LATE SEASON PROJECTS: A Smart time to Engage a Landscape Professional

LATE SEASON PROJECTS: A Smart time to Engage a Landscape Professional

It’s late August already but it’s not too late to begin a landscape project. Whether you are envisioning a grand sweep of extraordinary breadth or merely or small project to satisfy a conservative need, the timing couldn’t be better.

This is an opportunity to discuss your desires with a landscape design professional with expertise as a horticulturist, expert mason, electrician, plumber and swimming pool contractor to learn what is needed to pull off a successful landscape project in the limited time left before the season ends.

While there are differing opinions about our Hudson Valley weather this year, the consensus among professional meteorologists seems to be that we had a major drought this spring and still could be flirting with another one by summer’s end. With this kind of challenge, planning for a successful long-term landscape needs the experience and knowledge of an expert landscape professional who can install an irrigation system to contend with the widely predicted global warming. In addition, this same professional will know when, where and how to plant the best choice of trees, shrubs and bulbs at this late stage of an exceptionally hot and dry season. If self-maintenance is not your style, you should expect your landscape professional to be ready to serve this need as well, as fully or as minimally as you require.

If you’re smart, planning a landscape project now makes a lot of sense because of the time needed to prepare your site for eventual completion later this season or next. If one thing has been proven this year, we now know that there is a potential for weeks and weeks of beautiful sunny and hot weather in the Hudson Valley, perfect for enjoying professionally landscaped, luxury-laden property which surrounds our homes. Live and learn!

Your late-season project can be as extraordinary as you wish as long as you allow ample time to develop and implement a plan.

Your late-season project can be as extraordinary as you wish as long as you allow ample time to develop and implement a plan.

So, with that in mind for coming years, it is a completely justified desire you have to upgrade your yard to something in which you can find ultimate pleasure and be proud to own. The question now is exactly what you envision for your quintessential dreamscape.

Your late-season landscape project could include an outdoor kitchen, patio, pool and complementary plantings.

Your late-season landscape project could include an outdoor kitchen, patio, pool and complementary plantings.

If you are a social butterfly who loves entertaining friends and family, you really should consider the benefits of an outdoor kitchen. A professional landscape designer can advise you about what equipment is recommended for a versatile and successful culinary experience, whether you’re a budding amateur or a seasoned chef. While this kind of investment entails more than just cooking apparatus, you need to be prepared for sophisticated plans involving drainage work needed to install the patio base of your kitchen area, as well as electrical and plumbing needed to accommodate the performance of your appliances and provision of necessary lighting. This could also include the construction of an outdoor fireplace and/or firepit for those times when open flames are ideal. And keeping pace with the trend in indoor kitchens these days, you will need ample counter space, possibly an island and maybe even a pizza oven to really impress your guests. Of course, a wet bar wouldn’t hurt either.

If the groundwork is done to serve a greater scope than just your outdoor kitchen, your plan could encompass the additional inclusion of a pool, hot tub, spa, and/or waterfalls now or in coming years, not to mention the many regional regulations which must be met in the process. These are some of the reasons why a true professional has an edge over a self-appointed do-it-yourselfer. A project like this requires a multitude of skills, heavy-duty equipment, high-quality resources and the experience to get the job done right, all within an expedient timeframe.

For a grand landscape plan, even with a late season start, you can include a pool, waterfall, fire pit and expansive patio.

For a grand landscape plan, even with a late season start, you can include a pool, waterfall, fire pit and expansive patio.

Your first step should be a complimentary consultation with a true landscape artist and obviously successful hardscape professional like Rhett Goslar, owner of the very highly regarded Artistic Landscapes LLC based in the lower Hudson Valley. As a full-service landscape contractor, his company is preferred by the most scrupulous clients seeking perfection in every way. Providing the entire spectrum of work essential to landscape projects of any size, the Artistic Landscapes crews are consummate professionals who approach every job with unflagging dedication and heartfelt enthusiasm. It is no wonder they have an A+ reputation on Angie’s List where homeowners’ testimonials sing their praises after investing enormous budgets toward multifaceted projects which become more magnificent as each season passes. You can learn more about Rhett at ArtisticLandscapesNY.com , his reviews at Angie’s List reviews or by contacting him via email at info@artisticlandscapesny.com or calling 845-542-6723.