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.
Gardening is one the most popular recreational activities in the U.S., particularly among older adults, according to a March 2014 article in the “Journal of Aging Research.” As dementia progresses in a patient, the condition impacts his ability to perform certain activities. Remaining active and practicing skills linked to interests can help an individual feel more connected to his normal life and more in control. The installation of zen gardens - particularly in senior housing communities - with evidence-based designs can bring a sense of calm that no prescription can provide.
Zen gardens have evolved from their Buddhist monk origins and may now include lighting, artwork, water features and bridges. How you want your Zen garden interpreted is a reflection of your personal tastes and should fit with your overall landscape design. Basic Zen gardens are low maintenance and their beauty can be appreciated even on rainy or snowy days when viewed through windows.
E-Landscape Specialty Solutions recently completed landscape installation for the 122-unit affordable housing apartment building in Arlington, VA. Arlington Mills is a 4-story, family-friendly building that features a community room and underground parking. The building is EarthCraft certified, and has incorporated many green design features.
Contemporary fire pits are pre-fabricated and can be purchased from hardware stores. In its most basic form, however, a fire pit is simply an artificial hole dug into the ground. One step up from this very basic design would be a structure constructed from bricks or stones. A fire pit can set off your outdoor decor by combining the best elements of masonry and stonework to really spoil your guests.
Our team recently completed the landscaping design work of Crosswinds Annapolis Towne Centre in Annapolis, MD. Crosswinds Annapolis is a new luxury apartment complex located at the Annapolis Towne Centre.
Recently, our crews participated in the development and landscaping design work of Bainbridge River Oaks in Woodbridge, VA. Bainbridge River Oaks are luxury garden style apartments located between the Fort Belvoir and Quantico military bases.
E-Landscape has been selected to install the landscape for a new medical office building in Odenton, Maryland. The project, designed by CR Goodman and Associates and located at the corner of Sappington Station Road and Route 175, is a joint venture of Anne Arundel Medical Center and Johns Hopkins University. The $14 million, 60,000 square foot medical building, along with the multi-family "Odenton Gateway" project by Johnson Development, are meant to anchor a future Town Center-style development in Odenton. The project will include primary and specialty care services and could open by the end of 2012 or early 2013.
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