Your Front Entrance and Landscaping create a lasting first impression. It’s also what welcomes visitors to your home whether it’s relatives, friends, the delivery folks or just you and your family when you come back at the end of a long day. Safety and cleanliness are just 2 of the top reasons clients call us when looking to invest in an updated and functional walkway and planting beds. Usually this is when putting their home on the market or a recently purchased new home.
At Picture Perfect Landscape we specialize in concrete paver installations only. For over 30 years we have found that New England weather is not forgiving to poured concrete due to hot summers and cold winters and those temperature fluctuations will eventually damage stamped concrete and asphalt. Here’s a good article to check out when weighing your options: https://blog.techo-bloc.com/breaking-it-down-comparing-stamped-concrete-vs-pavers-slabs
If you are looking to get ideas on materials, you can visit one of our long-time vendors New England Silica which has an outdoor showroom located in South Windsor. They are usually closed on the weekends, but you can still visit the outdoor area and walk around without having to deal with any salespeople 🙂
Today’s homeowners also want interesting trees and shrubs in their landscape, but most can’t afford to have a gardener or landscape company on their property monthly to take care of it to keep it looking beautiful. Especially when they don’t have a green thumb or even have an idea as to what’s a weed or what’s a flower.
Let’s face it, we all have a long list of added responsibilities that make it difficult to keep up with what’s going on in our yards. Between work, kid’s schedules, and taking care of other responsibilities, many find themselves overwhelmed and exhausted by the weekend and want to just relax in their backyard.
We specialize in Lower maintenance designed landscapes which are a great alternative to demanding ones but remember that low maintenance does not mean NO maintenance. You will still have to take care of weeding (monthly) and pruning (once or twice a year) especially during the spring and summer, but if you can’t do that yourself then you can hire a professional like us to help out.
Lower maintenance landscapes start with a well-planned design. You can’t just pick a bunch of plants that look good at the local garden center like you are going grocery shopping. You need to know what shrubs do well in the shade versus the sun, how tall or wide they will get, how much water they require, when is their peak flower or foliage time (spring, summer or fall) and when to prune them to keep them re-blooming, healthy and compact. Keeping in mind 3 seasons of color and interest, deer and drought tolerance, and winter hardiness for CT are just some of the requests we have to consider as well 🙂
Also, by incorporating outdoor living spaces like paver walkways, patios, fire pits and water features like fountains and waterfalls that disappear into rock, you will cut down on lawn care costs and watering. Easier to shovel snow during the winter, not slippery when wet from rain, and they need minimal maintenance if repairs are ever needed, or they need to be cleaned up after 5 or more years exposed to Mother Nature’s elements. Power washing and a little TLC maintenance will make things new again!
Here’s a recent backyard space that is now clean, user friendly, and used almost like another living area but built for the outdoors! 2020 Update-With recent stay at home activities, this client is having a pool installed in a few weeks and we will be extending patio 🙂
Does your walk or patio needs some TLC after years of neglect and Mother Nature causing shifting and dangerous conditions with rain and snow? This is a walkway that we cleaned up, reset base and relaid pavers and installed new paver edging. Swept in some new polymeric sand and voila! Safe and Picture Perfect again 🙂
Are your shrubs overgrown and out of control? Perhaps you’ve got too much green going on and you want some 3 seasons of low maintenance color. Maybe it was originally installed 20 or 30 years when the house was built and is now mature and dated. We can assess and give you some options to update your existing landscape with keeping smart maintenance in mind. Here are a couple before and after front foundation plantings to show you some of the possibilities available when updating your landscape with us!