Snowy branch header

Snow Days

Have you had enough of snow recently?  Do you have cabin fever?  Here are a couple of ideas to beat the winter blues. Go on a photo shoot Snow days are great days to take pictures.  The world seems fresh, clean, and bright after a snow, so grab your camera and get outdoors! Go birding Birds are easier to see …

November banner

Spring is the time to cut back perennials

As the days become longer and the soil begins to warm, perennials that have been dormant all winter begin to push towards the sun. Through the next few weeks, if the snow ever subsides, we will begin to see this transformation. At GreenWeaver, we like to leave most perennials standing during the winter, their dried stems adding winter interest in …

Plants for the Winter Garden

When designing a garden during spring, summer, or fall, it is sometimes easy to forget what your garden will look like in winter.  But since this cold and sometimes dreary season is three months long, it makes sense to incorporate some plants that will perform for us while other plants are taking the winter off. There are several things to …

Winter Landscaping for the Birds

One of the best ways to bring movement and color to your yard in the winter is to attract birds. All creatures need shelter, water, and food to survive, and birds are no exception.  The better we are at providing these things for our feathered friends, the more likely we will be to attract them to our property.  So what …

A Winter Gardening Project

Depending on the size of your property, there may be quite a number of gardening projects you can tackle in the winter.  One of these projects could be invasive plant removal.  Invasive plants are foreign plants that can overrun an area, choke out other plants and limit diversity.  One of the reasons that winter is a great time to tackle …

Support Your Local Environmental Organizations

When was the last time you drove over a bridge and appreciated a pretty stream below?  Or walked down a trail through quiet woods? Or stopped to watch a fox trotting through a meadow? If you have done any of these things recently, there is a good chance that you can thank your local environmental organization for the opportunity and …

Why do they talk like that?

I used to work at a garden center, where the owner almost disdainfully talked about horticulturists as ‘Latin speakers’.  I believe he thought people were snobbish, or were trying to appear highly educated when they used the botanical names for plants.  If that is not the reason, why do people use a dead language, like Latin, when discussing plants? The …

Lightning Bugs: Nature’s Luminaries

When I decided to write about fireflies, I thought I would write a short, inspiring, little article about how these magical insects light up summer nights.  But like many subjects in environmental landscaping, it didn’t turn out to be that simple, so I will share what I have learned and some information about our relationship with these fascinating creatures. State …

Attracting Birds to your Yard

I recently read my 11-year-old son’s persuasive essay explaining why spring is the best season. His three arguments were based on sports, weather, and birds. It caused me to wonder, why do birds returning to our area each spring bring joy and hope to people of all ages? Maybe it is the hustle and bustle of activity as the weather warms, …

Sustainable Landscapes

“In wildness is the preservation of the world.” – Henry David Thoreau “In wildness is the preservation of the world.” Henry David Thoreau Before we can thoughtfully discuss sustainable landscapes, we should define a sustainable landscape. “A sustainable site links natural and built systems to achieve balanced environmental, social and economic outcomes and improves quality of life and the long-term …