Fireflies: 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 would like to share what I have learned about these fascinating creatures. Fireflies in Pennsylvania I was …

12 Gardening Tips for June

Perform the Chelsea Chop by cutting back certain perennials by 1/3′. If done in early June, your plants will have a later or longer bloom time and a bushier habit. Try this with asters, Black-eyed Susans, or experiment with others.  Help control Spotted Lanternfly! Our gardeners have been finding Spotted Lanternfly in the nymph stage on several properties. Penn State Extension has information about control and identification here. Prune flowering shrubs …

Add Some Flavor to Your Landscape

Add Edible Plants With Trees One way to add edible plants is to plant native, ornamental trees such as Serviceberries (Amelanchier sp.) and Pawpaws (Asimina triloba). They are both mid-sized and fit well into residential settings. With these trees, you also get fruit, increase beauty, and provide habitat for pollinators. They are happy in full sun to part shade and …

Attracting Birds to your Yard

Several years ago, I 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 their hustle and bustle of activity as …

Safe Landscape Practices -Covid-19

The last several weeks have been challenging for us all and many small businesses are rising to the occasion. While each industry is different, we are very fortunate that landscaping is classified an essential business. Therefore, GreenWeaver is using Safe Landscape Practices for Covid-19.  We are committed to providing high quality service to our clients and keeping our team employed …

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Why Hire a Gardener?

Whether you are a homeowner with a demanding schedule, an enthusiastic but overwhelmed gardener, or are simply disinterested in yard work, an experienced horticulturist is a great option for you. Maybe you have a place to relax, entertain, or just enjoy the view from the kitchen window, but you don’t know how to maintain it. Or maybe you can’t find the …

April Showers Bring… Rain Gardens?

We love rain gardens. We may be partial because over the years We’ve designed and built some really cool and successful rain gardens for properties of all shapes and sizes. Also, there’s really nothing better than a beautiful landscape that’s highly functional. Now, if you’re like many of the clients and friends we talk to about rain gardens, you’re probably …

Butterfly Nightclubs or Nurseries: Which type of garden will you provide?

The problem with many butterfly gardens is that they tend to be butterfly nightclubs. Basically, these gardens are for adults. Take the ubiquitous butterfly bush (Buddlia davidii) for example. You may find it covered with butterflies, but where are the caterpillars? Not only is butterfly bush now on many invasive species lists, it provides virtually no food value to caterpillars, …

The Low Maintenance Garden

If there is one landscape design request I receive more than any other, it’s, “… and I want it to be low maintenance.” Why not? 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 …

In Praise of Mourning Cloaks

Some insects are simply fascinating.  An example of this is the beautiful Mourning Cloak butterfly.  A brown-red butterfly with cream colored edges and blue spots on the wings, Mourning Cloaks are often the first butterflies to appear in spring. Winter Survival Strategies Insects use several different mechanisms to survive the winter including migration, communal living, and diapause, which is a …