The Narrow Lane

Why hire a Pro?

The Narrow Lane has an exceptional staff of designers, project managers and skilled tradespeople committed to giving you the very best the industry has to offer.  We want to develop a lasting relationship with you – so we’ll ensure that your landscape meets your highest expectations.

A professional landscape designer translates dreams into reality using design education, advanced horticultural knowledge, graphic and drafting skills, and hands-on experience.

After listening to the client’s ideas and priorities and analyzing the site’s character, our designer creates a plan that allows you to visualize the new landscape and provides clear instructions for our team of installers.

Installing a new landscape without a clear and well thought out plan may result in disappointment if the end results don’t match your expectations. It can also lead to higher installation costs due to change orders, modifications, and rework.  

We like to say, “Start slow, finish fast.”  The design helps us both to think through the many options you have in order to get to the best possible outcome.

How Much Will It Cost To Landscape My Property?

The Narrow Lane doesn’t have any project minimum spend amounts – we really do want you to have an amazing outdoor space that is realistically within your budget.  

The landscape industry is extremely fragmented (the one-man crew vs. large companies, and everything in-between) and that creates a lot of price competitiveness.  Our industry demands that The Narrow Lane be price competitive.

That being said, without a clear design to bid off of it’s difficult to determine what your landscaping will cost.

What Are “Hardscape” And “Softscape” Designs?

Hardscape refers to the fixed, long-lasting structures installed on your property, and this generally includes walkways and driveways, patios, decks and ornamental stone structures.

Softscape design includes the more transient design elements, including floral designs, trees, hedges and other plant life.

Will Landscaping Increase The Resale Value Of My Home?

While a number of factors will influence the decision of potential buyers, they will certainly look to your lawn for an indication of how well you have taken care of the property, and any attractive additions will add an undeniable appeal that may set you apart from other homes.

What is the difference between landscape designer and landscape architect?

Landscape architecture involves the planning, design, management, and nurturing of the built and natural environments. With their unique skill set, landscape architects work to improve human and environmental health in all communities. They plan and design parks, campuses, streetscapes, trails, plazas, residences, and other projects that strengthen communities. 

Landscape designers may provide design ideas, landscape plans, planting plans and lighting plans. Some also offer installation-related services such as material selection or plant placement.

The primary distinction between landscape architects and landscape designers is that while some landscape designers may have training equivalent to a landscape architect―especially if they have an undergraduate-or-higher degree in landscape architecture ―they do not have the state license, which is a requirement.

Does adding more plants to my landscape help the environment?

Absolutely! Every living plant does its job to filter carbon dioxide out of the environment — one tree alone can remove 26 pounds of CO2 annually, equaling about 11,000 miles of vehicle emissions. Plants also help keep debris and pollution out of our water supply. On top of that, trees that cast shade on your home will keep it cooler in the summer and warmer in the winter, giving your air conditioner and heating units a break. If you’re thinking about planting additional trees, shrubs, or flowers, they will all benefit our environment in their own unique way, so go for it!

How often should I mow my lawn?

It might seem too simple, but mow it whenever it looks like it’s getting too long. The specific length of time will vary based on your grass type, your area’s weather patterns, and how high you cut it. That may be multiple times per week, once a week, or every other week. Keep an eye on it and use your best judgment.

Why do I need a garden maintenance program?

Landscape maintenance includes mowing of lawn, edging areas bordered by sidewalks, curbs and driveways; removing clippings and organic material caused by mowing and edging from sidewalk, curbs, driveways and other surfaced areas; pruning bushes, shrubs and ornamental trees; trimming perennials, grasses and ground covers; leaf removal and planting bed maintenance. Most homeowners are too busy to provide the constant care usually necessary to maintain an attractive turf. An effective maintenance program involves fertilization, watering, mowing, and cultivation. A lawn’s appearance, after it has been established depends on a sound maintenance program. For more information go What types of landscaping do you provide? to our Services page or CALL US at (617) 620-3795.

How Much Influence Will I Have On The Design?

You have as much freedom over the design as you’d like. Our expert landscaping team will guide you based on years of practical experience, but we will always work to accommodate any needs and desires you have for your property.

What types of landscaping do you provide?

A wide variety: detailed blueprints if necessary, plant installations, flower and perennial bed design, patios, walkways, retaining walls, boulder walls, water features – ponds, creeks, waterfalls, low voltage landscape lighting, customized landscape maintenance programs, landscape renovation, almost any type of landscaping.

Why is professional lawn maintenance so important?

Whether or not you hire a professional is up to you, but paying meticulous attention to your lawn will provide a multitude of benefits. It’ll give you a great space for your family to enjoy, increase the value of your home, provide oxygen to the environment, and cool down the area around your home, making your air conditioner’s job easier.

An established lawn will also have a deep root system that controls erosion, runoff, and the purity of water that is funneled into the groundwater supply. Healthy lawns can trap the dust and impurities that we want to keep out of that.

Why use a professional landscape designer?

A professional landscape designer can help you to organize your thoughts and ideas in a creative and practical way so that your new lawn meets your every need. Some landscape design clients are seeking inspiration, others know roughly what’s needed but don’t know how to add the “wow” factor.

Also, planning correctly from the beginning will save you money in the long run and, as many know, landscaping a property is a large investment for any homeowner. Like all investments, landscaping needs to be approached with a well-developed plan before any work can start. Enlisting the expertise of our landscape designers ensures your landscape dreams become reality.

What Is Landscape Design?

Focusing on both the integrated outdoor planning of a property and the specific garden design elements and plants within it is Landscape Design. The aesthetic, horticultural, and environmental sustainability are also components of landscape design. It integrates a wide variety of elements to achieve functional and beautiful spaces for outdoor living. Plus quality landscape design increases not only the enjoyment of a home, but the actual square footage of usable space becomes an excellent investment. Perfect outdoor landscaping can increase the value of a home up to twenty percent.

Can I do some of the work myself?

As a full-service design and installation company, the integrity of our work and warranty relies on our ability to manage and oversee all parts of your landscape build. However, we encourage you to discuss your hopes or special requests with your designer to see if it can be accommodated. If you’re looking to complete the build on your own but you need assistance with the design, we now offer Landscape Design and Consultations, contact us for more information. (617) 620-3795.

What Is Garden Design?

Garden design is the process and art of creating and designing plans for layout and planting of gardens and landscapes. Garden design may be done by the property owner themselves, or by professionals of varying levels of experience and expertise, such as a Landscape Designer. Most professional garden designers have some training in horticulture and the principles of design.

What Are Landscape Water Features?

A landscape water feature is one or more items from a range of fountains, pools, ponds, waterfalls, and streams. Water features have long been a popular feature in outdoor spaces. Whether it’s rippling in a swimming pool, bubbling in a creek, or splashing down a fountain, water features can add a luxurious look, block undesired noise, and create a tranquil ambiance for home owners. Additional benefits to homeowners: increased curb appeal, home value, increased humidity in dry regions and improved air quality.

Do I really need a landscape plan? Why can’t I just show you a picture from a magazine and have you build something similar?

“GREAT QUESTION! It is a fact that the Number One reason gardens fail to thrive is due to the lack of a plan. But before launching into why it is worth having a plan, let’s first define what a plan is:

A plan is a tangible, visual design document showing the overall layout of the garden and locations of plants and other landscape elements. A plan is a vital and necessary communication tool used to outline deliverables, leaving little room for “open interpretation” and ambiguity.”

What is landscape construction?

Garden landscape construction is not just building some individual structures. It is often a complex process of shaping your living space, which requires the coordination of a team of specialists with a wide range of skills, qualifications and experience such as groundwork, joinery, masonry, bricklaying, paving, tiling, gardening and many more.

From administration, through logistics, to installation works, it is a complex project management process that aims to achieve the final effects planned at the design stage.

Our mission is not only to deliver the services that you have ordered from us impeccably but, above all, to attempt to enhance your living space and adjust the area around your home to your needs and lifestyle.

What is landscaping vs. hardscaping?

Modern landscaping refers to the designing, planning, and construction of gardens and other features that both create usable space for outdoor activities, and enhance the appearance around a home. Landscaping includes hardscaping and softscaping, although many people refer to them as softscaping and landscaping interchangeably. Hardscaping would be the aspect that includes non-organic materials such as stone and woodwork, retaining walls, decks, firepits, and more. Softscaping would then refer to planting designs, creating berms and grading, and mulching.

How Can A Well-Landscaped Property Help Sell My Home?

When selling your home, the landscaping is often one of the first details prospective buyers notice — and attractive and well-maintained lawns and plantlife adds curb appeal and a welcoming aesthetic. With a well-landscaped property, you can even see up to 10% home value added, so take your landscape project seriously.

When Is the Best Time To Reinvent Landscaping?

Many may assume springtime is the ideal season for landscaping installations, but for plantings like trees, shrubs and grass, fall is the best time for projects because of the warm days and cool evenings and the increased precipitation that assists new plant establishment. With fall plantings, you’ll have six to eight months to get roots established before warmer months, weeds are less frequent and the soil temperature is still warm. However, for perennial and annual flowers, springtime is the best time for planting.

What Is Landscaping Color Theory?

Color theory refers to the aesthetic art of mixing colors and the visual effects of those color combinations — to create a relaxing feel, make small spaces seem larger, attract attention to an area or tie areas together, for example. In landscaping, the color spectrum is divided into four groups:

Primary: reds, yellows and blues

Secondary: greens, violets and oranges

Tertiary: blends of primary and secondary colors

Neutral: white, gray, tan and silvers

Using color combinations, you match colors to complement each other and tertiary colors are often used as transitional colors.

How Much Does it Cost to Install a Backyard Water Feature?

There are many different types and sizes of water features that you can add to your yard landscape, so the cost varies based on the water feature you choose and the size of it. Some of the different types of water features you can install to upgrade your lawn include fountains, ponds and waterfalls.

How do I find a Landscaper I can trust?

The best way to find a reputable landscaper or landscaping company near you is by word of mouth. Ask your friends, neighbors, and colleagues if they’ve worked with a company they’d recommend. Another good source is reading online reviews, and checking out company websites to see what kind of projects they’ve worked on. Once you’ve narrowed it down, you can set up a consultation with each company. That way, you can learn more about their values and services, and choose the one that aligns with your project’s needs.

Do I need an irrigation system?

Irrigation systems are not necessary for maintaining the health of your lawn or plants, but can be helpful. Irrigation does much of the hard work that watering entails so that you don’t have to, and it hits the parts of your lawn you might miss. A hose and sprinkler can be a money-saving alternative, but require you to set timers and manually move the sprinkler around your yard. With either option, though, it’s easy to waste water. Ultimately, you have to decide if an irrigation system is right for you.

How do I keep disease away from my plants?

With a few DIY techniques

  • Keep your garden clean. Pick up plant debris, remove dying stems or branches, weed the area regularly, and toss the debris in the garbage.
  • Fertilize just enough to keep your plants happy – too much fertilizer promotes weak growth which is susceptible to disease.
  • Wait to plant until the soil is warmed up. Planting to early will put extra stress on your plants and make them more susceptible to disease in the soil.
  • Use mulch to keep weeds at bay and harmful fungi in th soil away.
  • Inspect and remove infected stems and leaves. As soon as you notice signs of disease, carefully remove the leaf or stems and throw it away as soon as possible. by removing disease early on, you can help your plants to continue to grow healthily.

What is the benefit of adding mulch to flower beds?

There are many benefits, including:

  • Helping the soil retain moisture
  • Contributing to soil health as the breakdown of the mulch happens over time
  • Blocking the sunlight to pesky weeds, helping to keep them at bay
  • Repelling insects, depending on the type of mulch used
  • Controlling soil erosion

Will landscaping make gardening easier for me?

Usually, yes. A well landscaped garden will have clever features to negate some of the most fiddly gardening jobs. Edgings for example keep gravel where it should be and stop your lawn encroaching into your flower beds. 

Good choices of materials and tricks like sealing porous pavers will avoid stains – but you will still need to sweep your patios and paths from time to time.

Use of mulch will keep weeds at bay and your landscaper can advise on lower maintenance planting schemes.  He or she can also install automatic irrigation systems to save you having to water your garden.

Talk to your garden designer and your landscaper about the levels of maintenance you can manage for your new garden.

Will landscape design cost a lot?

Creating a realistic budget for your landscape design gives you a clear sense of the flowers, plants, and other design features you can afford. At The Narrow Lane, we accommodate those who are sticking to a tight budget while still designing a beautiful plan for your landscape.

Why should I work with a landscape designer?

Planning correctly from the beginning will save you money in the long run and, as many know, landscaping a property is a large investment for any homeowner. Like all investments, landscaping needs to be approached with a well-developed plan before any work can start. Enlisting the expertise of our landscape designers ensures your landscape dreams become reality.

Can I pick my landscape designer?

We love referrals, and if you’ve been referred by a The Narrow Lane customer, we’ll do our best to pair you with the same designer. However, you can also request a designer to work with.

How much influence will I have on the landscape design?

You have as much freedom over the design as you’d like. Our expert landscaping team will guide you based on years of practical experience, but we will always work to accommodate any needs and desires you have for your property.

Can I have just part of my garden landscaped?

Absolutely, yes you can. If you want to enlarge the patio, create a wildlife pond or build an outdoor kitchen it’s perfectly possible to landscape a section of the garden.

If you are planning on gradually redesigning the whole garden but completing the work in stages, I would strongly recommend employing the services of a garden designer. That way you can prioritize jobs and the finished product will “flow” much better.

What are the benefits of stone wall installation?

There are many benefits to installing a stone wall on your property. Stone walls are durable and can last for centuries with proper care. They are also low maintenance, which is ideal for busy homeowners. In addition, stone walls add value to your home and can provide privacy and security. If you are considering installing a stone wall, be sure to consult with a stone wall installation expert to ensure the best results.

What kind of maintenance does hardscape require?

While hardscape features are usually very durable and low-maintenance, they still require some care and attention to keep them looking their best. To maintain your hardscape, one of the things you can do is sweep or hose off your hardscape regularly to remove dirt, debris, and leaves. If you have a patio or deck made from wood, seal it every one to two years to protect it from the elements.

Additionally, inspect your hardscape regularly for any cracks or damage. Repair any damage as soon as possible to prevent further deterioration. If you have any plants growing near your hardscape, make sure they are well-trimmed and not causing any damage.

What can lighting do for my lawn?

Adding lights to your lawn can help to show off your lawn in the best light, literally. It can create an inviting and warm space for entertaining guests or simply enjoying your outdoor space. Good lighting can also highlight features of your landscape that you may want to showcase. With properly designed and installed lighting, you can also increase safety around your home by deterring intruders and lighting up dark areas.

Landscape lighting is a great way to improve the look of your property while providing beneficial functions. If you are not sure where to start, consult with a professional landscape designer or lighting contractor who can help you create a plan

How can I maintain my lawn properly?

There are a few key things you can do to maintain your lawn and keep it looking its best. First, be sure to mow regularly and at the correct height. Second, water deeply but infrequently to encourage deep roots. Third, fertilize regularly to provide nutrients for your grass. Lastly, aerate your lawn periodically to help ensure good drainage and prevent compaction. When in doubt, you can always call a professional to help you with proper landscape maintenance.

Can I do stone wall installations myself?

If you’re handy with tools and have some basic carpentry skills, you can probably do stone wall installations yourself. However, it’s important to note that this is a fairly labor-intensive project. You’ll need to excavate the area where the wall will be built, level the ground, and then lay each stone in place. The stones themselves can be quite heavy, so it’s important to make sure you have someone helping you with the project. In addition, if you’re not experienced in working with stone, it’s best to hire a stone wall installation professional to do the job. They’ll know how to properly install the stones so that your wall lasts for years to come.

Is Hardscaping A DIY Project Project?

No, hardscaping is not a do-it-yourself project. Hardscaping generally requires specialized tools and equipment that most homeowners don’t have access to. In addition, hardscaping projects often involve working with heavy materials, which can be dangerous for those who are not experienced in doing so. Let our team of professionals handle your hardscaping needs!

What is the difference between landscaping and hardscaping?

Landscaping generally refers to the planting of trees, shrubs, and other plants on your property. Hardscaping, on the other hand, involves the installation of hardscape features such as patios, walkways, retaining walls, and so on.

My Lawn Looks Green, Is Fertilization Necessary?

Fertilization is important even if your lawn looks green. Fertilizer provides the nutrients that your grass needs to stay healthy and withstand stressors such as heat, drought, and foot traffic. A healthy lawn is better able to resist pests and diseases, so fertilization can save you money in the long run.

Why Do People Choose Landscape Lighting?

Landscape lighting has many benefits. It can improve the safety of your home by illuminating walkways and driveways. It can also deter burglars and other criminals. In addition, landscape lighting can enhance the curb appeal of your property and increase its value.

What Happens If I Don’t Maintain My Lawn?

If you don’t maintain your lawn, it will become overgrown and weeds will begin to take over. The grass will likely turn yellow or brown, and bare patches will start to form. In addition, your lawn will be more susceptible to pests and diseases.

How to find a landscape designer or contractor in Needham, MA?

Finding a reputable landscape designer or contractor can be tricky. The best way to find one is through referrals from family and friends. You can also check online directories or websites that offer ratings and reviews of local businesses.

Is DIY landscape construction in Needham, MA a good idea?

Landscape construction can be a daunting task, and it’s often best to leave it to the professionals. They have the experience and expertise to get the job done right. DIY construction can cause more problems than it solves, and it’s often more expensive in the long run.

Landscape design and installation can be expensive. Is it worth the investment?

The answer to this question depends on your personal circumstances and goals. If you’re looking to increase the value of your home or create an outdoor living space that you can enjoy for years to come, then landscape design and installation can be a wise investment.

What are some common landscape design mistakes?

Some common landscape design mistakes include choosing the wrong plants for the climate, not considering the layout of the property, and failing to account for drainage. Consulting with an expert landscape architect can help you avoid these mistakes.

What are the different types of landscape design?

Landscape design can be divided into two main categories: hardscape and softscape. Hardscape refers to the use of man-made materials such as concrete, stone, brick, and wood in the landscape. Softscape, on the other hand, focuses on the use of natural elements such as plants, trees, and shrubs.

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