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    Landscape Design & Gardening Resource Guide | Ecological and Sustainable Landscapes

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    The Importance of Understanding Climate for a Fine Gardener

    One key aspect of Fine Gardening is knowing and understanding the climate in which you are working. Around here, that means knowing your USDA Plant Hardiness Zone. Wait…what?

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    Preparing for Dept. of Environmental Protection Enforcement Orders: 3 Tips to Minimize the Damage You’ve Done

    Property owners undertaking landscaping projects adjacent to watershed resources or other public property without first making application to the local conservation commission ...

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    Landscape Marketing - How to make sense of all those BUZZWORDS!

    Organic - Natural – Local - Conservation – Preservation - Sustainability What do all these words mean for your landscape? Clever, high-powered marketing is a big part of how the ...

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    Case Study: Straw Hat Park, Medfield, MA

    Turning underutilized public space into a green-oasis “pocket park” Urban blight is not just a problem for major cities. Smaller communities across the nation are also faced with ...

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    What is a CSA & How Does Community Support Help the Environment?

    The visibility of locally-grown food received a significant boost in recent years with the growth in popularity of what has become known as the “farm-to-table” movement. ...

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    The 6 environmental and health benefits of growing your own food

    To some people, it may seem like a stretch to make a connection between gardening and climate change. There is, however, a direct relationship between how we as a nation grow and ...

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    Does planting trees in your yard help fight climate change?

    It seems that every week there’s news directly related to climate change: historic heat in the West; 100-year floods on the Gulf Coast; earlier, more damaging hurricanes affecting ...

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    Why supporting local businesses helps the environment and your community

    We live in an increasingly global community. Digital technology, the Internet, and innovations in transportation have all contributed to making it easy to interact with even the ...

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    How to Rethink Residential Gardening for Climate Change

    Climate change is affecting all things large and small, in ways that are sometimes not so apparent, while in others the impact is readily felt. Gardening is a unique activity in ...

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    10 Smart Ways to Take Action to Reduce Your Home Carbon Footprint

    As the call to action to help slow climate change grows increasingly urgent, average citizens are responding. Many are eager to join the movement to reduce our collective carbon ...

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    Go Hyper-Local to Help Save The Earth

    There is no question that the climate is changing. The real question is, what can we all do about it? For me and The Garden Continuum, the answer was to go hyper-local with our ...

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    Choose the Right Plant for the Right Place in Your Landscape

    One of the most basic mistakes made in the garden, especially by those just starting out, is selecting plants based primarily on whim: “Ooo, that’s a nice flower, or that smells ...

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    The Importance of Understanding Available Sun for Your Garden

    Sunlight – like most critical gardening elements – is highly dynamic. The sun is constantly moving throughout the day, as well as from season to season. Add in human-influenced ...

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    A Fine Gardener Digs into the Truth About Soil

    It’s tough for soil to get any respect. To most people, it’s just dirt. But the truth is, soil is a miracle, a universe unto itself right under our feet. It may seem weird at ...

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    Top 3 Season-Extending Gardening Tips

    If you just love gardens with WOW-Factor, the season always seems to come to an end way too soon. Trees, shrubs, and perennials are traditional favorites for creating layers and ...

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    The 411 on Tree Conservation By-Laws

    After much of New England lost its forests in the early 19th century to agricultural clearing, shipbuilding, and fuel gathering, the region has seen remarkable reforestation and ...

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    Marketing Your Landscape Design Project: 5 Ways to Gain Public Support

    You’re a commercial property owner or developer and you’ve just spent several months and a significant amount of money developing a landscape project to set your property and ...

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    Legacy Landscapes: The Art of Preservation and Conservation

    There are few places in the United States with historical landscapes as rich and diversified as New England. Over the centuries since Europeans first set foot in the New World, ...

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    3 Tips to Design Your Landscape While Complying with Local By-Laws

    If your property is in an environmentally-sensitive area, especially one that abuts a watershed resource, getting a landscaping project approved can be tricky. As we discussed in ...

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    3 Secret Confessions of a Landscape Professional

    When you have worked for a number of years in any profession, there are stories you could tell, mistakes you've made and, yes, even some things to confess. With all of them comes ...

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    What You Need To Know About Local Environmental By-Laws For Landscape Projects

    The Commonwealth of Massachusetts has in place a comprehensive set of rules and regulations to protect the environment, most notably wetlands and other water resources that are ...

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    Getting Smart with Your Commercial Landscape: Why It’s an Essential Part of Your Building

    The business market can be a tough place to find a competitive edge against similar properties and businesses with similar pricing. If you’re a business or property manager trying ...

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    7 Characteristics of the Best Designed Environmentally-Friendly Landscapes

    Property owners who abut public property face a unique set of challenges when it comes to getting a landscaping project approved. Instead of having to contend with just one or two ...

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    What You Need to Know About Dept. of Environmental Protection Regulations Before Starting a Landscape Project

    It is not unusual for property owners to begin work on a landscape project only to run afoul of one or more Massachusetts environmental protection laws designed to protect ...

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    3 Things You Don’t Think About When Designing a Lawn Space

    For almost two centuries the “lawn” has been a standard fixture in the American Landscape. Today everyone simply expects a lawn to be part of their landscape, but the interesting ...

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    Weeds in the Garden: How crazy they make the gardener!

    Weeds, Weeds, and More Weeds: The gardening task that never goes away! More time is spent obsessing on weeds in the garden than anything else. We stress over them, plot to kill ...

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    Is Your Landscape Full of DIRT?

    We all strive to be resilient in our lives by working toward improving our survival skills. That may come in the form of eating well, fitness training, or even gaining new ...

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    7 Reasons to Hire a Professional Landscape Designer

    Opting for the best outcome in your garden As humans we are driven by design in all aspects of our lives. The complexities that arise in designing a garden or a landscape come ...

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    Food Inc & Your Garden

    It was finally time and I felt ready to watch the movie that has been on my NetFlix list for months, yet never made it to my doorstep (because I kept pushing it down the list). ...

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