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...

What Do You Do All Winter?

I put on my fuzzy slippers and eat bonbons all day! Not quite! Landscapes that create measurable benefits for others aren’t created overnight. While other landscapers are out plowing snow during the winter, I’ll spend the coldest months planning out the...

Weather Forecasting: Is it All About the Money?

AccuWeather’s Advertising Sales team is based out of Rockefeller Center in midtown Manhattan. This is not a low-rent district and a testament to how much money changes hands in the weather forecasting business. Not only are there private and government weather...

Preventing Winter Animal Damage To Plants

[For information on identifying damage to your plants, read our article: Spot Animal Damage To Your Landscape.] If you haven’t protected your plants from animal damage yet, you still have time. Winter in northern climates is part of the natural process for...

Spot Animal Damage To Your Landscape

If you are observant you can take action as soon as you see animal damage in your landscape before it is too late! Every year I am amazed at the number of people who say they don’t have deer problems where they live in central Wisconsin. Yet, they have noticed...

Putting Plants to Bed and Other Fairy Tales

Have you ever noticed around Halloween that some properties look just plain scary? Over night big, white styrofoam barrels appear, shrubs are wrapped in tattered burlap and straw is strewn about. Sometimes you even see elaborately constructed “gallows”...