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Insider Tips from the Designers at Roots Landscape: Fall Edition

What’s the typical design process and how do you reach the final results with your clients?

We have a wide client demographic. From the typical suburban home to city courtyards to large farm estates, our clients’ homes and their needs run the gamut. Our first initial discussion is over the phone. We collect their information, what they’re looking to do and what their needs and wants are. Then, if we are good fit, we schedule a meeting at their home or project. We walk through the scopes they may want to address, what they are trying to achieve and what can be broken out into separate projects or phases if needed. We also talk about color, style and how to make this the best project that works for them. Once that happens, we start the research and design process. Our clients trust to be informed in all aspects of their project so pulling documents, knowing the biodiversity of their area and adjusting to each township’s ordinance is key. At our design meetings, we present both the design and a contract that breaks down that design into key projects. We call it the ‘ala carte’ method allowing our clients to pick and choose just as if they were ordering off a menu. Once an agreement is made, we are off to the races and we start preparing to build their project! Some projects are a day and some are month. All the while our clients are as engaged as they prefer and at the end of the day, the communication lines between Roots and our clients are clear, informative and concise. Our work should be FUN and exciting for our clients! It’s certainly exciting for us as we create and design for you!

Why is now the best time to plan your spring or summer project when we are going into fall and winter?

We all know autumn is a great time to install plantings, but it’s also a great time to start planning next year’s project. During the cold months living in the Northeast, yard improvements aren’t the first thing on many of our clients’ minds. But it’s actually the perfect time to start planning for your project. Whether it’s a simple landscape plan or a substantial project like a pool or roof structure, doing it correctly can be an undertaking. Receiving client input, submitting to your township for approvals, and making sure the design is fully hashed out can take weeks. Typically, we handle permit planning and submission for our clients. Building and zoning permits are the most common types of you’ll need. In general, hardscape projects require permits, but landscape or planting projects do not. Custom designed projects take time, and winter is perfect for that. So, once we receive approvals sign contracts, we can hit the ground running.

What are a few things homeowners can do in the fall to boost their gardens?

Fall is the perfect time to install new plant material. If you’ve been putting off planting a perennial garden or landscape bed because of the hot dry summer, installing landscaping while the weather is cool and damp is a great idea. This way, when spring arrives, your beds will be all set to sprout new buds for the new growing season. Fall has always been a big bulb season for us! It’s the perfect time to install daffodils, alliums, hyacinths, and crocus into your landscape bed and lawn areas. Remember to think of the color palette your landscape has in the spring when picking your bulbs. Daffodils have come along what from just white and yellow – colors like peach, orange and double white are big. We love planting alliums for their drama and structure. Bulbs come back every year so as long as you take care of them, they’ll be coming back year after year. Also, as the nights get longer and the temperatures drop, you’ll notice a lot of your perennials and deciduous shrubs are dying back or dropping leaves. Flush-cutting perennials is key to having a tidy landscape bed and inspiring healthy foliage for next year. This is also the time to prune and trim any small trees and shrubs. You want to avoid cutting any plant material that has set buds for next year though, because you’ll be cutting off next year’s flowers. Rhododendrons and Magnolias are prime examples to avoid pruning.

Roots has contributed to Main Line Today over the last 6 years and has given advice on landscape design and planting projects, both locally and nationally. Contact them today to schedule a consultation!


Roots Landscape, Inc.
485 Devon Park Drive, Suite 104
Wayne, PA 19087


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