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…

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)…

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…

Identifying Fruit Tree Diseases

Identifying Fruit Tree Diseases

We’ve received a number of calls lately from clients wondering what to do about the moldy peaches and other signs of fruit tree diseases they’re seeing. Below are some tips for identifying fruit tree diseases, as well as pictures of common problems. Firstly, it’s important to know that most fruit trees are susceptible to some common diseases. Growing fruit trees requires either some tolerance for imperfections or a willingness to take on a high maintenance…

Sensory Garden Plant List

Sensory Garden Plant List

This summer turn your garden into a Sensory Garden! Sensory gardens are fun for children because they’re full of plants that appeal to senses of touch and smell, as well as having eye-catching, bright colors. Here’s a starter list of plants for a sensory garden. Unless otherwise noted, all perennials are native to North America (many to New England), hardy to zone 5, drought tolerant, and low-maintenance. Many of the red flowers attract butterflies. Enjoy!…

See Boston Gardens On June 11th

See Boston Gardens On June 11th

Every year since 1995, hundreds of exceptional private gardens nationwide are selected to participate in The Garden Conservancy’s ‘Open Days’. On Sunday, June 11th from 10am-4pm the Greater Boston Area Open Days will feature outstanding gardens, some with historical pedigrees and others representing remarkable accomplishments of local gardeners and landscape designers. One such designer whose garden will be featured is our partner, Christie Dustman. Admission to each garden is $7. For discounted admission tickets ($35…

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…

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…