What to Know About Our Holiday Decor

Is your home or business ready for the holiday season? With just a few weeks left until Christmas, time is running out to decorate. Not to worry, though! Amber Freda Landscape Design can take on your project with ease. Keep reading to learn more about our holiday and seasonal decor services.

White branches, red berries, and Magnolia leaves make beautiful additions to existing and newly potted evergreen plants. Of course, these all come together for eye-catching displays. Another route we can take is using fairy lighting to bring that magical feel to your garden throughout the holiday season. Keep in mind that fairy lights can be installed to suit your particular space and to complement the style and surroundings.

Now that you know what we offer during the holidays, why should you choose us? Here are five reasons:

  1. Convenience – Many people enjoy putting up Christmas lights. Some, however, find it to be a nuisance. From taking multiple trips to the store to re-checking every bulb if there’s a problem, it can certainly be anything but easy. Then there’s also the percentage of folks who would put up lights on their own, but just don’t have the time. Whatever the case may be, Amber Freda Landscape Design can help. We will work with you in figuring out what you want and then schedule a day for setup/takedown. It’s as easy as that!
  2. Expertise – Our custom landscaping company has taken off since being founded in 2004. Amber has taught countless garden design classes at both the New York and Brooklyn botanical gardens. She has been interviewed as a guest expert on the CBS New York Morning Show. Amber has even been featured in publications such as The New York Times, the Associated Press, Better Homes & Gardens, and HGTV. The likes of George Soros, Brett Icahn, and Joseph Edelman have all turned to Amber for her expertise. With such a lengthy achievement list, it’s safe to say that Amber is a no-brainer for handling your Christmas lights.
  3. Customer service – There are plenty of businesses in Manhattan and throughout New York City that put up Christmas lights. But not many truly engage with their clients. Their focus tends to be on rushing through one job in order to get to the next. That’s not how we do things at Amber Freda Landscape Design. Whether it’s holiday lights/decor or one of our traditional landscape design services, know that that Amber will personally oversee the design of your project from start to finish. Never will we hand off your project to a sales representative or third-party installation crew.

Just because it’s December doesn’t mean you can’t start thinking about a revamped landscape plan for your home or business. Our team helps clients achieve their dream outdoor space year-round.

In the meantime, we want to help you create a cheerful welcome for your loved ones this holiday season. Take your pick from beautiful wreaths, garlands, potted evergreens, and so much more.

Happy holidays from Amber Freda Landscape Design! Call now to schedule a consultation.

What to Look for in a Landscape Designer

Not all landscape design companies are the same. Some only specialize in one or two areas. While others say they offer a wide range of services, the reality is they depend on third parties and subcontractors to get the job done. How do you know which landscape designer best fits your needs? Here are 10 things to look for, as referenced from this Fox News article.

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  1. Services that align with your project – Chances are you won’t be hiring a garden design team that deals primarily with hardscaping when you want an array of plants. The right designer will be experienced with the scope of work you want. In turn, they should be comfortable designing and managing it. Quick note here: Some landscape planners specialize only in the design process. Amber Freda Landscape Design, on the other hand, designs and builds. You have to ask yourself whether it’s worth extra time (and often times, money) coordinating with multiple landscape design services.
  2. Examples of previous work – In today’s world, a designer’s portfolio is critical. If you’re hoping for a rooftop garden, the person you hire should have experience with that. Don’t forget to also look at credentials during this step. The last thing you want is to wind up teaming with someone who has no idea what they’re doing. Look for degrees from accredited colleges, as well as memberships in professional organizations.
  3. Willingness to offer consultations – This is where the designer will come over to your property and evaluate the space. The consultation is your opportunity to bounce ideas off them and determine whether the designer will be a fit. With Amber Freda Landscape Design, an-onsite consultation is always the first phase of the process. We use this time to evaluate a client’s style and vision, as well as the site conditions so we can make recommendations accordingly.
  4. Explanation of what’s next – So you like what the designer has to say. They’re able to accommodate your requests and even came up with some creative ideas you would never think of. A seasoned landscape designer should have a step-by-step process in place. Of course, he or she needs to execute the project using the budget that’s been established. You can feel comfortable knowing that our landscape plan expert offers comprehensive drawings that will show you how all of the elements come together in the end. We make it a point to keep clients in the loop during each phase.
  5. Hassle-free installation – This is where frustration often comes into play. Clients want to know how long installation will take and if anything can be done to speed things up. Unfortunately, most landscape design services have to find available contractors, order/deliver materials, and then meet with those contractors to ensure their tasks are done the right way. On top of that, unexpected challenges can get in the way. From inclement weather to issues with the supplies, the designer must also plan for unexpected setbacks. Your project is what gets compromised in the end. Amber does things differently, though. She truly cares about clients, which is why she personally oversees the design of every project from start to finish. Plus, you never have to worry about anything being handed over to a sales representative or installation crew. Whereas designers of big landscaping companies only attend the consultation, Amber is there watching so that every detail meets her high standards.
  6. Comprehensive maintenance – With as much as you invest in a rooftop garden or other green space, you deserve for it to look great for years. Amber and the rest of our garden landscaping experts will keep your plants thriving thanks to ongoing maintenance. Note that our monthly service options consist of anything from pruning and fertilizing to leaf cleanup and weeding.
  7. Positive client reviews – Would you hire a designer who doesn’t meet your expectations? Don’t take a chance with someone who is unprofessional. Take a few minutes to browse online for any negative testimonials. With Amber Freda Landscape Design, you don’t have to worry about a project not turning out the way you hoped. Voted Best of Houzz in 2017, we have plenty of positive reviews on our website. Says Pamela K., “I highly recommend Amber Freda. The first great thing about Amber is that she listens. The next fantastic thing about Amber is that she is that rare combination of artist and great business person. Amber creates the landscape of your dreams and, at the same time, is very professional.”

Don’t make the mistake of hiring the wrong landscape designer. If you’re ready to get the most out of your space in NYC, turn to the expertise of Amber. In no time, you will be enjoying the urban oasis of your dreams. Call now to schedule a consultation.  

What to Consider Before Planting a Rooftop Garden

This time of year, few people in the New York City area think about landscape design. But just because it’s cold outside now doesn’t mean you can’t look ahead to next spring. Can you imagine having your own urban oasis when the weather warms up? Maybe you’re thinking, “That sounds great and all, but I just don’t have the room for that in my current space.” Into the picture comes a rooftop garden. For those in NYC, rooftop gardens are becoming more and more popular. Here are just a few reasons why you may be considering a rooftop garden in the near future:

  • It makes use of underused space

  • It creates beauty

  • It provides much-needed privacy

Now is the ideal time to start planning your rooftop garden. While you brainstorm ideas, be sure to take the following into account:

  1. Permission – Your landlord and/or building code may have something to say about a revamped landscape design. Accessibility, building height restrictions, and fire regulations all factor in what you can and cannot do. That’s why it’s imperative to double-check prior to getting too far into the process.

  2. Structure – From potted plants to custom decks and benches, the possibilities are endless when it comes to rooftop gardens. With that in mind, make sure the structure can hold it all. As plants grow, soil and pots will only get heavier. Once your plans have been approved, get in touch with an experienced contractor to test the structural integrity.

  3. Access – It’s been determined that the roof can, in fact, hold everything you’re ready to put in place. Now what? Well, you need to determine how you’re going to get everything in and out of the building. Depending on how many materials you have, you may run into an issue. Some municipalities require access to multiple exits. There are also potential fire alarms and emergency lighting to deal with. Again, double-check with your landlord/building code with this step.

  4. Water – Let’s say you live on the second floor of a 12-floor complex. Do you really want to spend your time filling up watering cans over and over just to manage those plants? If possible, consider installing drip irrigation systems. At Amber Freda Landscape Design, we can easily install drip irrigation that delivers precise amounts of water to your plants in a way that maximizes their longevity. Drip irrigation makes for an affordable way to keep your rooftop garden looking incredible, even throughout the hot summer months.

  5. Mother Nature – Because of where we live, you can’t really expect to leave your plants alone and expect them to thrive. From the sweltering heat to ambient heat being reflected from other areas, what you grow will take a beating from Mother Nature. Throw in the wind and rain and you could be facing trouble in a hurry. Do what you can to protect your garden as much as possible.

  6. Privacy – As aforementioned, folks appreciate rooftop gardens because they provided much-needed privacy. You may want to plan for screening, however, if your garden will be in full view by neighbors. Depending on your budget, you may choose to plant a hedge of evergreens to actually keep your garden from being seen by everyone.

  7. Storage – Do you plan on tending your own garden? Then you will likely need tools, fertilizer, compost, buckets, etc. Of course, space is likely to be extremely limited with a rooftop garden. It’s a good idea to consider shelves, narrow closets, or bench seating with built-in storage.

  8. Cost – This is the biggest one of the bunch. How much are you willing to spend? It could be that you start small with just a few potted plants. Eventually, maybe you move toward furniture, a pergola, or even an outdoor kitchen. As the ideas come to mind, remember to run them past the landlord/building code.

Unmatched Landscape Design

We are more than the typical landscaping company. Rather than focus on mowing lawns or hardscaping, we specialize in custom garden design. For more than a decade, Amber Freda has been creating some of the best garden designs in Manhattan and throughout NYC. We truly believe that in a land of concrete and steel, the garden layouts we create are some of the most treasured green spaces on the planet. Amber Freda Landscape Design services include:

  • On-site consultation

  • Garden landscaping design

  • Professional installation

  • Drip irrigation

  • Landscape lighting

  • Ongoing tending and maintenance

Rest assured that Amber will personally oversee the design of every project from start to finish. Never will we hand over a task to a third party or subcontractor. The expectations our rooftop garden designer has allows us to offer clients with an aesthetic that feels like a seamless and natural extension of their homes. Because of this, we can capture personality and style with ease.

See what Amber can do for you. Call now to schedule a consultation.