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There are very few slow days at a Blade of Grass – we're busy designing and maintaining Boston's most beautiful properties. Below are some of the recent highlights of our work, design awards, Boston landscaping events, press mentions, and general Blade happenings. For more Blade news, be sure to follow us out on Facebook and Instagram.
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Whole New Ballgame | Boston Common

Want a peek inside (and outside) the Wellesley home that was custom built by former Red Sox outfielder Carl Crawford? Yeah, we thought you might. It’s featured in the latest edition of Boston Common (pgs 54-55). For this project we teamed up with New England Design & Construction to update the home’s exterior, adding lots of natural stone, a fire pit, and an outdoor basketball court that converts to an ice-skating rink for the Massachusetts winters. Our plantings include long-blooming, white-flowering hydrangea like Quick Fire and Grandiflora. Larger evergreen screening trees, such as green giant arborvitae and Canadian hemlock, were planted, along with shade trees like sugar maples and river birch. Download the pdf version.

Lincoln Estate Wins APLD’s Gold Award for Residential Design | APLD

Lincoln Estate Wins APLD’s Gold Award for Residential Design | APLD

a Blade of Grass has been awarded APLD’s 2020 Gold Award for Residential Design for the design and installation of our “Lincoln Estate” property. The APLD International Landscape Design Awards Program honors excellence in landscape design. Projects in eight different categories are judged on the basis of difficulty, craftsmanship, attention to detail and execution. We are, obviously, immensely honored and proud of our amazing designers and our installation and maintenance crews. Check out the photo gallery and project description of this beautiful property.

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Our Certified Irrigation Technician | Wellesley Weston Magazine

The Wellesley Weston Magazine gave a nice callout to our Irrigation and Lighting Manager, Abdul Abuhajeb for achieving the status of Certified Irrigation Technician from the Irrigation Association. Abdul’s passion for reducing waste water and improving system efficiency led him to create Blade’s “SMART Irrigation Plan” that has been implemented on many of our clients properties. The plan leverages an in-depth understanding of the property topography, and includes multiple checks per season, applying appropriate materials, and utilizing WIFI controllers to connect to local weather stations, thus customizing the watering schedule.

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A Perfect City Courtyard | Boston Design Guide

One of our favorite “city” properties is featured by Boston Design Guide this month. This diamond-in-the-rough back patio in the heart of Boston’s South End was in rough shape when we got the call. But we think you’ll agree, the transformation is remarkable and we’re thrilled BDG noticed. Read their take on this unique project in their Inspiring Projects section. Be sure to check out our transformations gallery to see more of this property and many before and after shots. We know you’ll love what you see!

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Blade Wins Best of Houzz 2020 in Design | Houzz

Proud to announce that a Blade of Grass has been awarded “Best of Houzz 2020 in Design” from Houzz, our favorite web resource for landscape and home design. This award holds special meaning for us as we take great pride in the designs we create for our clients. If you have a moment, check out our portfolios and featured articles on Houzz and be sure leave a comment or like. And don’t forget to see our other awards.

Giving Back to Heifer International 2019

Giving Back in 2019 | Heifer International

For the past several years, a Blade of Grass has been contributing to Heifer International – an amazing organization that’s “working to end hunger and poverty around the world by providing livestock and training to struggling communities.” Each year we give an amount based on our team head count and business metrics, and then an additional contribution for each client referral. We’re excited to relay that our donation for 2019 is: 39 flocks of chickens, 3 goats, and 1 alpaca! If you would like to learn more about Heifer’s programs, or make a donation, please check out their website.

First Annual Holiday House Ideas Tour | Southborough Historical Society

First Annual Holiday House Ideas Tour | Southborough Historical Society

The Southborough Historical Society Presents the 1st Annual Holiday House Ideas Tour. Saturday, November 30, 2019. 12:00-4:00 pm. Take a tour of some of Southborough’s finest homes, decorated for the holiday season. This is your chance to be inspired by great design and decor and get you into a festive mood! Tickets can be purchased at @atnumber10 during regular store hours or at the Museum on Sundays 12-2pm. Tickets are $30 in advance and all money goes to the Southborough Historical Society. Cash or credit is accepted. More information here.


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