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…

Feeling the Spirit of the Season

Feeling the Spirit of the Season

One of the best ways to get into the spirit of the season is through holiday decorating. A seasonal aesthetic can take you out of the ordinary and remind everyone in your home that this is a special time of year. You can piece together your own arrangements and ornaments and DIY, bringing family together or grounding yourself in your home through crafts. Or leave it to the pros so you can sit back with your…

Fall and Halloween events for Adults and Kids!

Fall and Halloween events for Adults and Kids!

Take advantage of the changing colors and the Halloween festivities happening in and around Boston!  Check out these upcoming events:   Halloween events for little ones:  Tomorrow- Wednesday the 26th– free Trick-or-Treat Magic Show for ages 3-9 at the Boston Public Library in Dorchester, 6:30-7:15pm. Also tomorrow: the Monster Mash dance party for families from 4:30-6:30pm in Lynnfield. This Thursday from 10-11am kids can learn some spooky science and create strange slime at the Discovery Museums…

Not afraid of heights? Remember these LADDER SAFETY TIPS.

Not afraid of heights? Remember these LADDER SAFETY TIPS.

Almost 1 out of 4 Americans are afraid of heights. If you’re in this group, it’s unlikely you’ll feel a need to climb a ladder this fall. But for the rest of us fearless climbers, we’ve got lots to do! From cleaning our gutters, to hanging up festive lights and decorations, pruning trees, and touching up the paint on our homes, it’s the time of year to either get up there ourselves or call a…

Lawn & Garden Maintenance Tips for October

Lawn & Garden Maintenance Tips for October

Flowers may have ceased blooming and your harvest may be thinning out, but check out these Fall maintenance tips for your lawns and gardens before it gets too cold and snowy!   If you didn’t know, Fall is actually the best time of year to test and improve your soil. New England soil tends to be acidic, but most plants thrive with an even higher pH level (the way soil acidity is measured). It’s important to know…

Celebrating National Co-op Month

Celebrating National Co-op Month

Had you heard about cooperatives before you got to know A Yard & A Half Landscaping Cooperative? October is the month to spread the word about the benefits of cooperatives and celebrate the co-op movement! This month we’re celebrating National Cooperative Month along with 40,000 other cooperative businesses serving more than 120 million people nationwide. Still not quite sure what co-ops are all about? Officially a cooperative is “an autonomous association of people united voluntarily to…