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Tuesday
Apr252017

12 Reasons to Choose Goldberg & Rodler for Your Landscape Needs

A community beautification project in Centerport/Huntington, partnership with Bottle Bargains and Bottles & Cases.As we approach our 60th anniversary, we pause to reflect on the last 6 decades and look forward to continuing our long-standing relationships with clients and our award winning tradition. These twelve reasons illustrate the care, dedication, and professionalism our clients have recognized in our company.

1. Our People: Goldberg and Rodler prides itself in having a highly talented and passionate group of certified and university trained professionals eager to see your project through from concept to completion.

2. History: We are a second generation landscape firm that began operations in 1958, so you can count on a stable company with a staff of loyal, dedicated, and experienced landscape professionals.

3. Integrity and Reliability: Goldberg and Rodler is a client focused organization with a fundamental belief of building trust by living up to our agreements and dealing honestly with our clients through dependability, accountability, and responsibility.

4. Environmentally Responsible: We recognize the need to protect and preserve our environment for immediate and future generations and we believe that understanding, respecting and following the laws of nature is paramount.

5. Knowledge and Innovation: As a team, we are always looking for new ways to fulfill your needs. We evolve with new technology to solve challenges, improving our products and services. Our goal is to support and create both a functional and beautiful outdoor living environment that will continue to give joy and comfort for many years to come.

6. Single Point Responsibility: Single point responsibility allows you the peace of mind that one person, either a landscape designer or project manager will always be available to discuss any questions, concerns, or needs you may have. As a team of professionals, we bring a variety of viewpoints and expertise to the design and implementation of your project. At Goldberg and Rodler we always strive to not only meet but exceed your expectations.

7. VIP Status: All of our clients, regardless of the size of the project, are given VIP status with personal attention 365 days a year. Whether you have a question, concern, need help after a storm, setting up for a party, or anything else, we are always available to mobilize our crews and provide the best possible solution to your specific need.

8. Reputation: Since inception, our landscape company has strived for over seven decades to develop and maintain an excellent reputation and has won the confidence of many high profile commercial clients including LI Jewish Medical Center, Gurwin Jewish Geriatric Center, SUNY Farmingdale University, Eisenhower Park – MADD Garden, Fay Lindner Assisted Living, Zucker-Hillside Hospital, Montauk Manor, The Shoppes at Greenvale, Catholic Health Services and many more. These relationships, and an extensive list of satisfied residential clients, have been nurtured through the quality oriented philosophy of our company, our logistic wherewithal and horticultural expertise. Client referrals are available upon request.

9. Horticultural Expertise: We bring a high degree of horticultural knowledge and many years of landscape experience to each and every project. Our staff includes certified arborists and nursery professionals, licensed pesticide applicators and trained horticultural experts.

10. Full Service Landscape: In addition to our landscape design and installation capacity, we offer a wide range of a la carte services including Seasonal Flower Plantings, Tree Care, Property Maintenance, and Winter Pruning to help nurture, maintain, and ensure the health and quality of your landscape for many years to come. 

11. Dedicated Service Department: Our experienced and certified professionals will diagnose your horticultural problems, recommend a solution, and dispatch our service crew promptly.

12. Award Winning Projects for Over 50 Years: We bring this award winning history and experience to all projects large and small. In total, our landscape professionals have over 400 years of combined landscape and horticultural experience.

 

Tuesday
Jul292014

How Long Does it Take to Put in a New Swimming Pool?

Are you thinking about a new pool? Now is the right time to start planning for next year's pool season. The number one question our clients ask when we talk about a new pool for their yard is, "How long does it take to put in a pool?" The other most common question is, "How much does it cost?" We'll get to that later. Actually constructing the pool is only one aspect of the overall process.

Plan for a new gunite pool with infinity edge.There are many considerations when contemplating a new pool. This is a permanent capital improvement to your property, so the location of the pool will affect how you use your yard for many years to come. Not only will this influence the activities in your backyard, it will also change the view from inside your house. Most importantly, your property value is at stake as well. A professionally designed and built backyard poolscape can add significant property value. You have to decide whether you want the pool to be part of your everyday view or if there is something else you want to focus on when you look out from your house. If you have children frequently using the yard, you might need to consider fencing options beyond what is required by the municipality you live in. There are town or village codes that will influence the design of the space as well. Some villages have strict fencing requirements or call for a certain size evergreen screen planting to be installed along the property lines. Setback requirements for the pool and pool equipment will have a significant impact on the overall landscape design and pool placement. It can be complicated to fit all of these requirements together and still have a beautiful yard.

That's where a professional landscape designer comes in. It is imperative to start with a complete landscape plan. Hiring an experienced landscape designer who can guide you through the process is a wise investment. After that, the design process can include:

                Developing preliminary design concepts

                Interviewing pool contractors

                Investigating the permit process in your municipality

                Finalizing the design

                Applying for building permits

                Hiring a landscape contractor and pool contractor

Existing leaking vinyl pool being removed during winter.After permits are approved (or variances secured) the site work and grading can begin. In some incorporated villages, tree surveys and topographic maps are required. These documents need to be recent, usually within the last year, and can add to the time required to apply for, submit and obtain permits. This leg of the process can take anywhere from a few weeks, or if a variance is required a few months to a year or more. The average time frame is a few months.

Construction of new gunite pool.Once the permits and contracts are in place for the project the work can begin. A vinyl pool will usually take 4 to 6 weeks or so and a gunite pool 2-3 months or more, depending on pool design and complexity, season of installation and the ability of the pool contractor. Quality contractors usually cost more because they take the time to do things properly. This is well worth the investment in the long run.

Next would be the drainage, grading, pool patio, deck, planting, irrigation, lighting, mulch, lawn work and more. This can take anywhere from 2 weeks to many months depending on the scope of the project. As you can see, the pool is only one step in a calculated sequence to bring your new yard to a wonderful completion.

Finished gunite pool and spa with slide.Overall, planning early can save you a lot of time and headaches. Always begin with the end in mind. If you want to swim in your new pool next June, start now. If the poolscape is a year or two away, start the planning process the summer before you want your backyard poolscape completed. This will give you the best opportunity  to get the project completed thoroughly, and comfortably, without trying to cram it into a tight time window in the spring.

So how long does it REALLY take to put in a pool? As you can see, there are too many variables to pinpoint an exact timeframe. Know when you want to swim and give yourself several months to have your dream backyard come to life. We can help you. Reach out to our design team to start your pool project today. 

Written by Sal Masullo

Tuesday
Mar182014

Spring Landscape Preparation

Snowdrops brighten the landscape in early spring. Photo cred. Sal MasulloWinter is retreating and the dormant landscape is thawing, ready to wake up and stretch out its limbs and leaves. Start your spring cleanup early by generating a check list for you landscape.

1. Walk around your property and assess snow/ice damage to gardens and hardscape. The heavy ice and snow builds up on top of plants and the branches will break under pressure. The ice also causes freeze-thaw which results in heaving and cracking in asphalt and pavers over time.

2. Identify potential drainage problems - As the ground thaws completely, settling may occur, resulting in new pooling and damp areas. Watch out for these now!

3. Lawn Care - Your lawn may seem flattened and weak in the early spring, so lightly rake your lawn to stimulate new growth to begin, but don’t rake too hard or you can damage your lawn and cause burn spots.

Pruning your shrubs and trees in late winter/early spring is a good way to promote new growth. Goldberg and Rodler Inc. has certified arborists and horticulturalists that can help you with analyzing the integrity and health of your trees and shrubs. Some damages aren’t recognizable to the average eye, but our experts can identify the signs of stress and teach you along the way. Removing dead wood in early spring will cause shrubs and trees to grow vigorously and increase the amount of flowers. Pruning can bring shape, light and air to your overgrown trees resulting in better overall health and protecting your landscape investment. Spring is the best time to plant slow-to-root trees such as Red Maple, Flowering Dogwood, Magnolias, and Oaks because they need a full growing season to establish their root systems. This is also a great time to apply a granular time released fertilizer to your planting beds.

As your spring bulbs like daffodils, tulips and hyacinth show their colors you can start dividing your perennials and spread them out in your landscape. They will grow throughout the spring and summer giving you more color and texture in your garden and provide a great way to stretch your planting budget.

Spring is bursting with color, featuring sweeping Daffodils and Star MagnoliaFrost is still a concern in the first months of spring. Temperatures can spike in early spring but drop drastically at a moment’s notice, so if you planted tender annuals already, you will want to take precautionary measures such as covering the plants with containers or bringing potted plants indoors. It is a good idea to plant hardy annuals that can take the cold temperatures such as pansies, marigolds, and dusty miller, then transition with those plants to your summer plant pallet.

Check for insects and diseases affecting your plants. For example, you may notice little white scale eggs on your plants which are an infestation rather than a pathogen. These pests hatch and live off the bark of the tree. Plants that are frequently infested with scale eggs are Magnolia, fruiting trees and shrubs and many varieties of Euonymus. If you catch them early enough this spring, the plants can be protected by pruning the infected branches, or spraying with organic, environmentally safe horticultural oil.

Venture out and enjoy the comfortable warm temperature of spring and transition your life outdoors yet again. The amount of work to be done can be daunting so if you have any questions or require guidance, give Goldberg & Rodler a call and our friendly staff will work with you personally. 

Written by Nick Onesto

Thursday
Feb062014

Do You Have Cabin Fever?

After a January snowstorm in Centerport. Photo by Nick OnestoIt looks like old man winter still has his grip on Long Island. As I look outside, the ground is still white and it is snowing again with even more snow in the forecast for later this week. It would be nice to get outside and go for a walk without worrying about frostbite or dodging over snow banks to avoid oncoming traffic. Boy, would I like to go somewhere warm and sunny for a week or two.

What can we do to alleviate cabin fever as the winter wanes and the spring approaches? If you can take a few weeks in a warm climate, go ahead. If you can't, here are a few ideas to help deal with the dreary days remaining in winter.

Your indoor plants are living with less light during the winter which translates to needing less fertilizer. How do you know if they need to be fertilized? Well, if they are actively growing or flowering indoors, fertilize them. At least once this winter, give your indoor plants a boost with some fertilizer. Make sure the soil is moist before fertilizing. Water soluble 20-20-20 is good for non-flowering houseplants and 15-30-15 fertilizer is best for flowering plants. If your indoor plants are dormant, suspend fertilizing until the spring.

Housebound weekend days seem to go by more pleasantly when observing nature through a window into your garden. Install a bird feeder outside a window next to a comfy seat and watch the wide variety of birds display their colorful feathers against the gray and white of winter. You can vary the type of seed you provide and thus vary the population of birds that come to visit. Try to keep the squirrels away by placing the feeder away from jumping off points like branches or furniture. The less landing surface the squirrels can find on the feeder will help deter them as well, but a hungry squirrel is a determined squirrel, so there are really no squirrel-proof feeders. Watching the squirrels' antics is sometimes more entertaining than watching the birds eat!

A picture every year to document where your bulbs come up helps to plan for next yearAnother way to banish the winter blues is to look ahead. What would you like to improve outdoors? Planning is an important part in the process of developing a landscape and all of the elements that are integral to a wonderful garden. I like to start with a photo review of last season to assess and evaluate what worked well and what needs improvement. If you don't have photos (think about photo documenting your garden next season), you can mentally walk through your garden in your mind's eye and jot down a few notes. Once the snow melts and the weather warms up a bit, take a walk around your property again. How is the hardscape holding up? Are the trees safe and healthy? What areas of the garden need some help and what areas are doing well? Then develop a strategy for what to improve and how to do it.

Shopping in your own backyard for produce is quick and easyI like to cook, so I always make sure I have enough room for a variety of herbs. What was I missing last year that I want to make sure I have on hand this year? How will I fit in additional plants? Will I have to swap out a variety? How did your vegetable garden do last year? Do you need more light or compost? Maybe you need to have an arborist evaluate your shade trees and selectively prune to boost your vegetable garden's yield. Maybe you don't have an irrigation system, and after the hot, dry summer we had in 2013, you might consider putting in a drip system to make your life easier.

This is where landscape design professionals can be of great value. Planning, creativity and garden development strategy are our expertise. An accomplished and experienced landscape designer can help you remodel portions of your garden, recommend hardscape improvements, help develop new garden areas or prepare plans for a complete renovation if that's the path you're on. Prepare a wish list including your favorite plants, garden themes and lifestyle needs. A landscape plan can be a great way to develop and improve your property with both short and long term goals in mind. Contacting a landscape designer at Goldberg & Rodler in the winter will give you a jump start on spring.

Other ways to beat the winter doldrums include attending garden lectures and workshops or settling in with a good gardening book. Check with your local garden center, library or arboretum to see what activities are on their schedules. If you are looking for a good book focusing on sustainable design and methodology, try "Grow More with Less," by Vincent Simione, the director of Planting Fields Arboretum and Historic State Park in Oyster Bay, Long Island. It is a great guide for a homeowner or professional that can put you on the right track developing your garden in an easy and sustainable way.

So there you have it, a few ideas to distract you from winter until we can get outside again. Good luck, and if you'd like to talk to me about your garden, call me, Sal Masullo, at (631) 271-6460 or email me salm@goldbergandrodler.net, and I would be happy to discuss your landscape with you.

Written by Sal Masullo

Monday
Feb032014

Strategy for Vista Enhancement

You purchased your home because you appreciate the scenic view of Long Island Sound or another beautiful vista. Congratulations, now how do you continue to enjoy that breathtaking view as the trees and shrubs grow year after year?

Before view to the water.After view to the water.

Some vistas may be seasonal due to the presence of large trees and other foliage and some may be year round.  If a view is what you want, be careful to purchase a property that  will allow you to properly maintain the trees affecting your vista. Some local villages will not allow any tree pruning or removal on steep slopes or along waterways, while some properties may have covenants that allow you to prune your trees and your neighbors to maintain your view. Caveat emptor, let the buyer beware.

Most municipalities require permits to prune or remove large trees, in addition to an up-to-date survey, a strategic vista enhancement plan prepared by a certified arborist, landscape architect or professional landscape designer. These professionals can recommend which trees to prune and which ones to remove by providing both a short and long term vista enhancement strategy.

If done properly, a well planned and maintained vista provides many years of visual enjoyment.

 

 

Our arborists and landscape design professionals can start you on the right path to developing your vista enhancement strategy. Contact us today for your complimentary consultation.

Written by Gary Carbocci, Certified Arborist