Stoneleigh Landscaping Job June 2019
In June 2019, we were contacted by a Stoneleigh resident to complete some landscaping tasks. The landscaping job included the following items:
- Pruning forsythia bushes
- Weeding and cleaning flower beds
- Cutting fresh flower bed edges
- Delivering, planting and transplanting plants
First, we like to start landscaping jobs with pruning. That way, all of the debris can fall into the flower beds BEFRORE cleaning them.
After pruning the forsythia, we moved onto the flower bed weeding and clean out. Logically, this is the next step before we can make any other progress. We use a combination of rakes, leaf blower, and old-fashioned manpower to clean out the flower beds. This is the most grueling part of any landscape clean up project. However, after this critical task is completed, the rest of the job is downhill.
Next, we move onto planting. We had a combination of planting tasks for this landscaping project. First, we had to plant 5 plants that the customer had already purchased. We dug the holes for the plants 1.5x wide and deep so that the plant will have soft soil to dig its roots into. The soil was filled, with stones and rocks. The name “Stoneleigh” is no misnomer.
After planting the plants on the property, we moved onto transplanting other plants around the property. Some of the plants in the flowerbed had grown unruly and needed to be moved. When transplanting the plants, we dug up as much of the root mass as possible. Then we moved the plants to a new suitable location on the property.
Lastly, we planted some new plants that we purchased from our wholesale nursery. We had three beautiful pink rhododendrons that we planted.
When all of the planting was completed, it was time to cut the flower bed edges. A lot of landscapers use a straight shovel, but we prefer to use a bed edging machine. While the machine is more expensive, it creates a much smoother and more consistent edge around the landscaped beds.
The last flowerbed clean up task was mulching. We spread a 1-2″ layer of mulch over all of the flower beds. Mulching will help retain moisture in the soil and make it more difficult for weeds to grow in the flowerbeds.
The hardest, but the most fun part of this landscape project was yet to come. We still had to tackle the natural stone patio. The customer had some old irregular shaped stones around the property. We were able to reuse those stones to create a beautiful patio area large enough for two chairs and a small arm table.
First, we excavated the area and made the ground as level as possible, with a slight slope away from the home. Then, we placed a layer of compatible patio base into the excavated area. We then tamped the base compact and leveled again. Before, laying the patio stones, we used leveling sand to make sure that all of our stones would sit nicely without shifting. You can see pictures of our progress below.
Working in the Stoneleigh neighborhood in Towson, Maryland is always a pleasure. The homes are very diverse and beautifully landscaped.
This landscape project took about 3 days to complete with 3 men and cost around $3500. If you are interested in a similar landscaping project please reach out and we would be more than happy to work with you!