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…

February Garden To-Dos

February Garden To-Dos

This time of year many of us want to spend as little time outside as possible. So this month’s Garden checklist is divided into tasks you can do inside your warm home and tasks that require some time outside.   Inside:  Carefully plan your vegetable garden for next year. Start ordering your bulbs, flower seeds, and vegetable seeds for the coming season. Early spring vegetables like lettuce, peas, and onions should be ordered now so…

Tree Care After Storm Damage

Tree Care After Storm Damage

With all the wind we had this week, some of you might be concerned about broken tree limbs. And you never know if another Nor’easter is around the corner. So how do you know what needs to be pruned and when is the best time to do so?  Both your family’s safety and your trees’ survival are affected by how you take care of your trees after a storm. Follow these tree care steps and…

In 2017, I promise to…

In 2017, I promise to…

Why do we make resolutions? To live better? Meet our long-term goals? Enjoy life more? It’s all of the above! New Year’s resolutions help prompt us to make the changes that we hope will improve our lives in some way. Why not do the same for your landscape? The green (or brown) surrounding your property is an extension of your home and can be a concrete place from which to make a difference in your’s and your family’s…

What a Year!

What a Year!

Our season has come to a close and we’ve been reflecting on the past year at A Yard & A Half. Our landscaping cooperative has continued to see exceptional growth both in sales and in opportunities for our team. We’ve added 7 new members to the cooperative and more owners are involved in decision-making than ever before. We’ve also learned a lot! From the US Federation of Worker Cooperatives Conference in Austin, to expanding our…

Our Top Plant & Garden Tips for December

Our Top Plant & Garden Tips for December

It’s getting cold out there so make sure your garden is protected for the winter season.   Outdoors: Annuals and Perennials: After you’ve cut everything down and the ground has frozen, cover your gardens with a winter mulch of evergreen boughs to keep out the sun and prevent them from thawing and re-freezing. Trees and Shrubs: No more pruning for now. However, you can still water your shrubs and conifers midday when it’s sunny and the temperature is…

RESCHEDULED for Jan. 24: Boston City Council Hearing on Cooperatives

RESCHEDULED for Jan. 24: Boston City Council Hearing on Cooperatives

After 2 years of planning and organizing, the Greater Boston Chamber of Cooperatives has garnered enough support from our city officials to hold a City Council Hearing on cooperatives. The purpose of the hearing is to discuss the role of cooperative businesses and housing in creating a more just, sustainable and democratic Boston economy. The chamber’s lead organizer, Matt Meyer, stated that   “This is a rare opportunity to make a dramatic difference in the cooperative…

Giving Back for Thanksgiving

Giving Back for Thanksgiving

Across the nation and especially in our neck of the woods, people are looking for ways to get involved in their local communities. This Thanksgiving is a great time to share from your abundance with the people around you. Here are a couple ideas for spreading the love beyond our own families:   1. Invite acquaintances, coworkers, and friends to your Thanksgiving dinner. Many people might have the day off, but not everyone has a…

Avoid Fines & Liabilities: Know Your Snow Removal Responsibilities

Avoid Fines & Liabilities: Know Your Snow Removal Responsibilities

Since 2010, all property owners (not just landlords and businesses) in Massachusetts are legally responsible to remove accumulated snow and ice from their properties including adjacent public sidewalks. As a homeowner, neglecting to clear your sidewalks and entryways could mean a non-compliance fine of at least $50, not to mention a lawsuit if someone slips and falls. Cities and towns also have their own snow removal ordinances and by-laws that specify how soon snow and…