Northbrook, IL Pool Removal

We receive many pool removal calls from Northbrook, IL and this is an example of another one we completed.  After purchasing their house, our clients had focused on renovating the inside.  Now their focus is on the backyard.  The pool and wood deck had not been used in years and dominated the space.  So this did not leave much room for their kids to play safely.  They called us to discuss their Northbrook, IL pool removal options and how to best use the space they had in the back yard.

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This pool has fiberglass sides and a concrete bottom.  Because of the numerous large trees surrounding pool, maintenance was time consuming.  Even with an automatic pool cover, you still needed to clean off the leaves.

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The client had previously looked into redoing the pool and pool deck but was shocked by the cost.  They opted to remove the pool and crumbling wood deck, and restore the area back to lawn with seed and blanket.  They now have a great area to play with their kids.

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If you are in the greater Chicago or Denver areas and are interested in finding out more about your pool removal options, then please do not hesitate to contact us for a complimentary estimate.

Arvada, Colorado Pool Removal

Mack Land, LLC receives numerous calls about removing pools in Arvada, CO every year.  This in-ground pool dominated the backyard at this house.  Also, it had not been used in years and had fallen into disrepair.

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The family was unsure if they were going to do, put the house up for rent or for sale.  However, they knew the pool needed to be removed to make the house more appealing to a broader market.  As the backyard and pool area was a tight space to maneuver in, our use of compact equipment really shone here.  It is what makes our process of removing pools stand out from the rest.

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This pool was a liner pool with a sand bottom.  This is a common pool style we see in Colorado.  We removed the concrete walk around the pool and old concrete stairs under the deck.  The area was brought to rough grade, leaving the family with options on how they wanted to finish off the space.

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We have been removing pools for many years and are experts in the field. If you live in the greater Chicago or Denver areas, please do not hesitate to contact us for a free consultation.

Centennial, Colorado Pool Removal

Looking for a more usable space for their residents, The Pines HOA in Centennial, CO contacted us about removing their pool.  They had a fiberglass shell pool that had not be opened and used in over a year or so.  The pool had become too expensive to maintain and it was time for it to go.

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We removed the fiberglass shell pool and the concrete walk around it.  We also removed the fence that was in place for pool safety but was not needed now.  A wood deck at the other end of the space was also removed.

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We brought the area to rough grade, giving them a blank slate to prepare for Phase 2 of their open space redesign.  The residents now have a large open space to gather and enjoy.

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We have been removing pools for many years and are experts in the field. If you live in the greater Chicago or Denver areas, please do not hesitate to contact us for a free consultation.

Woodstock, IL Pool Removal

One of our latest in-ground pool removals was in Woodstock, IL.  This pool was a liner pool with a vermiculite bottom and fiberglass sides.  The clients were not getting a lot of use out of the pool.  They were also getting tired of the maintenance and upkeep that is required to keep a pool functioning in northern Illinois.

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Per our standards pool removal process, we pumped out the pool water, removed the vinyl liner and fiberglass sides and disposed of them offsite.  We saw cut the existing concrete pool deck to leave them a usable patio area.  The rest of the concrete was broken up and hauled offsite for recycling.

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The pool area was restored to lawn with seed and blanket.  The client’s dogs will now have an expansive back yard to run around in.

We have been removing pools for many years and are experts in the field. If you live in the greater Chicago or Denver areas, please do not hesitate to contact us for a free consultation.

Schaumburg, IL Pool Removal

This Schaumburg, IL pool had been damaged by recent storms.  The homeowners had been debating removing the pool, and the last round of storms and damage helped make up their minds.

The pool was the dominant feature in the backyard.  It also had a large concrete patio associated with it.  We removed both the pool and the concrete patio, bringing them to a clean slate.

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We finished the project with grass seed and blanket.  Phase 2 for our clients will be to install a new patio to fit their needs.

Restoring Your Lawn – Seed vs Sod – Read more here

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If you are in the greater Chicago or Denver areas and need your pool removed then please do not hesitate to contact us for a complimentary estimate.

Chicago, IL Pool Removal

Sometimes we get a bit of a surprise once we start a job, this Chicago, IL pool removal was one of those.

As with many of the pool removal jobs that we get called to, one of the reasons for this one was the rising cost of maintenance which were becoming a bit of a burden on the budget. Sadly, there was a second reason as well. The pool owner’s family pet had recently drowned in the pool.

Now for the surprise. When we first did the site inspection for this Chicago Pool Removal it appeared that this was a liner pool with a vermiculite bottom. However once work got underway, we soon discovered that there were more layers. Under the vermiculite, there was also a concrete bottom.  Having been in the pool removal business for years, this did not phase us.  It did required a small adjustment in our overall approach as it is required that everything be removed.

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As with all of our jobs, we take care of the environment to the best of our ability. In this case we installed plywood to protect the access path to the pool and part of the concrete patio that was to remain.

All existing pool water was then pumped out to the curb according to local regulations. Following this all electricity, gas etc. was safely disconnected.

As mentioned above, after using our low impact machinery to break up the concrete, it was removed off site and recycled.

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The area was then filled, graded and finished with grass seed and blanket.

Restoring Your Lawn – Seed vs Sod – Read more here

No two pool removal jobs are the same.  Now and again as with this one, we get thrown the odd curved ball!

If you are in the greater Chicago or Denver areas and need your pool removed then please do not hesitate to contact us for a complimentary estimate.

Lake Forest, IL Pool Removal

Mack Land, LLC removes pools all over the Chicagoland area.  Here is an example of one of the pools we have removed in Lake Forest, IL.

Our clients purchased the home a few years ago and had been working on updating the inside.  Now it was time to move outside.  Since moving in, they had never even removed the pool cover.  They knew the pool was in decline and it was just a matter of time before they were going to have it removed.  The pool dominated the backyard and they were looking forward to having a space to landscape and enjoy.

 

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Lake Forest, IL has specific Pool Demolition Requirements.  In addition to these requirements, we also installed tree protection fencing.  We went above and beyond code by breaking up the pool bottom in it’s entirety and by removing the fiberglass sides and disposing offsite, we removed the walls 36” below grade, 3 times what code requires.

 

While we were on site, we also removed the previous owner’s dog run and the large concrete pad the pool equipment was sitting on.  This really opened up the yard, providing our clients with the open space they were looking for.  We finished the removal by bringing in clean topsoil and fine grading the area to match the surrounding lawn.  After spreading grass seed and straw blanket, the project was complete.

 

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We have been specializing in removing pools for over 15 years and are experts in the field. If you live in the greater Chicago or Denver areas, please do not hesitate to contact us for a free consultation.

New Evergreen Shrubs for 2019

Evergreen shrubs provide all season interest.  Below are some new introductions for 2019 from Proven Winners.

Pinpoint Blue False Cypress (Chamaecyparis lawsoniana)

Naturally growing as a narrow column, it’s unique blue color and soft, feathery texture make it a fantastic accent plant.  Reaching heights between 15-20’ and 5-6’ wide, it rarely needs pruning.  This deer resistant plant can be grown in part sun to full sun but does need great drainage.  Do not plant in low-laying areas.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Strongbox Inkberry Holly (Itex glabra)

This is a great alternative to boxwood.  Growing in a broadly rounded mound (24-36” tall and wide), it can be planted anywhere you would use boxwood – hedge, edging, or specimen.  Deer resistant, it grows faster than boxwood has better resistant to disease.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Sunjoy Todo Barberry (Berberis x ‘NCBX1’ USPP 29,504)

Semi-evergreen, this sterile barberry (it’s not invasive!) brings a pop of color to the landscape.  Deep, glossy purple foliage covers this 18-24” tall and wide shrub that thrives in the sun.  Highly deer resistant, this shrub requires no pruning to maintain its neat shape.

 

 

 

 

 

Ready to update your landscape?  Our Landscape Architects can help you make that happen.

With locations in both Chicago and Denver we are always ready to hear from you.

New Deciduous Shrubs for 2019

Every year, nurseries and plant growers present new deciduous shrubs for the growing season.  Below are some new shrubs presented by Proven Winners.

 

Scentlandia Sweetspire (Itea virginica ‘SMNIVDFC’ USPPAF)

This sweetspire promises to be more fragrant than other varieties and is sized (24”–36” tall and wide) to fit in any landscape.  It boasts longer, larger flowers that are more cold tolerant – hardy to zone 5 – and is a shade tolerant flowering shrub.  Sweetspire can handle wet soils as well as being deer resistant.

 

 

 

Suñorita Landscape Rose (Rosa x ‘Chewgewest’ USPPAF)

This continuous blooming rose sports orange flowers from spring through frost without deadheading.  Preferring full sun, this is a highly disease resistant variety.  With a mature size of 36”-48” tall and wide, this shrub can be used as a focal point or a flowering backdrop for other plants.

 

 

 

Bloomerang® Dwarf Purple Lilac  (Syringa x ‘SMNJRPU’ USPP 29,831)
Bloomerang® Dwarf Pink Lilac (Syringa x ‘SMNJRPI’ USPP 29,802)

These lilacs grow as a small, rounded shrubs (30”-36” tall and wide) enabling you to integrate it into the landscape easier than a conventional lilac.  Planted in full sun, blooms will cover it in spring and then reappear in summer and fall.  Deer resistant, this fragrant flowering shrub is hardy to zone 3.  As the name implies, Bloomerang Dwarf Purple has perfectly purple blooms and Bloomerang Dwarf Pink has pure pink blooms covering the plant (as you can see in the top photo).

 

 

Snippet® Dark Pink (Weigela florida ‘VUKOZLyra’ USPPAF)

Fitting perfectly in any sunny spot, this dwarf weigela has vivid pink blooms.  Like with other weigela, this shrub blooms in late spring, but then continues to rebloom all summer.  Deer resistant, this 12’-24’ tall and wide shrub works well to add color to any landscape.

 

 

Ready to add some color to your landscape?  Our Landscape Architects can help you make that happen.

With locations in both Chicago and Denver we are always ready to hear from you.

Ambrogio 4.0 Robotic Lawn Mower

The world of robotic lawn mowers is constantly growing and adapting.  In a previous post, Mack Land provided an overview of how robotic lawn mowers work.  We have also covered Ambrogio’s  GREEN line and PRO line.  Now, Ambrogio has released their 2019 NEXT line 4.0 models.

The Ambrogio 4.0 NEXT line has 2 models (Basic and Elite) that can be configured into six different robotic lawn mower models by changing the power unit.  This articulated robot adapts to change and is easily converted to meet your needs.

4.0 Basic

Mack Land, LLCThe 4.0 Basic model is ideal for those who want a simple and reliable robot that adapts to changes. It’s flexible, yet solid and secure structure enables the installation of three different types of Power Units, which allows it to convert from a robot small- to medium sized yards (with Power Unit Light up to .25 acres, Power Unit Medium up to .35 acres to a solution (Power Unit Premium) that covers up to .60 acres) with extreme precision. The brushless motors, rubber wheels and soft bumper complete the profile of an innovative robot that meets the most varied needs. Equipped with Bluetooth receiver, it can be controlled independently by a dedicated App. The new design also allows greater autonomy: the body designed around the blade provides quick and safe self-cleaning. The Basic 4.0 is the only customizable robotic lawnmower that changes with your yard!

 

 

4.0 Elite

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The Elite model combines the features of flexibility and modularity with 4.0 technological innovation.
It comes with a ZCS Connect device that allows the safe connection of the robot anytime and anywhere, by means of GPS, Bluetooth and GSM technology.
With a simple touch, the robot can be stopped and started, and areas can be excluded. The Geofence Alarm allows the system to alert the user when the robot is taken from the yard. In this way, you will always be informed on the movements of your Ambrogio 4.0., with its evolved anti-theft system.
It can be combined with the Medium, Premium and Extra Premium Power Units going from .60 acres up to .90 acres coverage.
The Extra Premium kit permits equipping the robot with the inductive recharge. Ambrogio only has to touch the station, which is now smaller and less bulky, to recharge itself.
Inductive recharge avoids regular cleaning of the contacts. The adjustment of the blade height, now motorized, is also easy to operate, thus facilitating the use of your robot.
ZCS technology is more user-friendly and interactive for easier maintenance of your lawn in a completely autonomous manner. Always, anywhere, anytime… super smart Ambrogio!

 

Read more about these new mowers here.  If you live in the greater Chicago or Denver areas, give us a call to talk to us to see how a robotic lawn can work for you.