award winning & nationally recognized since 2005.
Pennsylvania Home Improvement Contractor #PA00767
1511 Sullivan Trail, Easton, PA 18040
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)
When is the best time to contact the Atlantic Ridge design team to begin planning a landscape installation project?
While members of Atlantic Ridge are available year round for you to contact regarding potential landscape interests, as the fall months come to an end and winter approaches, there are advantages to speaking with a representative during the off-season. Planning your project early on during the winter months can many times allow you to stay ahead of the "spring rush." Contact our office via telephone or email and our staff will happily and thoroughly walk you through our design process and schedule your installation so that when spring arrives you can be assured that you are as close to the top of our list for jobs starting as soon as the season begins.
How do I know if I am hiring the right contractor?
Making sure that you are dealing with the right contractor is going to require some research on your part. According to every advertisement and website, everyone out there is the best at what they do and will give you everything you have ever dreamed of; however, there are a few simple and non-time-consuming research tools and questions that you as the consumer can do and ask to ensure that the person or company working on your job is right for you and your family. An easy and effective way for you to see for yourself what others are saying about the company you are dealing with is to check the company's rating with The Better Business Bureau of The United States. www.bbb.org This website will allow you to get a third party and more importantly unbiased rating and opinion of how this business operates. Another strategy is simply making sure that you ask the right questions. Yes, you want to ask questions about the job; however, don't forget to ask other valid and important questions, like; how long have you been in business for? Do you offer a written warranty on your materials and workmanship? Do you have any recently completed jobs that I can view in person? Do you have a list of client references? What is your state designated contractor's license number? Do you have proof of insurance, both personal and Workman's Compensation? The lists of questions you can ask are endless. While this will add time to your meeting with a possible contractor, it is not only well worth it, but any genuine and serious contractor will have no problem taking the time to go through these questions with you. Lastly, while monetary figures often times are crucial in factoring wether a deal is reached or not, be aware of purchasing a service based primarily on price. In the end you will receive what you have paid for. You must trust the company that is going to work for you and always remember, they are working for you.
When is it too late to begin a landscape installation Project?
Generally speaking, the majority of landscape installations can be done well into the fall months provided the ground is not frozen.
What is the average frost line in the Lehigh Valley?
While the exact frost line varies depending on the severity of each winter, the Lehigh Valley tends to experience an average frost line between one (1) to three (3) feet.
When is the best time to fix the bare spots that have accumulated across my lawn?
Re-seeding your lawn will have varied results depending on the time of year this is done. Seed germination will see its best results from mid-April through mid-October. While re-seeding within this time-frame will "grow" your best results, the important factor to remember when re-seeding is to keep the newly seeded area consistently moist for roughly three weeks following the initial application. Also remember that not all grass seed is the same. Atlantic Ridge can advise you on which type of grass seed would best match your existing grass.
What issues will I face if I do my planting during the summer months?
Planting during the summer months can be done. While heat, humidity, and dryness are all factors and possible concerns, proper plant care can increase your chances for success against these elements. Watering is the key issue in this case. During the peak summer months "over-watering" your plants is usually not a concern; however, for best results watering of all plant material should be done in the early morning hours or during the evening hours of the day. Watering your plants during peak daylight hours in the summer will actually cause your chances for plant survival, especially recently following plant transplanting, to decrease. Another way to increase the odds of plant survival during this period is to apply a product known as Gelscape Hydrogel, which is a granular and water mix which when applied to plants increases the plants water absorbency and aeration.
Why are there areas on my patio where pavers seem to be shifting?
One of the last and final steps a knowledgeable landscape installation technician will perform on a newly installed patio is sanding the pavers with a polymeric joint sand. This sand is visually identical to normal sand; however, it contains special components that create a rubber-concrete type filling which activates when contact with water is made. This sand acts as a "bonding agent" between each and every paver. While the sand between the pavers is important, often times it is the depth of the sand that fully joins and locks these pavers together. If you are noticing "shifting" in your pavers, there is a good chance that the polymeric joint sand did not have a minimum of 1.5" depth between the pavers which is the average minimum depth suggested for this sand to properly work. Can you fix this on your own, sure; however, if not properly done, the long term problems incurred may be more in depth than a few shifting pavers. Contact Atlantic Ridge and allow us to properly assess the damage and thoroughly correct this problem so that your patio will continue to last well into the future.
Do my plants need to be watered during the months prior to winter?
Plants need water even in the cooler fall months preceding the winter. This is especially true for plants that have been recently planted. Although the fall months are not as warm as the spring and summer ones, allowing your plants to have the same amount of water as you did during the warmer months will increase their chances of surviving a harsh winter.
Why does everyone say that fall is the optimal time for planting?
Every time a plant is transplanted there is a risk of that plant going into shock; however, plant materials become dormant during the cooler fall months, which allows their chances to avoid this shock to increase. Combined with plants requiring less amounts of water during the fall, fall is definitely the most successful time for planting.
There are "low" spots throughout my patio. Why has this occurred?
The main reason pavers will settle is due to a lack of proper compaction when completing the base of a patio. While the finished product of a patio installation is important and what a customer focuses on, the base is actually the most critical aspect of a completed patio. If your patio is sinking in certain areas, there are ways to correct this issue. Contact our office and allow us to schedule an appointment to properly assess your concerns and point you in the right direction from there.
Should I take any extra precautions to protect my plants during the winter months?
The best rule to follow if you are concerned with "winterizing" your plants is to simply allow the plant's natural defenses to do their job. Attempting to dig out a plant in order to "insulate" it can many times damage the roots which already have a natural insulation to protect themselves during the colder months. The majority of nurseries in your area have already pre-selected plant material that is accustomed to the climate and seasonal weather conditions that may occur in your area. Most plant material selected for the Lehigh Valley area is done based on the zone in which it is rated according to these weather conditions. Most nurseries in the Lehigh Valley select and carry plant material rated for the valley's Zone 6 classification. While the majority of plants will take care of themselves, there are however steps you can take to protect evergreens. A liquid spray application to evergreens known as wilt-proofing can greatly increase their chances to healthily survive the winter months. This will leave your evergreens with a "waxy" type coating that acts as a protecting agent during adverse weather conditions. Atlantic Ridge does provide this service to its customers.
I just want to take this opportunity to congratulate you for a job well done. The professionalism that was exhibited by yourself and your workmen from the estimate stage through completion was beyond compare... -- Steve & Rebecca C.