The Design-Build Advantage

Depending upon the size and complexity of your landscape project, the installation may involve several specialized contractor trades that could include site excavators, swimming pool installers, fence contractors, plantsmen, and various other vendors and suppliers.

H.J. Collins & Associates places your project under the direction of project managers who insure that all entities are working together in an efficient and coordinated manner.  The project managers make certain that details of the design are installed in accordance with plans, specifications and contract, while providing direct communication with the client. Continue reading

What Sustainable Landscaping Is All About

Sustainable landscapes involve three practices that have been around for a long time: soil conservation, water conservation, and planting the right plants in the right place. Added to this are new and advanced practices in construction such as permeable paving and various on-site water recharge devices, LED (light emitting diode) lighting, drip irrigation, use of local and recycled materials, and use of organic fertilizers to name a few. Continue reading

Landscape and Hardscape Defined

Landscape designers use the term “landscape” to describe the totality of outdoor features on a property. This includes trees and shrubs as well as driveways, walkways, structures like arbors and fences, walls, patios, and terraces. The latter constructed objects are referred to as “hardscape.”

Depending on the site, additional work may include grading and earthwork, drainage, outdoor lighting, and an automatic irrigation system.

We do it all!