Landscape Contractor / Design Build Maintain

MAR 2014

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Above & Left: A network of flagstone paths brings these homeowners in Michigan City, Ind., around their residence to the backyard. Smalls Landscaping installed a six-foot- wide path, designed to let the owners use a cart to help maintain the yard. There are other smaller paths leading to a deck, driveway, and the fire pit patio. The fire pit is natural, tumbled stone, mortared together. The seat wall is also natural stone, with each one cut to six inches thick and 20 to 24 inches deep. The paths and patios required over 50 tons of flagstone. Spread throughout the landscape are 68 tons of limestone boulders. Natural stone steps lead up and down various elevation changes. Over 1,500 yards of pulverized topsoil peat were used to create the grade changes and undulating beds. The plantings consist of a variety of evergreens, Alaskan cedars, Chamacyparis, olga Mezzitt Rhododendrons, Azaleas, ferns and boxwood. The ground cover is hosta and pachasandra with Mazus Reptans planted between the pathways' flagstones. Smalls won first place in the state of Indiana in 2013 from the Indiana Nursery Landscape Association. Left: This summer home in Gilford, N.H., was furnished with a permeable hardscape, including Belgard pavers, by Natures Elite Landscaping of Meredith, N.H. The pathway stones are called Boston Blend flagging, sourced from Gilbert Block in Laconia N. H. They were installed on a crushed stone base to allow the water to remain onsite. About 15 tons of flagging were used. Local supplier, Natt King Stoneworks, provided the stone for the seat walls. The caps with veins of white running through them are Sunapee black granite, named for the town in New Hampshire where they came from. Inset: Between the two deck chairs is a large stone table that was sourced from American Cottage in Gilford, N.H. It is estimated to weigh 1,200 pounds and took eight men with straps and boards to carry it. The table was rolled into its final resting place on pipes. The planting list focused on colors and scents of summer and includes: Azalea summer sweet, Azalea Viscosum, Wegilia wine and roses, Rhododendron. DBM LC 48 LC DBM 044-049.indd 48 2/27/14 11:06 AM

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