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    The 5 Steps in Thinking through Your Life-Scape

    Here’s a simple but crucial piece of information that anyone interested in their landscape needs to remember: landscapes are living entities. They are complex, integrated ...

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    Why Systems Thinking Makes a Better Landscape

    The landscape conversation is pretty common nowadays. Certainly, every homeowner will consider their landscape at one point or another. Mainstream media and the popular DIY ...

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    Upgrade Your Landscape Maintenance with Fine Gardening

    It’s not uncommon for homeowners to fall out of love with their landscaping. Often, life seems to get in the way and doing “yard work” falls by the wayside as other things capture ...

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    The Landscape Revisited - My most valuable lessons of 2018

    The 2018 growing season is coming to a close. Thanksgiving is behind us and the next holiday season is closing in. In Massachusetts, we’ve already had eight inches of snow dumped ...

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    Grand Landscapes in Compact Spaces

    Do you have a small space to landscape? That doesn’t mean you can’t think big. Many homeowners today find themselves working with smaller lots and bigger houses, often leaving ...

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    First 6 Steps to Create the Garden of Your Dreams

    If you love the outdoors and growing things, I’ll bet that, at one time or another, you’ve dreamed about the perfect garden – what you’d plant, how it would look – and then you ...

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    Understand your landscape by breaking it down into layers

    Your landscape can be a confusing place. As spring’s thaw gradually reveals its details, it can be difficult to comprehend all of the aspects of your gardens and landscape. ...

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    Three Expert Steps To Assess Your Spring Landscape

    March 20th is the first day of spring and each first day of this season can be wildly different from the year before. We’ve had years where we’ve been tucked under six feet of ...

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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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    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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    Tips for Choosing the Right Size Tree for Your Landscape

    Deciduous trees are a versatile, attractive and dynamic element for use in any landscape design because they are powerful players in the environment. These are the trees that have ...

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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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    Learn How to Choose the Best Planning Lead Time for Your Next Landscape Project

    We New Englanders have a tendency to stumble out of our homes after a long, hard winter, blink in the bright sunshine like bears emerging from their dens and say, “Man, the yard ...

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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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    5 Proper Ways to Use Fences in a Landscape

    Fences are one of the most challenging landscape elements. People often install fences without first thinking the project through and the less-than-satisfactory results can range ...

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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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    5 Ways to Reinvent Your Commercial Building’s Landscape

    Commercial landscape development projects can be a high-stakes undertaking. With tens or even hundreds of thousands of dollars in potential rental or leasing revenue at stake, ...

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    5 Driveway Design Tips Guaranteed to Give Your Home the Best Curb Appeal

    When talk turns to ways of improving property value and creating more “curb appeal” – the visual attractiveness easily seen when first driving up to a home  – driveways don’t ...

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    3 Tips for Optimal Placement & Size of Outdoor Landscape Features

    One of the biggest mistakes to make when designing outdoor living spaces is to plunk things down wherever it seems easiest. These seemingly easy or convenient spaces may be ...

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    3 Easy Ways to Integrate Indoor & Outdoor Spaces

    Many homeowners are eager to add outdoor space to their property that integrates nicely with their home. Often this is a great way to expand a home and open up additional living ...

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    2 Questions to Ask Yourself before a Landscape Design Project

    How do I design an outdoor space that is both beautiful and functional? If you’re looking to create an outdoor space suitable for entertaining and relaxation, you should start by ...

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    Shade Gardens

    Shade Gardens - Flowers Accent a Lush Landscape This garden in Wellesley, Mass uses all manner of plants to make this landscape into a lush display of color. The carpet of green ...

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    How to choose the right plant for your landscape.

    Picking Plants is here to help you avoid falling into  the pretty plant trap!

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    Deck Landscaping Ideas

    Decks - The Home to Patio Connection This narrow back yard in Dover, Mass needed a comfortable space for outdoor living. A long transitional deck with open angled steps invites ...

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    Pools - Backyard Pool & Garden Design

    This Canton, MA back yard was overgrown and little used. With kids who love to swim, the homeowners decided now was the time to invest in an outdoor living environment. This yard ...

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    Vines - Wisteria blossoming in May

    This Wisteria floribunda was planted about three years before I met this Newton, MA client. The vine wasn't flowering well and was completely covering this small pergola ...

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    Garden Walkways & Paths Ideas

    Walks & Paths - Oversizing Makes your Statement This beautiful Medfield, Mass home needed a front face lift. By mimicking the white brick front in the risers of the stoop and ...

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    Perennial Landscaping Ideas

    Perennials - Put Your Purple on in the Garden Nothing says "beautiful" better than gardens with color.

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    Good Garden Fences Make Good Landscape Neighbors

    New Englanders have a love-hate relationship with walls and fences.  We want privacy, but we don’t want to offend.  We want connection with our neighbors, but not too much. Then ...

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    Can a Garden Be a Place of Healing?

    Have you ever stepped outside on a stressful day just to gaze at the sky or take a deep breath?    Nature has a profound impact on our well-being and can serve as the canvas to ...

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    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 ...

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    How to Renovate Perennial Gardens - Video

    How to Renovate Perennial Gardens Spring and fall are great times to start exploring edits to your perennial gardens! Whether you are looking to move and divide a few plants, add ...

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    How to Divide Ornamental Grasses

    The Garden Continuum is back in action and excited for the 2012 gardening season! This week we wanted to video blog about ornamental grasses. We love to incorporate grasses in the ...

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    How much sun does your garden have?

    To understand the available sun in your garden, map your shade. Mapping the shade in your landscape is a very useful tool in landscape design. If you want to succeed in your ...

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    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 ...

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    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 ...

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    Learn How To Pick Plants For Your Landscape

    FALL IS AN AMAZING TIME TO PLANT As we move into the cooler, wetter weather of the autumn season, I encourage you to think about planting new plants in your landscape. Maybe you ...

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    Landscape Field Videos: How to Build a Patio- Part Three

    How to Build a Patio: Part Three This week's video on How to Build a Patio concludes with cutting pavers, installing edging, and compacting and adding joint sand. The Dwight Derby ...

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    Landscape Field Videos - How to set a trellis in your garden

    Installing a Garden Trellis TGC's install team demonstrates how to pour concrete around a custom built cedar trellis. Creativity goes a long way to help preserve the integrity of ...

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    How to Choose the Perfect Perennial

    Whether a seasoned gardener or a novice just starting out in the garden, it is inevitable that you will bump into this question:

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    Landscape Design - 3 Design Tools For Planning Your Landscape Project

    Understanding your space will help you fully maximize the potential that exists for your project. There are three mistakes you want to avoid when planning for any landscape ...

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    Home Landscaping Ideas: Building a Storyboard

    How To Develop A Storyboard for your Landscape Project Turning ideas into a buildable vision takes organization. By collecting inspiration you will begin to hone your ideas into a ...

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    Design Lessons on Realizing your Landscape Vision

    No creation was ever realized that wasn’t first a simple idea. The road between a dream and the realization of that dream is paved with clear and measurable steps. Just like ...

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    Winter Garden Interest: A New Way to See the Landscape

    Let's face it if you are living in New England (Massachusetts in particular) you and your garden are buried in snow...multiple feet of it.

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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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    The Empowered Landscape Experience: 5 Ways to Ensure Success

    The magazine Smart Money published an article more than 10 years ago in praise of landscape renovation as a vehicle to improve the resale value of your home. At the time, I neatly ...

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    Landscape Design

    Whether you are planning a landscape from scratch, renovating an old landscape, or just creating a small flower garden, the project should always start with a landscape design. 

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    Easy Versus Simple - Demystifying the Landscaping Process

    Working in the garden has become a passion of the American homeowner. The DIY market it is still booming encouraging every able-bodied human to get out there and start digging, ...

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