As Winter was still casting its spell upon all of us in Central Illinois a customer contacted us and requested that we help transform their dreams into reality. As we made it to the property we could tell there were several things that needed to be done. The property was an old one and the new homeowners started by gutting the house, as well as, the entire yard.  We first started on the entry way into the updated home. As you can see in the first set of pictures, our crews had to remove the old landscape, landscape timbers, rock etc… After the clean up portion was completed our crew started laying the foundation of the new entry way by constructing a retaining wall. The retaining wall was necessary in order to bring the grade of the entry way up and have it stay level. After the wall was constructed we installed a custom designed brick paver walkway that adds character and dimension to the entrance. Once completion on the walkway was underway we installed a new landscape complete with decorative landscape rock and various perennials.

Before & After Residential Landscapes

After completion of the entry way landscape our crews focused their efforts on the backyard. The turf was that of any typical lake side yard, filled with various weeds and very little grass to boot. After the existing turf grass was removed the homeowner requested on installing a natural stone walkway down to their newly constructed boat dock. In the pictures below you can get a really good understanding of before and after. The second picture was taken shortly after the stepping stones were installed but before the soil was regraded. In the “after” of the second image one can clearly see how the stepping stones are inset into the ground giving a seamless look. Only after two weeks of seeding the property, you can begin to see the lush green hue of the grass blades peeking up from the soil.

Before & After Landscape Stepping Stone Walkway

During & After Landscape Stepping Stone Walkway

In the midst of laying the foundation for the Natural Stone Walkway, we had a crew begin on a steep hillside that had been overgrown with years of brush, debris, weeds, saplings etc… Our crews started by clearing away all of the overgrowth, simply so we could see actual ground. Once the overgrowth was cleared out, the homeowners met with us to discuss which trees they were wanting to keep and how far to bring some of the tree’s canopies. After said work had been completed our talented designer came up with a unique hillside design that would not take away from the homes natural setting but rather add to it. Various perennials were planted along this hillside including hostas & salvia…just to name a few. We also wanted to give back some of the charm of the “woodland” setting and installed 3 beautiful Canadian Hemlocks, as well as, various boulders scattered throughout. In the pictures below you will see how we were able to transform this once disheveled hillside into a mainstay at this particular property.

Before & After Landscape Lake Hillside Before & After Lakeside Hill Landscape Before & After Lakeside Hill Landscaped

One of the final portions of this complete transformation was the replacement of a failing driveway retaining wall. As you can clearly see in the picture below, the previous wall was constructed out of decorative landscape block and NOT retaining wall block. After several years of heavy traffic the decorative wall could no longer hold under the pressure and eventually succumbed to it. Our crews began by removing the old wall block by block, and removing a tree that had sprouted and began causing issues as well. After the demolition was completed a proper retaining wall was constructed with the appropriate base, backfilling & drainage. The new wall was constructed to be able to take the beating that the decorative wall could no longer handle.

Before & After Driveway Retaining Wall

Not everything completed on this job is pictured here. We also installed a Premium WeatherMatic irrigation system, of which only 3% of contractors nationwide are accredited. Within the new landscape we also installed  fabulous L.E.D. landscape path lights, as well as, up lighting to make the tree canopies stand out in the darkness of the night.

All in all the homeowners were extremely happy with the work that had been completed as were we to be able to work with such great customers! We know that this transformation is going to be loved, shared & enjoyed for years to come. We at Kiefer Landscaping cannot wait to see this landscape mature and add beauty and style to the area.

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Waterfall Project

 

 

Earlier this year we received a phone call from a gentleman who wanted us to come out and take a look at a Waterfall Project. When we arrived on the property we noticed that the project was too big of an undertaking for the previous installer. From the initial inspection we noticed that it looked like whom ever started the project had a general idea of how to proceed, however the project was too large for a beginner. Below are some sets of before and after pictures. The before pictures are what the Waterfall looked like when we were initially called onto the property.

There are various natural elements incorporated within this waterscape. We joined together many different types of stone to create a one of a kind Waterfall design. Some of the stone used within this design include: Various sized Granite Boulders, Weathered Fieldstone, River Rock, Kewanee Skippers, Black Hills Rustic Flagstone & Tennessee Flagstone, to name a few.

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Completed in the 2011 season, this landscape design and install put some of the finishing touches on this new home construction. The residents, whom previously resided in the South West, requested a landscape that reminded them of home and delivered the same satisfaction. With our sales staff working hand in hand with the designer and home owners we came up with the idea of creating a dry creek / stream bed, which the home owners fell in love with. Through a couple of consultations and revisions, the design that was finally settled on was one with very low maintenance plants such as; Ornamental Grasses, Variegated Boxwoods, and Coral Bells, just to name a few. We also went with a landscape rock called Black Trap to add a nice contrast against the backdrop of the house. With this landscape design and install we were able to bring a little of the South West to Central Illinois.

Landscape Berm

Front Landscape

Weathered Fieldstone Drystack

Dry Creek / Stream Bed

Dry Stream Bed Close-Up

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Natural Stone Projects

On February 11, 2011, in Natural Stone Projects, Services, by Admin

Edging:

If you are looking to add a nice, natural looking edge to define your landscape beds, you should check out our stone yard. We have many different natural stones to choose from and would be happy to assist you in choosing the right stone for your property. Whether you are a do it yourselfer or looking to hire a contractor, we are here to help. If you are looking for a landscape company to design and install your landscape beds with some natural edging there is no one better than Kiefer Landscaping. If your are the do it yourselfer type then there is no better place to shop for your stone than at our retail facility.

 

Patio’s & Walkway’s

If you want to add a walkway or some patio space to your property but want to keep a natural look, give us a call! We can design and build the mortared natural stone patio or walkway of your dreams. Natural stone gives you the ability to create a very unique, natural look that cannot be duplicated just by dying and stamping concrete.  Concrete will fade and crack over time and never look as naturally beautiful as the variations in the natural stone. By choosing Kiefer Landscaping you are guaranteed the very best installation in the industry and when we mortar the seams, they will be clean and smooth giving you that wonderful natural look you are trying to achieve all the while giving you a solid patio or walkway.

Retaining Wall’s

Are you looking to add a retaining wall to your property but you want to keep a more natural look and feel? If so, give us a call and have us show you the options available for natural stone retaining walls. We will design and install a beautiful natural stone retaining wall to the exact specifications you are looking for and you have the ability to be involved every step of the way or not at all. We offer a number of different colors and styles to choice from. Installation can be accomplished in a number of different ways; first it can be drystacked if the wall is under 2 feet in height, next we can add construction adhesive in between the layers and this will add more strength to the wall while keeping the natural look and feel. The best way to install a natural stone retaining wall over 3 feet tall is to mortar the stone in place, this helps give the wall some real strength while keeping the natural look.


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