Smalls Landscaping Wins 2008 Indiana Nursery & Landscape Award of Excellence

Wednesday, July 1st, 2009

Taking a Closer Look at the 2008 INLA Award of Excellence Winner:

Small’s Landscaping for Hardscape Residential Design/Build and Residential Landscape Maintenance

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1) Project Overview:  Hardscape Residential Design/Build Residence in Chesterton, Indiana

The goal of this project was to correct a very steep grade from the footing to the lot line in back (1).  Since this home sits on the edge of a golf course, Small’s needed to meet with golf course management to get permission to raise the grade onto the golf course.  The created a better view from the golf course and did not hinder play on the course.

  • Drain stone and tile needed to be installed to ensure all water is released from behind the wall. (2)
  • Over 3,000 yards of soil were added to bring up the grade and settle the house into its space. (3)
  • Small’s created terraced beds using Fon du Lac random drywall and outcropping.
  • They also designed a long curved driveway featuring a 60+ foot circle to accommodate parking at the front of their home.  The driveway is Whitacre Greer premium clay pavers. (4)
  • In order to create a curved driveway, Small’s needed to construct a 5-6’ wall made of large pieces of Fon du Lac snapped outcropping with enough substance to hold up the driveway. (5)

2) Project Overview:  Residential Landscape Maintenance

Residence in Chesterton, Indiana

Small’s worked with the home owner to create more colorful, year-long beds that had a better sense of scale for the home.  Aside from turfcare, Small’s takes care of all aspects of this property’s landscaping – from bulbs, to koi, to pruning.  Here are a few highlights to their project.

  • While the Yew Hedges and Blue Spruces are from the previous landscaping, Small’s designed and installed everything else to create a better sense of scale. (6)
  • ‘Angelique’ and ‘Arlo’ tulips against a backdrop of red bud, azaleas and muscari. (7)
  • Giant salmon-colored geraniums are accentuated by alyssum in purple shades. (8)
  • The finished products consisted of three things: color, color, color! (9)

Where once there were brick edged beds, a koi pond now delights. (10)

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