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…

Gallery: Coastal Buffer Installation

In 2013, a client in Cambridge asked us to help with the renovation of their beach house, located in an environmentally sensitive site between the shore and a wetland. We assisted with permitting for invasive plant management, consulted with the architect on the system to recapture and use 100% of the house’s roof water, and designed hardscape and plantings to tie the new house to the landscape. This week, one of our crews installed the second…

10 Favorite Evergreens for Mixed Screen Planting

When space permits, we like to screen views with a mixed evergreen planting, rather than a boring arborvitae hedge. Here’s a list of favorite evergreen trees in more compact sizes. All prefer full sun and grow 10’-20’ unless otherwise noted. Abies koreana – Korean Fir Chamaecyparis nootkatensis ‘Pendula’ – Weeping Alaskan Falsecypress – elegant upright leader with weeping branches; tolerates some light shade Chamaecyparis obtusa ‘Filicoides’ &  taller C. pisifera cultivars – unusual, thread-like foliage texture…

Plant Walk through Mount Auburn Cemetery

I had a brief window this afternoon between my last appointment and daycare pick-up, so I paid a visit to Mount Auburn Cemetary in Cambridge.  Opened in 1831, Mount Auburn bills itself as the oldest large-scale, designed landscape in the United States.  It is a great place to see mature specimen trees, and much of the plant material is labeled.  It’s also a quiet oasis right across the river from hectic Boston — this afternoon,…