Category: Landscaping

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 »

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 »

How to Properly Prune Your Garden

How to Properly Prune Your Garden

For novice gardeners, one of the hardest things to learn to do is how to prune your garden effectively because, let’s face it, it doesn’t feel natural to cut away at a living plant! But pruning is an important step in keeping your garden healthy and thriving, so here are some tips to help you… Read more »

Much Ado About Mulch

Much Ado About Mulch

Mulch is the icing on the cake of our flowerbeds and trees. It adds an aesthetically pleasing touch to landscaping projects that would otherwise look bare and unfinished. What many amateur lawn care enthusiasts don’t realize, however, is that mulch performs a number of important practical functions as well. We don’t just mulch because it… Read more »

5 Tips for Caring for Grass in Shaded Areas

5 Tips for Caring for Grass in Shaded Areas

A shaded lawn can make for a lovely setting to relax on a hot summer afternoon, but it can also present some unique lawn-care challenges. Most grasses require between six to eight hours of prolonged sunlight in order to thrive. Without enough light, grasses will thin, wither and have trouble recuperating from seasonal damage. By… Read more »

The Case for Overseeding

The Case for Overseeding

As your lawn ages, a number of factors can conspire to cause your grasses to thin and wither. Soil compaction can effectively suffocate root systems, drought can starve your lawn of water, and shade can make it difficult for certain grass species to thrive. If you find your lawn struggling with any of these issues,… Read more »

Tips for Maintaining an Eco-Friendly Lawn

Tips for Maintaining an Eco-Friendly Lawn

As environmental concerns have come to the forefront of society’s collective consciousness, homeowners around the world have been making a concerted effort to mitigate their impact on local ecosystems. In the past decade, the “greenness” of lawns has taken on a whole new meaning to reflect this marked shift in priorities. In this entry, we’ll… Read more »

Controlling Ground Ivy in your Lawn

Controlling Ground Ivy in your Lawn

Ground Ivy, colloquially known as creeping Charlie, is a fast growing, highly invasive member of the mint family that can overtake an entire lawn if left unchecked. The plant’s extensive, hardy root systems make it very hard to effectively remove by hand. Some homeowners struggle year after year to maintain control over persistently creeping ground… Read more »

Why Install Landscape Lighting? Why Not!

Landscape Lighting

Here in Massachusetts, we can hardly remember the last time we saw the ground. We’re pretty sure it’s still there, buried somewhere under a few fathoms of snow pack, but really it’s anybody’s guess at this point. If not for the warm guiding light of our landscape lamps, we might have lost the car in… Read more »