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…

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…

Brookline’s Blower Ban: A Contractor Weighs In

On Tues Oct 27, 2015, the Brookline Board of Selectmen took a vote of no action on Warranty Article 10, which would place a year-round ban all gas-powered blowers. The article was amended to exempt Town crews, the country club and golf course, but still was not recommended by the board. (Update: on 11/18/15, the Town Meeting voted to refer the question to a moderator’s committee. More details and background here.) As a company concerned…

Are you prepared for winter snowstorms?

A little preparation during the final days of fall can prevent many headaches and chilly emergency repairs. Here are some tips to prepare your yard and landscape for winter: Last winter, rapid accumulation of heavy snows damaged many flat roofs. If your house has a flat roof, make sure that you purchase a roof rake ahead of time, or contract with a snow removal company that offers roof clearing services. Disconnect and drain any rain…

Bulb Lasagna: A Recipe for Lasting Spring Color

This weekend promises to be beautiful weather for some final gardening chores. Guarantee yourself weeks of spring blooms by making “bulb lasagna.” Line the bottom of a 14″ or deeper container with gravel for drainage. Then layer potting soil and bulbs in 3 layers, starting with the largest bulbs on the bottom. Choose bulbs which will flower at different times to make your planting really work.  Keep in mind that there will likely be some…

Winter Protection

We’re doing fall clean-ups and saying our goodbyes to many of you for the year, but please remember that the work of protecting your landscape investment is not done!  Now is the time for: Getting those last bulbs in so you have early spring color Wrapping or spraying anti-dessicant on evergreens (esp. rhododendrons, boxwoods, yews) Protecting marginally hardy perennials and shrubs with extra mulch of pine needles, salt marsh hay, etc. Deer protection, if needed…

Pest-Proof Bulbs

Are this week’s chilly temps making you feel like you need to get those bulbs in stat?  Here’s a quick how-to: In general, plant bulbs three times as deep as the width of the bulb.  So, a 2″ wide tulip would go 6″ deep.  Pointy part goes up. For more “wow” and less work, dig flat-bottomed holes large enough to accommodate a dozen bulbs.  Lay bulbs in the bottom and backfill with soil.  You can…

October Tips & Events

As temperatures cool, schedule winterizing for irrigation systems, but remember to keep watering through the autumn!  Continue with a watering schedule appropriate for the age of new plants, as long as air and soil temps are in the 40s.  Watering mid-day ensures that the water will reach roots when the soil is at its warmest.  (For responsible waterers who have their systems set to go off at 4 a.m. in the summer, this will be…

September Tips & Events

For Designers: COGDesign presents designer Lynden Miller – October 7, 2009, 6-8 pm.  From the website: Lynden Miller,well known NYC public garden designer, will speak about designing, maintaining, and funding beautiful, four-season plantings for public places. Her garden projects in NYC have become urban oases with economic benefits and the power to transform the way people behave and feel about their city. Lynden will sign her new book, Parks, Plants, and People: Beautifying the Urban…