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Snow in the Landscape

Here in New England we are so used to all kinds of snow- early snow, light snow, fluffy snow, heavy snow, wet snow, spring snow. Well after 2 Nor’easters in a row, it is a good time to see how spring snow can affect your landscape. When planning a landscape design my first question to…

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Pesticides: Organic vs. Synthetic

As we all become more aware of the environmental impacts farming, gardening, and landscaping have on our waters, habitats, and people lots of folks want to move toward organic methods. ‘Organic’ is a term that has taken on lots of meaning and can be interpreted in different ways. The assumption that going organic is the…

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Rain Garden

What is a Rain Garden? A rain garden is an intentional low spot, or depression designed to collect rainwater runoff. Rainwater runoff occurs when rain lands on surfaces like parking lots, driveways, roofs, or even compacted lawns that can not be absorb by the land. Why collect rainwater runoff? Collecting rainwater runoff prevents water from flowing…

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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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Phenology

As you watch the rivers swell with the melting snow of winter and you feel the temperatures  warm with the onset of spring, know that many plants and animals are paying close attention to these factors as well. The science behind these correlations determines the timing of many events in the environment.   Phenology is the study…

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Pruning and Maple Syrup

Even though the calendar says spring, we are still a ways off from leafy trees and flowering shrubs.  You may not be thinking landscaping, but March is a great time to prune trees and shrubs.  Damage from the windy, snowy winter often creates broken or damaged tree limbs.  Before the trees leaf out you can…

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