Saturday, January 28, 2012

New York Plantings Delivers Live Tree to the Penthouse of Well Known Socialite

Ralph Xu Helping Pick the Perfect Tree

It’s said that setting up a living Christmas tree is as simple as carrying it indoors and keeping it watered. It may be relatively simple for most people, but not if your client lives in the penthouse of the New York Mandarin Oriental Hotel. A well-known socialite, our client requested a living Christmas tree to be delivered to her penthouse and later planted at her New Jersey estate.

It’s estimated that over 30 million Christmas trees are chopped down each year, so the crew at New York Plantings were happy to support this environmentally friendly request. Todd Nappi, owner of New York Plantings, and employee, Ralph Xu, hand picked the perfect tree from an Eastern Long Island nursery. The 9.5’ Douglas fir tree was transported and delivered to the luxury hotel.

Weighing close to 500lbs, this job required the expert care of an experienced landscaping team. New York Plantings, known for their gentle and efficient moving of planting and building materials through the most elegant of Manhattan residences, did not disappoint and the tree was installed in its penthouse location ready for its holiday engagement.

As an encore for both New York Plantings and the Douglas fir, the tree will be transported and planted in its new home in New Jersey. This project was both stunning and good for the environment. Once again New York Plantings supported another “Go-green” project in Manhattan. As Todd Nappi stated, “This tree provided treasured memories for the holidays and a cleaner, healthier world. Going green doesn’t get any better than that.”
A Perfect Location for the Perfect Tree

New York Plantings is a full-service landscaping, garden design and building firm. From Asian inspired gardens, to professional tree installation, elegant terrace gardens, irrigation solutions, and expert landscape maintenance, New York Plantings can make your landscaping dreams a reality. From Manhattan to Montauk and beyond, as this project demonstrates, New York Plantings covers all of the tri state area. If you want the best in garden design from an experienced and dedicated landscape team call New York Plantings today at (347) 558-7051 or visit their website at

Monday, January 23, 2012

Update Your Irrigation System: An Investment in Your Property and Your Peace of Mind

If April showers bring May flowers, and if those May flowers can add up to 20 percent to the value of your home, then what do May flowers bring? They bring the need for a professionally designed automatic sprinkler system, of course. A great investment for any homeowner, an efficient sprinkler system is an easy and cost-effective way to beautify your home while boosting its value.

Todd Nappi, Landscape Designer at New York Plantings instructs, “Most older sprinkler systems are inefficient. Water is wasted when it is directed to the wrong areas of your lawn and planting beds, and outmoded or malfunctioning timers can leave your lawn dry and under-watered or, just as damaging, soggy and over-saturated.” Either of these conditions are signs that your watering dollars are being wasted, not just this season, but year after year. These conditions can also jeopardize the quality of your landscaping, another huge financial consideration. At New York Plantings Irrigation we want to help save your landscaping and your water bill by designing and installing an updated, quality irrigation system.

The best part of installing a new irrigation system is that you can sit back and let the system do all the work for you. You’ll have a healthier lawn, more beautiful plants and less worry. Planning a summer vacation? You can leave with confidence knowing that you will return to a healthy lawn and vibrant plants.

There are many aspects to an irrigation system that will affect how your system performs and how long it will last. The professionals at New York Plantings Irrigation have the knowledge and experience to provide you with the right system for your particular landscape and watering requirements.  As Todd Nappi says, “Irrigation shouldn’t be thought of as a cost, it should be considered an investment in your property and your peace of mind.”

New York Plantings Irrigation offers a complete scope of garden, landscape and irrigation services in the NY tri state area, servicing residential, corporate and the trade (subcontracting for builders and other garden companies). Visit for more information or call 347 558-7051 for a consultation.

Thursday, January 12, 2012

Sharing Our "Greening-Up Manhattan" Press Release

This is one of our recent press releases. I'm sharing it because it contains good information about the health benefits of evergreen plants and because of its seasonal importance; evergreens do best when planted in the spring before the weather gets too hot.

New York Plantings is Greening-up Manhattan

The professionals at New York Plantings, one of the top landscape and garden design companies in the New York area, are on a mission to make New York beautiful, one yard at a time. Horticulturist and Lead Garden Designer, Todd Nappi, will be the first to tell you that it’s not only about the beauty of their award-winning, innovative designs. Todd wants you to help New York “go green!”

“Living in a city that is faced with air quality issues including the challenge of particulate matter pollution,” Todd maintains that “we can all make a difference. Planting evergreens helps filter dangerous particles from the air, making the city healthier for all of us.” Why evergreens? “Evergreens remove particles from the air year ‘round, making it an excellent choice when creating or updating your garden area. This can be especially beneficial for the young, old and people with conditions such as asthma and heart disease.” Where does Todd get his appreciation for the many rolls plants play in our urban environment? Todd received his education in horticulture from Cornell University and has over 18 years of experience working as a landscape designer in the New York area.

New York Plantings can meet all your landscaping needs with an array of seasoned professionals on their team including master carpenters, stone masons and irrigation specialists and their own “in house” architect. Want an Asian, Zen or Japanese garden? Rooftop or rock garden? Decking, walkways, tree wells or quality irrigation? Residential or commercial, New York Plantings does it all!

Evergreens should be planted in the early spring before the weather starts getting warm. So, if you want to make an appointment with Todd, the resident plant expert at New York Plantings, do it soon! His schedule fills up fast and he reminds us, “Going green is easier than you think. We can all do our part in making the city a healthier place to live!”

If you want to “go green” call New York Plantings today at (347) 558-7051 or visit their website at

Wednesday, January 4, 2012

Manhattan Yard Renovation and Tree House Completed on Schedule

Just in time to avoid the recent mid-winter cold snap, the Asian inspired Garden and Landscape Design and yard renovation has been completed. More than general landscaping, this inclusive project incorporated irrigation, landscape lighting, a new concrete paver patio and walkway. The addition of a custom designed tree house made this a unique and fun project for the whole team at New York Plantings. 

Before the project gets started, our Project Manager or Owner at New York Plantings takes the time to explain the entire landscape design and building process to the client so they know exactly what to expect from inception to the completion of their garden and landscape project; What will be completed and our anticipated time frame for each step of the project.

Being “city folk,” they never had a backyard and were excited at the possibilities. Having a modern "Zen" taste, they wanted to create the yard with an Asian inspired design. The customer's didn't really specify an actual blueprint but more of some concepts and suggestions. They wanted more patio area and their current patio was in poor shape, serving more as a pathway and foundation skirt than usable patio space.

Listening attentively to what the family wanted, we established their need for space for a barbeque area, eating space, etc.  For the children, at the couples' request, the modern style playhouse/tree house concept was added to the design. The tree house was a great addition due to limited space and sheer coolness factor! A few accessories were included such as a ships wheel, telescope – and of course – a fireman’s pole! 
The first day of this project started with a dawn-to-dusk day of set-up, material delivery and unloading. We began our day by protecting the home by carefully moving furniture, covering floors and walls, etc., so we were prepared when the materials arrived. “The guys really pulled together and worked from early morning to early evening – dark to dark – to bring all the materials to the rear yard,” said New York Plantings Garden Design Owner and Lead Landscape Designer, Todd Nappi. 

“Our crew of six men moved over three hundred bags of sand, twelve bags of concrete and four pallets of bricks (about six tons of materials) gently and efficiently through the luxury townhouse and staged the materials in the yard ready for installation. With the arrival of the carpentry crew with a truck full of lumber and hardware for the tree house, our material delivery was complete.” It was a full day of work accepting materials and transferring them from the street to yard. 

The installation of the patio pavers by New York Plantings masonry team went very well. Greg, one of our new tradesmen, demonstrated his skill and proved himself to be both capable and reliable. Our team worked through the holidays in good spirits and harmony.

The day after the New Years 2011 Holiday, Todd Nappi put the finishing touches on the children’s tree house, mulching the garden beds and adding landscape lights for evening ambiance.

As is usually true of our terrific team, the project went off without a hitch. Instead of detailing each step of the process, we’ll let our pictures of the project speak for themselves (for more extensive photos, you can visit our Flickr). We’ll offer you a few final words, comments from the homeowners on W80th St., in Manhattan, “The tree house is amazing, our kids love it! And all of our backyard is so nice now, thank you!" - Another satisfied client of New York Plantings and Garden Design.

New York Plantings garden design and landscape construction offers a complete scope of garden and landscape services in the NY tri state area, servicing residential, corporate and the trade (subcontracting for builders and other garden companies). Visit for more information or call 347 558 7051 anytime for a consultation.