Category: Landscaping

5 Great Plants for Gardening in the Shade

5 Great Plants for Gardening in the Shade

When it comes to gardening, you have to work with what you’ve got. Soil, sun, climate – all of these things come into play when you decide what to plant in your garden. If you have a shady yard, check out these 5 great plants that don’t need direct sunlight. Bleeding heart Planting bleeding heart… Read more »

Protecting Trees and Shrubs From Winter Damage

Protecting Trees and Shrubs From Winter Damage

Although most of the trees in our area are well-adapted to cold weather, the winter can still pose a threat to your plantings, particularly if they’re young or weakened by disease. Extreme cold, harsh winds and heavy snowfall can all cause damage to trees and shrubs, but there are steps homeowners can take to protect… Read more »

Attracting Pollinators to Your Garden

Attracting Pollinators to Your Garden

Looking for creative new ways to improve the health of your garden? Sure, you keep it irrigated and make sure to prune it frequently, but have you thought about the insects that make your garden bloom? Hummingbirds, butterflies, bees and other pollinators will help your garden, and the gardens of your neighbors, flourish throughout the… Read more »

Robomow Might Be the Most Fun Way to Mow Your Lawn

Robomow Might Be the Most Fun Way to Mow Your Lawn

As much as we take pride in our landscaping efforts, for most of us mowing the lawn is still more of a chore than a pleasant pastime. Thanks to the engineers who designed the Robomow, however, you might actually be able to enjoy mowing your lawn. Robomow’s mowers are a sort of cross between a… Read more »

The Northeast Is Facing Its Worst Drought in Years

The Northeast Is Facing Its Worst Drought in Years

For the past several years, much of the West Coast has been gripped by a devastating drought that has compromised crop yields and forced communities to carefully ration water. Now, a new drought has taken hold on the other side of the country in the Northeast. In places like western New York, Massachusetts and southern… Read more »

Freshening Your Lawn After the Thaw

Freshening Your Lawn After the Thaw

With spring just around the corner, you are probably getting antsy to get outside again. As the season changes and takes with it the snowbanks, you also can see some noticeable changes in your lawn. Although it is tempting to go out and get started on beautifying your lawn on the first hint of a… Read more »

Could Your Lawn Care Expenses be Tax Deductible?

Could Your Lawn Care Expenses be Tax Deductible?

Tax season is in full swing, and if you’re like most Americans you’re probably looking for any opportunity you can to deduct expenses from your taxable income. If you’re a homeowner, chances are you’ve invested hundreds or even thousands of dollars in the care and maintenance of your lawn over the course of the past… Read more »

The Trouble With Landscaping Fabric

The Trouble With Landscaping Fabric

You probably see them every year at your local garden supply store. Rolls and rolls of synthetic, usually plastic barriers that promise to keep weeds at bay and minimize the maintenance of your garden. At first glance, landscaping fabric might seem like an ideal solution to an age old problem. But does it deliver? Many… Read more »

Is Your Grass Dead or Just Dormant?

Is Your Grass Dead or Just Dormant?

This time of year, you may notice that your grass has started to turn from a dark green to a light brown. In some circumstances, this might be cause for concern. Brown, lifeless grass can be a sign of pest activity, a chemical imbalance in the soil or diseased grass. Now, however, as we approach… Read more »

Don’t Forget to Water in the Fall

Don't Forget to Water in the Fall

We’re already halfway through September and summer is almost at an end. That means it’s time to start rethinking our lawn-care strategy for the fall. This is an excellent opportunity to prepare your lawn for dormancy in the winter so it will come back green and healthy when spring rolls around. As the relentless heat… Read more »

The Unique Virtues of Push Reel Mowers

The Unique Virtues of Push Reel Mowers

These days, gas-powered lawnmowers are about as ubiquitous as driveway basketball hoops and SUVs in American suburbia. You might see the occasional homeowner mowing their postage stamp lawn with an electric alternative, but by and large gas-powered motors are the norm. Just a few short decades ago, however, the push reel mower reigned supreme. You… Read more »

Managing the Effects of a Drought on Your Lawn

Managing the Effects of Drought on Your Lawn

For first-time homeowners, it can be tricky to know how to handle your lawn during a drought, and if you don’t know what you’re doing it’s easy to overwater. Here are some easy ways to protect your lawn during a drought and avoid watering too much, or too little. You have two options when it… Read more »