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…

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…

Warmer Fall Means Later Mowing

Warmer Fall Means Later Mowing

To reduce the risk for winter damage to lawns, we will be doing an extra mow for lawn care clients during their next scheduled leaf clean-up visit. You may have noticed that eastern Massachusetts had an unseasonably warm October — the Commonwealth’s second warmest in history, in fact. Grass keeps actively growing while daytime temperatures are in the 50s and above, and the combination of recent rains and current warmth creates excellent growing conditions. Additionally,…

Growing Fruit At Home

Growing Fruit At Home

Growing fruit at home is a great way to make use of your land and enjoy in-season fruit! 5 Quick Tips for getting the most out of your home fruit growing: Pollination: Plant 2 varieties within a species to get cross-pollination (Jonafree with Liberty, for example). Or attract pollinators by planting fruit companions such as these. Short on space? Carol Stocker of the Boston Globe suggests simply putting a blooming branch clipping from a crab…

Sensory Garden Plant List

Sensory Garden Plant List

This summer turn your garden into a Sensory Garden! Sensory gardens are fun for children because they’re full of plants that appeal to senses of touch and smell, as well as having eye-catching, bright colors. Here’s a starter list of plants for a sensory garden. Unless otherwise noted, all perennials are native to North America (many to New England), hardy to zone 5, drought tolerant, and low-maintenance. Many of the red flowers attract butterflies. Enjoy!…

Tree Care After Storm Damage

Tree Care After Storm Damage

With all the wind we had this week, some of you might be concerned about broken tree limbs. And you never know if another Nor’easter is around the corner. So how do you know what needs to be pruned and when is the best time to do so?  Both your family’s safety and your trees’ survival are affected by how you take care of your trees after a storm. Follow these tree care steps and…

Celebrating National Co-op Month

Celebrating National Co-op Month

Had you heard about cooperatives before you got to know A Yard & A Half Landscaping Cooperative? October is the month to spread the word about the benefits of cooperatives and celebrate the co-op movement! This month we’re celebrating National Cooperative Month along with 40,000 other cooperative businesses serving more than 120 million people nationwide. Still not quite sure what co-ops are all about? Officially a cooperative is “an autonomous association of people united voluntarily to…

Spring garden to-do’s

Spring garden to-do’s

Happy Spring! In case you’re a little behind because of this month’s rain, here are some tips for the spring organic garden: Lawns Rake excess leaves and thatch from lawns. If possible, delay aerating until fall, as it brings many weed seeds to the surface. If you can, wait until fall to start new lawns from seed to avoid weeds taking over.  Sod lawns are ok. When forsythia blooms, apply corn gluten to lawns as…

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…

Brookline Blower Update

Update to “Brookline’s Blower Ban: A Contractor Weighs In“ On November 18, 2015, the Brookline Town Meeting declined to ban gas-powered leaf blowers, with broad recognition that the proposed ban would unfairly target contractors, private homeowners, and small institutions. (The ban was amended to exempt Town crews and non-residential properties over 5 acres, most notably the Country Club.) Town Meeting voted 143 in favor, 57 opposed and with 2 abstentions to refer the question of whether…