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Through all the negative things that happened in 2020, there was plenty that occurred as a result that was inspiring. The green industry alone saw an activity spike that included such things as enthusiasm for growing vegetables at home, garden centers sold out of just about everything, and a wait of months to get playsets installed as families remained at home and spent the summer outside.
Does the thought of not raking, blowing, piling, bagging, and disposal of all those Fall leaves make you jump for joy? Good! Ditch the rake and do the right thing – mulch those leaves right back into your lawn, the way nature intended. By mulching and returning the leaves back into the turf canopy we create a healthy environment for the lawn to thrive in and absorb throughout the winter, preparing the lawn for the arrival of Spring.
Spring bulbs are wonderful in every way. Many of them bloom early, while most other plants haven’t dared to break bud. They have interesting shapes, colors, and textures and there is something magical about the fact that they are planted in the fall and then lay dormant until they poke up through the earth at the first sign of the spring thaw.
Autumn is truly when New England shines. So many quintessential pieces of the area’s identity come out in fall: apple picking, the Patriots, and of course the amazing foliage transformations. But changing leaves aren’t the only source of color in the fall garden. Here are a few of my favorite ways to brighten the landscape in autumn.
There are countless shrubs to choose from, with more being developed yearly by plant breeders. It’s tempting to fall for the newest or shiniest variety, but it’s wise to build the structure of your garden with tried and true performers. For me, there are three flowering shrubs that stand out amongst the landscape, as it were.
We all have an ancestral connection with fire that persists, even as technology plays an ever-increasing role in our day-to-day life. Fire is elemental, essential - it gathers us round to inspire with its dazzling dance, protect for the unknown in the dark, and soothe our psyches with its warm embrace. As landscape designers, we love to include fire features — pits, bowls, rings, and even grills — for exactly these reasons.
In 2009, a Blade of Grass began work on a beautiful home in Wellesley, Massachusetts. The 1916 house had recently been renovated, and as part of that process, the front portico was rebuilt and extended. While beautifully done (though maybe a little bit imposing in scale) the portico now landed directly upon a worn asphalt driveway that had been cut and patched when new utilities were installed.
Are you tired of tending to your perennials to keep them looking good throughout the growing season? What if I told you there's a plant that needs care only once a year and requires only that you cut it down? And that once established, you don’t even need to water it? Yes, it’s true, this unicorn exists! It’s not just one plant; it’s a family of plants: ornamental grasses.
Clients often request “no maintenance" or "low maintenance” plantings for the design of their garden. Let’s just agree right off the bat that there is no such thing as a no maintenance garden. Even if you cover your land with a pad of concrete it still needs to be swept occasionally, to keep from building up debris. Low maintenance, on the other hand, is a goal that can be achieved.
When you get down to it, the landscape design process is really about creating solutions to solve the challenges Mother Nature throws our way – trees to provide screening and shade, flowering shrubs that won’t be eaten by deer, perennials that can survive hungry rabbits, and so on.
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