When to Prune

When to Prune

“When is it safe to prune?” is a common question we hear from clients. The best time to prune depends both on what you’re pruning and why you’re pruning. By identifying and understanding your purpose in pruning, you can plan ahead for a lush garden next year.   Flowering Shrubs & Trees Why? These plants need ongoing maintenance to ensure flowering in the next season, as well as to control their size. In this case, the…

What is Garden Mentoring?

What is Garden Mentoring?

Sometimes we just don’t have the time to engage in maintaining the plant life on our properties. But sometimes, we might actually like to be able to care for our plants ourselves if it didn’t feel so intimidating. We might not even know what questions to ask and so we throw up our hands and throw money at the professionals. For those of you who want to learn more about the plants on your property, their…

Late Fall In Your Garden

Late Fall In Your Garden

It’s getting cold out there, but your garden still needs some attention! Follow these tips and you’ll finally be able to put your garden and your mind to rest.   “Can we stop watering yet?” It depends! Because the ground is not yet frozen, new plantings definitely still need water to establish roots. New lawns likely also still need water so they have an opportunity to germinate during sunny days. Tip: be sure to water…

WE’RE HIRING: Field Ops. Mgr. (Spanish-speaking)

WE’RE HIRING: Field Ops. Mgr. (Spanish-speaking)

The Field Operations Manager will oversee installation and maintenance by 9 landscaping crews throughout the greater Boston area. S/he will manage and develop crew leaders, ensuring that they have the technical skills, organization, and motivation needed to do excellent work. As a member of our People Management Team, the Field​ Operations Manager should be highly knowledgeable, professional, and bring enthusiasm and new ideas to the workplace. To apply, email your resume and cover letter to…

Winter Garden Tips

Winter Garden Tips

  Indoor Tasks Decorate your interior with branches of witch hazel, pussy willow, and other spring-blooming shrubs that you can force indoors. Be sure to check on your stored bulbs for rot or mold. Read on for how and why to store tender bulbs over the winter.     Planning is Key to a Beautiful Landscape Now is the right time to work with a designer to plan your landscape: quiet snowy days are wonderful…

Use Caution When De-Icing

Use Caution When De-Icing

Next week, homeowners will likely need to de-ice steps, walkways and sidewalks once again this season. While it’s critical for safety, salting contributes to pollution of rivers, can harm wildlife and pets, and increases human salt consumption via drinking water supplies. When de-icing your home, salt can also damage plants and lawns. Here are the steps we take for minimizing damage caused by de-icing. We recommend following these guidelines to minimize your salt use and…

The Design-Build Difference

What do you mean “design-build”? In a design-build firm like A Yard & A Half, the designers and construction workers operate as 1 team throughout the entire landscape installation process. The homeowner has only 1 contract to sign and 1 firm with whom they need to communicate, as opposed to hiring and managing a designer, a separate landscape installation company, and possibly other contractors to fill any gaps.   A Knowledgeable Team Designers in a…

Why We Love Dry-Stacked Walls

Why We Love Dry-Stacked Walls

If you want a beautifully, hand-crafted stone wall that can withstand a lifetime of New England winters, we recommend the dry-laid method. Not all masons have developed the skills to construct these walls, but our builders actually specialize in dry-stacked stone walls.   What Do You Mean “Dry-Laid”? The first decision you’ll have to make when building a wall is whether you want it mortared or “dry-laid”. “Dry-laid” or “dry-stacked” refers to a construction technique…

Winter Interest in Your Garden

Winter Interest in Your Garden

Is your landscape looking a little drab now that the leaves have fallen and you’ve put your garden beds to sleep for the winter? Now is a good time to look around your neighborhood and envision how you could liven up your garden for next winter. While evergreen trees are important for winter interest, there are many other ways to bring beauty to your yard. Colorful berries and foliage, ornamental grasses, tree bark with interesting…

Your Yard in December

Your Yard in December

The snow has arrived! Make sure you’re protecting your plants and lawn from the elements.   Winter Plant Protection – Protect evergreens and sensitive plants from salt spray along roads and driveways by covering their bases with burlap. – Knock heavy snow off of evergreens like arborvitaes and boxwoods to prevent damage. – Wrap chicken wire around the trunks of trees and vulnerable plants to prevent rabbits from gnawing on their bark. – For roses,…