Seed, Sod or Lawn Alternative?

Seed, Sod or Lawn Alternative?

Each spring and fall we get calls to “fix my lawn!” Customers often have an idea of what they want: sod (I want it now) or seed (I want low cost). As horticultural professionals who want to provide the most sustainable solution and the best value over time, here are our “CUES” when recommending seed, sod, or something else entirely: Cost – While it’s true that seed is less expensive than sod, keep in mind…

Landscaping, Worker Co-ops & the Day Without Immigrants

Landscaping, Worker Co-ops & the Day Without Immigrants

 As a worker-owned landscaping business, we support our workers’ taking part in today’s Day Without Immigrants. A landscaping business:  Our industry depends on primarily Hispanic immigrants who make up around 40% of the landscaping workforce nationwide (Pew Research). While many U.S.-born workers disregard our work as simple manual labor, for us, landscaping is a craft, not just a job. Perhaps that’s why our clients frequently describe our crews as hard-working, careful, personable and kind. We...
May 1st, 2017: The Day Without Immigrants

May 1st, 2017: The Day Without Immigrants

As an immigrant-owned and led business and as a worker cooperative, we support our workers taking part in the May 1st national Day Without Immigrants.   A Day Without Immigrants: On May 1st (aka “International Workers’ Day”) immigrants and allies from 25 states and 50 cities across the U.S. will stay home from work and refrain from spending any money. The goal is to illuminate the U.S. economy’s dependence on immigrant labor and immigrant consumer…

Early Spring Garden Tips!

Early Spring Garden Tips!

We’ve finally seen the signs of spring here in Greater Boston and many of us are getting excited to start digging in the dirt and preparing our landscapes/properties for the warmer seasons ahead. Be smart about it though and check out our tips for lawn and garden care in April.   1. Monitor damage from winter, insects, and drought Winter: Inspect landscape lighting to make sure nothing was knocked over by snow. Lights that have…

Exciting New Plants for 2017

Exciting New Plants for 2017

  Looking to try some new plants this year? Check out these lists for some inspiration and guidance!   WHO: Van Berkum Nursery – “a family owned wholesale perennial nursery serving landscapers and garden centers in Northern New England. We specialize in propagating and growing native plants and ‘Wicked Ruggeds’.” WHAT: New 2017 Perennials List WHAT ELSE: Great website featuring plant usage lists and charts, speciality perennial lists, and a great free and downloadable educational catalog…

Attracting Birds Part II: Drought-Resistant Plants

Attracting Birds Part II: Drought-Resistant Plants

As a follow-up to our last blog post, Attracting Birds To Your Garden- Why & How, we wanted to share with you this list of 12 drought-resistant plants that birds love. Replacing any of your less water-friendly plants with any of these plant species will help you save on your water bill, reduce your water consumption, and attract birds to your garden. Our region of MA is still suffering from a Moderate Drought, so these plants…

Attracting Birds To Your Garden- Why & How

Attracting Birds To Your Garden- Why & How

WHY:  Even if you’re someone who isn’t much fazed by the natural aesthetic beauty and friendly songs of wild, attracting birds to your garden is a natural way to decrease a pest population (and thus, minimize insect damage to your plants and grass.). As you attract more birds to your landscape, its’ ecosystem becomes healthier and more well-balanced. You may have to sacrifice a few tomatoes over the season, but the net effect is worth…

7 Questions to Ask Before Hiring a Landscaper

7 Questions to Ask Before Hiring a Landscaper

It’s not too early to start thinking about hiring a landscaper this year. Do you know what to look for before you sign a contract? Don’t just go with the lowest bidder. Save yourself time and money in the long-run by asking these questions up-front.   1. Will the people working on my property be employees or independent subcontractors? Some landscapers misclassify their workers as “subcontractors” in order to avoid paying payroll taxes, overtime, accrued…

Interior Plantscapes

Interior Plantscapes

Have you missed being outside? Many of us simply feel better and more energetic during the warm seasons. Not to mention the countless scientific studies touting the health benefits of spending time near plants. “Shirin-yoku”, or “forest-bathing”, for example, comprises a major portion of preventative care and healing in Japanese medicine. Being in nature not only reduces stress and improves mood, but it’s also been proven to boost immunity, reduce recovery times from illness and…

Outdoor Winter Fun In & Around Boston

Outdoor Winter Fun In & Around Boston

Now that we’ve got plenty of snow, take advantage of it! Here’s a compliation of some of the best places to enjoy the season in and around Boston. Sledding & Tubing Sledding Favorite spots in the Boston area include: The Arnold Arboretum; the hills next to Jamaica Pond; and Larz Anderson Park in Brookline. Not too far outside of Boston you have Borderland State Park in North Easton, a 1,773 acres park; World’s End (be sure to…