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Friday
Sep272013

Let's Get Started Now

The change of seasons always make us reassess things around us. Summer makes you think of beaches, vacations and muggy nights filled with fireflies. Fall has us thinking about returning to school, holidays, and shorter, colder days. As it gets chillier out, we're reminded that Old Man Winter isn't far behind. Here at Goldberg & Rodler we like to think a little bit further ahead. As designers and planners we always have an eye towards the future. We're already thinking about spring of 2014 and our job as consultants is to educate our clients and potential clients to "begin with the end in mind."

An intimate front entry garden for a residence.

Knowing what you want to accomplish when updating your garden is important. Expressing when to have it done is equally important. Anyone who has had home improvement done knows everything takes longer than we anticipate. If you'd like a landscape ready to use for spring and summer of 2014, you need to start planning now.

Here are some questions you might ask yourself  when thinking about changing your landscape:

                Do I want a beautiful spring display of tulips and daffodils?

                Should I protect my investment in the landscape (whether new or established)
                with winter mulch?

                When is a good time to prune my trees and shrubs?

                Is there a major event I'm planning to have at my home next year?

                Am I thinking about a new pool, patio, front walk, driveway, lighting scheme,
                perennials, privacy screening or another facet of landscape construction?

All of these questions lead to the same conclusion. Start planning now. Some items (such as bulb planting) might take several weeks from planning to installation, others (such as pool design and permits) may take several months. Spring is usually the busiest time of year for the landscape industry, so why not catch the undivided attention of your favorite landscape designer in the off season? Let's get started now! Do you have a question for us? Comment below or contact us.

Isn't this where you want to be next summer?

Thursday
Jun202013

Introducing: Nick Onesto

Continuing our year of expansion at Goldberg & Rodler: Newest hire Nick Onesto interned for us in the summer of 2012 and recently graduated from SUNY ESF (State University of New York, College of Environmental Science and Forestry) with a Bachelor of Landscape Architecture. He spent his second to last semester in Santiago, Chile and expanded his professional interests in  ecology and sustainability and developing an urban design thesis analyzing existing public spaces in Santiago and making recommendations to serve as models of greenways, native plantings and green infrastructure for the city's future development. Nick is an amiable person and always ready to lend a hand, whether it's installing annuals on a hospital campus or archiving Goldberg & Rodler's 55 years of photographs piled high in the barn out back.

In his free time, Nick likes to hike and listen to and make music. He's currently studying to become a licensed landscape architect in New York State. If you'd like to contact him, email us here.

Monday
Sep242012

The Time Is Now

We're already thinking about Memorial Day at Goldberg & Rodler. It's a common deadline for landscape construction. People want to have parties, family gatherings, use their outdoor spaces to the fullest when the sun is shining. Our office gets flooded with calls when spring rolls around, usually when the crocus and daffodil pop up. Nobody thinks about summer flowers and sitting out on their decks and patios or going swimming when there's snow on the ground. Get a head start with a landscape design in the fall or winter and you can break ground in the spring. Get a head start on construction and you can be having fun in the spring!

If you're building a new home or an addition, think about installing screen planting now. As long as the trees and/or shrubs aren't in the way of the contractors the plants will have a whole season's head start on growing. When your construction is complete the screen planting will be there to provide privacy to enjoy your new space.

If you already have a plan and the ground hasn't frozen yet, get a head start on the construction. If you have concrete work in your plans, start pouring before the winter sets in. Concrete takes a long time to cure and getting a jump on it helps when spring comes and you're ready to set the pavers or mortar a veneer. It also allows time for the sub-grade and/or backfill to settle.

Fall is the time to start planning, planting and building. It gives you ample time to get necessary permits approved. If a permit is denied to either need to revise and resubmit or apply for a variance. Either way it is a long process. It never hurts to plan ahead! Once the weather warms up, you want to be out there enjoying your property, not watching from inside while it get's ripped up and put back together.