February 28, 2011

Landscape Design/Build Process Preliminary Drawings

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]Mike Sidlowski, licensed Landscape Architect and President of Live Oak Landscape and John Baranello, Chief Garden Designer discuss our landscape design process  using multiple tools to make your garden the landscape of your dreams.  We create many design ideas using hand drawings, computer aided drawings and color drawings


February 17, 2011

Landscape Design/Build Material Selection

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Live Oak Landscape Architect, Mike Sidlowski and Live Oak Landscape Chief Landscape Designer, John Baranello discuss the importance of choosing the right hardscape to extend the architecture of the house into the landscape.


February 14, 2011

Landscape Design/Build Client Ideas for Design

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Many homeowners do their own research in magazines, books and even in their travels for their perfect landscape. Live Oak Landscape Contractors, Mike Sidlowski, Licensed Landscape Architect and John Baranello chief Garden Designer, take a look at those pictures and incorporate your dreams into our designs


February 13, 2011

Landscape Design/Build Preliminary Budget

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Just the word alone “budget” can send chills up and down your spine! But, it doesn’t have to be and we at Live Oak Landscape Contractors show you why! Mike Sidlowski, licensed landscape architect and John Baranello, chief landscape designer, talk about big, small and inbetween budgets!


February 10, 2011

Landscape Design/Build Site Analysis

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The Site Analysis is crucial to any landscape design.  The analysis shows the orientation of the site, areas of prolonged shade or sun, dampness or drought.  Details such as soil acidity, the location of underground utilities and the direction of prevailing winds are marked.  Mike and John takes us through these steps.


February 8, 2011

Landscape Design/Build Process Value for Our Clients

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Live Oak Landscape Contractors design process is different from any of our competitors.  Our landscape architects give multiple design options, creating value for our clients.  Mike Sidlowski, licensed landscape architect and John Baranello talk about these values in this video.


February 2, 2011

Landscape Design/Build Part 1, Initial Interview at Design Studio

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Live Oak Landscape Contractors, Mike Sidlowski, licensed landscape architect and John Baranello, degreed landscape architect, discuss some of the reasons why it is important to come to their design studio.


January 26, 2011

Welcome To Our Landscape Design Studio

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Mike Sidlowski, certified landscape architect with Live Oak Landscape Contractors, takes you into our studio to talk about the process of our landscape design projects.  We are going to start a video series on landscaping a garden from original thoughts, preliminary drawings and final composition.


January 18, 2011

Why Hire a Landscape Architect?

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landscape deign plotSo often it is so easy to think “I can do that and save money at the same time”.  If you have had years of training in garden architecture and garden design you probably can do it.  But look around your community.  You can usually tell who have  had their landscape professionally done and those who “have done it themselves”!  Your time is valuable to you and without proper knowledge, mistakes in landscaping are often made—-costing you money and time!

Our professional landscape architects and garden designers embark on each new project with an enormous store of knowledge  and experience to draw on. We consider hundreds of possibilities, rejecting many and adapting others, before settling on  a workable design.  Our garden designers quickly appreciates that every garden and its owners are unique: one couple may want a safe play area for their children, another may want to have raised beds for convenient vegetable gardening.  One garden may have an open sunny area while another garden has mostly shade and yet another may have a very small area in which to garden.

landsxape design kitWhile each garden design presents a new challenge, they all have one thing in common:  we have to transform a real plot with all of its constraints into the owner’s vision and adapt that vision into a garden that works.

  Live Oak Landscape Contractors and Architects have so much to offer…we hire only professionally trained people we can trust to give your landscape the beauty that you have dreamed about.  One great thing about our company is that we have so many employees who have been with us for decades which gives our company continuity -something that many other companies cannot claim.  This alone give our clients the feeling of confidence that their job will be done to their satisfaction.

landscape design pink azaleas After your landscape has been designed and constructed, Live Oak Landscape Maintenance can take over to keep your landscape looking the way you have envisioned and originally designed.

We are going to start video blogs sessions explaining our landscape design/build process within the next few days.  These blogs will talk about client relationship from the initial interview  through each stage of the design of your landscape.  There are so many elements that have to be considered before a decision is made and we will go through each of these important steps .  At the end of these informative blogs, you will see why you should hire us as your landscape architect!


June 30, 2010

Live Oak Landscape Vegetable Garden in Allentown, Pennsylvania

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IMG_5005XOur Architects and Designers at Live Oak Landscape Contractors  have been designing and planting  a wonderful garden for a client in  Allentown, Pennsylvania.  Because his  garden is a formal garden, Live Oak Landscape Architects used the French potager style to be decorative as well as functional as a basis for his vegetable garden.  This client wanted a productive garden with a lot of unusual vegetables and herbs.  We searched many resources in New Jersey to find his requests;  Fraises des Bois -strawberries  that do not send out runners, Red Malabar Spinach, special heirloom tomatoes that came from the Rutgers Hunterdon Somerset Master Gardens plant sale.  Ichiban eggplant, lemongrass, baby Bok Choy were also planted  along with the standard fare of lettuce.

The garden was also designed to produce vegetables  from late spring into autumn.  For example, lettuce and spinach were planted in close proximity to summer / fall producing vegetables like basil and kale so that  when you harvested the lettuce and spinach by mid-late June,  kale and basil would start to spread into that empty space.

 Planning and designing the vegetable garden started in the winter, 2009.  Planting started early spring, 2010.  The picture was photographed when the garden was first planted in early April.

IMG_5013XXOur next blog will talk about the herbs that were planted and new pictures will show the garden approximately 3 weeks after this picture was taken