With colder weather creeping in on us, now is the ideal time to have our team winterize your home sprinkler system. Make sure your sprinkler system is free of water and that pipes, valves, and sprinkler heads are ready for the winter. The deep freeze is coming soon and no one wants cracked pipes during the Winter months. We’ll be in and out in no time and will even provide you with a “28 POINT SPRINKLER CHECK & FIX” report that details our work and the health of your sprinkler system. For more information please click here.
Archives for November 2012
For most of us, November is a time to slow down, focus on the holidays and enjoy friends and family. The year has rushed past and continues to race toward the New Year. With all this hurry, we barely have time to sit back, relax, and take a moment to really see our home and property. So put on a jacket, and let’s take a walk around your property. With the leaves gone, the flower beds cleared, and our gardens tucked away for winter, now is the ideal time to tour the grounds.
What landscaping issues have popped up this year? We had a hot, dry summer, but did you experience draining problems when we did have rain? Would a shade tree have been a welcome sight during the heat of the day? Have you decided that 2013 will be the year for a pool—or a Jacuzzi? Maybe a raised garden bed has been on your TO-DO list?
Whatever ideas or situations your home and property offer, use the slower months of winter to put your plan into action. Mark Stone and Charlotte Cox are landscape architects for ALL-N-1 Landscape Services. “Planning takes the most time,” says Mark Stone. “The more complex the project, the more prep time is needed for designing, construction and planting.” Whether a patio or a planter, a landscape architect has a multi-step process to ensure total success for every project. Below they share their process for planning your landscape goals.
The Initial Evaluation
- Meet with the client
- Listen to ideas, goals, interests
- Address problems, repairs, requirements
- Explore and gather information on property
- Discuss function of project
Create a Base Map
- Review home plans and survey
- Conduct a site measurement
- Including meters, existing structures and plants
- Utility lines
- Sidewalks and other
Create a Design
- Review with client to ensure needs are met
- Discuss ideas, options, and budget
- Adjust based on comments and results
Create a Project Bid
- What can be done internally?
- What must be subcontracted?
- Review and capture loose ends
- Organize with team and contractors
- Planning based on weather, availability of services & supplies, nursery stock and other incidentals
Because our weather can go from one extreme to another, these winter months allow plenty of time to address and review the process before the ground is workable. Plus, these pre-planning steps ensure everyone is ready to go as soon as the weather allows. This, in turn, means you’ll be able to enjoy your pool, patio, water feature, or raised garden much sooner in the season than if you started the process on Groundhog Day!
For more information or to discuss your ideas with a landscape contractor, call ALL-N-1 Landscape.
Here’s a quick and easy project that will get you started right now. Collect the leaves and grass from your yard—and your neighbors’ yards! Leaves = carbon. Grass = nitrogen. Carbon + Nitrogen = a high quality, humus-rich compost blend that is the ideal additive to your gardens and landscaping beds. No need to burn the leaves or drop them at the curb for the trash service to haul. Plus, with the 2013 changes expected from Johnson Country waste management services (yard waste not allowed), here’s a solution to save you money, contribute to our environment, and minimize additions to the landfill. Create a simple compost bin from old pallets and a few t-posts. If you need help with it, give us a call and we’ll give you simple steps to put it all together or just do it all for you. Or if you can’t compost on your property, you can still till in the leaves directly into your garden beds to increase the organic matter, soil structure, and nutrient levels of your soil.
“We just had a major landscaping project completed by All-N-1 and we couldn’t be more pleased with the result. We worked with Landscape Architect Mark Stone who created the perfect design for our 116-year-old house. Suddenly our limestone foundation and original porch skirting were revealed among the beautiful new plantings. Mark was so easy to work with, met with us several times before, during and after the project and I have no doubt he will continue to monitor the new plantings over the next several months. I can also say that we found the estimate and final cost to be surprisingly reasonable, so if you are thinking of new landscaping, don’t hesitate to contact All-N-1 and especially Mark Stone.”
This semi-retired couple had an extreme drainage problem in back that was getting their new hardwood floor wet. They wanted us to design their “ideal backyard” that included a large paver patio with built in seating around all the mature trees, a barbecue area, lighting, low maintenance planting beds, and comprehensive drainage systems.
To watch a video of the homeowners describing this project please click here.
To view more project images please click here.
“Tuck your plants into a healthy bed”. ALL-N-1 Landscape is proud to be an official distributor for GreenBed products, the best new garden product of 2012!
- Bed is formed from Faswall® panels, a remarkable woodchip/cement composite that lasts for decades
- All non-toxic materials: good for you and your plants.
- Assembles quickly with a socket wrench and a screwdriver.
- 20-30 year expected life.
- A beautiful addition to your garden.