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The Art of Preserving & Conserving Legacy Landscapes

Few places in the United States are as rich, diverse, and historic as New England. Since the first European set foot in this New World, the landscape has transformed dramatically. What once was a land covered primarily in old growth forest has now become a younger landscape that is designed to meet the recreational and residential needs of the descendants of the European colonists and subsequent waves of immigrants.

Sterling, Massachusetts, was first settled by Europeans in 1720, and since then it has seen modest growth and development. In response to the changing ecological and landscaping needs of our region, Anderson Landscape Construction is committed to providing professional care for all your landscapes to preserve the integrity of its original design. Whether you are in an urban or a rural environment, regardless of the season, our team of experienced horticulturists are prepared to work hard to ensure the ongoing health of your total landscape.

62% of Massachusetts is covered in forest — the 8th most forested state in the country. Consider that in regards to the fact that Massachusetts is the 3rd most densely populated state, and you may begin to realize how crucial it is to proactively maintain the wellbeing of our trees and broader landscapes. Our forests are primarily composed of five different types:

  1. Northern Hardwoods

  2. Oak/Hickory

  3. White & Red Pine

  4. Mixed Oak/White Pine

  5. Elm/Ash/Red Maple

One core aspect of our horticulture practice is to preserve the natural environment, especially the old trees in and around your property. For complete legacy conservation and preservation, reach out to us today and speak with an expert horticulturist about what we can do for you.

What Does It Mean to Preserve Your Environment?

Anderson Landscape Construction is committed to preserving your landscape for years to come. Preservation is the process of maintaining something the way it is. If you have some historic old trees on your property, or a brook that you need properly cared for, our team can take care of it for you. We work from the ground up (quite literally!) to keep your landscape looking amazing and in fantastic health indefinitely.

A different yet similar concept to preservation to which we are also committed is conservation. Landscape conservation is a more active approach to your landscape than preservation is, being about strategically transforming and tending to your land to enable construction or renovation. We end up spending a lot of time studying and analyzing the physical features and attributes of your property — combining factors from your architectural, environmental, and horticultural landscape to develop a strategy that best fits with your goals while maintaining the integrity of your legacy landscape.

We also take enormous amounts of inspiration from our local landscape. For example, planting a red maple tree in your yard, or relying on other native species to complete your landscaping vision.

The Art of Resource Management

All landscapes have a legacy of development over time, and the resources on them are worthy of being treated with respect and care. That’s why, when we do any landscaping or horticultural work, we are mindful of how all the different components are interconnected, and how human overlays like buildings and utilities can best work within those environments. We strategize with the entire property in mind, not just one aspect or another.

What is more, your landscape is greater than just the combination of all the visible features — it also includes all sorts of elements that are invisible to you, lying below the ground. Around 95% of the actual biomass of your property actually lays below the ground — a vibrant bio-system of insects, soil, fungi, bacteria, and so on that play a crucial role in the overall ecosystem. That’s why it is equally as important to preserve the soil as it is to preserve your beautiful old trees; both of them are essential to the long-term health and value of your land.

  • Trees — Trees provide you with cooling shade, an anchoring root mass that helps prevent erosion, a habitat for insects and birds, a beautiful horticultural accent to the land, and so much more.

  • Soil — Soil is where the foundational web of life is set, from which the rest of the vibrancy and biodiversity of your property grows out of. Your soil ecosystem is actually quite vulnerable to human activity. For example, heavy equipment compacting can transform an ecosystem that has evolved over centuries. Our team of horticulturists are committed to doing everything we can to preserve or at least conserve the soil on any legacy landscape project we take on.

Designing Legacy Landscapes

Human interaction on the land can lead to damage, but it doesn’t have to. In fact, humans aren’t just a force of destruction; we also have the capacity to heal and enhance the natural environment. We aren’t separate from nature, after all — but a part of it. Through careful resource management, restoration, and implementation of soil, plant, and water management, we can make a landscape more diverse, healthy, and beautiful. With some love and attention, we can maintain your legacy landscape for years to come.

Legacy landscapes don’t have to stay perfectly preserved and unchanged indefinitely. You can maintain the integrity of your legacy landscape without having to sacrifice ingenuity or never updating any of its features. From garden design to landscape architecture, there are many things you can do to artfully transform your estate without having to worry about overriding its historical legacy and ecological balance.

However, to do so, you can’t just rely on a regular old landscaping company. You need the experts. If you’re looking for superior horticulture preservation services, you’ve come to the right place. Anderson Landscape Construction in Sterling is committed to preserving the integrity of your original landscape design through careful investigation, planning, and final implementation of diverse management strategies. Ready to get started or have some questions about what we can do for your specific property? Reach out to us today to speak with an expert horticulturist.