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2016 E Newsletter Spring Landscaping Trends - Dogscaping Ask Adam- see on your website, that you are an ICPI Certified Installer. What does that mean? Fall Fireplace vs Firepit Ask Adam - How long will it take for my new perennials to fill in?


Landscaping Trends for 2016 - Dogscaping?

Most of the trends this year are continuations of previous years, firepits are still hot (haha), over-the-top is out (thanks recession), lots of talk about low-maintenance, sustainability, bugs, bees, chickens... but here's a new one...Dogscaping   I guess I'm not surprised, with how much time and money we spend on our 'fur babies'. I suppose it was only a matter of time before we started designing our landscape with our pups in mind. In all seriousness though, if your dog spends a lot of time outside, considering their needs can help you minimize the collateral damage. Your dog doesn't care that you just spent $10,000 on your backyard. Dogs will be dogs...   While most people won't be designing their yards as a doggy playground, it can be helpful to consider how your dog will be using the yard when you are in the landscape design process. The best design is one that works well for the whole family!  Some things to consider:     Containment     Toxic Plants     Patrol Paths and Lookout Points     A Digging Pit     Dogs and Lawn     Just Add Water     A Shady Spot


Q. I see on your website, that you are an ICPI Certified

Installer. What does that mean?

A. ICPI stands for the Interlocking Concrete Pavement Institute, a North American Trade Association. Interlocking Concrete Pavers are the man-made segmental concrete units that are used in most hardscapes. ICPI members include paver manufacturers, designers, contractors and suppliers of related products. Licensing and Certification are not required to be a landscape installer. It seems like anyone with a pickup truck and a wheelbarrow can call themselves a landscape installer, but it takes education and experience to build hardscapes correctly. I have taken the extra step of becoming certified to show my commitment to hardscape installation best practices. I believe that this certificate sets me apart from other contractors and acknowledges my skill and experience from years of installing hardscapes the right way. To become certified, I was required to go through training courses, pass an exam, and document my installation experience. I am also required to continue my education in order to renew certification every 2 years. There is a push in the Landscape Industry for companies and/or individuals to become certified in different areas of expertise This can help homeowners to tell professional contractors from the guy with a wheelbarrow. It does take time and effort to become certified, and there are good companies that choose not to become certified. For consumers, it is simply another tool to be used in the decision making process of selecting a landscape contractor, along with reviews, testimonials, and references. There are a total of 44 ICPI Certified Installers in the whole state of Wisconsin. For comparison, there are 250 listed Landscape Contractors in Southeast Wisconsin alone.


Tools & Tips

Fireplace or Fire Pit?

These fire elements are very popular and enjoyable, but homeowners often struggle with the decision of which one to choose for their landscape. Both have pros and cons, and the right one for you is usually a matter of space and cost. Fireplace: A fireplace can make a statement in your landscape, and is a major focal point in the design. It can create a outdoor room and provide a visual barrier. While they can be quite large. they actually take up less useable space because they are located on the edges of the patio. They are typically more expensive than fire pits, but they also come in a wide variety of options and sizes. Fire Pit: These are usually less expensive, with many options that are affordable for everyone. They can be almost any size, and can be round, square, or rectangular. You can create a bigger fire in a fire pit. A fire pit can have more people sitting around it than a fireplace, but this means it also takes up more space in the landscape. We usually suggest that the fire pit be part of a smaller patio or separate area of the lawn from the main patio. Most yards don't have enough room for a fire pit and table and chairs in the main patio area. Both fireplaces and fire pits can be wood burning or with natural gas inserts. Both can be used to roast marshmallows or cook campfire cuisine! Both are warm and inviting gathering places for friends and loved ones to enjoy. We have yet to meet someone that regrets putting in their fireplace or fire pit. Adding a fire element to your landscape creates an enjoyable outdoor space and extends your outdoor season! See our Project Gallery page for ideas...

Q. How long will it take for my new perennials to fill in?

A.  I usually tell customers that they can expect their new plantings to have maximum effect in 3 years. A wise plant person once told me that in year 1 they survive, year 2 they strive and year 3 they thrive. The first year after planting, perennials will be busy putting down roots, and for most plants you will not see much growth on top. This is also why proper watering the first year is so important. Underwatering and even overwatering can delay or damage roots. The second year, a healthy plant with a good root system will starting putting energy into leaves and flowers, while also putting out more roots. We space the plants for their eventual size, so the plants will be looking good, but the bed spaces won't be filled in yet. By the third year, the plants will have started spreading out and filling in the bed in a natural looking way. The roots, foliage, and flowers should be healthy and producing how they are meant to in a natural setting. After this year, perennials can be divided to move to other areas or share with friends. Some perennials benefit from division after 4 or 5 years, especially if they are starting to decline in the center of the plant. Others, like most Daylilies and groundcover types, can be left in dense masses, and you won't have to worry about weeds!

What's New at Sunrise Gardens LLC

We had a busy Spring and Summer this year and worked on some great projects, including landscaping around a home that was in the LBA Parade of Homes, and the Tree House Healing Garden for WCAC (Walworth County Alliance for Children). Adam has been posting photos to our Facebook page this year, so that people can see what we're working on and some of the behind the scenes action. Adam has also been working hard on our display gardens at our home. The goal is to be able to show customers what we can do, with a variety of landscape features and materials used. This summer we completed the fireplace and pond. We are hoping to complete the patio and plantings by next year, and it will be ready for tours!
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