Landscaping

There are many reasons to want a nice landscape. Since the beginning of time man has been a part of nature, and it is natural to want your environment to look nice. Plant breeding these days makes it easier to plant beautiful plants, and I consider it My job to “Make Your Yard a Joy to Come Home To”

Now also specializing in Low voltage LED Landscape Lighting, we can make your house and all the beautiful things that we plant in your landscape look good for hours longer every day, so you get more for your hard earned dollars.

There are many pages on this site devoted to these beautiful plantings that we can design and plant in your yard. Here is a list of some of the services that we offer with links to examples of the plants we use and our work.

Residential Landscape Design including installation of new plantings, or renovations of old landscapes from a front entrance, to a small backyard, or your entire property,


  • Robert Kleinberg is a Horticulturist with degrees from The University of Delaware and Villanova University.
  • He is a Horticulturist, an ICPI Certified Concrete Paver Installer and an NCMA Certified Segmental Retaining Wall Installer.
  • He is also an EP Henry Authorized Hardscaping Contractor.
  • He has been designing and constructing patios and gardens as a Landscape and Hardscaping contractor since 1986.
  • Working in Philadelphia, Delaware County (Newtown Square, Havertown, Marple, Broomall, Drexel Hill, Lansdowne, Springfield, Swarthmore, Ridley, Media, Upper Darby, Middletown, Radnor, Lima), Chester County (Edgemont, Paoli, Goshen, Tredyffrin, Westtown, Willistown, Berwyn, Malvern, West Chester), Montgomery County and the Main Line (Lower Merion, Bala Cynwyd, Ardmore, Narberth, Bryn Mawr, Villanova, Wayne, Devon, Gladwyne, Wynnewood) PA.
  • We are fully insured, licensed with the state of Pennsylvania (PA HIC License #: PA29966), and a BBB Accredited Business.

See examples of our work below and on the many other pages on this site.


Low Voltage LED Landscape Lighting

  • Now designing and installing LED low voltage landscape lighting to highlight plantings and architectural features of your home.
  • We can set up a free, no obligation, demonstration so you can see exactly what we can do for your property and house.
  • For more information see our Lighting Page

Pond with Waterfalls and Stream- Newtown Square, Delaware County, PA 19073

This pond was constructed at our office here in Newtown Square in April of 2011; the wall and patio in the fall of 2010. These photos show many facets of our work besides the pond including the patio, walls, steps, landscaping and landscape design, landscape lighting, and also the importance of the view from inside. You are welcome to make an appointment to see it and other features in our Display Garden. There are more photos of the pond construction on the Ponds & Water Features page of this website, and on the Pond Construction Album of our Facebook Page


Landscape Renovation Front Yard Planting – Springfield, Delaware County, PA 19064

A large tree had fallen into the front yard and damaged the existing front walk and planting which was already in need of a face lift. It is a shady site; the ground cover was in decent shape and there were some nice ferns in the existing beds. We removed the existing overgrown shrubs, cleaned up added to the ground cover and top-dressed and seeded the lawn. The new cherry laurel will give privacy to the front porch in a couple of years. The brick walk was replaced with a flagstone walk using the old brick as a border. The vent pipe was hidden with a boulder and some perennial liriope, and Caladiums were planted for dependable annual color in the shade.


After: planted with caladiums for color.

 


Front Yard Entrance Planting – Drexel Hill, Delaware County, PA 19026

The old planting in front of the house was overgrown and needed a renovation. The new planting is a mixture of shrubs, perennials, bulbs, and annuals; it is primarily meant to be viewed from the street looking at the house. The new shrubs will give additional privacy to the front porch in a couple of years without the closed in feel of the old yews. The planting has a natural feel – the plants were spaced so they would not have to be pruned as heavily as the old planting – and there is a lot of color most of the year.


New Landscaping & New Walk with mostly Deer Resistant Plant Material Paoli, Chester County, PA

This entranceway also needed a makeover. While the plants here were not overgrown, they were not thriving, and the homeowner did not like the design. The walk was made of flagstone stepping stones and did not stand out because of the grass surrounding each stone. This job was constructed over a couple of years with the walk and its cobblestone border constructed one year; the cobblestone border around the bed on the other side of the front constructed the next year, along with leaf compost roto-tilled into the bed to improve the soil. The beds were planted in the fall of the 2013, and the planting completed in the spring 2014.
Some of the deer resistant plants used were narrow upright ‘Dee Runk’ boxwood, ‘Admiration’ barberry, Pieris, Acuba, ‘Otto Luyken’ cherry laurel, and a few varieties of Azalea, with a couple transplanted from the original planting. The hostas which can sometimes be devoured by deer were transplanted from the side of the house, and were larger leaved varieties that the deer seem to leave alone on this property. The bed was mulched in the fall of 2013 with leaf compost, and in spring of 2014 with 1/2 shredded bark mixed with 1/2 leaf compost, to help improve the soil.


Landscape Renovation – Drexel Hill, Delaware County, PA 19026

The shrubs here were overgrown and hid the front door, and a lot of the nice stonework. We remover the overgrown shrubs and planted new slower growing shrubs and perennials with longer lasting flowers. We did leave the nice low growing Japanese Maple and top-dressed and seeded the lawn.


Back Yard Japanese Walk with Landscaping – Lower Merion, Montgomery County, PA 19096

The back entrance to this house did not need a solid walk past the first set of steps. This was the main entrance into the house from the driveway so the customer wanted to add some interest. The walk leading around to the deck steps was made more informal with two 1-ft. bands of flagstone and 1-ft. of river rocks in the center. Stepping stones were placed through pea gravel beds surrounded with boulders and river rocks to give an effect similar to stepping stoned through a pond. The design was influenced by Japanese Gardens. Also shown is the same garden about 10 years after planting showing how properly spaced plants will fill in and the landscape will improve over the years. Overcrowded plantings are more expensive to install, and can look better when first planted, but they usually start looking worse after a few years.

After with Established Landscaping (about 10 years after planting).


Back Yard Patio, Fountain and Landscaping – Merion Station, Montgomery County, Main Line, PA 19066

This property had a few old plantings against the house, but had recently moved their driveway to the other side, leaving an empty yard on this side of the house. A Bluestone patio and sitting wall was constructed with new beds and renovation of the plantings against the house. The side of the house was improved with a fountain and a Pea Gravel Walk.


Front Yard Entrance Planting – Springfield, Delaware County, PA 19064

This front yard planting was mostly just lawn with a narrow bed across the front of the house and a dogwood tree with a pachysandra ground cover. The entire area inside the curved walk was cleared, the grass stripped, and made into a planting bed with shrubs, perennials, grasses, annuals, and river boulders for interest. A small bed was created by the entrance to the walk and the bed was carried across to the other side of the walk and around the house for more interest.

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