We have a nice selection of proven trees for the Lincoln Nebraska area on site at our 10500 Old Cheney Rd location. We offer special pricing on some of the largest trees that can go into your yard without using a tree spade. If bigger is better then you’ve found your connection.
We Normally Carry but are not limited to:
Prairie Gold Aspen
Clump River Birch
Royal Rain Drops Crab
Prairie Fire Crab
Service Berry (both single and clump form)
Red Sunset Maple
Columnar (Armstrong) Red Maple
Canada Red Cherry
Columnar White Pine
Colorado Blue Spruce
Black Hills Spruce
Call for an appointment.
With last years special on 6′ Blue Spruce being such a success, I decided to bring in more and larger spruce for 2014! We have 170 Specimen Grade 8′ Colorado Blue Spruce arriving this spring. By buying a whole truck load we locked in the best price possible. Our pricing will be as follows:
1-5 trees @ $250 per tree or $350 planted
6-10 trees @ $225 per tree or $325 planted
11+ trees @ $200 per tree or $300 planted
If you’re one of many, that are sickened by all the Scotch Pine death and want a good economical conifer replacement without sacrificing all the size, then hear is your tree! Most of the time you would find this tree going for $400-500 depending on where you shop. We are letting these go for a fraction of the price(customer pick up or we plant) while supplies last! Call and book your quantities today.
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We would highly recommend Landmark Landscapes. Mark and his crew are timely, professional, and on budget!
“We have appreciated the way Mark and his crew at Landmark Landscapes have worked with us and our budget. They were polite and patient in working with the different requirements we have had, and the changes we have made along the way. Mark suggested a multi-step approach to the work around our home since we lost many pine trees. It makes sense and gives us a chance to maintain the landscape as more pieces are added. This crew takes its work very seriously, and the end result shows the care they take in implementing their ideas. We would highly recommend them for both design and implementation.”
- Howard & Wendy Huffman
I am very impressed with the work Landmark Landscapes did for me. They removed and replaced all of my old landscaping in the front and back yards. I have no idea about plants! They picked everything out for me, and my yard looks clean and beautiful. The team was quick to respond and completed all of the work in just two days, and under budget. Based on my experience, I would recommend working with Landmark Landscaping.
- Jodi Miller
After building a new home and being worn down by various issues during the process and warranty period, we were uneasy about starting another project at our home.
The construction market can be difficult to deal with for people who expect their contractor(s) of choice to take care of them. That being said, Landmark delivered.
The Landmark crew did a wonderful job on our yard and helped us solve some serious drainage issues that we were left to deal with after our new home was constructed.
Landmark was professional, prompt and courteous. They did a first class job of keeping the work site (our yard) clean, quiet and friendly during the installation process and after.
Our project came in at the estimated price; which in our opinion, was very reasonable. The products (plants, rocks, mulch and trees) were great and the drainage system that was installed is the envy of our neighbors. Landmark even repaired our dilapidated old Rainbow play set!
If we ever need landscaping or drainage work in the future, Landmark will be our contractor. We couldn’t have asked for a more helpful organization.
Thank you for delivering what was agreed upon without any additional phone calls or warranty issues You have been terrific to work with.
Special thanks to Anthony and his crew for doing a great job!
- Jeremy and Kristy Coleman
“My husband and I couldn’t be happier with the design, workmanship, and service Landmark Landscapes provided us with the current build of our new home! They were more than willing to work with our builder and other subs to make sure their vision was understood and executed to their high standards. The result has garnished nothing but compliments and we would not hesitate to recommend Mark and his team to potential clients! Thank you for a job well done! We LOVE what you did for us!”
- Ryan & Teresa Shaffer
“I can’t say enough about Mark and his team at Landmark Landscapes. We had a new construction home and Mark not only drew a magnificent design, but answered all my questions along the way and helped find ideas for our budget. I was also very impressed with how efficiently Kasey and his team made the design come to life. We have received several comments from neighbors and friends and will definitely utilize their services again.“
- Justin and Kelly Reineke
Mark has always been responsive and helpful with many different projects. We first used Mark’s services for our outdoor Christmas lighting. We were very pleased with the job he did and then asked him to work with us on landscaping projects. Mark has been great to work with!!
“My yard was a disaster!! I didn’t think it could be saved!! Mark & Casey came over to talk about saving it. I shook my head & said it is ALL yours. After a lot of sweat & hard work, my yard is back to the way it should look! I am not telling the truth there, my yard looks soooo much better!! The team of workers did a fantastic job! They were VERY polite while doing all that hard work. I would recommend them to everyone! They know what they are doing!! GOOD JOB GUYS!!”
- Beth Biegert
Landmark Landscaping reconstructed our backyard pond. They arrived on time, performed the work professionally, and cleaned up the work area. At all stages of the project, they involved the owner, making sure the pond was finished as we envisioned. They did exceptional work, and kept the expense under budget.
- Andi Peterson
I’m so happy with the work Landmark Landscapes did! I didn’t have a very good plan but I just told Mark what I liked and he took my ideas and transformed them into something I never knew was possible. I love the modern landscape design and how friendly the crew was. While working on the project, they noticed other things that needed fixing – like my fence and water damage to my house and siding and fixed it right then and there. I would recommend them 1000%! The price was very fair as well.
- Amber Smith
“Wow, great job, guys! We love it! Thank you for your patience, diligence, creativity, and precision in all that you do. You do an outstanding, above and beyond service. I am sure we will love our outdoor space for years to come thanks to your work, plan, and vision!“
-RJ & Edie Crandall
Mark and Casey not only do landscaping, but installed a new ceramic tile floor in my bathroom. They came out and gave me an estimate the same day I called and had the project completed the following week. They both were very professional and efficient and made sure they completed the floor the way I wanted. They are very detailed in their work. I would recommend them for any inside jobs and would use them again if needed.
- Linda Loth
Mark is a hard worker who gets the job done in a timely manner. His enthusiasm is contagious. He ensures that your current project enhances your existing landscaping. Additionally, he is excellent at developing ideas for future projects. Mark delivers a quality product.
John & Michelle W.
It was indeed a pleasure to work with Landmark Landscapes. From the very beginning working through the planning process for our landscaping project, Mark provided us with a first plan proposal which included computer images making it easier to visualize. It was great working with him as we made minor changes to arrive at our final plan layout. Communications, mostly through email, was very good. Kasey and his crew were very professional in the installation of all the plants, etc. and a pleasure to work with. Mark provided us with a very detailed estimate for the complete project, which was very much appreciated, and the final invoice ended up within $100 of his estimate. Thanks Mark & Kasey for a great job, from beginning to end. I highly recommend your company.
- Royal Walther
We are very pleased with the work Landmark Landscapes did for us. They installed sod and sprinklers in the backyard and did a clean up and maintenance of the entire yard. They did what they said they were going to do, showed up when they said they were going to, and were easy to get a hold of with questions and concerns. Overall a very good experience, and we would recommend them to anyone with landscape needs.
- Annika Ford
“Mark and his crew had to tackle an enormous challenge with water drainage problems on our property. It was a mud/weed pit which they transformed into a lovely, picturesque landscape. We’re not fond of the look of round boulders so Mark suggested flat limestone slabs as retaining material. The result is stunning. Mark is a true artist so we strongly recommend that you not inhibit his creativity by trying to know in advance exactly what the result will look like. Mark was personally on our property every day working diligently with his crew until the completion of our project. The finished product exceeded our most optimistic expectations.”
- John and Laurie Tavlin
I am very pleased with Landmark Landscapes. The plants are strong and healthy, and planted well. The crew completes the work on a timely basis, and leaves the site in great shape, and are pleasant when they interact with you. The design is very pleasing, and allows for future growth and expansion. I will call them for all my landscaping needs.
- Gail Steen
“When I decided I needed my old railroad tie retaining wall re-did, I was set on the regular retaining wall blocks. However, when Landmark Landscapes came to give me an estimate, Mark suggested using boulders as an option. I am so glad I went with Mark’s suggestions! It looks so natural and beautiful! My friends were awed by the transformations. Thanks Mark and crew for a job well done.”
- Kathy Frey
What a relief to have someone else on the ladders putting up the Christmas lights. Mark and his crew even decorated our entry. Easy to work with, on time and fast. Thanks for a good job.
- Linda McCabe
“Hey! We love it! Looks great! Will put the check in the mail!”
- John and Billie Papuchis
“Mark and his team were willing to tackle a big clean-up project by a 7 acre pond in town. There were MANY dead trees and volunteer trees that needed to be cleaned out. It was a rather remote location, but they found a way to clean everything out with minimal damage to the turf. Polite, came when they promised and finished under the bid price! Will definitely use them whenever I have a landscaping project for the neighborhood association or my acreage. Thank you Mark!”
- Chris Baker
“Impressive! We offered Mark a challenge to transform our backyard into a sanctuary where we would be able to enjoy beautiful artistic landscaping that would fit our lifestyle and offer seclusion and quiet from our busy lives. Mark’s vision for our yard was absolutely fantastic – Landmark Landscapes really worked wonders! We started out with a relatively boring back yard and it has now been transformed into the sanctuary we were hoping for! They included a beautiful addition to our patio, as well as gorgeous landscaping incorporating boulders and lighting. Mark and his crew’s outstanding work ethic, creative thinking and commitment to excellence make them one of Lincoln’s premier Landscaping Companies. They have our highest recommendation!”
- Dan & Dana Hoffman
We LOVE our backyard. What started as just a retaining wall and a few plants around our in-ground pool, turned into an awe inspiring relaxation place. I was always a person that thought I could do my own landscaping, it’s just plants…..but Mark and his ideas, WOW. He took our plan and incorporated his ideas and turned our backyard from ordinary to extravagant. Each and every time we sit outside, we can’t believe we actually live here and own it. It surpassed our expectations. One other thing, spend the extra money for the lighting. It truly is a minute cost considering the huge impact it makes at night. It adds not only to the functionality but to the WOW factor. Thank you, Mark and Kasey.
We’ve worked with Mark and his crew on several occasions. They always have great ideas on how we can improve on our lot while keeping our budget in mind. Several of our neighbors have asked who has landscaped our yard and I feel confident in referring them to Landmark every time.
- Mike Lefler
“The guys did a great job hanging our outdoor Christmas lights. They were extremely careful with the placement of their ladders to avoid damaging our plants and to prevent damage to the gutters. The lights look the best they ever have! We highly recommend Landmark Landscapes for your holiday lighting and decorating needs.“
- Denny & Arlene Van Horn
“Thank you for all the hard work you have done on my farm. Things look Terrific. I am so pleased!”
Mark and Kasey installed an 80′ stone walk on a hill from the garage to the backyard of our home. It looks great. They have also installed a tree in a berm they developed in the front yard. It adds considerable interest to the front of our home. We expect to ask them to perform additional landscaping work this year. Mark and Kasey perform quality design and installation work in a professional and friendly manner. They are our landscapers of choice.
Mike and Connie Stefkovich
“We hired Mark and his crew for a difficult Christmas Light project 3 years ago and we have been very pleased every year. From the super tall trees to lights on the 2-story house their attention to making everything look perfect shows. I should also mention the ease of the whole process, we let them know when we want them on and when to take them down and they do the rest, including storing everything. I would recommend Landmark Landscapes for any Christmas Light job, large or small.“
My neighbors are always commenting on how pretty my yard looks, thanks to Mark and Landmark Landscapes! His suggestions of plant material, placement & design, transformed my little bungalow from dull overgrown evergreens to an exciting bouquet of (what seems like) everlasting blooms! Mark was a hard worker, very easy to work with and always conscience of my limited landscaping budget—so much so that we are now working together again to transform my backyard into the “Garden of my dreams”. I would highly recommend Mark, Kasey & his crew to anyone who wants professional results with a personal touch.
“Mark and the team did a great job on our backyard. We basically gave them a blank slate and a laundry list of problems. Mark came back with a plan that addressed every one of the issues, in innovative ways we would never have thought of on our own. In the end, Mark and the team gave us a remarkable backyard that we love to spend time in and we can’t recommend strongly enough going with Landmark Landscapes for all your projects.
We are truly raving fans of these guys and they’ve earned our return business. When it comes time for us to landscape our front yard, the only landscaping company we will work with is Landmark Landscapes—Thanks again.”
- Dave and Sarah Graff
“It was a wonderful experience working with Mark and his team, from the design phase to the completion of the project. They are truly professionals in what they do and, for us, they’ve transformed a “generic” landscape into something special. Mark is an expert in designing and selecting the best trees and plant material, and creating beautifully integrated environments that are a pleasure to look at, and a joy to be in the middle of. The quality of work that Mark and his team delivers is simply outstanding. Thank you very much again!”
- Florin and Mihaela Bobaru
Mark came up with a landscape that was both unique and practical. We were pleased with his ability to incorporate some of our own ideas into the plan. In a matter of days, he and Kasey transformed our yard into a beautiful landscape. Just the way we like our home improvement projects, quick and painless!
Aaron and Megan Petersan
Mark hooked us up with two very nice trees and did a great job on our drainage project. He was timely & very respectful of our established yard. Great work!
- Todd Blome
“A couple of our neighbors used Landmark Landscapes and highly recommended them! The first project was our backyard and around our pool. It turned out gorgeous! We are getting raving reviews from golfers, neighbors, and family/friends. Now they are doing a couple projects in the front yard. We let Mark design and create “the look” and we “go with it”! When the team arrives, they work hard, are VERY polite and professional. Best of all, when they’re in the neighborhood, they’ll randomly stop by to spray for weeds and check on plant moisture, etc. Highly recommend this team!!“
- Ryan and Char Rohl
We highly recommend Landmark Landscapes. Before selecting a landscape design, we visited with several landscape companies. Of all the designs, Landmark’s was the most aesthetically pleasing, natural and creative. Additionally, it was the most affordable. The landscape material was top grade, and the project was completed in one full day.
Donis and Marge Petersan
We have been very pleased with our entire experience in working with Mark and the entire Landmark Landscapes crew. From estimate to completion, they were great to work with. They landscaped the entire yard, front to back, and the end product is beautiful. We received great quality, great service, and all for a great price. Thanks Landmark Landscapes.
- John Kasparek
“We wanted a natural gas firepit in our back yard on the patio. We received several bids and met with various contractors. Landmark Landscapes was very affordable, Mark was great to work with, and the quality of work was excellent and professional! Mark was good at answering all of my questions and concerns and good at answering the phone, emailing back, or returning my phone calls. He had some good ideas and was flexible as we changed the plans as the job unfolded. His crew cleaned up after themselves and left the site cleaner than when they found it. We are excited about the investment we made and will have several years of enjoyment with the firepit year around! Please give Mark a call before you call anyone else for a bid. You will be pleased & satisfied, and impressed.”
- John & Lisa Moehlenhoff
“We have known Mark for several years, first meet him while living in Columbus. He did outstanding work, wonderful ideas, reasonable costs and completes the work as described and on time.
He recently added several trees and landscaping to the areas around our home. The addition of these items has brought several nice comments from our family and friends.”
- Larry Fritz
Mark, Casey and their crew have completed several jobs for us. They have an outstanding ability to create a natural look with berms and boulders that we desire. Their trees are always large, beautifully shaped and healthy, an outstanding value. They keep our budget in mind by installing the plan in stages. Several of our neighbors have commented positively and asked who did our landscape. I have referred several of my coworkers. We have been very happy with Landmark Landscapes and would not call anyone else.
- Rita and Gene Manhart
“We had our small front courtyard, entry, and porch redesigned and rebuilt, while also taking care of some drainage issues. Mark, Kasey and their crew did a wonderful job. Not only were they great to work with, but they went above and beyond to find solutions to complications that came up and to give us exactly what we wanted. We’re delighted with the result.”
– Jon & Cynthia Hischke
“Mark and Kasey make a great team. We love the finished project! We have received many positive comments from friends and neighbors as well. The project was finished on budget and on time. We won’t hesitate to use them for our next project.”
We are delighted with the work done in our yard by Landmark Landscapes! We needed a dry river bed installed on our property, and Mark’s design was by far the most aesthetically interesting as well as fully functional. His enthusiasm, energy, and attention to detail transformed what could have been just a simple project into a truly beautiful and exciting one. Not only that, the final cost came in less than was bid—a nice surprise. We certainly look forward to working with Mark again on future projects.
Mike & Judy Meagher
We first hired Mark to do some Christmas lighting for us and were very impressed with his professionalism and artistic talents. We hired him that first spring to do a cleanup of our landscape and have worked with him the past few years as our landscape needed to change. Mark gives accurate estimates and gets the work done on a timely basis. We feel fortunate to continue working with Landmark Landscapes!
Mark is a professional who makes sure you get what you are asking for in landscaping.
John F. Kliment
As a Landscape contractor and to an ever growing degree; a construction contractor, we encounter many different types of projects. I feel our mind set of constantly striving towards maximizing our efficiency gives us an edge in the landscape sector. Our broad skill set (which includes the likes of construction and other complimentary talents) gets us in the door on other outdoor projects. This broader ranging skill set and the ability to do more as an individual contractor allows us to accomplish more than many of our competitors. We’ve built value into our company by offering efficient broad ranged skills tailored to the outdoor environment. This saves our customers money and allows them to get the proverbial “most bang for their buck”. Most of our projects come down to that of new construction or renovation. Today, I’d like to elaborate some, on the value of using one company for all or most of your outdoor needs. For this discussion, I’d like to focus on new construction.
On any given new construction project, the home owner is faced with a myriad of decisions and options. This is compounded by the fact that many of them must flow in a certain order if maximum efficiency is to be attained. Efficiency translates to lowered costs. I’ve arrived at estimates where the home owner is excited to share their ideas with me as to the dream landscape they’ve always wanted. I listen painfully as they describe boulders, patio’s and berms with lighted large caliper trees. Inside I’m screaming. I think of the heavy equipment it’s going to require to perform such a task and before me is a newly sodded yard surrounding a home with a 3′ landscape bed. As they describe the dream, I think on the reality of the situation. The reality is they have just wasted countless dollars and reduced the budget for creating the dream by lack of planning and coordination. Sod and sprinklers will need to be moved or thrown away all together. Heavy equipment which could have radically sped up the project is now out of play or at least going to cause needless damage to the existing turf. Wiring for outdoor lighting has been left out and the cost has now doubled to install it. These situations can almost exclusively be avoided by simply hiring the right company to coordinate the entire process. Here are my suggestions on handling at least the outdoor aspects on a typical new home:
New Construction Guide: Steps one should follow during construction to maximize your outdoor construction dollar.
1. Planning: Get a plan or two for that matter. I can’t elaborate enough just how important this part is!!! Some landscape companies offer scaled drawings and or picture graphics software that provide you with a vision of what your outdoor environment can or will look like. This plan should be comprehensive and include those other elements that you plan on introducing into your outdoor environment. An example would be: fences, decks, patio’s, walkways, Retaining walls, utility sheds, fire pits, water features, outdoor kitchens, or special activities area’s (ex. a playground). These are but a few of the projects that can be added to the outdoor environment. I’ve been on many projects where builder’s coordinate some of these outdoor projects and I’ve scene different levels of success under these situations. The bottom line is get a plan. You need to feel comfortable that your landscape contractor has your best interests in mind (aesthetically, functionally and financially).
2. Concrete: During the planning phase, a good landscape designer may alter or enhance the shape and flow of concrete walkways, drives and or patios. The concrete can often be utilized to accent the landscape beds creating a nice comfortable flow throughout the entire project. Understand, that by adding curves and or square footage to the project you have the potential to see a higher price on that portion of the job as well. Its always best to ask, I’ve found that generally the cost is nominal and the reward great.
3. Down spouts: When discussing concrete, it’s important to think about your down spouts around the home. Down spouts are occasionally disregarded, home owner’s can be left with a 4-6′ extension that requires you to flip them up each time the mower’s used. In some situations, a down spout is placed right next to a walkway, this allows winter melt off from the roof to turn around and freeze on the side walk creating a slipping hazard. Today, home owners have the option of in ground drainage systems. This system takes water from the down spout’s and moves water away from the home underground via PVC or corrugated pipe. The pipes can be day lighted (camouflaged yet openly exposed) into landscape beds or terminated via drain basins located in the turf. Drain basins need to be drilled at the base and covered on top to prevent critters from entering and plugging your lines. The covers are needed to avoid a nasty ankle sprain as well. I recommend dispersion plates as covers over popups, they are easier to maintain where large numbers of leaves may fall. In areas with large mature trees close to the home, I’d even consider adding leaf guards to the gutters. Down spouts can be ascetically pleasing as well. We have utilized rubber liner to create dry creek beds to transfer water, this works well and adds interest to the landscape.
Keep in mind, pipes are buried and buried pipes go in much easier if the concrete is not present at the time of installation. Again a good landscape designer will guide you through this process and should coordinate with the builder to make sure this step isn’t forgotten.
3. Drainage: Rough grade the property and add soil to the landscape beds where needed. This area is often overlooked, creating future problems in the landscape and even going as far as to see water damage to the home itself. The key words here are positive drainage. Water needs to move away from the home and easily find it’s way to the property lines. This same concept needs to work through the landscape beds. In heavy soils, such as those we work with here in Lincoln NE, soil is often added in the form of berming and or contouring. Nursery stock depending on type, often requires far less moisture than that of turf. Berming and or mounding the soil (in a aesthetic manner of course) not only allows the plant material to grow in better soil. It also allows us to shed water away from those plants that tend to dislike high moisture growing conditions. Some landscape companies sub out the grading others are all inclusive. The bottom line again here is that your landscape contractor should be a part of this phase of the project.
4. Walls: Retaining walls and or stone work should occur next. With the grade for the most part being established in the rough grade, it’s time to build walls and incorporate stone features such as boulders. Granted in some situations, retaining walls may actually supersede this step. Quite frankly, It comes down to the situation and access to the wall and or stone portion of the project. Retaining wall blocks and boulders are heavy. Most of the equipment utilized to install those features are heavy as well. Your landscape contractor needs to coordinate this step of the project to avoid future conflicts. I’ve arrived at estimates where the home owner is excited to share their ideas with me as to the dream landscape they’ve always wanted. I listen as they describe boulders, patio’s and berms with lighted large caliper trees. Inside I’m screaming. I think of the heavy equipment it’s going to require to perform such a task and before me is a newly sodded yard, surrounding a home with a 3′ landscape bed. As they describe the dream, I think on the reality of the situation. The reality is, they have just wasted countless dollars and reduced the budget for creating the dream by lack of planning and coordination. Sod and sprinklers will need to be moved or thrown away all together. Heavy equipment which could have radically sped up the project is now out of play or at least going to cause needless damage to the existing turf. Wiring for outdoor lighting has been left out and the cost has now doubled to install it. These situations can almost exclusively be avoided by simply hiring the right company to coordinate the entire process.
5. Structures, buried services, landscape beds and low voltage wiring: These items (assuming you’ve budgeted for them) are the next step in finishing the outdoor portion of your new home. Structures fall under a board heading in my book. Structures, features or special needs area’s can evoke many examples; some would include decks, fences, gazebo’s, playhouses, storage sheds, patios, fire pits, outdoor kitchens, etc. We want those structures or features that affect irrigation, fencing, and or landscaping to be placed now. These features should have been mentioned earlier during the planing and designing phase. A good designer would have thought this portion through carefully. I always try to place those structures in the landscape beds when available. You will lesson trimming and shorten the overall mow time on your home.If some of these features are to be added later, still consider the cost advantages of adding the service’s (such as gas lines, water lines, or wiring) now. If you know where the fire pit is to reside then install the gas line now. Pipe installation is far less costly if it can occur prior to a finished yard. A finished yard could require hand digging of gas lines or electrical services. Regardless of how it’s done, repair on irrigation systems and or turf are generally inevitable. Low voltage lighting allows for wiring to be placed right at the surface of the soil. If outdoor lighting is on your radar as a future addition, i’d recommend adding the wiring now as well. The wire and subsequent labor to install it is fairly inexpensive if you catch it now. Adding wire to an existing bed covered in mulch or for that matter weed barrier and rock is a real pain in the back side, as it adds labor and needless clean up to the process.
At Landmark, we like to package fencing into our overall outdoor package. It only makes sense for us to install the fence as we build the other outdoor structures in conjunction with the landscape beds. I generally like to see the fence go in prior to any type of irrigation. The fence is fairly rigid as to its position on the property. On many occasions, the fence line is going to follow the property line. Unfortunately, the irrigation contractor may be thinking that same thought. The last thing you want is for the fence contractor to drop posts all along (or on top of) your irrigation lines. It’s best to have the fence in place and then a good irrigation contractor can run parallel to the fence and install the heads as needed. Keep in mind structures, fencing and landscaping directly influence the coverage of an irrigation system. Once again, that’s where I think it’s best that landscaping and fencing both come prior to the irrigation system.
We also recommend installing the landscape beds prior to sprinkler installation (next step). Landscape beds are essentially those spaces ear marked for future landscaping. This space will eventually become home to trees, shrubs, perennials, and grasses. Landscape beds may be flat or bermed, with boulders or without, mulched or rocked, edged or edgless. It all comes back to your personal preference, your interest in gardening, and your budget. Landscape beds if done properly will accent the home and tie everything together. I can go on and on about the design process but for the purposes of this discussion I just want you to understand that the space needs to be created in this step and preferably covered to prevent weeds. By creating the landscape beds you allow for the next phase, irrigation. If outdoor lighting is on your radar as a future addition, I’d recommend adding the wiring now as well. The wire and subsequent labor to install it is fairly inexpensive if you catch it now. Adding wire to an existing bed covered in mulch or for that matter weed barrier and rock is a real pain in the back side. It adds needless labor and clean up to the process. If your planning on using rock as your mulch, then weed barrier and edging are also required. Edging holds the rock from spilling out into the lawn only to be picked up by your mower and thrown through your neighbors window. Simply stated, edging should go in now prior to rocking or mulching if you prefer. Edging is best installed by a machine, prior to sprinkler head placement. Remember, the irrigation design is directly affected by the landscape beds. So finish all of the above up and move to step 6.
6. Irrigation: There are many levels of irrigation systems available to the home owner these days. The essential area’s are controllers, heads valve’s and lines. Just like a car, you have all sorts of options and upgrades. Pipe or lines are all fairly standardized these days and I think most of them offer fairly substantial warranties on the pipe. Ask the irrigation provider what your options are when looking at the irrigation system. I always suggest upgrading the heads. Entry level heads wont last much past five years before they are having problems. It takes the same amount of time to install an upgraded head so think about this some. The next area to ponder would be that of upgrading the valves. Valves control the supply of water to the heads. Valves can be compared to your heart. This is another area that I generally make sure I’m utilizing good quality equipment. Lastly, you have controllers. I don’t go for all the whistles and bells, I just want one that’s bullet proof. Landscape bed’s will most likely require drip irrigation. This can be done through your irrigation subcontractor or in the case of us, we like to do that portion ourselves. My plants going in and by god I’m going to ensure that they are protected. The turf and landscaping have different needs. Don’t expect an irrigation system without drip to handle your landscape beds effectively. The number one killer of nursery stock is over watering, that’s why I spend a bit extra and have the two separated and controlled as per their individual needs. Though drip can be added later in life, it’s much cheaper to do it now as the landscape beds go in! If you don’t see yourself as being able to hand water during times of drought or stress, than you better get a quote for drip irrigation as well.
7. Final grade: This is fairly self explanatory but I felt it best to talk about it briefly. As discussed earlier, rough grading is when a contractor whether it be the landscaper or a sub grades your yard and coordinates the water flow away from the home. they take out the highs and lows so no water is trapped. Final grading, is when the contractor goes in and fixes any tracks left behind from the other contractors (landscape, irrigation, construction). Performs final grade adjustments to remedy any area’s that may show evidence of trapping water. The final grade also breaks up clods and yes for the most part cleans up the debris left by other contractors. Once the soil is prepared for seed and or sod, step 8: turf is next.
8. Turf: Turf is the final phase for the new home. Today there are a lot of turf types out there. Check with your University if applicable and find out what is recommended for your area. Different turfs have different needs and different uses. They are also greatly affected by varying levels of sun or shade. Determine what site is going to have most of (sun or shade) and then do some research on your own or simply ask a qualified landscape contractor. On larger acreages you may find yourself needing and or wanting multiple turf types. I find myself recommending native grasses and other less needy varieties for the outlying areas. Natives look great once established, you can also add wildflower mixes to those areas where a beautiful meadow is desired. The native grass area’s will require little mowing and little irrigation once established. Once you’ve determined what type of turf utilize, the next step is to decide on how you want it to be installed. Nothing beats sod when it comes to holding slopes or making an instant lawn. At the same time, I tell most of my customers that for the price of switching from sod to seed you can often times come close to paying for your irrigation system. You are the final say. Let budget and need determine your course. If you have an animal that is going to be needing access to the yard than sod may be the way to go. At the same time, a small fenced in area can be sodded and the rest of the yard seeded. Slopes can readily be stabilized through the use of sod as well. Today seeding comes in mainly two forms, hydro seeding or direct seeding. Hydro seeding utilizes paper pulp to help protect the seed from desiccation and it generally has some type of started fertilizer built into the mix. Direct seeding can involve broadcast spreading where the seed is tossed out over the area to be seeded or it can be directly installed into the ground via a drill seeder. If broadcasting is utilized, I’ d highly recommend that your installer provide some form or mechanical means to ensure that the seed has a good seed to soil contact. Keep in mind that some sort of erosion control material will need to be utilized on sloped area’s of the yard. Today’s technology offers a variety of erosion control materials if seeding is your final decision.