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…

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…

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…