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 looks terrible! We need to spruce things up, maybe think about some new gardens, a tree or even an updated patio…” 

The problem is that people don’t think about landscaping until the weather takes a turn toward warmer, blue-sky days and they feel comfortable outside. And that’s exactly the WRONG time to start in on planning a landscape project.

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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 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?

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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 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.

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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 some much needed color, or renovate an entire garden bed, the cooler weather makes it an ideal time to redesign. This week, The Garden Continuum video blog discusses the perennial garden renovation process and shares some how-to tips to help you in your own gardens. Thanks for watching!

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How to Divide Ornamental Grasses

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 landscape but over time they can become overgrown and less attractive. Spring is a great time to dig them up and divide. Check out the video below for some how-to tips.

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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 shrubs and trees transplant with far less stress. Check out the video below to see a recent transplant.

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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 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.

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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 cohesive narrative.

The design process always starts with a vision.

The design process is sure to feel overwhelming when ideas are crashing up against development questions and budget concerns. It is important to build the vision without clouding the process up with questions like...
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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 putting one foot in front of the other leading you to a destination, building a landscape, no matter its size, requires completing a set of tasks that will ensure a positive outcome.

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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 from the necessary intersection of multiple disciplines in order to address all the layers that abound in nature. To succeed you need to have some proficiency with numerous fields of study: horticulture, soil biology, engineering, and art to name a few.

Most humans have an innate draw, and some a natural ability, to work on the land - to build things, to plant things and to imagine beauty. This has given rise to the booming Do It Yourself  (DIY) market and is a wonderful aspect of our culture that professionals should embrace and nurture especially in this difficult economy. Often the mistake is for the professional and the amateur to stay separated when their cooperation would improve outcomes all around.

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