The Hidden Value of Landscaping

The Hidden Value of Landscaping

Most of us understand that a sophisticated landscape design substantially improves our day to day enjoyment of home and property, but it also yields a high return on our investment. Let’s take a look at a few current statistics…

What We Can Do For Butterflies

What We Can Do For Butterflies

Scientists use the absence or presence of the monarch butterfly to measure the health of our ecosystem: both adult and larval stages are highly sensitive to pesticides, climate change and loss of habitat. Here’s what can you do to help.

No Meatballs: the Art of Proper Pruning.

No Meatballs: the Art of Proper Pruning.

Pruning shrubs and ornamental trees can be the most puzzling garden task– not just for new gardeners– but alarmingly, for a good number of lawn care workers, too.

Winter Greens: Westchester’s Native Evergreens

Winter Greens: Westchester’s Native Evergreens

The sparse snow covering this month reveals the dull browns and grays of winter gardens. With a bountiful variety of native evergreens, your landscape need not look bare.

Are My Plants OK? How plants are coping with this strange winter weather.

Are My Plants OK? How plants are coping with this strange winter weather.

With the warmest October and December on record, Westchester and Connecticut are experiencing temperatures more in line with early spring than early winter. So what does this mean for your garden?

Filling the Gaps in The Fall and Winter Garden

Filling the Gaps in The Fall and Winter Garden

At the end of the summer, with beds full of worn out perennials and annuals, sad but resolute gardeners often bid farewell to their color-filled gardens and turn their attention to the fall clean-up. The talk turns to the beautiful autumnal leaves, while inwardly gardeners sulk as they scan the vast expanses of mulch in their formally bountiful flowerbeds. With a little planning and some knowledge of the many magnificent but often less popular plants, gardening can easily become a four season affair. 

When Shrubs Outgrow Their Welcome

When Shrubs Outgrow Their Welcome

As we age, we grow taller and wider (hopefully not too much!). So do our plants. Proper selection, placement and regular pruning are essential for keeping plants the size and shape we want them. If you buy a house and the previous owners never pruned their shrubs, these plants have probably outgrown their welcome. See Does your Garden Have Balls? Shrubs that grow 30’, like yews and hollies, can sometimes be renovated, but they will look like sad sticks for many years.