Our backyard used to have a steep muddy hill. Now we see a lush terraced hill with stairs and a seating area below. Arbor Green Landscapes even built a stone bridge over our little stream. Their creative design used the space wisely and the installation process went smoothly.”
— Drew Maloney & Sabra Klein
Our consultation services include initial meetings to explore design and use possibilities for a property as well as consultations to advise property owners on their own gardening efforts.
A landscape plan may consist of a hardscape plan only, or both hardscape and planting plans together. Plans may be hand-drawn or digitally produced. Plans show proposed layouts of hardscape components, with materials and structures clearly identified, and trees, shrubs, perennials, groundcovers and annuals labeled. Most landscape design plans are drawn from a bird’s eye perspective. A three-dimensional perspective or a view of an elevation can also be produced.
Plants are carefully selected for desired characteristics – sun or shade tolerance, drought resistance, height and width, color, texture and disease resistance. Design also comes into play – plants may be selected to create “green” enclosures for dining areas, for example, or to create privacy or to hide unattractive elements. Clients are provided with clearly-labeled planting plans, a separate plant list with recommended sizes and quantities of each plant, and photographs of plants.
A well-thought out master plan is a smart investment. A landscape design can be executed in phases as funds become available.
Outdoor illumination not only invites one in to the garden and calls attention to important features, but also extends a landscape’s use into the evening hours, improves safety and security, and defines a property’s perimeter. Task lighting is important for cooking; deck and patio lighting is necessary for dining at night. Lighting options include path lights, uplighting of trees and stone walls, down lights on fences, deck lights on posts, and step lights on wood and masonry stairs. Talk to us about a lighting plan and lighting installation.
A successful landscape design includes good drainage. New patios should be properly sloped. Water can be diverted away from a house and its basement by installing downspout extensions below ground or by installing a rain barrel or rain garden. Grading, plant selection, French drains, swales and dry wells can also help. Drain boxes and channel drains can collect and carry away water from lawns, driveways and walkways. We can propose drainage solutions and install drainage systems.
Arbor Green Landscapes designs and installs plants and hardscapes such as patios, walkways and paths, walls and stairs. We also install decks, pergolas, fences and garden gates.
Landscape installation supervision of our dedicated stone masonry and planting crews or of outside contractors ensures that things are done right and with attention to detail. We also source and coordinate the work of metal fabricators, carpenters and other specialized trades.