Landscape Contractor / Design Build Maintain

APR 2017

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April 2017 33 Right Following several trips to the property to plan the lighting, the installation itself took a crew of six just two days to complete. The biggest challenge they encountered was working around – and sometimes working with – other crews who were renovating different parts of the property. (See sidebar on page 32.) Below The other option for lighting trees without puncturing their trunks or branches is to use a junction box mounted to two straps that connect together like a bicycle helmet. The straps wrap around the branch snugly, and connections are made inside the box. The wire goes down the trunk of the tree through the ring on the bottom of the box. Different sizes are available, and each comes with adjustable straps – Crowley sometimes likes to cut off the extra material, depending on the situation. They are available from several manufacturers. "Of course, it's also a huge tree," he added. Smaller trees will require less pullback for adequate can- opy lighting. The concept of pullback also applies when lighting oth - er landscape elements, including, for example, hedges. In this case, Crowley was tasked with lighting hedges along the side of the house, but in order to properly light them, he had to place the fixtures practically in the walkway. He was able to successfully illuminate the foliage with in- ground well lights and a little cooperation from the hard - scape installation team. (See sidebar on opposite page.) Finishing After six or seven site visits to plan, Crowley estimated his crew of six would need two days to complete the light - ing installation. His estimation turned out to be just right, which he chalks up to experience. "I look at the level of difficulty and what we have to do to conceal the wires or make it clean," said Crow - ley when asked how he estimates the time he spends on a project. Lighting maintenance is not an issue for Crowley. "If you install the lights correctly, the quality lasts so long there's no need for a maintenance program," he said. "Six months, eight months later, the property looks as good as the day I did the installation." LC DBM

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