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Gardening is one of the best ways to enjoy seasonal change.  As everything slows down and goes to sleep for winter, a break from the garden can be a nice change. But before long we crave the colors, fragrances and foliage of the garden.  We can't shorten the winter, bu...

Cut branches of early blooming shrubs and trees to force inside.  The earliest blooming plants, such as Forsythia, Witch Hazel and Pussy Willow can be forced in February, but it is better to wait until March for Serviceberry, Crabapple, Magnolia and Redbuds. Choose a d...

Attracting birds is a great way to enjoy your garden in winter. If you locate birdbaths and feeders where you can view them from different rooms in your home, all sorts of birds will enliven the winter garden with color and activity.

A squirrel-proof feeder wi...

The first step to creating a well-designed project is to gather detailed and accurate information about the site.  A thorough site inspection helps us to understand the characteristics of your site and provides insight that can inform a unique design tailored to your i...

Snow is so lovely as it blankets the ground and rests on branches. But heavy snow can cause evergreen branches to bend and break under its weight.  Carefully lift and gently shake the snow off evergreens to ensure they maintain their beauty and shape when the snow has...

September is the best time to tend to lawns. Aerate, compost, feed and over-seed existing lawns and seed new ones. If you only fertilize once/year, now is the ideal time.

Divide and transplant spring-blooming perennials.

Start cleaning up for fall by removing weeds and d...

One of the joys of August is when the air fills with the fragrance of Clethra (commonly known as Summersweet). If you are taking a walk in the woods and notice a strong sweet smell, chances are you’ve stumbled upon a wild patch of this east-coast native. Clethra is als...

A garden rich with butterflies and other pollinators is a sign of a healthier environment and adds to the visual experience with movement and color.  Seek out plants that are more attractive to pollinators, such as native species and old-fashioned varieties.  Strive to...

How to water new plantings by hand, soaker hose or drip irrigation

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