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There’s more pressure than ever for corporations to not only increase profits, but also meet sustainability goals. At E.A. Quinn Landscape Contracting, we partner with our corporate landscaping clients to help them both save money and save the environment.
One recent example of an environmentally conscious project we oversaw for a large corporation based in Bristol, CT is the field of wild flowers pictured below.
A field of wildflowers like this, professionally designed and installed, helps reduce reliance on sprinklers and water usage. If a corporation is on public water supply, that means a lower water bill. It also means that the company is helping not to deplete local water supplies.
Matthew Bagshaw, operations manager at E.A. Quinn Landscape Contracting, was recently profile by his alma mater, the University of Connecticut College of Agriculture, Health and Natural Resources. Here’s an excerpt from the profile:
Ratcliffe Hicks graduate Matthew Bagshaw was raised in Glastonbury, where he now enjoys a career in the landscaping industry, an interest he’s had since childhood. He’s enthusiastic about a field he finds both interesting and challenging.
What was your major in the College? When did you graduate? With what degree? I graduated in May of 2003, with an associate of applied science degree in horticulture (turfgrass management).
What CAHNR class was most useful to you? I think the most useful class was my turf professional development class. Steve Rackliffe was the professor, and he taught us a lot of real-world fundamentals for excelling in the field. I remember that class offering a lot of good background information on the field itself and the business behind it, and he did a great job of preparing us for what to expect out in the real world.
For Connecticut homes along the Long Island Sound, landscaping takes on a new dimension. Not only do homeowners along the shoreline have to consider the typical aesthetic concerns when planning a landscaping project, but they also have to consider the impact on the shoreline environment.
For example, homes directly on the water often require a seawall, which needs to be designed and installed by an expert to insure that it meets local zoning regulations and is designed to withstand the wear and tear of the water and the winter.
Plant selection is also an issue. Most homeowners on the shore want to select plants to complement the water environment and help encourage water filtration and native species. Invasive plants can also be a problem for shoreline homeowners. EA Quinn’s professionals are trained to help you identify invasive plants and help you develop a strategy for eliminating these types of plants.
Beyond environmental concerns, there are also practical concerns for shoreline properties. Many shorefront homes have sloping yards that make landscaping a challenge. If your yard has a dramatic slope, EA Quinn can work with you on creating retaining walls and steps that not only look beautiful, but also provide flat yard areas perfect for outdoor living areas, including patios, outdoor kitchens and fire pits.
A driveway is actually one of the most-used parts of a home. And it takes a lot of abuse, especially in Connecticut. Between the hot summer sun, freezing in the winter, heavy cars, salt and sand, driveways in our state take a beating.
For that reason, many people assume that an asphalt driveway is a smarter investment than a paver driveway for homes in Connecticut. But the reality is that while paver driveways may require a larger upfront investment, in the long-term they may end up saving you money. Here’s why:
The interlocking nature of pavers allows them to move independently, which means there is less damage to the driveway during the freeze-thaw cycle of New England winters.
Most manufacturers of pavers offer a lifetime warranty on the integrity of the paver. The experts at EA Quinn will work with you to select a paver that not only looks great, but that will stand the test of time.
If you get a pothole or severe crack/crumbling in your asphalt driveway, your repair options involve some type of patching. And let’s face it, a patched pothole is not pretty. But if you have a cracked paver, you simply pull that paver out and replace it and the driveway looks as good as new.
The average life expectancy of a properly maintained paver driveway is more than 20 years!
The driveway is the first thing you see when you come home, and it’s the first thing visitors see. A paver driveway offers the ultimate in curb appeal, not only making it pleasant to come home each day, but also providing a boost to your home’s resale value should you decide to put it on the market.
So if you are interested in changing your driveway’s appearance, don’t count out pavers. It may be more affordable than you think! Contact us today for a free estimate.
Pavers aren’t new, but they are constantly evolving. Forget the simple red brick or basic octagonal shape. Pavers today come in all different shapes, sizes and colors. When E.A. Quinn works with our outdoor living design and installation clients, we help guide them through all the variety of paver choices and help them find a look that suits their tastes.
One of the hottest trends with pavers right now is new shapes. Longer rectangular pavers are hot right now. One example is the Borealis Slab from Techo-Bloc, that is not only a modern rectangular shape, but also has a wood-grain-like design.
In addition to pavers with new shapes and sizes, natural stone can provide amazing texture for your hardscape project. Some of the natural stone options includes granite, bluestone, flagstone or slate.
Mix and match
Finally, many of E.A. Quinn’s clients are opting to mix and match to achieve a more sophisticated look. Take the walkway pictured below, which has an accent edging.
This custom paver walkway features contrasting edging for a sophisticated look.
Sometimes a new landscape project means that a tree or trees will need to come down to accommodate a pool or a patio. In some cases, if the tree is a special variety of it has sentimental value, a homeowner may not want to part with it.
When that’s the case, E.A. Quinn Landscape Contracting can work with you to help relocate the tree.
Below are images showing the special equipment that we used recently to relocate a tree that a property owner wanted to move in order to make room for a new pool and outdoor living area.
In this case, E.A. Quinn worked with Tree Ark LLC of Storrs, CT to move the tree.
Thinking about a pool for your backyard? There’s no better centerpiece for an outdoor living space than an inground pool. But no pool is complete without a comprehensive landscape design by E.A. Quinn Landscape Contracting. In our latest blog post we’ve compiled a list of the top trends in poolscape design.
Gone are the days of the simple rectangular pool with a strip of concrete around the edge. Today’s pools come in any shape and any elevation! Many pool designers are elevating the pool, or spa. Outdoor kitchens or seating areas can also be elevated or sunken. All these elevation changes add to the visual appeal and can create a sense of intimacy, particularly with seating areas.
The stone or paver you choose for your poolscape will play an important role in not only the visual appeal, but also in the functionality. Pavers, made from concrete, come in a variety of sizes and shapes. You can keep it simple or get creative. Natural stone like bluestone, flagstone or granite are also popular options. And don’t forget edging! The right edging can provide a beautiful color accent to any poolscape and outdoor living area.
Many of the pool clients we have are interested in integrating additional water features like waterfalls or water fountains. These accents provide extra drama and interest that can make your backyard a great place to entertain even if the weather is perfect for swimming.
Incorporating containers with plantings
Shrubs not only offer beauty, but they also provide privacy around a pool. But containers can provide just the right color accent or height variety to add a visual punch to your poolscape design. Colorful containers also offer year-round color, which can help keep your poolscape looking fresh even in the late fall and early spring when most plants are flowering yet.
Don’t settle for a picnic table. Bar seating around an outdoor kitchen is the must-have poolscape outdoor living element. Grills are great, but an outdoor kitchen with a sink, refrigerator and other kitchen elements is the best!
E.A. Quinn Landscape Contracting brought some spring color to the NBC Connecticut Outdoor Studio in West Hartford. The local news stations regularly broadcasts from the outdoor studio, which is located right outside its West Hartford location. Below are photos of our work: