BACKYARD ENVIRONMENTS FOR CHILDREN

BACKYARD ENVIRONMENTS FOR CHILDREN

Feature Photo- Nature Nook at Mass Audubon’s Boston Nature Center. Design: studioMLA Architects   What do you do when your kids are bursting with energy, but you don’t have time to take them to the park? What if your backyard offered classic play opportunities like building a fort or making a mud pie? A Yard & A Half’s team now includes Erica Quigley, a landscape designer with experience creating and managing children’s environments. We can help…

Save Time With Irrigation

Save Time With Irrigation

  Why Irrigation?  Professionally installed irrigation systems are a great way to save time and ultimately money on your landscape investment. Despite common misconception, irrigation systems with advanced rain sensors actually save on water. Compared to hand watering, irrigation gives you much more control over your water usage and ensures that your trees, shrubs, perennials, and lawn stay healthy throughout the season.   Irrigation Maintenance Tips Don’t forget that you need to call to have…

A Simple, Organic, Self-Feeding Lawn

A Simple, Organic, Self-Feeding Lawn

Facing any of these challenges with your lawn? “It looks uneven or patchy and I want a dense green lawn all season long.” “It’s labor-intensive and I don’t have time. My lawn requires a lot of watering, mowing and fertilization.” “I don’t want to use chemicals where my children and pets play.” “My lawn is overrun with weeds, but I’m not comfortable using herbicides.” “My lawn doesn’t get much sun, but I still want it…

Outdoor Lighting & Your Home

Outdoor Lighting & Your Home

(Above: An Evening in Watertown, Design: Monica Fairbairn, Installation: A Yard & A Half, Photo: Daniel Nystedt) The days are getting shorter, but that doesn’t mean you have to coop yourself up inside after work. Enjoy your beautiful landscape all season long by installing an outdoor lighting system!   Low-Voltage Lighting We recommend low-voltage lighting to enhance your evening enjoyment of your property. The quality and intensity of this lighting is closer to candlelight than traditional…

September Garden Tips

September Garden Tips

When the leaves change and the kids are back in school, it’s time to divide, plant, and improve your soil!   PLANTING & DIVIDING 1. PERENNIALS Be sure to plant your mums, asters, and other perennials asap; they need at least 6 weeks before the ground freezes to establish their roots. Protect your investment and keep watering any new plantings through the Fall. Are your plants outgrowing their beds? Expanding beyond their space and into your…

Plan for Snow Before It Hits

Plan for Snow Before It Hits

For the 2nd year in a row, A Yard & A Half is offering snow plowing, snow shoveling and ice removal services for homeowners in Newton and Brookline.   The Farmer’s Almanac predicts “above-normal amounts of snowfall” starting in November for our area.  Contact us now to set up a contract so we can keep your property snow-free as soon as winter arrives.   We’re committed to the safety of our clients and workers and the health of…

Make Your Fence Come Alive!

Make Your Fence Come Alive!

Feeling a little claustrophobic in your own yard? Bored of your traditional fence? If you’re looking for some privacy from the neighbors, but don’t want to feel closed in, consider installing a visually dynamic “living fence”. Plant shrubs and trees around the perimeter of your yard to maintain a boundary while adding color and attracting pollinators.       If you want privacy throughout the year, try a wall of evergreens like Cypress trees (left)…

August Garden Maintenance & Watering Guidelines

August Garden Maintenance & Watering Guidelines

With all the heat and sunshine of summer, it’s critical to know when, how, and how much to water your lawn, trees, and plantings. Proper watering is the best way to protect your investment in your plants!  Determining the needs of individual plants and parts of your property will take some time, so check out our watering guide for basic tips on your trees, shrubs, perennial beds and lawns. Remember that these guidelines are no substitute for regular observation of…

Growing Fruit At Home

Growing Fruit At Home

Growing fruit at home is a great way to make use of your land and enjoy in-season fruit! 5 Quick Tips for getting the most out of your home fruit growing: Pollination: Plant 2 varieties within a species to get cross-pollination (Jonafree with Liberty, for example). Or attract pollinators by planting fruit companions such as these. Short on space? Carol Stocker of the Boston Globe suggests simply putting a blooming branch clipping from a crab…

Award-Winning Installation!

Award-Winning Installation!

One of our installations, “Kyoto Meets New England – An Entrance Courtyard”, will be recognized at the international conference for the Association of Professional Landscape Designers next week in Boston!   The winning installation was designed by Christie Dustman and Company and installed by Senior Landscape Construction Crew Leader, José Flores. In addition to being featured in Design New England Magazine, this North Reading, MA installation has now received APLD’s world class Silver Award for…