Leave the Leaves in the Landscape!

Environmental benefits If you are one of the many people that thinks the fall leaves are beautiful, but hate raking or blowing them to the curb, we have some advice for you…Leave them!  Leaf removal is not only unnecessary, fallen leaves are nature’s mulch and leaving them provides many benefits.  Many insects overwinter in the fallen leaves, including ladybugs and …

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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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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 …

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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:      

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Why Hire a Gardener?

If you are a homeowner with a demanding schedule, an experienced horticulturist is a great asset to your garden. You may have a place you use to relax, entertain, or just enjoy the view from the kitchen window, but sometimes you may not know where and how to start maintaining it or you can’t find the time to keep up …

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 …

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 …

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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 …