August Garden Maintenance & Watering Guidelines

August Garden Maintenance & Watering Guidelines

With all the heat and sunshine of summer, it’s critical to know when, how, and how much to water your lawn, trees, and plantings. Proper watering is the best way to protect your investment in your plants!  Determining the needs of individual plants and parts of your property will take some time, so check out our watering guide for basic tips on your trees, shrubs, perennial beds and lawns. Remember that these guidelines are no substitute for regular observation of…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…