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What Is Hardscape Landscape Construction?

Category : Hardscape , Lawn Care

Aside from regular landscaping services, Dudley’s Tree and Landscape specializes in hardscape construction for residents in and around Methuen, MA and Salem, NH. When it comes to different times of landscaping services, hardscaping is something that most people know little about. This is mostly due to the fact that the term hardscape is not as commonly passed around but a simple understanding can go a long way in enhancing your property with beautiful additions.

What Does Hardscape Mean?

Hardscaping is landscaping design that consists of non-living elements and materials. The materials commonly used in hardscape include stone, concrete, metal, wood, sand, and brick. Hardscaping is an important step in overall landscaping as some landscaping designs wouldn’t be possible without the help of hardscaping. Examples of this would be preventing erosion and water runoff through the construction of barriers, retaining walls, elevated areas, and improved irrigation. Hardscape is a great way to show organization to the natural areas and features that you add to your property.

What Are Some Hardscape Projects?

Hardscape projects can include almost any type of decorative or practical structure in a landscape. What makes hardscape so great is that it can be used not only outdoors but indoor. Some items you may not know are considered hardscaping is finding the right pots or planters for your plants and pebbles and sand for indoor gardens. For outdoor use, the following property enhancements are considered hardscape projects:

  •  Stone Retaining Walls
  • Concrete Patios
  • Brick Patios
  • Flagstone Patios
  • Tile Patios
  • Stone Walkways
  • Stone Landscape Steps
  • Metal Fences
  • Wooden Fences
  • Wooden Decks
  • Wooden Gazebos
  • Pergolas

If you are interested in hardscaping or general landscaping and lawn care services, contact Dudley’s Tree and Landscape!


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Winter Tree Care Tips For The New Year

Category : Tree Care

Just because winter is here doesn’t mean you should stop caring for your trees.  In fact, winter is the perfect time to take care of some much-needed tree service that you shouldn’t do in the summer.

Crown Reduction

Crown reduction is a type of tree pruning that is best to be completed in the winter months.  The goal of crown reduction is to reduce the overall weight and length from branches in the canopy of the tree to protect the entire tree from succumbing to the weight.  Choose limbs that are longer and extend far from the trunk of the tree as these place the most stress on the tree.

Structural Tree Pruning

For younger trees, the goal is to promote healthy growth, so the key here is to prune branches and limbs with structural issues so that the healthy branches and limbs can grow larger.  As the tree grows, this will help the tree to become more sturdy and healthy and keep small issues from developing into larger ones.

Eliminate Dead Wood

Winter is a great time to cut off the dead branches on trees!  If the whole tree is dead, then it is also a perfect time for tree removal!  Focus only on removing the branches that are dead, so that the living branches can continue to grow and the tree can continue to flourish!

Pest Management

There are several pests that are not good for trees, and winter is a great time to take care of these pests and ensure that they don’t wreak havoc on your precious trees.  Use horticultural oil in the winter months to help keep these pests at bay come springtime!

Stump Grinding

After removing those dead trees, use the winter lull as an opportunity to grind up those old unsightly stumps and get your yard in tip-top shape.  While you can do this at any time of the year, the winter provides a great opportunity to get these tasks done, especially after you complete your tree removal.

Spend a little time this winter on tree pruning and proper tree care and your trees will be thanking you in the spring!  You’ll also be able to enjoy the fruits of your winter labor by seeing your trees flourish in the springtime. For professional tree and crane services, contact Dudley’s Tree and Landscape today!


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