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Why Your Yard Matters: The Braintree Homeowner’s Guide

A yard is so much more than the patch of grass that separates your front door from the street. Your yard is part of your share in the American dream, a place where you can make a statement about what’s meaningful to you. Some lawns are very traditional. You’ll see lush expanses of carefully mowed green grass edged by manicured hedges and flower beds where every blossom knows its place. These yards speak volumes about the homeowner’s appreciation of the finer things, classic style and an attention to detail in even the smallest things. Some homeowners take great pride and devote tremendous energy into creating this look on their own; others call in their Braintree lawn service to create this exacting style. Other lawns are more whimsical and carefree. Flowerbeds, ornamental plantings and even herb and vegetable gardens share space with children’s swing sets and playhouses. Green grass is important too: it’s important to have your Braintree lawn service plant especially hardy varieties of grass in high traffic areas. Because many children and pets have sensitivities to chemicals, there are all natural landscaping products for fertilizing and pest control available; ask for these to be used if this issue concerns you. Your lawn communicates what type of people live in the home. It’s truly a form of self expression. What do you want to say to the world around you, from the neighbors who see your place every day to random people driving through Braintree? You have the ultimate control over this. Working with your Braintree landscape designer, you can truly have a beautiful yard that represents everything you...

Dream Season Starts Now: Massachusetts Yard & Garden Plans

After a long, dry summer, we’ve enjoyed the jewel tone exuberance of a Massachusetts autumn. The leaves are whirling in the wind and the temperature drops a little more each day. You know what that means: it’s time to head indoors and start the joyous process of creating next year’s landscape plans. Here’s what Boston area homeowners have been thinking about: The Edible Landscape: The interest in local fruits, vegetables and herbs continues to be strong. What could be more local than growing your own? You can enjoy the benefits of gardening without needing to transform your property into a mini-farm. Work with your landscape designer to create manageable raised beds, add fruiting trees and bushes to the yard, or adding a small greenhouse to keep things fun and simple. Drought Hardy Plantings: One dry summer is more than enough to convince many Western MA homeowners of the value of using hardy native plants in the landscape. Grasses, shrubs, and other ornamental plantings that didn’t make it through last year’s rough conditions will need to be replaced. Now is the time to research what you’d like to have instead. Use Pinterest to collect images of plantings and gardens you find particularly compelling. Your Boston landscape designer can help you make them happen! Bringing The Outdoors In: Whether you fall in love with the flowers you see on vacation or want to bring the natural landscape in, transition areas such as porches, patios and terraces are playing an increasingly important role in Boston landscape plans. No space is too small to be beautiful! Custom designed window boxes and entranceways have...

Landscape Service Makes It Safer for Seniors To Live Independently

“I’d like to tell you I don’t worry about Mom, but I do,” Marie said. “She lives all the way out in Hanover, and it’s a good three hour drive from my home. She’s getting up there in age, and I worry about people who try to take advantage of seniors.” Marie’s mother, Maryanna, used to take care of her own lawn care, but that’s changed over the past few years. “Her hip hurts when she gets on the riding mower,” Marie said. “So she put the job off and off and off…when I stopped in to visit her I was shocked at how tall the grass had gotten.” A change in landscaping standards is the sort of visual cue that thieves and other bad people look for when deciding what homes to target. Going from a lawn where the grass being continually mowed, with the edges trimmed and shrubberies well maintained to a state where things have clearly been let go can indicate an absent homeowner or a homeowner who is no longer able to take care of things – in other words, a home that will be easier to rob than one occupied by an active, aware homeowner. “I told Mom things couldn’t get like that for her safety, and she asked what was I going to do, drive up every week and mow the grass?” Marie laughed. “As much as I would love to be able to do that for Mom, that’s not a realistic option. So I called the Hanover landscape company to see how they could help.” By providing regular mowing and other lawn...

How To Tell If Your Grass is Dead or Dormant

Marshfield homeowners have been having a hard time lately. A very hot summer combined with severe drought conditions have combined to wreak havoc on local lawns. Once green yards are now khaki-colored and dry. As landscape contractors, we’re hearing about it. People are worried that their grass is dead, but that panic may be premature. Here’s the thing: grass can be an incredibly resilient plant. Some varieties, including Kentucky Bluegrass, Tall Fescue, and Zoysia can tolerate prolonged drought conditions and still look pretty good. You may have noticed your Marshfield lawn service mowing less often this year, or leaving the grass a little longer than usual: these strategies help grass retain moisture, helping them survive these dry conditions. Here is Western Massachusetts, a lot of the grasses people have in their yards are cool weather grasses. These varieties will go dormant when they’re not getting enough moisture. When grass is dormant, it looks like it is dead. It will be brown and crunchy and by all appearances look like it is no longer alive. If your lawn is dead, you’re going to be sad until you reseed the lawn and new grass grows. Your Marshfield landscape designer can help you select grass and ground covers that are hardy enough to survive our challenging growing conditions. But if your lawn is not dead and is merely dormant, you don’t need to plant more grass. Your grass will recover its normal green appearance and begin growing again once it receives an adequate supply of water. To tell if your grass is dead or dormant requires patience. We’re all waiting for these...

Stressed About Your Shrubs in Scituate?

The drought’s been having a significant impact on landscapes here in Scituate and throughout Western Massachusetts. While many people have done what they could to keep lawns watered, trees and shrubs haven’t been as lucky. Drought stress in shrubs looks like curled leaves, dropped leaves, a yellow or bleached appearance, and other signs of distress. When a shrub is struggling with the impact of a drought, it is more vulnerable to damage from insects and diseases. The first remedy available to the homeowner is irrigation. Your Scituate lawn service can tell you that the best way to water shrubs is slowly, over a prolonged period. Letting the water soak in and penetrate to the shrub’s root system takes time: plan on devoting between 10-15 gallons of water per shrub twice per week to rehabiliate very stressed shrubs; if the shrub is not as stressed, you may be able to extend that watering schedule to once every five days. Don’t be afraid to prune your shrubs. During a significant drought, such as we’re having right now, cutting shrubs back by up to a third can make a meaningful reduction in the plant’s need for water and allow it to make the most of limited water. Remove dead and dying branches. Leave, as much as possible, the canopy of leaves at the top of the shrub in place. These provide valuable shade which keeps the remainder of the shrub for becoming scorched. If your shrub looks like it has died completely, have your Scituate lawn service prune it back so it’s only 6 inches tall or so. This technique, combined with...

Drought & The Hingham Lawn

We’ve had a long, dry summer. There was very little rain in June, July was very hot, and August combined both heat and dryness into a punishing summer scorcher for our lawns. Water is in short supply throughout our region, and some towns are actually in danger of running out of water for people to use in their homes. These drought conditions can be very tough on your lawn. Some varieties of grass, such as Bermuda, are tough enough to stand up to the heat and dry for a while, but they’re being put to the test by this prolonged drought. Other types of grass that aren’t as hardy just don’t stand a chance. So there you are, standing in your Hingham yard, looking at your scorched lawn, wondering what to do about the brown, crunchy grass and bare patches of earth. Step one is taking a deep breath. There are many things we can control in this world, but the amount of rain that falls from the sky is not one of them. The entire region is suffering with this weather, so if you’re worried about how your lawn compares to the rest of the neighborhood, rest assured, you’re not alone. Step two is to call your Hingham landscaping contractor. This year’s a done deal: the time is now to plan and plant for a better lawn next year. Here are some things you will want to talk to them about: determining if your grass is truly dead or just dormant. Dormant grass will come back to life when the rains return, while dead grass stays dead. If...

Bring Landscape Designer in Early For Best Results

When you’re building a home, you want it to have a great yard. After pouring your time and energy into creating the house of your dreams, you need a landscape that supports and enhances your enjoyment of it!It’s a good idea to bring your landscape designers in early, according to BuilderOnline.com. Home and landscape design work hand in hand. When your architect is deciding where the windows should go, part of the consideration is the view – the purview, in part, of your landscape designer. Strategically considering how you’ll use your home and extending that functionality into the outdoors is the epitome of good design – which is why some people get to step out of their bedrooms onto a beautiful private porch surrounded with gorgeous, fragrant flowers. Those experiences don’t just happen; they’re designed and by working with the right professionals, you can have them designed for your home. Custom landscape design in Hingham can make outdoor living accessible for people with mobility challenges. If someone in your family uses a wheelchair, cane, or other mobility aid to get around,let your landscape designer know. Plans can be fully customize to make the lawn area accessible and enjoyable for everyone. A well-placed bench can encourage people to spend time outside, which is good for both their physical and mental health. Shade features are also important, and can be installed to help people easily get out of the sun when they’d like to. Working with a landscape designer saves you money. Because you can draw on their expertise when selecting varieties of grass, trees, shrubberies and other plantings, you avoid...

Family Friendly Landscape Design in Braintree

“There are some truly beautiful homes here in Braintree,” Dana said. “Their landscaping is flawless. But we have three kids, and I want to be able to have them enjoy playing outside. Is there such a thing as family friendly landscape design?” Children love to play outdoors, and having open green spaces for active play is great for developing young bodies and minds. Working with a landscape designer, you can create a plan for your property that includes areas for children’s play as well as features that ensure your home fits in with neighborhood norms. Landscaping plans can be created using zones, based on what parts of your property are visible to the neighbors, as well as people driving by. Every family has different comfort levels: some people like to have very private spaces for their children to play, while others prefer a more open landscape. Your landscape designer will learn your preferences and make recommendations regarding fencing, hedges, or even masonry walls to provide the experience you’d like to have your children to have. The selection of plants in your landscape design makes a huge difference in family friendliness as well. Integrating attractive edibles, such as raspberries, grapes, or even cherry tomatoes can give kids a safe ‘pick and eat’ experience right in their yards. Ornamental plantings can boost curb appeal, while adding color, grace and elegance to your yard. When you’re meeting with your Braintree landscape designer, they’re going to want to know your style preferences. An easy way to communicate this is to save pictures of yards and gardens you really like to boards on Pinterest;...