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Using Annuals in the Landscape

At Designing Eden llc, the landscapes we design and install tend to have a lot of seasonal interest.  We accomplish this by using a mixture of various flowering trees, shrubs, perennials and groundcovers.  For most of our clients, that approach is more than sufficient in terms of providing enough seasonal color in their landscape or …

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Moving a Tree in Kent, CT

Today we moved a tree for a client in Kent, CT.  This tree was the biggest I’ve moved so far with the new tractor/loader/backhoe.  Even with 4000 lbs. of lift, we were right at the upper limit with the machine for this 5″ caliper Japanese Maple with a 57″ root ball.     There is …

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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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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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13 Common Landscape Mistakes: 1. No Landscape Design

Most homeowners and quite a few professionals start a landscape project without a landscape design.  They wake up, go to the nursery and start buying plants.  The plants come home or to the job site, get unloaded into a pile and then spaced out and planted.  At first, your proud of your accomplishment.   Then, …

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Landscape Renovation in Bridgewater, CT

I lot of people can put plants in the ground and a lot of people call themselves landscape designers but that doesn’t mean they are good at what they do.  I had an opportunity to redesign this landscape in Bridgewater, CT.  At the time, the house was only seven years old and when I arrived …

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