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There is only One Water

Stormwater is making the news In the September 13, 2019 issue of the Philadelphia Inquirer, Frank Kummer states “On average, Philadelphia gets about 42 inches of rain in a year, according to the National Weather Service. In 2018, it got 62 inches. This year is also proving to be wet, with about 36 inches so far — 8 inches more …

Inviting Bluebirds to Your Property

Bluebirds are a symbol of happiness, springtime, and peace. They are also beneficial to our landscapes. Historically, both Native Americans and colonists used to hang boxes and gourds to attract them to nest nearby to control insect populations. Problems for bluebirds arose however when populations declined from the 1920s through the 1970s due to loss of habitat, pesticide use, and …

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The Plight of the Bumblebee

Have you ever noticed that most causes have a ‘poster child’ which appeals to the masses?  In environmentalism, this could be an animal such as a whale, Northern Spotted Owl, or more recently Monarch Butterfly or the honeybee.  While all of these animals are very important and the world would be a poorer place without them, maybe it is time …

Landscape Planning

What to expect from a landscape consultation

Do any of the following describe your situation in the garden: You don’t mind doing yard work, but you aren’t sure how to manage your property. You have good ideas, but a tight budget. You want to improve your property over time, but you are not sure where to start. If any of these scenarios sound like you, a landscape …

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How to Buy Plants

Now that spring is here it seems like potted plants are everywhere. Grocery stores, big box stores, and produce stands all have plant displays front and center to entice you into buying. If you are like me and find these green gems difficult to resist, here are a few guidelines to ensure that you make wise purchases. Garden Centers vs …

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Landscaping for Curb Appeal: Getting the most out of your home

As someone who has been in the landscape industry for many years, I have often heard that good landscaping increases property values 15%. Upon a quick internet search, I found numbers ranging from 8% to 20%. Regardless of actual numbers, in real estate, professionals consistently recommend increasing the curb appeal of your home. So what steps should you take to …

Landscapes at the Farm Show?

Have you ever been to the Pennsylvania Farm Show? If not, you don’t know what you are missing. With free admission and $15 parking, it could be the best deal in the state!   So what is there to see and do at the Farm Show? With over 6,000 animals and over 10,000 exhibits it is difficult to decide! Below …

Tasteful Outdoor Lighting, Responsibly

I was recently asked if GreenWeaver installs outdoor lighting. Any good business person would immediately jump on this opportunity to sell additional services to a client, but I always respond to this question with reservation. As an environmentally responsible landscape company, how do we justify adding services that require electricity, have the potential to damage the night-time ecology, and can …

Fall & Winter Deer Damage

So you think you’re out of the woods with deer damage now that leaves have fallen? Think again. Bucks are rubbing their antlers on trees this time of year and it’s important to protect your trees- whether they’re newly installed or as large as six inches in diameter!   Why do bucks rub? Bucks go through a cycle of growing …