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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 hard-won knowledge and experience that can serve you well if you pay attention.

Topics: Ecological and Sustainable Landscapes Designing Gardens and Landscapes Landscape and Garden Maintenance

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: Ecological and Sustainable Landscapes Water In The Landscape Commercial and Public Landscapes

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 to convince upper management of the value of investing more in the building landscape, here are three tips to help plead your case:

Topics: Ecological and Sustainable Landscapes Commercial and Public Landscapes

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: Ecological and Sustainable Landscapes Designing Gardens and Landscapes

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: Ecological and Sustainable Landscapes Designing Gardens and Landscapes Commercial and Public Landscapes

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 thing about them is they are neither native nor sustainable. If you’ve ever struggled with maintaining a lawn, you know first-hand what a resource drain they can be. Often lawns are a kneejerk reaction to empty space – if contractors or homeowners don’t know what to do with an open piece of ground, they make it a lawn.  So how can you design a lawn space into your landscape without all the negative aspects?

Topics: Home Landscape Ideas Ecological and Sustainable Landscapes Landscape and Garden Maintenance

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 them, pull at them, dig them out, string trim them, curse them, and still they come back. What is it about weeds in the landscape that makes us all so insane?

Topics: Ecological and Sustainable Landscapes Landscape and Garden Maintenance

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: Ecological and Sustainable Landscapes

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: Ecological and Sustainable Landscapes Horticulture In The Garden Landscape and Garden Maintenance

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: Ecological and Sustainable Landscapes Landscape and Garden Maintenance