Robinson Landscape Pool Demolition Video

Robinson Landscape have recently made our name in the pool removal and demolition business. We have been really proud of the work we’ve done, and we wanted to bring our customers in for an in-depth view of what we do and “how it’s made”.
The videography, voiceover, and editing was done by Ken Taylor, and we are really happy with the result. If you are interested in hiring us to remove your pool, please visit our pool demolition page for more information. We also offer referral credit, so if you have a friend feel free to send them our way and let us know!


View the transcript below the video for silent viewing.
Robinson Landscape has been in business since 2000. We are an owner-operated company, and we offer free consultations. We get all permits from the township and we set up and attend all inspections. Our electrician disconnects any pool-related electrical. The gas line for the pool’s heater is disconnected at the meter. We drain the pool and shatter the pool floor. The pool walls are broken down 3 feet below grade, and we break all concrete into 12″ pieces. We remove any visible rebar and break up the pool deck into 12″ pieces. [musical interlude] All broken concrete is placed into the pool. A filter fabric is then placed on top of the concrete. We fill the pool with clean fill and compact it every twelve inches. Topsoil is spread over top of the pool area. Any areas of the lawn impacted by our machines are repaired, and we lay seed and straw. References are available – don’t hesitate to ask.

Ornamental Shrubs for Pennsylvania Landscaping

Pennsylvania is home to a vivid landscape from the speckled oak trees of Philadelphia to the water lilies of Lake Erie. When it comes to ornamental plants for your front and backyard, some are better suited to a controlled environment than others.

Evergreens and Deciduous Trees

When most people think of ornamental plant life, they imagine the intricately shaped shrubs that dot the many lawns of suburbia. These shrubs are most often referred to in the horticultural community as evergreen or deciduous shrubs. The uses and intents for each of the varieties of shrubs vary, and one should take the following into consideration:

  • Purpose of shrubs (aesthetics, privacy, smooth drainage)
  • Design of Property
  • seasonal plant characteristics
  • environmental conditions (soil, weather patterns, sun/shade ratio)

Types of Ornamental Shrubs

"Lower Growers"

Prostrate Glossy Abelia

Prostrata Glossy Abelia This low-growing, flowering shrub has trumpeted flowers that appear during summer through late fall. It usually takes a mound or rounded shape with a thick base and should be pruned every two weeks to a month.

Bearberry

Bearberry bushThis dwarf shrub produces lush, red flowers in the spring/summer as well as juicy, bright scarlet berries which are the favorite of bears (hence, their name). Those with bears in the area beware! The leaves are a rounded, textured leaf that used to be used for medicinal purposes in liquid extracts and tea to treat many ailments. It prefers sun to part shade, and creeps low to the ground and often around various fixtures. The leaves turn a bronze to red color during the later summer and fall months. A very versatile shrub with very lush, vivacious color throughout the year.

Japanese Quince

Japanese Quince BushThis spiny shrub, which produces pear-like fruit in late summer/early fall and lush, sprouts lotus-petaled flowers throughout spring. The Japanese Quince has been used as an ornamental plant for centuries and is also grown as a bonsai tree. The fruit that bears it’s name is edible, but better suited for jams or preserves than straight eating. It features dense growth and thorns, full sun to partian shade, and dry soil, which makes it easy for any caretaker to manage. It should be pruned regularly throughout spring, summer, and fall.

Forsythia

Forsythia BushForsythia is common to many Pennsylvania yards and gardens. It features a burst of yellow flowers completely enshrouding the shrub, appearing in spring before the leaves begin to show. It only requires some sun and porous soil. It’s one of the easier shrubs to grow, which only adds to its popularity. Sometimes we use this hearty plant for erosion control, but really it is appreciated for its beautiful spring blooms. It should be pruned after flowering cycle throughout summer.

Kalm St. John’s Wort

St. John's Wort Flower BedThis small shrub produces light and airy, fern-like leaves with yellow or white flowering varieties. Mostly suited for dry, lean soils with a full exposure to sun, it also thrives with companion plants of like variety. It blooms in mid-to-late summer and should be kept bunched and any stray growth should be pruned. Many recognize St. John’s Wort from the holistic medical use to treat depression.

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Hedge Pruning

Hedges have been used as natural architecture for decoration, privacy, screens, fences, and even sculpture (a la Edward Scissorhands). I’m not going to show you how to create your own pruning museum, but I will give you a basic understanding of the fundamentals of pruning. If you are planting your own hedges, make sure to select hedges with many stems, the more stems, the healthier the hedge, and the more you will have to work with. Also, remember to cut the growth back 6 inches after planting. This ensures branching on the lower end of the hedge, a common problem with many hedges. After one year, again cut away half of the growth to induce branching.

The hedge won’t be ready for shaping until the third year. A cone-like shape is best for your hedges, because it is important to make sure that sunlight will be able to reach the lower and interior branches. Taper the hedge so the top is more narrow than the bottom. It is also important to prune openings, holes, or thin-growth areas throughout the outer growth of the shrub to allow sunlight penetration to the inner part of the plant. This grants the plant the inner growth it needs to sustain the proper shape of the hedge. Some of the more common evergreen hedges are Yew, Boxwood, Hemlock, and Arborvitae. All of these hedges must be pruned at least once yearly, preferably twice, in order to maintain a thick and healthy appearance. Best times to prune are late winter or early spring before the new growth begins, and summer when the majority of the new growth is finished. Deciduous hedges, such as Privet, are fast growers and need to be pruned more often, although they will recover from drastic pruning more readily. Fertilization, insect control, and proper watering also are essential aspects of maintaining a healthy and vigorous hedge. You should also make sure to remove gathered snow or ice on hedges, as it can break branches and distort your shapes. Well-maintained hedges provide privacy, structure and beauty to a garden for many years. Hedge pruning requires knowledge, expertise and skill and is a unique aspect of Robinson Landscaping’s custom pruning services.

Pool Demolitions: What to Expect

A Step-By-Step Guide by Robinson Landscape

You know your landscaping business is totally pro when someone calls you for a pool demolition. For one, it takes serious manpower and equipment to remove a pool from someone’s backyard. Let’s just say Robinson Landscaping has been lifting heavy tasks for so many years in the Doylestown area, that we go by the nickname “Arnold”. When the integrity of your home depends on it, you don’t want to hire a weakling to do a hefty task. Well, enough bragging, let’s get down to business. I’m going to show you step-by-step how we removed a pool from a Perkasie residential property.

Once the proper permits are acquired from your township, we begin the process of removal by drilling holes in the bottom of your pool, ensuring proper drainage of your yard.

After creating drainage for the job, we mark the fill line necessary for a good ratio of soil/concrete (see the green line around the pool in the below picture). Then, we break up the perimeter of the pool, the deck, and push it into the pool. This should fill the reservoir to about 4 feet high. The following day we break the pool walls 3-4 feet below the original height, sometimes allowing for soil to spill into the rubble.

The final step in the process includes using the raised soil from the original excavation to fill the rest of the pool, creating a properly graded and level yard in the process. If necessary, we can create a garden bed or use specific soil for the fill. The soil will be completely compacted during the backfill. For a seamless grass lawn, we seed and straw the overlying dirt and monitor its growth. Finally, we disconnect all pool pumps from your house and properly dispose of them.

So there you have it. No more unexpected guests showing up at your house to “cool off”. You’re summers will be less busy. You’ll spend more time being others’ honorable guest rather than hosting guests at your pool. All in all, you’ll have more time to spend doing the things you love. Get your pool demolished with Robinson Landscape today!

Two Types of Concrete: Concrete that HAS cracks, and concrete that WILL crack

Concrete is an economically efficient and long-lasting building material.  It can be a homeowners dream solution for a sidewalk, driveway or patio.  However, at some point in time any concrete project is likely to crack.  Let’s take a look at some of the causes that contribute to this “Building Material Gone Wild.”

The life span of perfectly intact concrete ranges from that of a gnat to a domesticated dog.  Why such a range in this material’s ability to stay intact?  Several factors like poorly compacted base layer, insufficient base materials, inattention to freeze cycles, shrinkage issues, and overloading of surfaces all lead to concrete cracking.

How does a professional handle the intricacies associated with concrete?  First, environmental factors need to be assessed, which include knowledge of yearly temperature ranges, types of native soil, water flow on the property, and trees roots systems.  Without these initial and basic assessments your concrete project is doomed to fail.

If the aforementioned factors are not addressed, settlement cracks will occur.  Settlement cracks occur when soil has not been compacted well enough, or ineffective and insufficient base layers are used.  Furthermore, water erosion and horizontal tree root intrusion will wreak havoc on a concrete slab.

One of the most obvious factors in concrete cracking is overloading the slab with too much weight.  Before concrete work commences at your property, be sure to discuss the kinds of loads your concrete driveway, walkway, or patio will be holding with your professional hardscaper.  Furthermore, be sure to discuss what kind of chemicals or materials are detrimental to your concrete project (i.e. salt in the winter).

One tried and true solution to address cracking is to add control joints to the slab.  Control joints are specifically placed indentations in the slab that control or guide any cracking that may occur into the joint itself.  If cracking does occur, there are products that can successfully mask or treat the cracks in the joints, so you don’t have the Grand Canyon running diagonally across you patio.

All a homeowner wants is to get a solid (no pun intended), fairly priced, long-lasting job well done.  With building materials like concrete, many times it takes an experienced professional to meet those needs.  Consider Robinson Landscape for you next concrete walkway, driveway, or patio

Some Solutions for Your Property’s Drainage Problems

If you own a home, at some point you must have had an issue with water either flooding your basement or improperly draining from your yard. Water is a welcome guest when it’s quenching your lawn’s thirst, but when it hangs out for too long, it starts to become a nuisance to our yard causing erosion, dips, and runoff. There are many solutions to water drainage which can solve your water issues and ensure a healthy flow of water through your property.

Water problems always are related to the uphill to downhill slope of your property. It’s about funneling the water from different areas of the house into the street or storm drain. Most homes exist on a graded, or sloped, angle that allows for water to move from a higher to lower height. Sometimes dips in a property, improper grading, overload of a channel, or improper drainage can result in water pooling somewhere, causing damage to plants and breeding of pests like misquitoes. When this happens, you can save a lot of time and money by calling a Landscaper that specializes in grading and drainage issues.