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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 lots of landscaping interest, but there can be a periodic lapse between flowerings that may cause things to go a little dull.

Topics: home landscape ideas Eco Friendly Landscape

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, the landscape has changed dramatically – from the pre-European open woodlands carefully maintained by the Native Americans to nurture biodiversity for food and shelter, to the thousands of miles of stonewalls and variety of cultivation of the early European settlers, to the recreational and residential landscapes of a growing middle and leisure class.

Today, virtually every New England community has landscapes connected to the past. Old farms from the 18th and 19th centuries, with their meadows, orchards, walls, and shade trees. Estates and facilities from the late 1800s featuring elegant drives and walkways, stately trees, and colorful gardens -- all elaborately designed to showcase the prosperity of the new industrial era.

With increasing environmental awareness there has also come a growing interest in preserving and conserving natural resources and landscapes. Wait a minute, you’re thinking, preserving and conserving? What’s the difference? The short answer is, plenty.

Topics: Eco Friendly Landscape Horticulture Environmental Landscape

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 vital to the public well-being.

Topics: Eco Friendly Landscape Local Landscape Ponds Environmental Landscape

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 immediate neighbors, you’re potentially faced with the entire community which becomes, in a sense, neighbors and can have a say in what you can and cannot do with your landscaping project.

Topics: Eco Friendly Landscape Landscape Site Analysis Understand DEP Regulations Environmental Landscape

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 wetlands, the watershed, or the environment in general. While, more often than not, these violations are unintentional and the result of not being familiar with the law, that does not change the fact that the property owner is in violation and may fall victim to some form of consequence that can become very expensive to resolve.

So how do you successfully complete a landscape project on your property that may be in conflict with Commonwealth of Massachusetts DEP regulations?

Topics: Eco Friendly Landscape landscape renovation Commercial Landscapes Understand DEP Regulations

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 landscape industry entices consumers to buy products. The buzzwords in these marketing campaigns fuel our motivation to buy, buy, buy; but do we really know what we are buying; do we even know if those products are right for our very personal use?

Let’s start with appealing descriptive words like “organic” and/or “natural.” These seemingly simple words get plastered across product packaging and are supposed to appeal to our sense of health consciousness and/or our environmental sophistication. Do you know the difference? Is natural better than organic or vice versa?

Topics: Eco Friendly Landscape Sustainable Design

Is Your Landscape Full of DIRT?

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 employable skills. All living beings want to survive, plants are no different. So why do you think your plants suffer so much through dry spells?

Topics: Eco Friendly Landscape sustainability Horticulture Garden Tips Sustainable Design

How important is WATER to your garden?

Gardens Can't Survive Without Water

No matter what side of the global warming debate you fall on, the June temperatures contributed to a record-warm first half of the year and the warmest 12-month period the nation has experienced since recordkeeping began in 1895. July looks on track to continue that trend!

Topics: Eco Friendly Landscape Garden Tips Garden Watering

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). Food, Inc.

Topics: Eco Friendly Landscape Sustainable Design Local Landscape