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…

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…

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…

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…

Plant Spring Bulbs- It’s Not Too Late!

Plant Spring Bulbs- It’s Not Too Late!

Daffodils, American blue vervain (native), tulips, lilies, crocuses, irises! For beautiful color in 2018, plant spring-flowering bulbs before the ground freezes. It may seem far away, but these spring beauties need to be planted before the end of December as soil temperatures cool off.   First time planting spring bulbs? Follow these 5 simple steps. 1. Choose bulbs: If you’re overwhelmed by the options, try daffodils. They’re resistant to rabbits and squirrels! 2. Find a spot: Find…

November Garden Tips

November Garden Tips

It’s finally getting chillier, but don’t neglect your garden yet!   Continue watering shrubs, conifers and anything planted in 2017 until the ground freezes. Consistent watering is the best way to protect your landscaping investment.    Falling leaves Yes, rake your lawn! The grasses need exposure to dropping temperatures to prepare for winter, as well as enough sunlight to build strong root systems for next spring. Once they’re dry, grind your leaves up with the mower;…

Save Time With Irrigation

Save Time With Irrigation

  Why Irrigation?  Professionally installed irrigation systems are a great way to save time and ultimately money on your landscape investment. Despite common misconception, irrigation systems with advanced rain sensors actually save on water. Compared to hand watering, irrigation gives you much more control over your water usage and ensures that your trees, shrubs, perennials, and lawn stay healthy throughout the season.   Irrigation Maintenance Tips Don’t forget that you need to call to have…

Make Your Fence Come Alive!

Make Your Fence Come Alive!

Feeling a little claustrophobic in your own yard? Bored of your traditional fence? If you’re looking for some privacy from the neighbors, but don’t want to feel closed in, consider installing a visually dynamic “living fence”. Plant shrubs and trees around the perimeter of your yard to maintain a boundary while adding color and attracting pollinators.       If you want privacy throughout the year, try a wall of evergreens like Cypress trees (left)…