The primary challenge of growing trees in an urban environment is the soil. Trees thrive in lightly compacted soil that provides their root systems with ready access to water and nutrients. However, due to the requirements of an urban environment soil is typically heavily compacted. This provides structures with greater stability, but can stunt the growth of trees.
In its most basic form, rainwater harvesting is simply the process of collecting and depositing rainwater before it meets an aquifer. If intelligently done, rainwater harvesting can have benefits for your irrigation system and garden.
Irrigation can benefit your landscaping efforts by providing artificial water to your lawn or soil. In warmer climates or during periods of drought or little rainfall in more temperate areas, irrigation can be a cost-efficient way to ensure the sustainability and diversity of your landscaping.
E-Landscape has begun work, for Bozzuto Group, to install landscaping for new construction the company is completing as part of an expansion of the Annapolis Towne Centre at Parole complex. The new building will feature 208 apartment homes located steps from Annapolis Towne Centre's premium mix of retailers, restaurants and services.
Topics: irrigation, lightweight soil mixes, commercial landscaping, apartment building, sod installation, E-Landscape, Bozzuto Group, site furnishings, Greenberg Gibbons, structural foam, Blog, planting, Annapolis Towne Centre at Parole
E-Landscape was proud to be selected to install the new landscape for the recently renovated Hemingways Restaurant on Kent Island, Maryland. Long known as a destination for great crabcakes and stunning sunsets, Hemingways is famous for its location at the foot of the Bay Bridge overlooking Maryland's Chesepeake Bay. When the 20 year old restaurant was sold in 2010, the new owners decided to embark upon an ambitious $4 million renovation of the property. The new Hemingways opened in May of 2011.
Topics: irrigation, tree planting, commercial landscaping, sod installation, rain garden, hardscape installation, Hemingways Restaurant, E-Landscape, stormwater retention, softscaping, chesapeake bay, Blog, paver pathways
This winter, the crews at E-Landscape have been busy working on further defining a client's side yard from a turf area into a formal rose garden. The space is accessed from the dining room via french doors and steps that lead down to the garden area. The garden's central axis is framed with Hick's Yews, an upright evergreen shrub which forms a hedge separating the front lawn from the rose garden. A new, interior, circular planting bed will be home to the owner's choice of hybrid tea roses (a long standing passion) and gravel paths will lead guests and gardeners through the space and down steps to the backyard. The path will be defined with steel edging along the perimeter to contain the gravel surface and maintain the perfect arc in the very formal space.
This winter, one of the projects we've been busy working on involves tree planting over at the new Fort Belvoir Business Center. Although the scope is simple - tree planting and the installation of an irrigation system - it touches on a subject (the prevention of Dutch Elm Disease) close to our hearts as landscape contractors.
Topics: irrigation, Maryland, tree planting, commercial landscaping, Ft Belvoir, business center, American Elm, elm bark beetles, landscape contractor, E-Landscape Specialty Solutions, Colorado State University, Dutch Elm Disease, Princeton cultivar, Fort Belvoir, National Elm Trial, Blog
Last week, E-Landscape began work on the installation of the landscape at the new CVS store located on Forest Drive in Annapolis, MD. We're working with General Contractor KPR Corporation and Landscape Architect Deborah M. Schwab for the client, Bay Village LLC.
Topics: irrigation, Maryland, commercial landscaping, Annapolis, mulching, bioretention, native plants, landscape architecture, E-Landscape, bio-retention, Bay Village, CVS, Deborah M. Schwab, Blog, landscape architect, permeable pavers, sod, KPR Corporation
E-Landscape recently began work on the Elkton Senior Apartments, a 60-unit senior apartment building that will be constructed in Elkton (Cecil County) Maryland. The project is being developed by The Ingerman Group, headquartered in Cherry Hill, New Jersey, and the General Contractor is Hamel Builders of Elkridge, Maryland.
Topics: irrigation, apartment, hardscape, Elkton Senior Apartments, landscape, Hamel Builders, green roof, E-Landscape, green screen, Blog, The Ingerman Group, drainage, permeable pavers, landscaping, planting, erosion