DLTC wins Best of Houzz Award from Houzz Inc.

 

DLTC is pleased to announce that we are the recipient of a 2017 Best of Houzz Award from Houzz Inc. From the Houzz news release:

Annual Survey and Analysis of Community of Over 40 Million Monthly Users Reveals the Top-Rated Home Remodeling Professionals and Most Popular Home Designs

Houzz Inc., the leading platform for home renovation and design, today announced the community's picks for Best of Houzz 2017, a homeowner-to-homeowner guide to the top home builders, architects, interior designers, landscape pros and other remodeling professionals on Houzz from cabinetry or roofing pros to painters.

"We are so pleased to award Best of Houzz 2017 to this incredible group of talented and customer-focused professionals," said Lisa Hausman, vice president of Industry Marketing for Houzz. "Each of these businesses was singled out for recognition by our community of homeowners and design enthusiasts for helping to turn their home improvement dreams into reality." 

If you've never explored Houzz online, here's what they're all about:

Houzz is the leading platform for home remodeling and design, providing people with everything they need to improve their homes from start to finish -- online or from a mobile device. From decorating a small room to building a custom home and everything in between, Houzz connects millions of homeowners, home design enthusiasts and home improvement professionals from across the country and around the world. With the largest residential database in the world and a vibrant community empowered by technology, Houzz is the easiest way for people to find inspiration, get advice, buy products and hire the professionals they need to help turn their ideas into reality.

We're enthusiastic about being a part of the Houzz community, and we've been working diligently on our Houzz site to bring you lots of fresh, creative landscaping ideas. We're putting together Projects and Ideabooks that showcase the work we've done at your homes -- work we're very proud of.

Our gift to you

Most of our new clients approach DLTC based upon the recommendations of a friend, family member, or another professional contractor. That's why it's our goal to deliver the highest caliber maintenance services, design work and installation. And why it's so important that we know what you think. We'd love to hear from you on our Houzz site, so that other homeowners will recognize what DLTC has to offer. Your review of DLTC on Houzz will merit a special gift, or a credit toward your 2017 Maintenance Contract or next landscaping project. Call us for details! Here's a link to the review page on Houzz: https://www.houzz.com/writeReview2/cmd=r/n=dltcusa

We offer our profuse thanks for your participation!

We'd also be delighted to collaborate on a new project with you, and we encourage you to peruse our Projects and Ideabooks while you're on the Houzz site. If you have photos of projects that DLTC has done at your home, we'd love to be able to use them. We're busiest at the time of year when properties are looking their best, and often forget to take pictures.

Thank you for being a part of the DLTC family. We look forward to working with you in new and different ways this season!

Cheers,

Patricia Lammers

Connect with Pat - email: design@dltcusa.com or call her @ 203.338.9696

What's Trending in 2016?

Souped-Up Outdoor Spaces

Homeowners used to put up a screened-in porch or patio to upgrade their outdoor space. But today’s outdoor spaces have become extensions of the indoors with kitchens, fireplaces, and barbecue pits. Virtually, everything you can buy for your indoor space, you can buy for outdoors as well. Furniture, pillows, art work, and even flatscreen TVs are used to soup-up outdoor spaces.

 

 

 

Everything Old Is New Again

With DIY on the rise, vintage items like mason jars, picture frames, and crates are increasing in popularity for outdoors spaces. Thrifting is a great way to find antique decor without breaking the bank.

 

 

 

 

 

Lighting Is Everything

To maximize use of the landscape, lighting can transform into usable space at night. LEDs are now used for effect, style and design so the idea is not to try and get a huge amount of light. On the other hand, a reflector light is meant to cast lots of light. Mounting lights and ground light fixtures are used to showcase the structure of the trees and plants in your landscape. 

To learn more about making your landscape trendy, give us a call at (203) 338-9696.

DLTC is now featured on Houzz!

DLTC is now a Houzz Professional!

Houzz.com is the largest and most influential directory of remodeling and design professionals. Also, Houzz is an online community of more than 40 million homeowners, home design enthusiasts, and home improvement professionals-- across the country and around the world.

On our profile, you'll see our latest projects, featured services, and customer reviews highlighting our best in our residential portfolio.

Click the Houzz logo to see our page. Make sure you follow and leave a review!

Patricia Lammers

Pat has been an avid gardener throughout her adult life. Her education was in fine arts, with a further degree in commercial art. After a decade as an Art Director, Pat segued into landscaping, and has worked as a Landscape Designer in Fairfield County for the past twenty years.

Managing Thatch, Aeration & Overseeding

THATCH
Thatch can cause serious problems if allowed to accumulate for too long.
Regular, professional turf management is strongly recommended.

The best cure for thatch is to prevent buildup in the first place. The best way to do this is through regular thatching of the lawn.

If a lawn is seriously damaged from heat or disease, or has a thick layer of thatch, the best remedy is to dethatch the lawn with a power dethatcher, which uses special blades to pull the thatch up. After dethatching, the loosened thatch needs to be raked and removed.
Usually, we aerate and seed after thatching the lawn.

AERATION
During aeration, a machine known as a core aerator pulls plugs of soil from the lawn to break up compacted soil and create more room for air, water and fertilizer to reach the roots. This results in expansion of the root systems for thicker, healthier grass.

Aeration removes thousands of small cores of soil 1” to 3” in length from your lawn. These cores “melt” back into the lawn after a few rainfalls, mixing with whatever thatch exists on your lawn. The holes created by aeration catch fertilizer and water. Turf roots naturally grow toward these growth pockets and thicken in the process. Aeration holes also relieve pressure from compacted soils, letting oxygen and water move more freely into the root zone.

LAWN RENOVATION
All lawns, regardless of their condition, can benefit from some level of renovation every year or so. One of the best means of rejuvenating turf is to combine thatching, aerating, and seeding into one process known as lawn renovation.

Following up aeration and thatching with overseeding is a great way to thicken up a thin lawn. Good seed-to-soil contact is essential for seeding success, and the new grass seed will have an easier time growing in the holes left behind by aeration. Keep in mind that if your lawn has been seeded, the soil should be kept moist with light, frequent sprinklings until the new grass is well established.

Give us a call to get a free quote and get on the schedule for service -- you’ll be extremely happy with the results.

Patricia Lammers

Pat has been an avid gardener throughout her adult life. Her education was in fine arts, with a further degree in commercial art. After a decade as an Art Director, Pat segued into landscaping, and has worked as a Landscape Designer in Fairfield County for the past twenty years.

Landscape Renovation

Many folks think that there’s only one solution for an old, tired or overgrown landscape: rip it out, and start anew. While that’s certainly an option, and sometimes an absolute necessity, there’s a much less drastic and more cost-effective alternative: renovation.

We all look around our homes from time to time, and suddenly realize that the shade we chose for the dining room is looking stale, and the lighting in the living room is growing dim. We know it’s time to paint, move things around, add a few new pieces and freshen everything up. The same holds true for our outdoor spaces. The Boxwood that so smartly lined the front walk when first installed may be tattered around the edges now, and the shady spot where we planted a favorite tree may be dank and mossy, and no longer a place that beckons when we step outside. There are lots of ways to bring your landscape back to life, and we’re happy to share a few ideas with you.

Remove/Transplant -- Like many other industries that involve design, landscaping follows trends. Perhaps the fashions in plantings don’t come and go as quickly as those on the runway, but they change nonetheless. In the nineties, excess was best and formality ruled. Landscapes featured layers of plant material in deep beds, densely planted borders with many varieties of shrubs and perennials, and dwarf evergreens staged everywhere as focal points. Now, simplicity prevails, and ‘natural’, ‘organic’ and ‘native’ are the new buzzwords. It might be time to re-evaluate your planting beds with paring down in mind. Many of your existing plants can probably be grouped in new locations (and allowed to grow naturally!) for a cleaner, more unified effect. Other plants can be potted up and donated to a friend or local Garden Club. Even your prized Japanese maple can be relocated to a spot where it can stretch out and achieve its finest potential, unencumbered by smaller shrubs. Just transplanting and/or eliminating some of your plant material can go a long way toward helping your landscape look fresher and more up-to-date.

Re-imagine planting beds -- Take a hard look at your current landscaping, and ask yourself if it’s doing the job it was intended to do. Is it still screening an unsightly view? Allowing an attractive passage from one part of the property to another? You may no longer need that large expanse of grassy soccer field, and would get far more use from a beautifully sited, screened gazebo. Or you may never have developed a love for all of those flowering shrubs and perennials, and would much rather look out at a calming swath of ornamental grasses. Many times shrubs are planted under trees when all the material is young, and the shrubs begin to weaken and thin as the tree grows on. Those shrubs may take on a new attitude when they’re cut back and moved to a sunny spot, while the tree would be perfectly happy in a new, smaller bed, under planted with Liriope. Renovating your landscape is all about picturing how it can perform better for you. 

Add a bit of masonry -- No component of outdoor design can add as much punch to your landscape as good masonry. Whether it’s a new set of steps to your front door, two pillars framing an entrance, or a sturdy patio in a secluded spot, masonry provides the structure for landscaping. It supplies solid footing, lends a sense of permanence, and can sculpt more functional space from areas that may be unusable. Masonry also increases the value of your home. Well-designed stone work pays for itself by adding curb appeal and extending your living spaces, and it never has to be pruned, watered, or mulched! Click here to read our Masonry & Sitework page.

DLTC has been re-imagining landscapes for over 35 years. If you think you’re ready to renovate, we’re ready to share more ideas that can transform your current landscape into something fresh and up-to-date.

Patricia Lammers

Pat has been an avid gardener throughout her adult life. Her education was in fine arts, with a further degree in commercial art. After a decade as an Art Director, Pat segued into landscaping, and has worked as a Landscape Designer in Fairfield County for the past twenty years.

What kind of mulch should I use?

In order to make the best mulch choice, it’s important to understand why we use mulch at all. Certainly, mulch gives your planting beds a clean and well-maintained appearance, and contributes to your home’s curb appeal. It also prevents weeds from sprouting — not only from beneath the layer of mulch, but also from airborne weed seeds that are floating around, looking for the perfect patch of soil in which to germinate. Mulch also maintains soil temperatures. This is very important in the summer, when strong sun rays can heat roots systems and inhibit water absorption, and critical in the winter, when cold temperatures freeze the top layer of soil at night, and the sun warms and defrosts it during the day. This rapid freeze/thaw cycle can cause plant roots to swell and burst — not a happy thing for plants at all! 

Bark Mulch

Bark Mulch

Processed Wood Mulch

Processed Wood Mulch

The two most common mulches in our area are shredded bark, and processed wood. Shredded bark mulches are usually a blend of pine, spruce and hemlock. The color is a natural rich brown, and doesn’t fade through the season. It’s a little more expensive than processed wood because there simply isn’t as much bark on the outside of a tree as there is wood inside. Shredded bark mulches mat together to form a barrier against weeds, while allowing moisture to penetrate evenly. They’re not nearly as attractive to wood boring insects as processed wood mulches are, and when they eventually break down, they provide a rich layer of compost to your planting beds. 

Processed wood mulches are usually comprised of chipped wood, twigs and brush. The problem is that wood will turn gray fairly quickly, so wood mulches are nearly always dyed. The red, deep brown and black mulches you see in landscapes are fairly likely to be dyed products, which will fade throughout the season. While there’s no evidence that dyed mulches will harm your plant material, there’s plenty of research suggesting that they’re far more attractive to wood-boring insects such as termites and carpenter ants. Finally, wood mulches don’t form a protective mat like bark mulches do, which makes them less effective as a weed barrier, and not as reliable at water retention. 

At DLTC, we spread hundreds of yards of the best shredded mulch available every year. Yes, it may be a bit more costly than dyed wood chips, but the benefits of a good mulch far outweigh the detriments of a less-effective product. We also believe strongly that mulch should not be the star of your landscape — your plant material should. Mulches that are strongly colored steal the scene, and actually detract from your landscape’s appeal. We’re always happy to answer questions you have about mulch, or any other aspect of your landscape. 

Patricia Lammers

Pat has been an avid gardener throughout her adult life. Her education was in fine arts, with a further degree in commercial art. After a decade as an Art Director, Pat segued into landscaping, and has worked as a Landscape Designer in Fairfield County for the past twenty years.

ROAD TO 60

     Opened in 1957, Lime Rock Park's race track has been a destination for motorsports fans for nearly 60 years.  Located in Salisbury, Connecticut, the 1.5 mile track accommodates any type of racing. Skip Barber reached out to Jon Sweeney, the President of DLTC Landscape Contractors, to lead the improvement project "ROAD TO 60."

     With the 60th anniversary right the around the corner, the track is undergoing major renovations to help enhance both the spectators' experience and track safety. Fans will enjoy improvements to walkways, hospitality areas and restrooms, as well as updates to the spectator hill to improve viewing. The project is already underway and is scheduled to be completed in 2017.

     In the video above, Skip Barber takes you through the improvements that LRP and DLTC have done. Projects like Lime Rock make us truly unique from our competitors. DLTC is far from the 'mow and blow' operation Jon started nearly 35 years ago. Check out our Unique Capabilities page to learn more about large projects we have  completed.

Patricia Lammers

Pat has been an avid gardener throughout her adult life. Her education was in fine arts, with a further degree in commercial art. After a decade as an Art Director, Pat segued into landscaping, and has worked as a Landscape Designer in Fairfield County for the past twenty years.

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