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Estimating the Cost of a Patio

Even through these snowy winter days, we can’t help but plan 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 project may …

So you want to raise chickens…

Do you have a child asking for pets that are just going to become another responsibility and give nothing in return? Are you interested in edible landscaping? Do you like the idea of eating locally? If any of the above apply to you, consider raising chickens. Chickens are cute, can teach children responsibility, and provide fresh eggs! So if you …

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 …

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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 …

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 …

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” …

Update: Monarch Populations

Last September, I wrote an article on Monarch butterfly migration and noted that Monarch butterfly populations are in severe decline. In fact, the winter of 2013 recorded the lowest population of butterflies returning to Mexico ever with populations reduced by 90% over the last 25 years. So this year, as summer draws to a close and these incredible insects prepare …

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.