We’ve tilled in the compost in the back beds and we’ve dug a hole for the magnolia. Notice we are filling back in with the same soil that came out of the hole. That keeps the roots from becoming root bound into a different type of soil.
We’re bringing in lots and lots of compost. We only get one shot at amending the soil so we have to do it right the first time.
After 30 years in this business I have become a huge believer in road maps for everything – especially landscapes. Most of the landscapes I see probably started with a good idea and over time plants were added either because the replacement plant looked kind of like the other one that died or was on sale at Home Depot. Eventually the landscape morphs into a hodgepodge of plants covering windows and entrances with various holes where plants have died. All of that to say that yes, we do landscape quotes but I have a friend, David Daigle, who is a landscape architect sit down with you and me and create a road map (design) so that we all know what it will look like when we are done. It may be a six month road map or a 10 year one, that’s up to you, but landscapes are not cheap and we both want you to be happy when we’re done and the design is the best way of ensuring that. Generally David charges $350 to design a backyard and another $100 to add in the front.
Take a look at our landscape page and you’ll see portfolios of work we’ve done, examples of some designs and a link to David’s website showing more photos and designs. Just to give you a feel, most landscapes start at about $3000 and go up from there depending on how much of the plan we implement.
It’s official. St. Augustine is struggling to recover from freeze damage the second year in a row. St. Augustine is a tropical plant, which means it doesn’t like 106 degrees or 9 degrees and in the past few months we’ve had both. What’s worse for our tropical St. Augustine is we spent over 100 hours below freezing. Take a look at our lawn in Dallas and you’ll see it’s still pretty thin even though bermuda has is half way out of dormancy. What should we do? Usually not a lot. If there is full sun and the watering is right combined with a good fertilization program it will come back. It may take a few months longer though.
Have you ever wondered if what you’re doing in your lawn is actually doing something? Check out this photo between the great work that Ramon our lawn fertilization technician does and the neighbor. He’s done a great job of keeping the neighbor’s winter weeds out of our client’s lawn.
How can you tell a great flagstone job from an ordinary one? Look at the joints in between the stone. Laying flagstone is like a jigsaw puzzle with no rules. Our joints are about an inch wide nearly all the others are 2″ or more.
Now it’s time for re-doing the front porch to match the back.
We’re dressing up an old concrete patio in Richardson today by doing a flagstone overlay. It’s really going to compliment her landscape and fountain that we installed last year. Andres does great work.