Fall Planting?

September through November is the best time for getting the work done that you were putting off in your sustainable landscape. In Fall, many gardeners anticipate putting their tools away and some even pray for a hard frost to put an end to the grueling work of...

What We Do??

After all these years, friends and acquaintances still ask, “what do you do?” or “what is your job?”. This is understandable since most landscape companies focus on lawns, sprinkler systems, mowing and snow plowing. Eco-Building & Forestry...

Soil Tests for the Real World

Did you ever wonder about what the tests proved that you took in school? I know I have! If soil tests seem as elusive in results as your past test scores; this article is for you! A recent client had submitted soil samples from their small farm for analysis. When they...

Creating a Sustainable Pond or Water Feature

Many people like the idea of the sight and sound of water. And why wouldn’t they!? Water is a basic need for life and is hard-wired into our conscience-ness. You can create a long lasting water feature for your home and property and do it in a way that benefits...

Pitfalls Of Pond Advice Over The Phone

I get quite a few calls about what can be done with ponds that have problems. In many cases a hole was just dug in the ground and allowed to fill with water. The property owner’s expectation of a crystal clear spring has turned into a muddy mess! The next...

How Aeration Effects Fish

  Small ponds are difficult to manage.┬áLakes have dynamic forces of wind, water currents, stratification changes and biota that help maintain physical and chemical characteristics of water.┬áPonds are often too small to have all of the natural processes that occur...

Eco-Friendly Concrete Repair

Magnesium cements offer a permanent repair to concrete that uses less energy in production and use than traditional Portland cement. We are seeing increased failures in concrete sidewalks and driveways. Most early degradation of concrete is only caused by two basic...

Green Space On A Diet

We “supersize” nearly everything in America including the food we order, the vehicles we drive and the houses we build. So why not go overboard with our landscapes, parks and green spaces? In many cases, we can no longer afford to build large parks with...

Indoor Plants Bugging You?

I occasionally hear people expound about the virtues of growing plants in greenhouses and inside other structures. “There are no weeds, insects or diseases to deal with” is a universal message from novice greenhouse growers. That could not be further from...

Do it Yourself: Landscape Planning

Many gardeners spend the winter pouring over seed catalogs for spring planting. For many, gardening involves planting a crop that grows for only one season and then is replaced the following year. Gardening requires constant repetition that produces temporary results...