Merry and Bright

Merry and Bright

 Are you planning to host a festive gathering this holiday season for business associates or family and friends? Set the tone with a few special touches for your indoor and outdoor holiday decor. Check out the gallery below for some decorating ideas from the pros, appropriate to our Boston-area climate and classic New England style. (See more on our “Winter Wonders” Pinterst page.) Between shopping, cleaning, and managing the food, beverages, and guest list, it can be hard…

Start Your Christmas Season Right: Small Business Saturday

Start Your Christmas Season Right: Small Business Saturday

On Saturday, November 28, 2015, start your holiday season off right by scheduling installation of Christmas decorations by A Yard & A Half Landscaping Cooperative. We can prepare your home or business for holiday festivities with indoor and outdoor arrangements of evergreens, berries, and branches; roping, wreathes, and kissing balls; holiday landscape lighting; poinsettias; and even Christmas tree delivery. As a thank you for supporting small and locally-owned businesses, if you contact us on Small…

Photo Essay: A Horticultural Meditation on Winter

For background on this meditation, go here. You are a tender plant, all soft, green stems and leaves.  As the days grow shorter, you send all of the nourishment collected from the summer sun down into your roots, and you prepare to wait. Your leaves yellow and crisp, until the Gardener chops them back. You are sad without your leaves.  Then, you realize that they were dead anyway. What had kept you alive no longer…

7 Steps for Dazzling Holiday Lighting

Whether you want a festive display of holiday lights at home, or to boost the curb appeal of your business for shoppers, you’ll want the finished product to be safe, energy-efficient, and beautiful.  Outdoor Perspectives, a national outdoor lighting chain, has 7 simple steps for DIY Christmas lighting: SHINE ON. Here’s our summary: Sketch: Develop a plan on paper before you begin. Together with “after” photos, this will simplify your work next year! Hang: Give…

Local Christmas Trees

If you’re planning on purchasing a Christmas tree this year, you might be wondering about its environmental impact.  Betsy Franz’ recent blog post addresses some of the benefits of live, and particularly locally grown trees.  Here are some Boston-area cut-your-own tree farms, courtesy of PickYourOwn.org.  Call first to check hours & availability! D.J. Hussey Farm – Choose and cut Christmas Trees, Wreaths, Roping, Christmas shop. 20 Burgess Road, Townsend, MA 01469. Email: djhussey@comcast.net. Open: 12/25…

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…