WHY WAIT? PLANTING A MATURE TREE

Mature trees perform many functions in a landscape, as screens and boundaries, providing shade and in dispersing groundwater. Usually, if one is starting from scratch, the procedure is to plant nursery trees and let them grow to fulfill these functions. If you can’t wait, you can move or plant a fully grown tree. It is certainly possible to move a fully grown tree on an inconvenient location to a better location on the same property.

 

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WHY WAIT? PLANTING A MATURE TREE

DEMOLITION OF ROCK LEDGE FOR FOUNDATIONS

Bedrock is the most stable of foundation bearing site materials, but whether it is shale, granite ledge or any other type of solid rock, it must be cut away as specified by the engineer. Yes, stone can be demolished using explosives, but in an urban environment is not always feasible because of the proximity to neighbors and concerns that their use could damage nearby foundations. There are a couple of other options available to us, depending on the type of stone and the volume of work that needs to be done.

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DEMOLITION OF ROCK LEDGE FOR FOUNDATIONS

Lessons from English Gardens for Americans: Hardscape

By Michael Weishan, Old House, Old Garden columnist

God is in the details they say, and I can assure you that the garden deity dwells most happily where the creator has paid attention to the quality of the hardscape. Let's face it - perennials come and go, trees rise and fall, seasons pass in a quick succession of constant flux - nothing is more ephemeral than a garden. But even the landscape has some limited element of resiliency, and that resiliency resides almost entirely in its bones, the hardscape.

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Lessons from English Gardens for Americans: Hardscape

Good Drainage Key to Good Landscaping

*DESIGNED BY MICHAEL WEISHAN, FORMER HOST OF THE VICTORYGARDEN ON WGBH*

With spring here, it's time to prepare your lawn for the warm weather. S+H  is here to help with any landscaping and drainage needs, but here are a few tips to keep in mind!

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Good Drainage Key to Good Landscaping

The Key to Design Outdoor Living Areas that Work

By Michael Weishan, Michael Weishan & Associates 

To my way of thinking, a relaxing, well-designed terrace or patio is the most important feature of the entire back yard. It’s here, after all, that you get to reap the rewards of all that hard labor – hours spent weeding, mulching and planting come to fruition when you sit down in a comfortable chair with a cool beverage, survey your domain, and drink in the pleasures of a job well done. But for the owner of a traditional home, obtaining this dream space can be full of pitfalls, as outdoor living areas can quickly turn from adjunct to albatross if improperly designed. The key to success is to consider the two most important aspects of any terrace or patio – dimensions and materials – long before you move the first shovelful of dirt.

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The Key to Design Outdoor Living Areas that Work