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.

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. 

Why Hire a Landscape Designer?

Why Hire a Landscape Designer?

You get a fresh perspective. Your garden designer is a trained professional who works with you to create your dream landscape, tailored to the way you use your property, whether you want a backyard ball field or a comfy entertainment space.

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.

Planning Your Spring Bulb Garden

Planning Your Spring Bulb Garden

Spring bulbs are opening this week in beautiful clumps or drifts of thousands. These crocus, tulips, daffodils and hyacinth will be blooming until the early summer. It's too late to have these in your garden this season but here’s the plan for next season: plan now, order in the summer and plant them in the fall.