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Can Landscape Design Increase Tenant Safety? 8 Tips That Can Help Keep People and Property Safe

Some commercial property owners might believe that the only way to provide added safety for their tenants is to minimize landscaping and eliminate any feature that might pose a danger to building occupants and their customers or guests. But with a little careful consideration and a thoughtfully designed landscaping plan, commercial properties can offer both a beautiful landscape and tenant safety.

Topics: Hardscape Features In The Landscape Commercial and Public Landscapes

5 Proper Ways to Use Fences in a Landscape

Fences are one of the most challenging landscape elements. People often install fences without first thinking the project through and the less-than-satisfactory results can range from simply inappropriate to downright claustrophobic.

Most people use fences to create privacy yet they don’t realize there are different levels of privacy: full, moderate, and “suggested.” Wait, “suggested”? Yes, that’s a type of privacy in which an illusion of intimacy and separateness is created with light or low screening that doesn’t really hide anything from view, but rather suggests the space is set apart from the rest of the landscape. Knowing which level of privacy you’re looking to achieve will help you focus on appropriate designs and materials to create that specific effect.

Topics: Home Landscape Ideas Hardscape Features In The Landscape Designing Gardens and Landscapes

7 Reasons Your Commercial Entryway Outshines Every Other Area of the Landscape

The entryway to your commercial property is your first opportunity to greet your tenants, employees, customers and visitors. That’s why it’s so important to ensure that the landscape around it is top-notch in every way – from the overall design and plants to the built features and how it draws the visitor in. As a commercial property owner or manager responsible for the landscape, you should always start with the arrival experience and the main point of entry.  

Topics: Hardscape Features In The Landscape Commercial and Public Landscapes

Tips For Creating Beautiful and Welcoming Front Walkways Your Visitors Are Sure to Envy

Residential walkways and entries, like driveways, are often an afterthought for many contractors. Often front entries are equipped with plain, precast concrete steps and have no walkways to get visitors to the door from the driveway or street.

Topics: Hardscape Features In The Landscape Landscape and Garden Maintenance

2 Questions to Ask Yourself before a Landscape Design Project

How do I design an outdoor space that is both beautiful and functional?

If you’re looking to create an outdoor space suitable for entertaining and relaxation, you should start by asking yourself two important questions. While these two questions may seem simple at first and easy to answer, often the real answers lie a little deeper and require some amount of reflection and effort.

Topics: Hardscape Features In The Landscape Designing Gardens and Landscapes

Landscaping Patios

Patio - Raised Bluestone with Fieldstone Walls

An elegant solution to a grade differential between the house and the outside. Rather than add a deck, this family in Natick, Mass wanted to have a raised stone patio. The surface is a thermal bluestone which is surrounded by a fieldstone wall capped with bluestone. The walls double as seating walls as well as retaining walls.

Topics: Hardscape Features In The Landscape

Wall Landscaping Ideas

Walls - Retain It then Plant It 

Living on sloped land means needing to be creative about garden design. This retaining wall in Millis, Mass takes advantage of a two and half foot grade change from the driveway to the front yard by adding a stone retaining wall with granite steps going right through it. The planters filled with spring annuals along with trees, shrubs and perennials makes this transitional area a beautiful focal point in the landscape.

Topics: Hardscape Features In The Landscape

Garden Walkways & Paths Ideas

Walks & Paths - Oversizing Makes your Statement

This beautiful Medfield, Mass home needed a front face lift. By mimicking the white brick front in the risers of the stoop and capping the steps in bluestone, the color and feel of the house comes right out into the landscaple. 

The oversized walkway landing makes the front of this home inviting and grand. The serpentine walk takes the visitor through beautiful gardens making the approach to the house a joyful experience.

Topics: Hardscape Features In The Landscape Designing Gardens and Landscapes Seasonal Garden Interest

Landscape Field Videos: How to Build a Patio

Outside living spaces are valuable additions to any landscape environment. Patios are particularly valuable because they extend our living into the landscape in more exciting ways all the time. Where you put your patio, and what you build it with, speak to the functionality and the aesthetic feel of the space. These choices are clearly important because you will interact with this space often. But, what about HOW you build it?

Topics: Home Landscape Ideas Hardscape Features In The Landscape Landscape and Garden Maintenance

Good Garden Fences Make Good Landscape Neighbors

New Englanders have a love-hate relationship with walls and fences.  We want privacy, but we don’t want to offend.  We want connection with our neighbors, but not too much. Then we shy away from the cost of walls and fences and miss that great opportunity to build ourselves an inner sanctum of beauty and privacy.

In Robert Frost’s poem "Mending Wall" he clearly had the notion to take issue with walls or fences used for the sole purpose of claiming territory.  It was his neighbor who felt strongly that “good fences made good neighbors.”  Frost thought fences were good when one kept cows!

Topics: Hardscape Features In The Landscape Designing Gardens and Landscapes