Getting to Know Us


Zone4 Landscapes is a full-service landscape design, installation and maintenance outfit specializing in the unique challenges and opportunities of the Catskill region of NY. We love what we do and strive to make the collaboration with the client an enjoyable and productive experience from beginning to end.

This outfit cranked up in 2005 so we have been around for a while now, and boy do I wish I knew then what I know now.  I call it an outfit because it feels more like a rock band (without all of the fighting) than a business.  None the less, it is a real business with good insurance, seasoned employees and a great deal of water under the bridge.  I am Mel Bellar, the main designer, head honcho and chief bottle-washer, and I have learned a lot on this journey.  In addition to learning a lot about what works (and doesn’t!) to make successful landscapes, I have learned that the most important thing in business is to have fun and do work that I love.

For instance, we love to collaborate with you to create a design that will meet your functional and aesthetic goals so that your landscape will be comfortable, useful and beautiful.


Don’t worry, if you are not sure what you want, we will work together to figure it out. Then we will work with you to tailor an appropriate plan, culminating with an installation meeting our specifications. We would love to continue on and maintain your garden if you so desire and nurture the garden  into its full glory.

Following a garden through the years is very gratifying as the old adage, “The first year it sleeps, the second it creeps and the third it leaps”, is pretty close to true.  It is always a challenge to make a newly installed garden look great and plan for it to continue to look good in 3 years, 5 years and 10 years.  It involves choosing the right plants, placing them optimally, and either patience while they fill in or the willingness to do some thinning as the garden grows.  Regardless of the initial approach, a garden requires serious coddling for the first few years.

“Gardening is the slowest form of the performing arts.”  This anonymous and provocative quote is a good introduction for the new gardener or client and a great reminder for the landscape designer.

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Monarchs, Milkweed and Michoacán

I know you were all holding your breath, waiting for the next installation of my pontification on shade gardens, but I happen to be in Mexico and decided to write about something more immediate.  First of all, Mexico is a beautiful country.  Simply put, it is hard to go wrong here; the food is incredible, […]

Made in Shade – Getting Started

This winter I am working on designs for the upcoming season and attending seminars and lectures here and there (busy and happy).   A number of my upcoming projects involve shady areas, so I have been thinking about shade gardens a lot.  I also had the pleasure of hearing Ken Druse, one the shade garden gurus, […]

New Website – New Blog

We Have  New Website! This is a brand new website; I am so excited!  When I started Zone4 in 2005 I was just coming out of a 25 year run in the software industry so being shy on resources and rich with time, I hand coded the website.  It was a lot of fun and […]

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