How do you pick from all the choices of Hardscaping Companies? You want to hire a hardscape contractor to build your patio or walkway. A certified professional and a good design is a start. You want a fair price, integrity and customer service. The best first step is to ask friends for referrals. Next, keep an eye around the neighborhood for companies doing work locally. And do your research on the internet and by calling references.
What makes a quality hardscaping contractor? There are two major certifications in the hardscape industry. They pertain to patios, walkways and retaining walls. The certifications are ICPI and NCMA. Check for that or see if the employees attend Techo-bloc training. Will the contractor take you to see other projects they built? That is a big indicator of quality and customer relations. Are past clients willing to show off their patio and compliment the harscape contractor?
What makes quality hardscape design? A trained and experienced designer. A four year landscape degree from an accredited school. Ten years of experience minimum. Hands on knowledge of the materials and techniques. Ask your design prospects about these. Ask to see examples of design work. for hardscape projects. A good design is the critical first step for a successful project.
How do you get a fair price? Ask the hardscaping companies how they price the projects. Do they price hardscaping by the square foot? If so, ask them the square foot price for pavers. Or do they estimate time and materials? Will they share a line item summary of those time and materials? Ask them how their price compares to other local companies.
Check with local hadscaping companies suppliers. Ask them about the local contractors. The hardscape suppliers will refer you to good companies. And they will help you pick hardscape materials. They will have paver displays to show you the choices. They may even have patios and walkway displays.
Review the company on line. Check the companies website. Read the ‘about us’ section. Does the site give tell you about the company owner? The design team? The staff and field technicians? Is their credentials and experience detailed? Review all the pictures of completed projects. Read the testimonials by other clients? Check the the Google Reviews. Review the social media site like Facebook and Instagram.
Hardscaping Companies build projects you will want to have last for many years. Take your time in picking a hardscape contractor. Be patient. and do your research.
Garden Design Inc. is one of many good Hardscaping Companies in Allentown, PA. We are proud to suggest other quality hardscape contractors to our prospective clients. We want our clients to interview several contractors and get a few designs and estimates.
What is your spring landscape maintenance plan? We all want to get our landscape gardens off on the right roots so we can enjoy a healthy, thriving and vibrant landscape through the spring, summer and fall. Spring landscape maintenance plans start with general plant and bed maintenance, followed by shrub pruning, perennial cutbacks, fertilizing, mulching and edging beds. Garden Design Inc. offers full service Spring Landscape Maintenance and ongoing landscape services for Allentown, Emmaus and the entire Lehigh Valley Landscape companies.
March – April Landscape Maintenance
Overview: Plants begin to break dormancy. Work done now sets tone for remainder of season. Good Garden Hygiene will reduce needs for excessive pesticide and herbicide throughout the season
General Plant Maintenance:
Cut back and cleanup dead and decayed perennial growth from prior season
Prune any dead branching from woody shrubs and small trees
Weed removal – winter weeds bittercrest, chickweed dandelion etc.
Check for Scale and treat with Horticultural Oil
Divide Perennials – where appropriate to fill in and encourage healthier growth.
Exposed lighting wire or irrigation tubing – dig and bury
Check lighting systems, replace bulbs as needed, adjust timer as needed
Check downspouts and drains for clogs or other issues
Inspect hardscapes for heaving – repair lifting or shifting paving
Inspect general garden drainage and resolve any washout problems
Mow Liriope, Epimedium and other appropriate cutback groundcovers
Hand groom Fern, Hellebore, Bergenia, Geranium (semi-evergreen perennials)
Uncover plant crowns and ‘press down’ from winter heave
Cutback and Divide Grasses
Rejuvenate Pruning – on heavy bloomers – Roses, Spirea, Hydrangea, Weigela
Selective Pruning – to Form/Shape larger woody flowering shrubs i.e. Viburnum
Reduction Pruning – Reduce 1/3 old wood past seasons i.e. Red Twig Dogwood
Rejuvenate Pruning – form oriented shrubs i.e. boxwood and ilex
Selective Pruning – Remove dead and damaged wood
Disease & Pest – Inspect and treat Scale and psyllid (boxwood)
Selective Pruning – Remove dead/diseased wood and prune minor to good form
Remove reversions, scions and root sucker growth
Perennials – Fertilize around the crown, not on it
Shrubs – fertilize 3-5” around the drip line, not inside or beyond
Trees – Fertilize 6-12” around the drip line. Deep plug fertilize every 48”
Cut bed edges – Check work order for specification Hand Edge vs. Machine
Note prior over mulching and remove/spread out before new mulch
Install mulch between plants – do not ever dump onto a plant!
Move mulch around plants, never closer than 1” to crown or trunk
This video is a landscape design and landscape construction project completed by Garden Design in Allentown, PA. The landscaping included a brick patio, stone steps and landscape plantings. This is an existing landscape that was renovated. The project also included a custom cedar wood fence.
This landscaping design was based on a client wanting a diverse range of plantings to create a lush landscape garden. There were some existing plants in the projects area that we re-used. The Japanese maple stayed in place by the side patio. We transplanted the perennials including hosta, ghost fern, and daylily to name a few.
The new plantings included deciduous azalea by the large back windows. We in stalled a range of colors of the exbury variety of azalea. Vanderwolf pines are installed along the back fence to create a privacy screen. These are a lovely pine with a thick, blue hued needle. Serbian spruce are placed along the side fence to screen views of the neighbors house. Flowering shrubs include hydrangea, viburnum, and beauty berry. Aucuba was used as an evergreen shrub in the dense shade.
The outdoor patio space is set at the side sun room. The patio is natural clay brick with a bluestone border. The custom cedar fence provides privacy for the patio. An irregular flagstone patio leads from the patio to the back landscape gardens. Bluestone heavy tread steps transition the walkway from the patio to the back yard gardens. These large, natural cut stones add a warm organic character to the project.
Garden Design Inc. is a landscaping company located in Allentown PA. We specialize in outdoor living projects that include patios, landscaping, landscape lighting and much more. The quality of landscape design stems from the experience and skills of our landscape designers. We gratefully compete with a few other good landscaping companies in our Allentown market. They keep us designing the best landscapes we can creatively dream up.
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