Hardscape Designs for Homes
What is hardscape?
In the art of landscaping, hardscape means the built environment or built aspects of the landscape design, as opposed to the grown or “softscape” aspects such as plants, vegetation, flowers, and trees. Hardscape can be large scale or small scale. Most landscapes incorporate some form of hardscape.
Examples of hardscape include the following:
- Fireplaces / fire pits
- Stepping Stones / Paver Blocks
- Walls / retaining walls
- Buildings / structures
- Outdoor Kitchens
Our team can help you realize your vision for a perfect landscape using hardscape designs incorporated into the layout. Whatever your dream space looks like, we can help you achieve it. Our experts are proud to offer advanced landscaping solutions for our valued residential and commercial customers. If you are a home owner interested in speaking with our team about your landscape design, contact us!
Express Yourself Through Your Home’s Greenspace
Your home’s lawn and landscape are, in a sense, an extension of who you are. You can express your personality and your interests through the design on your property. Our team is here to help you achieve your vision for a beautiful and relaxing outdoor space. We are committed to our customers and to putting their interests first. We have years of experience and our experts are highly trained and knowledgeable. You can trust us to execute your vision for a beautiful landscape.
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PLAN AND DETAILS
|Spring:||During spring, fertilize and water your trees so they grow strong and healthy in the summer. It’s a bad idea to prune most trees in the spring because they are actively growing branches, buds and leaves. However, it’s a good time to plant new trees, so do your shopping early so your tree is in the ground for the heavy spring growing period.|
|Summer:||In the summer, you should mostly leave your trees alone. Only conduct minor trimming or hazard removal if required. Unusually dry weather may require some extra watering, but if you water your grass regularly, your trees should be fine too.|
|Fall:||Usually, trees go into their dormant phase in the fall season. This is the time to do major pruning and trimming to prepare the tree for next year. Remove dead and diseased branches, trim the top and sides for access to sunlight and for shape and generally complete any work that requires more than a few snips.|
|Winter:||You can leave your trees alone during the winter. Protect them against the cold and snow if necessary. Use the winter to fell any trees that are dead, dying or may damage your home. However, note that winter is actually the best time to prune your trees. Arborists are also less busy, which may lead to lower prices.|
Pruning the tips of the branches every year on a lilac will cut off next year’s flower buds. Wait to renewal prune until after your lilacs bloom so you don’t cut off flower buds, removing the oldest branches to allow new young growth to form. An old overgrown lilac can be cut off at the ground and allowed to start over, but then may not bloom for a few years. What holds true for lilacs does not hold true for all flowering shrubs. Flower buds on roses and potentillas are formed on new growth, so pruning will not discourage their flowering.
It is better to plant shrubs and trees that will not outgrow their space. But renewal pruning or removing entire older stems and branches can control their size. Or you can even cut shrubs off completely at ground level to rejuvenate them.
Yes, recent research has shown the healing advantage of pruning branches exactly at the growth collar (a swelling of the union of the branch and the trunk). Do not leave a stub where decay, insects, and disease can enter. When shortening shoots, cut just above a growth bud facing outward from the tree or shrub. If you make cuts to an inward-turning bud, the new growth will eventually cross and rub other branches.
The latest thinking is that tree wound dressings are not needed on pruning cuts. Wounds will close by a natural callus with exposure to air.