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    Landscaping a Steep Hill | GARDENS NURSERY - October 15, 2019 by admin

    When we talk about landscaping a steep hill, we think in the first place at plants that help preventing erosion or some other problem that might appear in this context. But what kinds of plants can we use on a slope?

    The best option is the planting of ground-hugging shrubslikeBlue Rug junipers, these plants being that type of groundcover evergreens that prevent erosion. The most important idea in the domain of the landscaping a steep hill is that the closer the shrubs are to the ground, the better. If the shrubs are high, then they will not fix the erosion problems from your propriety.

    There are also other issues that are to be discussed as concerning the landscaping of steep hills. For instance, many people encounter the situation in which the pebbles from theirpatiosare washed away. The best alternative is to use larger stones that will also help preventing erosion because they settle better on the ground.

    But the issues that I described above refer almost exclusively to the functional part of the landscaping of steep hills. There are nonetheless numerous people who want to have beautiful view surrounding their house or a luxurious environment. This can be achieved by using a large variety of plants and natural elements.

    The landscaping of steep hills is, in fact, a landscape design project that involves, besides the aesthetic resultant, scientific research. This refers to the fact that the landscape design is also a science that implies the knowledge on the environment around your house and the selection of the plants that can live well in that environment. Furthermore, a beautiful landscape design brings more value to your propriety.

    A well-done landscape increases thus the economic value of your propriety. Moreover, the trees can also reduce the speed of the wind thus creating a more comfortable atmosphere in your garden even in the winter time.

    The visual beauty of your propriety is enhanced by the creative landscape that soothes your senses and makes you relax while feeling the breeze that rustles the leaves in the trees.

    Landscaping of steep hills has also a functional value in the sense that the groundcover shrubs can help you avoid all the worries that the lawn maintenance may involve.

    All these considered, landscaping a steep hill involves the creation of a design meant to increase the economic, aesthetic, functional and environmental values of your property. This landscaping design involves thorough learning on how trees, shrubs, and natural elements can combine in order to create a unique, relaxing habitat. The most frequent materials used in the designing of a steep hill, for instance, are the plants that can moderate the environment around your home, or they can simply stimulate your senses like smell, touch or view.

    The plants express the principles of design through their form, texture, and color. A plant can be used to complement the house, such as the case of a ground plant used under a low window. Another example is that of the fine-textured foliage that creates a more uniform shade model. As concerning the colors of the plants, they should be used to draw the attention on a particular spot or to complement your house. Use similar colors because colors too have to complement one with another.

    In the landscaping of steep hills, you have to take into consideration some important aspects as concerning the environmental and maintenance requirements of the plants. Before you intend to use a certain plant in your landscape you should take into consideration the plants, cold or heat tolerance, their light requirement, the moisture requirement, the soil drainage needs, the pest susceptibility, and the plants, rate of growth and mature size.

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    Luxury Home of Week: Pill Hill mansion with Olmsted landscape - October 13, 2019 by admin

    Caroline Anders

    Boston.com Staff

    September 9, 2019 1:39 pm

    Many creatives have called this Brookline mansion home.

    Its library was originally a petite stage, designed for the owners Shakespeare club meetings and complete with wings and even a mirrored panel over the windows to block out the sun during performances.

    Famed storyteller Jay OCallahan grew up at 112 High St. on Pill Hill, a neighborhood named for its abundance of medical professionals. OCallahan has written extensively about his childhood on Pill Hill.

    Cabot and Chandler, hailed by writer Bainbridge Bunting in Houses of Bostons Back Bay as the Back Bays most competent designers in the Queen Anne tradition, designed the home for Charles Storrow, son of the prominent civil engineer and industrialist. It was built in 1884, and has been masterfully restored, listing agent Alan Cohen of Hammond Residential Real Estate said. The roof was replaced in 2006, and the entire exterior was re-shingled in 2008. The wood trim and front columns have also been replaced.

    The house features reading nooks aplenty: a window seat on a staircase landing, an alcove, and a gleaming glass conservatory, which was rebuilt from the ground up in 2013.

    Cohen called the current owners extraordinary stewards of the house, and said they went to great lengths to restore it to its original glory.

    For example, the home features stained-glass windows by celebrated artist John La Farge, but one oval piece was sold by a previous owner. Cohen said the current owners tracked it down to California and bought it to reinstall in the home.

    The state-of-the-art kitchen includes custom, lighted mahogany cabinetry, an upright freezer, a granite island, flooring with radiant heat, and a wine cellar. Many of the bathrooms feature touches such as marble-topped counters or claw-foot bathtubs.

    The home also has an apartment with a separate entrance on its lower level, in addition to an au pair suite. The lower level opens to the homes sweeping bluestone patio.

    Famed landscape architect Fredrick Law Olmsted designed the estates grounds, which feature a stone bridge, ravine, and the original rhododendron grove imported from England.

    The 8,437-square-foot estate has seven bedrooms, not including the apartment on the lower level; 6.5 baths, and a detached two-car garage. It sits on half an acre.

    The property is scheduled to hit the market Tuesday for $4,200,000.

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    Home [www.dmla.com.au] - February 10, 2019 by admin

    OUR MISSION :

    Dunn + Moran aims to provide design excellence by creating great people places through our collaboration with our clients. We aim to achieve this by creating an environment of mutual respect both with our clients and within our office.

    OUR FOCUS:

    Each project has an individually tailored service plan depending on our clients requirements and the nature of the project. We aim to design outdoor environments which are functional and beautiful landscapes for any scale.

    Dunn + Moran has an experienced, energetic team that can facilitate successful project delivery. We employ a logical design process and are proud of our teams professionalism. We provide our clients with direct access to our senior personnel for the duration of each project. Our experience and hands-on approach enables us to make prompt and efficient decisions in short time frames. Dunn + Moran delivers a high quality of service encompassing innovative outcomes and successful integration of the built form with its environment. We take pride in delivering great people places and demonstrate a passion for life between buildings.

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    We provide Master Planning, Concept Design, Schematic Design, Construction Services, Design Development, Contract Documentation, 3D Visualisation, Urban Design, Planting Design, Vegetation Management to our many and varied client base.

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    Scottish Landscape Art – Keith Salmons Personal Blog - January 30, 2019 by admin

    Autumn update September / November 2018

    Well then, its a fair time since I updated this homepage and a lot has been happening. Ive spent much of the time since the Painting with Sound exhibition at the Barony Centre, simply painting and trying to catch up with all the paperwork that needed to be done! Over this period a number of exhibition opportunities have arisen and so the main focus of this new blog is to tell you about these shows.

    The Biscuit Factory Autumn Exhibition September 8th October 28th

    As you may know, I have over the past few years, shown some of my paintings at the fabulous Biscuit Factory in Newcastle upon Tyne. Back in the spring the gallery once again contacted me and asked if Id like to show some more work with them, this time in their Autumn 2018 exhibition. I of course accepted and during the summer have been working on several new pieces specifically for this show. One of them is this new 80 x 80cm acrylic and pastel painting based on a walk we did in Sutherland back in May. The hill, Meallan a Chuail, is quite rugged and although only 750m, is a far more interesting summit than its slightly bigger neighbour, Beinn Leoid .which was originally our target.

    It really was an enjoyable and quite exhilarating day and we had the hill to ourselves. Even as we made our way up the ridge, I was thinking about how I might make a painting and I had started it within a few weeks of returning home to Irvine. As an aside, the folk at the Biscuit Factory have also asked me to give a short talk about my work and in particular, about how I have in recent years, started to use sound alongside paint. Sound engineers, Graham Byron and Drew Kirkland who I have been working with now for several years, will be travelling with me to Newcastle to set up and exhibit the Kylesku Project, our first audio painting, so that people who attend the talk will also get the opportunity to experience this new more immersive form of landscape. This event is planned for Sunday October 14th at 2pm. For further information and to book a ticket, please contact the Biscuit Factory.

    Moray Arts Centre, Findhorn September 4th September 23rd

    Earlier in the summer I was also asked whether I would like to put half a dozen small paintings into a group exhibition at the Moray Arts Centre, for a few weeks in September. Its a long way to travel but I kind of figured that we could make the trips to deliver and collect the work, into wee short walking trips ..taking the gear and the tent with us and then heading for the Cairngorms. That was the plan anyway, but just three weeks ago I heard that the three other people taking part in the show, had pulled out for various reasons .and I was asked if Id put a small solo exhibition on instead. After a short time thinking about this and checking what work I had available, I agreed. Nita and I did a flying visit about ten days ago to see the centre and to get an idea of the space and after a mad week sorting and wrapping the work, we went back on Monday to hang the show. We were very lucky in this as Graham and Tracy Byron kindly offered to drive up and help is with the installation. This made for a very enjoyable and stress free few hours. The show looks good I think and hopefully well get a good few visitors during the course of the exhibition. Of course, with a car full of paintings, there was no room for the rucksacks and so no walking but hey, you cant have everything!

    The Seagull Gallery, Gourock September October

    I was also recently invited to show a couple of small paintings in the Seagull Gallery in Gourock. The gallery has a rolling and constantly changing exhibition and there is a wonderful variety of work on display. For us living here in Irvine, it is just under an hour long drive up the coast and so made a very pleasant wee trip out when we went to deliver the paintings.

    Courtyard Studios Group Exhibition Harbour Arts Centre, Irvine September 21st November 4th

    We are once again holding a group exhibition of work created by the artists working at the Courtyard Studios in Irvine. The exhibition which will contain work by 17 artists, will include paintings, drawings, prints, jewellery, hand bookbinding, ceramics, leatherwork, photography and textilesso something for everyone to enjoy. Things have been such a rush for me recently that Im still not entirely sure which pieces Ill be showing in this show! I have a new 80 x 80cm painting completed and another on the go .so maybe one of these. Im also working on a new large graphite drawing and so this might be a candidate if I get it finished in time.

    Courtyard Studios Open Weekend Saturday / Sunday 6 / 7th October, 12 noon 5pm both days.

    Entry free, all welcome:

    This will, I think, be the 14th year running that weve held this event and its proved quite a success over the years. Its a great opportunity to catch everyone in their studios at the same time and to see all the new work that has been done over the preceding 12 months. Many of us have been working at the Courtyard for a good number of years, but artists come and go and this year we have three new tenants and so there will be completely new work to see in their studios. As usual, everyone is welcome and of course, being right on the Harbourside, there are many and varied places to eat and drink during your visit. As well as a big selection of paintings and drawings on show in my studio, I will also be exhibiting and playing the Kylesku audio painting again .so if you missed seeing and hearing it at the Barony Centre back in March, youll be able to catch it as part of this event.

    Well, thats about it for now. I do hope that you can get along to one or other of these events.

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    Bishop Hill Illinois | Welcome to Bishop Hill, Illinois - January 30, 2019 by admin

    In 1846, a group of Swedish immigrants seeking religious freedom left their native land under the guidance of their charismatic spiritual leader, Erik Jansson. The site for their new utopia, later called Bishop Hill, was described to them as a land of plenty, brimming with milk and honey, and they struggled to make it so. These Janssonists built a successful communal society based on economic and religious principles. Many of the structures erected during this building campaign still exist. The colony grew and flourished for fifteen years before disbanding in 1861.

    Today Bishop Hill is a quiet country village where the charm and character of the original colony have survived the test of time. Bishop Hill is a National Landmark Village, listed in the National Register of Historic Places, and it is an Illinois State Historic Site. Join us! We invite you to taste the historyof this once-bustling 19th century settlement. Sample our fascinating museums, quaint eateries, unique gift shops, and art galleries. Peek into the past at our seasonal festivals and holiday celebrations. Spend hours or days here with family and friends.

    Search Illinois Periodicals Onlinefor more ofBishop Hills remarkable history.

    Renew your spirit in this peaceful place.Discover why Bishop Hill remainsa utopia on the prairie today!

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    Olmsted Brothers – Wikipedia - January 30, 2019 by admin

    The Olmsted Brothers company was an influential landscape architectural firm in the United States, established in 1898 by brothers John Charles Olmsted (18521920) and Frederick Law Olmsted, Jr. (18701957), sons of the eminent landscape architect Frederick Law Olmsted.[1]

    The Olmsted Brothers inherited the nation's first landscape architecture business from their father Frederick Law Olmsted.[2] This firm was a successor to the earlier firm of Olmsted, Olmsted and Eliot after the death of their partner Charles Eliot in 1897. The two brothers were among the founding members of the American Society of Landscape Architects (ASLA) and played an influential role in creating the National Park Service. Prior to their takeover of the firm, Frederick Law Olmsted Jr. had worked as an apprentice under his father, helping to design projects such as Biltmore Estate and the World's Columbian Exposition before graduating from Harvard University. The firm employed nearly 60 staff at its peak in the early 1930s. Notable landscape architects in the firm included James Frederick Dawson and Percival Gallagher.[3][4] The last Olmsted family member in the firm, Frederick Law Olmsted, Jr., retired in 1949.[5] The firm itself remained in operation, moving from Brookline in 1980 and continuing in Fremont, NH until 2000. This created one continuous firm from 1858-2000.[6]

    "Fairsted" -- the firm's 100-year-old business headquarters and design office -- has been carefully preserved as the Frederick Law Olmsted National Historic Site, located on 7 acres (2.833ha) of landscaped grounds at 99 Warren St., Brookline, Massachusetts.[7] It offers excellent insights into the practice of large-scale landscape design and engineering. The site also houses an archive (access by appointment only) of the firm's designs, plant lists, and photos for hundreds of projects.

    The Olmsted Brothers completed numerous high-profile projects, many of which remain popular to this day, including park systems, universities, exposition grounds, libraries, hospitals, residential neighborhoods and state capitols. Notable commissions include the roadways in the Great Smoky Mountains and Acadia National Parks, Yosemite Valley, Atlanta's Piedmont Park, a residential neighborhood in Oak Bay, British Columbia, Canada: Uplands; entire park systems in cities such as Cleveland, Portland, Seattle,[8] and Washington state's Northern State Hospital. The Olmsted Brothers also co-authored, with Harland Bartholomew, a 1930 report for the Los Angeles Chamber of Commerce entitled "Parks, Playgrounds, and Beaches for the Los Angeles Region" encouraging the preservation of outdoor public space in southern California.[9] The report was largely ignored by the city, but became an important urban planning reference.

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    Durham Hill – Landscape Services for Homes and Business in … - January 25, 2019 by admin

    Landscape Design and Architecture Creating Beautiful Outdoor Living Spaces

    When you look at your backyard, what do you see? Grass and a few trees, maybe some flowers if you were proactive in your gardening this spring. Now for the tough question - What do you want to see? A uniquely shaped in-ground pool, complimented by a stone patio, steps, a grill station and bar? Whether this is your landscaping dream, or something else entirely, Durham Hill will make it a reality.

    Our award winning landscape architect, Thomas Earl, and his team of landscaping professionals have over 30 years of experience designing and constructing beautiful outdoor areas. From small projects like a patio or gazebo, to full outdoor living areas with a kitchen or waterfall, Durham Hill will create a design that is beautiful, maintainable, and perfect for relaxing and entertaining guests.

    Homeowners and businesses alike frequently choose Durham Hill for their hardscaping needs. Our residentialhardscape services include designing and constructing stone and brick patios, walls, decks, walkways, steps, stone water features, pergolas, and much more. Whether your hardscape features are part of an outdoor room design, or you simply need a retaining wall installed to manage water problems, well ensure the job is done right from start to finish.

    Our hardscaping services are perfect for commercial properties too! If youre looking to expand your restaurant with an outdoor sitting area, call on Durham. We can design and install a stone or brick patio meeting your exact space and budget demands. We can also incorporate water features like awaterfall or fountain for the addition of natural sound and movement.

    Have a parking lot or driveway with frequently standing water? We can solve that problem too! Our permeable paver services will add a creative touch to your commercial property while eliminating water retention issues.

    While Durham Hill specializes in designing outdoor living areas and hardscapes, were passionate about everything landscape including small landscaping projects and maintenance contracts. Not looking for an extravagant outdoor room, just something simple to relax in? Well build you agarden and reflection space instead! We use our planting expertise, cultivated while we operated as a nursery as well as landscaper, to build the most beautiful gardens. From color pallets to season of bloom, when you choose Durham Hill, youll enjoy a cascade of color and fragrance when lounging in your backyard spring, summer, and fall. You can also incorporate a small pond, patio, or stepping path for added visual appeal and leisure.

    Is your lawndead? Are your bushes overgrown, or existing hardscape features falling apart? Durham Hill is here for those needs too. We provide the best in hardscape repair and replacement including cracked patios, bulging retaining walls, and uneven pavers. Well also come in andrevitalize your property if its been neglected for too long. And you can always count on Durham for general lawn care services, including spring and fall clean up, grass cutting, tree trimming and more.

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    Home Bowman’s Hill Wildflower Preserve presents Native … - September 29, 2018 by admin

    Welcome to the Native Plants in the Landscape Conference @ Millersville

    PLEASE NOTE: There is major construction on the campus of Millersville University. When you arrive on campus via George Street, TURN RIGHT onto Frederick St., then LEFT onto Shenks Lane. The parking lot that we are using is the first lot on your LEFT. You will see signs for parking and registration.

    The 2018 Native Plants in the Landscape Conference will be held June 6-9, 2018 at Millersville University, in Millersville, PA.

    Inspirational field trips, educational workshops, engaging topics of concern, native plant and book sale, and native plant merchandise this is a conference you dont want to miss. Continuing education credits are available.

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    More information, as it becomes available, will be posted on here. Questions? Please email Wendy (Conference Coordinator) at brister@bhwp.orgor Sandy (Registration) at nativeplantconference@gmail.com.

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    While the subject of the conference pertains to native plant communities, the spirit of the conference is to build human communities among a broad range of participants by designing a conference affordable to all; encouraging formal and informal exchanges of information, and providing opportunities for social interaction.

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    Landscaping a hill – Ground Trades Xchange – a landscaping … - September 22, 2018 by admin

    Seedling

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    Landscaping a hill

    I have a client thats wasnt a low mait. landscape with perenials and flowering shrubs that require little or no mait.

    They have requested that i lay landscape fabric before i mulch this way there wont be a problem with weed but now that i think about it water + slope+ rain = erosion. Will adding landscape fabrics make the water run down the slope faster thus causing the mulch to slide down with it?

    Advice is greatly appreciated my design and proposal is due on Monday

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    Seedling

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    Most of that fabric have holes in it, so water can go through it. The mulch will usually soak up the water before it becomes a problem. I would try to talk them out of using landscape fabric, that stuff is a pain. My guess though is that it wouldn't be a problem.

    If you are still worried about it, an idea (might not be a good one) is if you use staples to hold down the fabric, don't pound them in all the way...leave a half a inch or so out of the ground (make sure they aren't visible through the mulch!!) and perhaps that would help hold the mulch in place.

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    Tell them that fabric will prevent weeds for the first year or two and that after that it will do nothing but gradually stick more and more out of the hill becoming more and more of an eyesore until they end up payoing someone to come in five years from now to rip the entire thing out and start over which will cost more than just paying someone to put a pre- emergent down in the spring and come in a weed it once a month. If you'd like to hear more i know there are some lively discussions in the archives on the topic.

    Making sure you have good soiul drainage will help prevent wash out of mulch. Plant it with fast spreading plants (but non-invasive) that will out compete most weeds. Mulch well. Apply a pre-emergent herbicide when finished and each spring for the next few years until the plants have filled in. Weed it periodically (once a month, every other month, whatever).

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    In my experience, fabric will prevent the perennials from expanding and filling in the 'bare' areas. I usually explain to the client that neat thing about perennials is that they fill in and expand so they are a great value for the investment and the fabric will prevent them from growing.Clients usually understand the counter-productive nature of that situation. Also, if the fabric has a slick sheen to it, the mulch will have a tendancy to slide down the hill.Overall, most of the material you have mentioned will perform better without the fabric. As the mulch decomposes and new mulch is added, any weeds that do grow will put roots into the fabric which makes then even harder to remove.Have I made my case?

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    Seedling

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    thank you very much guys im gonna have to tell them no fabric!

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    I'll disagree here. On large banks the goal is almost always VERY low maintenance. And since we all agree that weeds will be the major nemesis, I design with the idea that the plants will eventually fill in and shade out any weeds BUT in the interim, the fabric will significantly reduce the amount of weeds, especially in a sunny area. Perhaps in 3-4 years certain weeds will begin to infiltrate but by then the shrubs/ trees/ perennials will have begun to shade the area out. And with the plants, don't use any creeping varieties. They are not dense enough to shade out weeds. Use groupings of plants that get 2-4 feet high and spread out alot. And as for perennials, I generally advise that you keep most of them near the bottom of the bank because they require the most fussing. And it's fine to use the mat with the perennials that like to spread. We cut large holes around those plants with slits in the surrounding mat to allow for growth down the road.Remember too that the mat also significantly slows down the decomposition of the mulch because it's not in contact with the soil. This is definately a maintenance (and money) saver.I would say that if you definately knew the customer would be diligent the first few years with weeding/mulching etc., you could skip the fabric. But few are. Once you get past that stage, if the area was designed correctly, the plantings should take over and minimal weeding or mulching would be required.

    Whip

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    Fabric sucks.

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    Up North you may not have the weed problem we do, but even the heaviest, thickest plants have a tough time shading out many of our weeds down here (ie nut sedge, spurge, thistle, etc.) due to thier fast nature of growth and our prime conditions for weed growth.

    Whip

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    Invasive weeds eventually penetrate the toughest landscape fabrics, and knot into it...making them virtually impossible to rip out. If the mulch layer is thick enough, and pre-emergent has been applied (and reapp'ed if necess) before the plantings go into the bare formed beds, our experience is that any windborne weeds or hangers on can be easily pulled out. I'm with TrickyDick on this one for much the same reasons. And because...fabric sucks.

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    Raj, the key term in your first sentence is "eventually" and the key terms in your second sentence are "if" and "if" and "can." Until you get to the "eventually" (3-4 years) the mat will help and if they don't do the "if" and "if" and "can" (which they usually don't), the mat will also help considerably.Remember too we are specifically discussing a bank which invariably is harder to work on than a foundation bed, i.e. less likely the "ifs" and "cans" will be addressed.

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    Whip

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    Given the choice between insufficient mulch plus fabric and just insufficient mulch, I'd take the latter. I've seen a few windswept hill bedding areas where mulch was thinned out over time and the fabric was incredibly choked up with grass. Fixing the problem would be a big and dirty job.

    Seedling

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    But what about this, Sell the customer on the horticultural/ ecosystem advantages including their long term investment. Natural banks don't have fabric, they have succession. The process by which advantageous species spread, then when they have stabilized the soil, the mature plant communities can become established. That is the idea behind using things that will fill in. In our area you frequently see Staghorn Sumac filling that primary succession role. Did you know there are ornamental sumacs? Use them. Fabric won't let them fill. What ever you do over plant it.

    And another thing, offer your services to keep the bank maintained for those critical 3 years. Pull the weeds, reapply the mulch, apply the preemergent, prune it, etc. You could make a good payday, and take care of your "baby".

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    "Natural" banks also have alot of weeds, invasives etc. Not exactly what Joe and Jane Suburbia want. They also don't want to pay me $55-$60/ hour to weed banks. And we all know they don't have the time and their kids won't do it.The more I minimize the cost and effort of maintaining a newly planted area, the greater the odds that they will call me back within those 3 years for additional plantings. It's much harder to talk someone into a design for new plantings after you just handed them a large bill for maintaining the previous area.

    Seedling

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    guys thanks for all the great advice i used every bit in my decision. I have told the customers about all the downsides and they still want to go ahead and do it so i gonna go with the fabric becasue they want me to.

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    25 Best Landscaping Companies – Rock Hill SC | Landscapers - September 22, 2018 by admin

    Project: Landscape Yard or Gardens

    Date: 09/19/2018

    Request Stage: Ready to Hire

    Desired Completion Date: Timing is flexible

    Comment: need to grading

    Project: Deliver Soil, Sand, Mulch and Rock

    Date: 09/18/2018

    Product Needed: Mulch or Bark

    Size of area: Small (Less than 1,000 sq ft)

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    Desired Completion Date: Timing is flexible

    What kind of location is this?: Home/Residence

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    Comment: dump 10-12 yds of bark mulch on street where it can be carted to the back yord.

    Project: Install Sod

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    What kind of location is this?: Home/Residence

    Request Stage: Planning & Budgeting

    Desired Completion Date: Timing is flexible

    Comment: Trim trees and plant trees

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    Date: 09/17/2018

    What kind of location is this?: Home/Residence

    Request Stage: Ready to Hire

    Desired Completion Date: More than 2 weeks

    Project: Install Sod

    Date: 09/17/2018

    What kind of location is this?: Home/Residence

    Size of area needing sod: Large (3,000 - 10,000 sq ft)

    Grading required: Yes

    Old surface removal: Trees

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    Comment: we are clearing part of our back yard to create a nice grass area. the area presently is full of trees that we are taking down. the stumps will need removed and lot graded before sod can go down the area is about 75ft wide by 150 ft deep. can you give me a ball park number for this service?

    Project: Landscape Yard or Gardens

    Date: 09/10/2018

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    Areas to be Landscaped: Back yard

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    Project: Deliver Soil, Sand, Mulch and Rock

    Date: 09/10/2018

    Product Needed: Mulch or Bark

    Size of area: Small (Less than 1,000 sq ft)

    Request Stage: Ready to Hire

    Desired Completion Date: Within 1 week

    What kind of location is this?: Home/Residence

    Property Owner: Yes

    Comment: dump 10-12 yds of bark mulch on street where it can be carted to the back yord.

    Project: Landscape Yard or Gardens

    Date: 09/07/2018

    Design Preparation: Need design/plant suggestions

    Landscaping to be installed: Grass, Special planting area/Garden, Trees/Shrubs

    Desired Project Start Date: Unsure about timing

    Project: Install Sod

    Date: 09/05/2018

    What kind of location is this?: Home/Residence

    Size of area needing sod: Medium (1,000 - 3,000 sq ft)

    Grading required: Yes

    Old surface removal: Old grass or weeds

    Property Owner: Yes

    Desired Project Start Date: Within a few weeks

    Comment: Fescue was put down over three years ago and has not done well. I want to resurface yard (remove old sod) and level out with quality soil. Want to go back with a more heat tolerant grass....... Bermuda or zoyza.

    Project: Landscape Yard or Gardens

    Date: 09/04/2018

    Design Preparation: Need design/plant suggestions

    Landscaping to be installed: Trees/Shrubs

    Desired Project Start Date: Within a few weeks

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