Initial Design Consultation
This meeting is a chance
for you and Laramee Haynes to talk about your wishes, ideas and
concerns for the garden. He will listen and offer suggestions,
ideas, and other points of view. He will ask you a series of
questions to help further define the garden design. Click the
link below for a list of these questions. There is a fee of $75
per hour for this meeting.
welcome to meet Laramee at his office /garden before committing
to a consultation. He has a large display garden and private
nursery. Please call for an appointment (626)441.3725. There is
no charge for this meeting.
Laramee is available to
comment on house remodeling and garden design plans. He can also
help guide the details of other construction work taking place
in the garden. He has also performed garden inspections prior to
home purchase for dedicated gardeners. He is also available to
analyze special problems in the garden such as Oak root fungus,
drainage and other issues. An hourly consultation rate is
charged for these services. Laramee also enjoys public speaking
and frequently teaches gardening classes.
To prepare an estimate, an accurate scale drawing of your
property is needed. If you do not have a drawing I can recommend a
measurement company to make one. Using the scale drawing, a
layout design for your garden is made and an estimate to do the
work is prepared. If the estimate is acceptable, we can meet to
discuss the drawing and any questions you may have. Typically I
do not charge a fee for preparing an estimate. If I
am designing or guiding work done by other contractors I charge
an hourly fee.
So you can see the overall
garden design, I will outline paving, lawn and planting areas
with white plastic pipe. This gives you a chance to see the
overall shape and walk the design. This work happens after
unwanted plants have been removed and the soil has been graded.
Changes are welcome and expected. If the price needs to change I
discuss it with you before doing the work.
Patios, pathways, landings and other flat masonry
projects are built typically using traditional brick, broken
concrete or stone materials.
Our brick work includes traditional patterns and designs with
used brick for a true old garden look.
Broken concrete paving is made by mixing pieces of
recycled concrete from various sources. Each piece has slight
variations in finish and color to give a stone like look. Each
piece is broken to fit and set in a minimum of three inches of
wet concrete and tapped level. A sand and cement mixture is used
to grout the pieces. The result is a firm, durable surface with
the flatness of brick and natural look of stone.
walls are made using broken concrete. For walls the pieces are
broken to fit set in a level course. Each course or row is
stepped back slightly and packed with soil to form a durable,
rustic garden wall.
traditional craftsman boulder walls and columns. A mix of local
arroyo stones set in cement are used for this work.
For Masonry project such as pools,
garden fireplaces, driveways and retaining walls the work is
done by an excellent local masonry company.
Water in the garden adds interest and invites visitors to
stroll out and experience the garden. Water falling adds sound
to the garden. A water feature need not be complicated. A simple
ready made fountain is often sufficient. Weeping rocks or large
pots are great for children as there is no standing water. Ponds
with fish are fascinating to watch.
Knowledge of plants and their watering needs is the basis
for an irrigation system design. The installation is done with
the best quality components and current design methods. An
irrigation control clock that automatically adjusts itself for
the different seasons of the year is a standard feature. This
clock can significantly reduce water use in the garden and
improve plant health. A rain sensor is also typically used to
help save water. The goal is an efficient, long lasting and low
maintenance irrigation system.
This is an important part of building a garden.
job grading and amending the soil helps promote plant vigor and
long life. We hand dig to loosen the soil to a depth of six inches.
Remove rocks, roots and debris. Add planting mix and organic
fertilizer. We then hand dig a second time and rototill to mix
and rake to finished grade. For lawn areas we rake and roll
multiple times to assure a level firm surface for sod placement.
Plant Selection and
We will fill your
garden with plants following good artistic practices while
maximizing plant health and accommodating future growth. The
plant selection process includes a meeting to look at plants and
develop a plant list. Plants are then set in your garden for you
to review prior to planting. This process gives you two chances
to see the plants going into your garden. A book of photos and
text describing each plant used in your garden is included.
Where possible we
suggest reducing lawn areas to minimize watering and
maintenance. The shape of the lawn is a powerful piece of art in
the garden. Pond and river shapes are beautiful in less formal
gardens. Squares and geometric shapes look great in contemporary
or formal gardens. Lawns can also be eliminated. Many excellent
ground covers are available as lawn substitutes. Adding pathways
helps keep an all plants garden accessible and open.
St. Augustine grass sod is an
excellent choice for lawns. It is relatively trouble free and
tolerant of children's play, dogs and shade. It does need
occasional spraying for chinch bug if bare patches appear. It
also goes dormant or a dull green in winter. If a Marathon or
Fescue type lawn is preferred, we suggest purchasing your own
lawn mower to avoid weed spread and using a quarterly service
for feeding and weed control.
There are several reasons for using lighting in your
garden. Lighting steps and pathways guides visitors and helps
avoid tripping. Lighting a front path says welcome to a guest.
Our wonderful climate and busy schedules make a lighted garden a
good place to relax in the evening. A glowing light in a flower
bed can cheer up your view out the windows especially in winter.
A good design strategy is to use fewer lights of better quality.
Where possible, light fixtures with hidden bulbs are best. This
reduces glare or a car head light effect. The most pleasing
light is usually reflected light. For example, a path light
first hits the ground and you see the lighted ground, not the
bulb in the fixture. Simpler light fixture designs tend to
disappear in the garden during the day. Natural copper finishes
are durable and blend well with plants.
Gardens for children are a
frequent request. Special features are added to the garden with
careful thought regarding how children actually play. The goal
is a garden that is a delight to children and beautiful to their
A children's garden may include:
Lawns and open areas for running
Hidden pathways through the planters in the garden.
A weeping rock fountain, stream or other safe water feature.
Large rocks and hills for climbing.
Raised beds for vegetable and flower gardening.
Planting with a variety of textures, colors and smells.
Art gardens are another frequent
request. The goal is to build a garden as an artistic compliment
to a statue or other special feature.
Formal gardens that use plants in
geometric patterns are an old tradition. They are less popular
today as we live in such a linear and ordered world. However, a
formal garden can provide a beautiful, restful space especially
when surrounded by wild shrubs and trees.
Twice per Year
For gardens installed by Haynes
Landscape Design, a twice per year maintenance service is
available. This service was started to help fill the service gap
between weekly gardeners and a landscape company. The service
includes plant pruning and thinning, seasonal color planting,
proper fertilizing, and sprinkler and lighting system repairs.
This work is done on a time and materials basis. It can be a
regular scheduled service in spring and fall or on call. This
service, in partnership with the owner, and a reliable weekly
service result in the best performing gardens.
Fine Tree Pruning
Tree pruning is often
considered a maintenance task requiring only technical skill.
However, as with Japanese bonsai, tree and shrub pruning can be
viewed as an artistic skill. The results, especially over a
number of years, can be dramatic. This is particularly true for
trees and shrubs that loose their leaves in winter. Tree pruning
work is done seasonally and billed on a time and materials
A small wholesale nursery is part of Haynes Landscape
Design. It is open by appointment only. Several plants that are difficult to
find in the wholesale market are grown at the nursery. We grow a
unique Calliandra surinamen sis with pink flowers instead of
the usual red color. Harpullia arborea is a medium size
evergreen tree with lush foliage and orange seed pods.
Harpullia closed seed pod
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