In the city, a client’s goals are usually more lofty and complex than those in open spaces. It seems most people want their own oasis to retreat to in the evenings and weekends, plus a soothing view from the rear windows. They don’t want it to feel crowded. With this in mind, we approach these projects with several strategies. Most city properties fit the stereotypical courtyard lay-out; they immediately make you feel “boxed in”. The goal is to get away from all the straight lines, straight walls, straight borders. By using curves in the walkways and retaining walls, we add a sense of flow and motion. Plus the different materials are a great way to add color and texture.
We also want to create different levels. This is accomplished with raised mulch beds and planting areas separated by ground-level brick or stone walking paths. Separating the courtyard into “rooms” is a way to create the illusion of space—this is done by using an arbor, a trellis, or plant screening. The city poses a multitude of obstacles for a landscaper. Before we can begin to design an installation we must take accurate measurements of all access points for plants, materials and equipment to get an idea of limitations. Proper plant selection is where the landscape designer ties it all together. Colors, textures, sizes, and shapes of the plants are the real flavor of the entire landscape project.
Improper planting of trees and shrubs accounts for the vast majority of problems that we see in young landscapes. New landscapes are long-term investments that can return sustained happiness. All of our landscape foremen have many years of experience, and understand the ‘why’ of planting. Our arborists direct plantings to ensure that they get placed in an environment where they can flourish. Who better to create a new landscape than the experts who manage hundreds of mature landscapes to near perfection?
Moving trees and shrubs to new locations in the landscape is common practice and necessary to maintain proper plant spacing as the sight matures. Digging, burlaping and moving large balls on trees and shrubs is an art form, and requires years of experience. Our landscape foremen have the knowledge skill and equipment to move even the largest trees.