Landscape Contractor / Design Build Maintain

MAR 2018

LC/DBM provides landscape contractors with Educational, Imaginative and Practical information about their business, their employees, their machines and their projects.

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the first one to complete was softscaping, then the stonework and wood- work, and finally the synthetic turf and rubber surfaces. The installation was completed in 90 days by a number of crews in - cluding eight for the softscape, five for the irrigation system, six for the hardscape, six for the woodworking, three for the metalworking and six for the synthetic turf and rubber wet-pour. In the end however, the final results were "well received and turned out exceeding everyone's expectations," states George. As evidence of the success of the project, leasing for the property went up from 65 percent to more than 80 percent. The project won Gold and Silver honors from the Texas Nursery & Landscape Professionals, and a Merit Award from the National Association of Landscape Professionals. The upshot of all this is an inviting place to be and enjoy, to hold infor - mal office meetings or a celebration, or just relax by oneself. LC DBM Top The old shrubs that were installed 30-40 years ago were removed along with the soil in the beds, which were then prepped with 6" of fresh soil and planted with new ground cover and shrubbery. However only one of the origi- nal trees, which was dead, needed to be replaced. Right In the water feature at the bottom of the photo, the 40-year-old, custom-built sculpture had been plumbed to be a fountain but because chlorine was being used to clean the water, the internal workings got damaged, making it dysfunctional. The decision was made to let it remain as a work of art and turn the basin, with help from an in-house pool specialist at Complete Land- sculpture, into a koi pond with 6 different types of lilies, two types of lotus and other water plants. March 2018 37

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