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Anyway, here are the tips!
It’s a no brainer: If you want a landscape to work, you need to think of how people will interact with it. You see problems all the time in places like shopping malls and public parks, where the designers didn’t really think of how people would react to the space once it was dressed with furniture, or where people would actually tend to cluster. That’s why, for instance, you have mall areas that attract teenage skateboarders instead of shoppers, or bottlenecks created by people sitting on retaining walls just off of a thoroughfare. (Hint: People always sit on retaining walls!) The best way to figure this out is to tour the space yourself. Try laying out some furniture and boxes to get a rough ides of where people will go in the finished space.
Vary Color, Shape and Texture
Even if you’re dead set on a huge, flat, brick patio you should change up the color, shape and texture in the area. There needs to be something interesting to set your eyes anywhere you look, and a perfectly even slab of bricks gets tired really fast. As you can see from our concrete hardscapes we switch up the look a bit even in very large spaces. It doesn’t matter so much in areas you’re going to dress with furniture, but make sure to spruce up edges with different colors, moving from smooth to rough textures, and laying things out without relying exclusively on straight lines. We like the natural look, so make sure any hardscaped elements fit the surrounding softscape’s contours.
Define Level and Height
Rolling hills look great on postcards, but up close, they’re not so exciting – your yard may have just half a hill and all it does is make it hard to set down a picnic table. That’s where softscapes held by retaining walls come in. These let you sculpt the space into definite levels that can be flat enough to be functional as garden space, patio space or anything else you want. Once you have these, adding gentle sloping back is just a matter of moving dirt. We’re not totally anti-hillock, but make sure you treat it as something you can control, instead of working around for less than ideal results. If your space is flat, add levels, either by moving earth or by using stone and brick walls. This makes the space more intimate and interesting.
Thursday, February 12, 2009
Our workhorse is the John Deere 35D. There’s not much that can match it for versatility and power at that size. Better yet, the compact cab and 360 degree rotation means this can fit into surprisingly tight or awkward spaces, so the 35D is our go-to machine for a huge number of landscaping jobs. We use a range of attachments to get the most out if.
35D with Grapple
This thing is a ton of fun to use. The clamshell excavator/grapple can pick up huge rocks with ease, kind of like a merciless giant robot. This is great for wide area digging on rocky ground. In the
35D with Auger
Watching people screw up with a handheld auger is both hilarious and scary. It’s hilarious, because, because you get to see a couple of guys get thrown, but scary since people can actually get hurt. There’s no physical comedy or danger with the 35D’s attachment and it gets the job done fast.
35D with Rock Breaker
Nothing’s more fun than being able to smash stuff with a giant hydraulic limb. As an added bonus, the rock breaker is a great way to quickly dispose of an old slab of concrete or anything else that’s tough, solid and a pain to move.
We also use a Thomas 85 Mini Skidsteer a loader/grader and several other machines. The end result of having all of this mechanical muscle is that we can perform almost any job rapidly, including work on large properties where you need to get in, take care of multiple jobs and leave.
Remember: You can always take a look at our toys page to see what we’re using!