WE’RE HIRING!

WE’RE HIRING!

We are seeking a Landscape Project Manager/ Estimator to join our team. This position is owner-track and available now until filled. Besides the qualifications described below, we are looking for individuals who are enthusiastic to share new ideas, enjoy a challenge, take pride in their work, and are excited about worker-ownership. To apply, email your resume and cover letter to info@ayardandahalf.com. Responsibilities include: Developing new client relationships by networking, seeking referrals, and/or other methods. Developing crew…

What to Know Before Calling a Landscaper

What to Know Before Calling a Landscaper

Landscaping can be a big investment. Before you spend time and money to transform your yard, you want to be thoughtful about the process. You don’t need a crystal clear vision of how you want your yard to look, but it’s important to consider the following factors before calling a landscaper.   1. Why Now? What prompted you to take action on your landscape at this time rather than last year or in the future?…

Backyard Pond Possibilities

Backyard Pond Possibilities

Title photo by FallingWater Scapes.  One of the best ways to re-establish a healthy ecosystem in your backyard is with a pond. Ecosystem ponds can reduce the need for fertilizer and water consumption, as well as support native wildlife. For these reasons we chose to showcase this collaborative installation- one of our favorite projects from 2018. The Challenge Last year Jonathan Marston of FallingWater Scapes set out to convert a stagnant pond into a backyard ecosystem in…

“Organic” Consumers Beware

“Organic” Consumers Beware

We are often asked the seemingly simple question “do you do organic landscaping?”. We assume this means “can you take care of my yard without using synthetic pesticides?”, which we can certainly do. But unlike in agricultural, there is no mandated standard for the term “organic” within landscaping. What this means is that a landscaper can legally use all kinds of pesticides while still marketing their services as “organic”.   NOFA-Certified One way to ensure…

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…