Landscape Design Help

Discussion in 'Landscape Architecture and Design' started by qualitylandscaping, Nov 22, 2005.

  1. qualitylandscaping

    qualitylandscaping LawnSite Bronze Member
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    Just moved into my new home. Looking for some ideas for landscaping. I have a few ideas in mind but want the entire place to "pop"! Want to keep it looking rustic and country (since its where I live). Trees, shrubs, annuals, things that should be removed, ponds, etc..

    Let me know what you would do!




  2. sheshovel

    sheshovel LawnSite Fanatic
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    Couple of questions..
    Do you have Deer?
    Do you have a well,if so how many GPM does it pump
    if your on city water,what's your PSI ?
    What is your soil like?Does it drain well?
    1st thing I would do is prune that tree in front a bit
    so it does not over=power the house.
    but give me some answers and I will tell ya what I think
    Beautiful home congratulations!!
  3. sheshovel

    sheshovel LawnSite Fanatic
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    Oh I went to your site,nice site
    If you do landscape installations and design,then you just want some other views on what you should do with your own?
  4. qualitylandscaping

    qualitylandscaping LawnSite Bronze Member
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    1. Yes there are deer in the area. Not a great deal of them around the house. They stay out in the woods or around the ponds for the most part. Would like to use a semi deer resistant landscape but plan on spraying all with Deer-Ex.

    2. Yes home is on well water. I want to say 19-21gpm but I may be wrong. No city water within 10 miles of here!

    3. Soil is beautiful. Drains great where grading was done properly. I am working on regrading some areas right now.

    4. The tree will be trimmed. I'm thinking about some Austrian Pines or Blue Spruce out front. I have almost 15 acres at this place and I plan on using most of it. 1900 feet back from the house. Plan on opening up 4 acres during the winter and putting in a lawn in the spring.
  5. qualitylandscaping

    qualitylandscaping LawnSite Bronze Member
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    Yep. I haven't actually drawn up a plan of my own yet. Just have ideas floating in my brain, and am wondering what everyone else can come up with..

    Take an idea here, and another there.. In the end it will look perfect!
  6. sheshovel

    sheshovel LawnSite Fanatic
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    I agree and was the first thing I thought actually Colorado Blue Spruce,..
    ENGELMAN SPRUCE ,Picea engelmanii
    Austrian Pines are good,also Bosnian Pines,
    Pinus heldreichii
    (P.h. leucodurmis) Slow growing but a great looking pine
    and mabey
    Limber Pine "Vanderwolf"
    What Sunset Planting Zone are you in?
    I think it's best to just try and control the 1/2 acre
    closest to the house and slowly do more later.I just don't think moving out to gorgeous country and then clearing the native beauty you have around you is neccesarily a real good thing to do with your land.
    Make sure you can water and maintain the trees around the house and not loose them to deer ,before
    putting expensive tree's farther out.Nothing you can spray on your trees or plants will keep them away long
    They WILL COME CLOSER as soon as you start planting take my word on this.
  7. LB1234

    LB1234 LawnSite Gold Member
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    I'll chime in on the deer issue. We've done some work in somerset and hunterdon counties here in jersey and its pretty bad as far as deer goes. EVERY time we get a call for rejuvenating a landscape the question/comment always shows up "Do you have anything that deer won't eat?". I'll explain that their is nothing a deer 'won't' eat if it comes to starving or dying.

    The following is a list of shrubs that we have had excellent results with as far as the deer not bothering them...

    #1 - Andromeda
    #2 - Boxwood
    #3 - Leucothoe
    #4 - Cypress (shrub)
    #5 - Alberta Spruce
    #6 - Barberry
    #7 - Juniper
    ??? - Rhododendron - we have had limited success w/this plant. Its a crap shoot with this one. Hunterdon county no problems, somerset...thats were it is hit or miss.

    Limited evergreen trees...

    #1 - Colorado Blue Spruce
    #2 - Norway Spruce

    You can plant just about any upright tree. However, make sure it is tall enough that the deer can't get to the branches. Or, what we've done in the past is surround smaller trees (for price consideration for the customer/s) with fencing until it reaches a certain height...say 7-8'. Then we remove the fencing and let the deer naturally prune the tree...:dizzy:
  8. SodKing

    SodKing LawnSite Bronze Member
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    I don't know...I'm thinking garden gnomes....;)
  9. Popper357

    Popper357 LawnSite Member
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    yea, and a spa. How about some roses. What type of hardscaping are you going to add? Get a scale plan veiw posted and I can help with setting up outdoor rooms. Wish I had fifteen acres with a house like that, nice pad.
  10. Tadams

    Tadams LawnSite Senior Member
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    My design fee is rather expensive. Are you willing to cough up the dough? :cool:

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