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INSTALLATION

As of 2020 I no longer offer landscape installation, but will keep this page up to demonstrate previous projects, and to offer an outline of the process.

You may decide to schedule your installation uninterupted from start to finish, or to break it down into phases.

If you wish, I can buy and arrange for delivery of plants, soil, and mulch for your own "do-it-yourself" project. I access growers throughout the local region, and occastionally out of state.

If native trees and other vegetation are existing on the site, I can offer a consultation in the form of a plant survey, to note or tag any that are worth saving and protecting. Previously planted exotics are also sometimes worth keeping.

In the beginning stages, a typical full-scale landscape project would address any new major hard-scape elements such as driveways and paving, assuring any needed conduits for irrigation pipes or electrical wires are provided. Ideally, other major construction items such as swimming pools, retaining walls, fencing, and decks would be complete. Any significant tree pruning would be done in the beginning stages as well.

Special care should be given to protecting trunks and root zones of existing trees. Keep in mind that root zones may extend even farther from the trunk than the spread of branches of the canopy. Tree feeder roots are often just under the soil surface, and can be severely damaged by compaction and grading. Barricades can prevent this.

I can also offer assistance in the layout of any beds, borders, and hardscape elements, as well as the placement of trees and shrubs. If you plan to have an irrigation or lighting system, it is best to do this after new borders, trees and large shrubs are in place, and before smaller and more vulnerable plants are installed in order to prevent possible damage. Drip irrigation main lines can also be installed at this stage, and then emitters and small tubing can be installed after smaller plants are in place. Then mulch, sod, and accent features can be brought in. Alternately, you can opt to leave smaller drip irrigation tubing exposed, as this can make it easier to see any possible problems at a later date that need attention.

With reasonably good weather, landscape installations can be accomplished at any time of year. In our climate, the ideal time to install many trees and shrubs is in the autumn, when most root growth occurs for these plants. Some wildflower seeds are also best planted then. Sod, subtropicals, and tender annuals need warm temperatures for growth, and are best planted in the warm season. However, most nursery plants are now grown in containers, so with proper attention to watering they can be planted throughout the year if available.

 

 







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Contact Tom Manes: Telephone:512-847-9501
Postal address:251 Climbing Way, Wimberley,Texas 78676
email: tmanes@austin.rr.com

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