Landscape Design Tips

Great Inspiration

As summer approaches, I often think of those who have inspired me in the landscape profession. One of my favorites is Beatrix Farrand (1872-1959).   She spent her summers in Maine as a child and then as an adult she made Bar Harbor a permanent residence. While she was educated in the great gardens of Europe, her love of the rocky Maine coast and the…

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Perennial Plant of the Year

Each year the Perennial Plant Association names a new ‘Perennial Plant of the Year’. Plants receive this designation by vote from the members of the association. Plants are chosen based on five criteria: “suitability for a wide range of climate conditions, low-maintenance requirements, relatively pest and disease resistant, readily available in the year of promotion,…

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“New England Grows” Conference

People often ask “what do you do for work during the winter?” While we still have projects coming in to design and estimate, it is much quieter! It gives us time to review the previous year, make plans for improvements, and stay current with the landscape industry. This week our staff will be attending New…

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Winter Landscape

January can be a pretty bleak month once all the holiday decorations are put away. Planting for winter interest in the landscape not only brings color, but often birds.  One of the best shrubs to achieve this duel purpose is Ilex verticillata, better known as Winterberry. Winterberry is native to northern New England mostly growing…

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“Yardscaping”

We are all aware of the term Landscaping, but what about “Yardscaping”? Check out this initiative created by the Maine Department of Agriculture, Conservation and Forestry. http://www.maine.gov/dacf/php/pesticides/yardscaping/index.htm

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How To Work With A Landscape Pro

If you’re ready to get serious about your landscape, it’s important to do it right. Lush lawns and gardens don’t create themselves. Here’s how to work with a landscaping professional for a smooth process and pleasing results. Determine which type of landscape pro suits your needs. Before you get started, you’ll need to determine the…

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