Sprinkler systems don't limit Albuquerque landscaper's creativity

Sprinkler systems don't limit Albuquerque landscaper's creativity

When member Margaret Trace of Albuquerque, N.M., wanted to redo the look of her front lawn, she first reached out to one of her neighbors, a landscape architect. The neighbor drew plans for Trace’s yard that included only square shapes in the design.

Although Trace wasn’t satisfied with that design, and in turn, how her yard would look, she accepted it as truth when the neighbor who created the design told her the landscape had to follow a boxy layout in order to accommodate a sprinkler system.

Trace then received bids from two landscapers. The representatives at Albuquerque-based Landmark Landscapes of New Mexico, took one look at the design, and after Trace told them how dissatisfied she was with the square shape of it, told her there was another way.

Trace then hired them. The $13,000 job included landscaping the front yard, adding an irrigation system, installing pavers next to her driveway, placing crusher fine pathways around the yard and removing a few large juniper and evergreen trees that Trace says were dead and too large to continue pruning.

While it took a few months for the work to begin, Trace says it was well worth the wait.

Her favorite part of the project is that she got to keep some of her lawn’s already established grass, which she says had been dying.

“They replanted some of it, and it all came back beautifully lush within a month or two,” she says. “The other company I got a bid from wanted to get rid of the grass and put down sod, but I didn’t want to get rid of the grass around the tree.”

Now, Trace says that she and her husband, Raymond, are not the only ones who enjoy admiring their new landscape – friends, neighbors and strangers do, too. “People stop by and admire it,” she says.


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