach for a successful and unified landscape.  If you have a lot of shade, install a shade garden.  Don’t try to install a bunch of plants that thrive in …

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