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mark_the_psycho
12-01-2007, 05:04 PM
Before
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Allow me to draw your attention to the lovely hack job on the shrub on the left.

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The ground here is, oh wait, you CAN'T SEE THE GROUND

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BEHOLD, the most hideously pruned tree you will ever see



After
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BUCKEYE MOWING
12-01-2007, 05:08 PM
Nice work !! Is that in Hoffman Farms ?

Idealtim
12-01-2007, 05:26 PM
Looks nice, how much did the bed on the right drop off before?

mark_the_psycho
12-01-2007, 05:34 PM
Nice work !! Is that in Hoffman Farms ?
Yes, it's on Gary Way, it's probably overgrown by now.
Looks nice, how much did the bed on the right drop off before?

About 3 inches, so I raised the tree (not fun)

kootoomootoo
12-01-2007, 06:32 PM
Ok was the design your idea or the customers idea>?

bobcat_ron
12-01-2007, 06:38 PM
Nice looking job on the retaining walls!

mark_the_psycho
12-01-2007, 06:41 PM
The customer wanted the lava rock and the rest was my idea, he originally wanted that plastic edging crap, but I managed to talk him out of it. He basically wanted something he would never have to touch again. It's not my style, but I think it turned out well.

DoetschOutdoor
12-01-2007, 07:03 PM
Nice work and makeover but fugly blocks and lava rock is nasty IMO. The sidewalk looks too busy with those blocks...aren't there supposed to be caps on the blocks to finish??

hoskm01
12-01-2007, 09:27 PM
Not bad. Lava rock= terrible. Wall=better than before. If it was truly "high budget" then you should have sold him some decent wall. Good work though.

Petr51488
12-01-2007, 09:43 PM
I like it! Good Job.

PerfectEarth
12-01-2007, 09:45 PM
High Budget?? Ok.... It looks better than before. The rock is horrible, and the "landscape" is pretty weak- hostas in that exposure???. The wall is not my thing but it looks good overall- good job on that.

kootoomootoo
12-01-2007, 10:49 PM
Observations... lawn mowing guy did it ...way too much going on.
Plantings are all choppy and all over the place. 3's and 5's
Should have edged beds ...flowing lines .....see radius
Should have sought professsional advice b4 attemtping.....isnt that the motto and why people are here .....or is it a luvfest.

New Heights
12-01-2007, 11:22 PM
Nice work and makeover but fugly blocks and lava rock is nasty IMO. The sidewalk looks too busy with those blocks...aren't there supposed to be caps on the blocks to finish??

It looks like Grinnell or Anchor garden block, They dont make caps for that wall system.

Grass Happens
12-02-2007, 12:46 AM
Observations... lawn mowing guy did it ...way too much going on.
Plantings are all choppy and all over the place. 3's and 5's
Should have edged beds ...flowing lines .....see radius
Should have sought professsional advice b4 attemtping.....isnt that the motto and why people are here .....or is it a luvfest.

I agree. Hostas arent going to be happy, they will live but look like crap doing in. Its alot better then some other designs I've seen by "professionals" Keep learning and doing...

haybaler
12-02-2007, 12:56 AM
hey, if the customer is happy, that's ALL that matters. they obviously have the money to redo the whole thing in a couple years when they change there mind anyway. and why is everyone dissing the lava rocks when he said it was the homeowners idea? Very nice job.

kootoomootoo
12-02-2007, 10:58 AM
hey, if the customer is happy, that's ALL that matters. they obviously have the money to redo the whole thing in a couple years when they change there mind anyway. and why is everyone dissing the lava rocks when he said it was the homeowners idea? Very nice job.

If you want luv post it on a homeowner site.

HERES YOUR SIGN

PerfectEarth
12-02-2007, 12:08 PM
If I get a homeowner who wants a certain type of rock "mulch" or landscape fabric, I simply take the time to explain to them the disadvantages of this choice and then I educate them on the benefits- biological and asthetic- of natural, organic products in their landscapes.

OH but "whatever the customer wants" seems to be the best solution... :rolleyes: Right. There is a limit here. I hire an electrician because I know crap about circuits, voltage, and wiring.... I trust them to do the job. The same should go for us- We need to spend some time and advise the client and lead them in the right direction.... or maybe some of us aren't that wise in our own trade...Communicate. :waving:

bobcat_ron
12-02-2007, 01:16 PM
Even if you have to supply 1 gallon buckets of product samples for things like mulch and landscape rock.

tjsquickcuts
12-02-2007, 02:36 PM
I actually like, and its serving its purpose as a garden wall. I mean if everyone had the same taste, then we would all drink Coke instead of Pepsi. The planting could have been a little bit better, and if watered enough, the hosta's will look great. The over all construction of the wall and border looks great. A lot of people dont understand how easy those blocks are to work with, and how great a profit they are as well.
Now about the rocks. Lava rocks look great....and with the color block they really stand out. More green and yellow should have been used in the beds, and no reds. Pompas grass would have been great.....but the downside to lava rocks, they will start to erode over time, and hard to clean during leaf season. But I think its a good job all and all......and some of you guys need to open your horizions.....different strokes for different folks. I make more money on speciality rocks like lava rocks and bark rock.

deere615
12-02-2007, 10:13 PM
Wow what a diffeerence looks very nice.

cutemhigh
12-03-2007, 12:11 AM
budget may have been an issue here, because of the amount of block. But, as far as plantings go, I thing this place just SCREAMS for the boxwood hedge look. I dont mind the lava rock so much. But I think it could be a little higher than the wall, it looks a little flat. but being rock, it will probably drain well. did u use any type of drain in it?

TXNSLighting
12-03-2007, 11:56 AM
high budget and you used cheap crappy solar lights?!!! come on. that right there ruined it for me, also lava rock...bad. but you did a pretty good job. learn from this. if this was truly high budget it coulda looked alot better.

corey4671
12-03-2007, 12:12 PM
what is that hanging off the mailbox? flyer?

mark_the_psycho
12-03-2007, 03:30 PM
budget may have been an issue here, because of the amount of block. But, as far as plantings go, I thing this place just SCREAMS for the boxwood hedge look. I dont mind the lava rock so much. But I think it could be a little higher than the wall, it looks a little flat. but being rock, it will probably drain well. did u use any type of drain in it?

That's what I thought, but he didn't want anything he had to prune, it took some work to convince him to keep the bush by the driveway.

high budget and you used cheap crappy solar lights?!!! come on. that right there ruined it for me, also lava rock...bad. but you did a pretty good job. learn from this. if this was truly high budget it coulda looked alot better.

I HATE solar lights, they're garbage, but when I showed up the day after finishing (it was overcast the day I finished & not good for pictures), they were there, so I couldn't do much about it.

what is that hanging off the mailbox? flyer?

That's their neighbor's mailbox.

TXNSLighting
12-03-2007, 04:28 PM
i would trash em, and say not in my landscape! ha!

mark_the_psycho
12-03-2007, 05:37 PM
At least they're the "nice" crappy solar lights, one of my neighbors that I mow for had these ugly plastic ones, they were so bad I would "accidentally" step on one every once in a while and blame it on her kids.:p Only did that twice, the kids took care of the rest (she has 4, the people between my house and hers have 4, the people across the street have 2, and for some reason they always play kickball in her yard). Speaking of her yard, the grass in the back LITERALLY doesn't grow, I haven't.... Never mind I'll make a new thread.