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Podcast: Monique Allen | LifeScaper and Dream Builder

How cool is this? I was featured on a   podcast  this spring! As a business owner, I'm always thinking about how to do business better. And, as a landscape professional, I am committed to improving the services we deliver so that we can be sure that our clients are getting outstanding results. To that end, I spend a fair amount of my winter researching new ideas and innovations so that I can improve The Garden Continuum's practices. 
 
It was during one of these afternoon research sessions that I stumbled upon a podcast called the   Hub of Success. I listened to a couple of episodes and thought, wow, this is a cool show! So, I decided to research the host. Low and behold...he's a fellow Armenian...so I was immediately intrigued. Come to find out he's also the owner of an IT business called,   Applied Synergy Group ... and down the rabbit hole, I went. I invited him out to visit TGC and give us a pitch on how we could improve our IT experience. Turns out, David Elmasian is a passionate business enthusiast and his podcast is dedicated to highlighting businesses that are pushing the envelope of status quo to reach new plateaus of success. We hit it off like long lost cousins in a flash and ended up entrenched in a vibrant discussion about business. So, he invited me to be his guest and   I'm sharing the session with you here!
Topics: Building A Better Landscape Business Business Organization Sales & Marketing

6 Things to Ensure the Perfect Garden Bed Edges

If you’re a gardener or a homeowner with foundation beds, perennial beds or mixed planting borders, chances are you’re already familiar to some degree with the task of edging – the creation of a defining line between one landscape feature and another, such as a lawn and a garden. There is nothing quite like a beautifully cut edge that adds clear boundaries, definition, and neatness to a landscaped area. 
Topics: Building A Better Landscape Business Commercial and Public Landscapes Landscape How-To Videos

7 Habits of Successful Waterers

The single most important resource in landscape care is water. In varying degree all plants need water to survive and thrive. So it stands to reason that my single biggest frustration as a landscape professional is convincing landscape owners to pay attention to watering. So much time, money, and frustration can be saved with just a little attention toward proper watering practices.

Topics: Building A Better Landscape Business Landscape and Garden Maintenance

Landscape Field Videos: How to Prune a Yew

Yew = Taxus in Latin

...and there are many species to choose from. This plant however gets pretty bad reviews time and time again from home and business owners. It is unfair really, because its "ugliness" is not its fault at all! Yews look ugly because they are pruned incorrectly ALL THE TIME! They are sheared to within an inch of their lives - into balls, cones, and even squares. Now what plant out in nature ever grew into the shape of a square? No wonder these poor plants are loathed. Just look at this natural shape and size. What's not to love? This plant is totally hand pruned.

Topics: Building A Better Landscape Business Landscape and Garden Maintenance

How to Build a Walkway - Landscape Video Blog

How to Build a Walkway

The Garden Continuum's Design/Build Team finished up a patio project last week in Wellesley. In order to connect the new patio in the backyard, we installed a pea-stone walkway that connects the front of the house to the back patio. Check out the video and pictures below to see the process.

Topics: Home Landscape Ideas Hardscape Features In The Landscape Designing Gardens and Landscapes Building A Better Landscape Business

How to Edge Your Lawn

How to Edge a Garden Bed

April is quickly coming to a close and The Garden Continuum has been very busy with landscape renovations, projects and maintenance. This week, TGC's video blog focuses on how to edge your lawn and garden beds. Check out the video below for some great tips.

Topics: Building A Better Landscape Business Landscape and Garden Maintenance

Landscape Field Videos: How to Transplant a Shrub

How to Transplant a Shrub

This week, The Garden Continuum demonstrates how to transplant a shrub. Fall is perfect for renovating your gardens and with the cooler weather, your shrubs and trees transplant with far less stress. Check out the video below to see a recent transplant.

Topics: Home Landscape Ideas Designing Gardens and Landscapes Building A Better Landscape Business Landscape and Garden Maintenance

Landscape Field Videos: Small Spaces-Big Garden Potential

Creating Curb Appeal: Small Spaces-Big Garden Potential

This week, The Garden Continuum shares with you a one day landscape project that transformed a small city garden. We are all faced with space challenges in the landscape and TGC thought this video may help give you some ideas when it comes to tackling your own projects.

Topics: Home Landscape Ideas Designing Gardens and Landscapes Building A Better Landscape Business Landscape and Garden Maintenance

Landscape Field Videos: How to Plant a Tree

How to Plant a Tree

Fall has arrived in New England! With the cooler weather upon us, planting season is in full swing. This week, The Garden Continuum demonstrates how to plant a tree. Check out the steps involved in the video below. We hope this season leaves you time to think about your own yard and what changes you want to make to it. Whether you planting trees, shrubs or transplanting perennials, Fall is the perfect time to plant!

Topics: Home Landscape Ideas Horticulture In The Garden Building A Better Landscape Business Landscape and Garden Maintenance

How to Straighten a Damaged Ornamental Tree

How to Straighten a Damaged Tree

In the wake of Hurricane Irene, The Garden Continuum has been cleaning up tons of tree damage. While Irene did destroy many shrubs and trees, she also left us with the wounded. This week, TGC shows you how to straighten trees that have been blown over by strong winds.

Topics: Home Landscape Ideas Building A Better Landscape Business Landscape and Garden Maintenance