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October Garden To-Do List

We’re officially into fall and our gardens are gradually going to sleep– but they won’t go quietly! Watch over the next couple of weeks for amazing bursts of lemon yellow, shimmery gold, bright orange, and crimson red. Protect sensitive plants from frost when the forecast calls for it. First frost advisory for our area is October 15th. Assess your fall perennials …

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Proper Watering Technique

You may have received a sheet of paper after your landscape installation with instructions for “Proper Watering Technique” and basic “Landscape Maintenance”. We are now providing that same handout online, please click the link below:      

Preparing for a Living Christmas Tree

The common debate among the purchase of Christmas trees is whether you should purchase fresh cut or artificial trees. The case can be made for sustainability, supporting local businesses, longevity, cost, aroma, tradition, or personal preference. Often left out of this debate is the option for a “living” tree, also known as a live tree or a balled & burlapped …

Fall is for Fire

While most of our landscapes are designed to be enjoyed during daylight hours, when autumn rolls around, we have far fewer of those hours in which to spend outside. If you want a dynamic and inviting fall landscape, add fire to draw friends and family into the brisk autumn air. Fire pits create a reason to gather, socialize, and celebrate …

The Low Maintenance Garden

If there’s one landscape design request I receive more than anything, it’s “…and I want it to be low maintenance”. And who can blame them. Most people don’t want to spend their evenings and weekends weeding. So here’s how I respond and how I plan my designs. First, there’s no such thing as a “no maintenance garden”. There will always …

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Estimating the Cost of a Patio

Even through these snowy winter days, we can’t help but find ourselves planning for spring and summer projects. Often, the patio is the keystone to the landscape, with gardens, plants, and lawn acting as the supporting components. If you have been thinking about installing a new patio, or walkway for that matter, read on to find out how much this …

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Make the Most of Working with a Landscape Designer

Designing a landscape is a lot like designing a kitchen or closet, right? We want to make the most of function & aesthetics. But take into account weather, seasonal changes, living plants, wildlife, and a whole gamut of other potential influences, and it can be enough to make your head spin. Cue the landscape designer- a person trained in horticulture …

The Whys & Hows of Fantastic Fall Foliage

While many of us learned long ago that the splendid fall color in leaves is created by a loss of chlorophyll, the colors left behind depend upon a number of factors. Plant species, temperature, growing conditions and more, all play a role in the colors we see in the autumn landscape. Let’s explore why we are going to see some …

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What to know before reaching for pesticides

What are pesticides? Pesticides are products, natural or synthetic, that are designed to kill, prevent, repel, or mitigate pests. A pest may be a weed, a problematic insect, a problematic mammal or other type of animal, a fungus, or another type of living organism. Sub-categories of pesticides include herbicide, insecticide, rodenticide, fungicide, and more. When you see the suffix “cide” …

Turf Alternatives to Reduce Mowing

Mowing the lawn is wasteful. If you hire a service, you’re spending dollars and if you mow your own lawn, you’re spending your time (arguably more valuable!). But regardless of who does the mowing, the process is consuming fossil fuels and releasing air pollution.