Fall Containers in a Kent Garden
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by Richard Schipul
1M ago
We took over a new garden maintenance client in Kent this year. It’s a project that requires a lot of man hours. This season, we averaged 25-50 hours a week. We are there on a regular basis doing the typical maintenance a garden requires. Weekly, we are pruning, trimming, weeding, watering and deadheading. The garden has a large annual component so coordinating, planting and managing annuals is a large part of the weekly maintenance. Because it’s a new property, we’re doing everything for the first time. Here is the mum planting we planted this fall. The post Fall Containers in a Kent Garden ..read more
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Screening Planting
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by Richard Schipul
2M ago
When people call us for a screen planting, they usually are wanting a row of evergreen trees. That is one option for screening an unwanted view. The problem is that type of planting can create some long term issues. For one, spacing is too close for long term success. A 10′-12′ Spruce or Pine will be approximately 5 feet wide at its base at time of planting. There is a tendency to plant such screen planting so the base of each tree is close to each other or overlapping, when planted is a zigzag pattern. That spacing does not allow for any long term growth. Most pyramidal evergreens will reach ..read more
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A Welcoming Entrance For This New Milford Landscape
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by Richard Schipul
5M ago
Here is a welcoming front entrance landscape we designed, installed and maintain in New Milford. There was a lot of opportunities to create a memorable experience for both homeowners and visitors to the front door. We decided to create a space that allowed 4 cars to park within 20 feet from the front door. Once there, the experience is a walk through a courtyard garden to the main entry into the house. Determining the distance between the new parking court and residence was important. If it was too far, a large garden would have needed to be created or lawn would have needed to be introduced i ..read more
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Should I Plant a Beech Tree?
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by Richard Schipul
7M ago
If you’re considering planting a Beech tree into your landscape, you might want to reconsider. If you didn’t know, there is unfortunately a new disease that is killing all Beech trees, both American and European, called Beech Leaf Disease. It doesn’t appear to be a disease that might or might not effect your trees. Based on the Connecticut State Nursery Inspector that was recently on our property to certify our nursery, it’s a disease that is already prevalent throughout Litchfield and Fairfield County and spreading extremely quickly. What a shame! We have a beautiful Fagus ‘Red Obelisk’ speci ..read more
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Using a Drone in Landscape Design
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by Richard Schipul
7M ago
I had a design to do for a client that involved a steep slope with a lot of large stone outcroppings. A survey for the slope didn’t exist and I was hoping to create an accurate base plan I could have confidence in, so that plant quantities would be accurate and the estimate for landscape installation would also be accurate. The only way to accomplish this was with the use of a drone. I first deployed the drone to take a picture directly over head of the future landscape. The picture was brought into our design program, Dynascape. At this point, we don’t know the scale of the picture so the d ..read more
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Litchfield Landscape Before and After
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by Richard Schipul
8M ago
Here are a couple before and after photos from our Litchfield project that we completed last summer. As you can see, the before pictures were prior to the addition that was built on the backside of the garage. The project included a set of stairs from the driveway to the new lower patio, the surrounding gardens plus a garden renovation of all the existing gardens on the property. I like how the whole project came together. The small quaint patio acts as an entrance stoop into the new exercise room and looks out over sunrises, a meadow and an elephant sculpture by Denis Curtiss. s The ..read more
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Are We A Good Fit?
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by Richard Schipul
8M ago
  Are you looking for a landscape design or are you looking for a landscape company? With my background in Landscape Architecture, we have the ability to design your entire property but we aren’t in the business of producing landscape designs for your ‘guy’ or the DIYer. We are in the business of installing landscapes. If you’re looking for a landscape company, we prefer you interview a couple of companies whose work appeals to you and choose one of those companies. We’re hoping you choose us but if it’s not us, that’s fine too. Once you chose a company, you work with that company thro ..read more
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Ridgefield Garden
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by Richard Schipul
10M ago
Here’s an update on a Ridgefield garden we installed about 10 years ago. One of the things we love about doing landscape design is watching the landscape fill in completely over the years. After we do an installation like the garden below, we are just as invested in it as the home owner. This particular landscape is one of our personal favorites from the past few years.  I took these pictures sometime this past garden season.  I’ve also listed a few specific design choices below. Enjoy! This side garden includes a color pallet of pinks and purples from Hydrangeas, Allium, Astilb ..read more
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Ridgefield Garden
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by Richard Schipul
1y ago
Here’s an update on a Ridgefield garden we installed about 10 years ago. I took these pictures sometime this past garden season. This side garden includes a color pallet of pinks and purples from Hydrangeas, Allium, Astilbe and window boxes filled with Callibrachoa and Licorice plant. A close up of window boxes in Ridgefield filled with Callibrachoa and Licorice plant. Curb appeal on Catoonah St. Ridgefield filled with evergreens, flowering shrubs, perennials and annuals. The post Ridgefield Garden appeared first on Designing Eden - Landscaping Design for Litchfield County, CT ..read more
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Litchfield County’s Best Landscaper?
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by Richard Schipul
1y ago
Who’s the best landscaper in Litchfield County? Well, it appears we are! I recently found out that we were voted the best landscaper in Litchfield County by Litchfield Magazine. I was blown away, honored and super excited to me voted by the residents of Litchfield County. My previous opinions of these ‘Best of’ survey’s are that they are not geared towards the little guy. In the past, I have felt like the winners are the companies that make a concerted effort with their extensive client lists to be voted the ‘best’. This is what makes this news all the more unbelievable to me. I’m amazed how ..read more
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