Report from Soil Biology School

by John Rice One of the things I love about winter is that I get to meet with scientists, professors, and researchers and learn more about the ever-changing landscaping world. To use the tools, the microscopes, etc. that they have and to see the microscopic world is just fascinating. (more…)

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Eco-Answers from the Pros: Sustainable Soil Mix

I am a landscape designer with a maintenance crew working on Martha’s Vineyard. We are reviewing our Specifications to update to sustainable practice. I have previously specified for soils to be used for backfilling plants and filling perennial beds a mix of Earthlife Compost (3 parts), peat moss (2 parts), and sand (1 part). Is […]

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An Environmental Vision. The Award Goes To….

For the second year running, The Massachusetts Horticultural Society’s exhibit at the Boston Flower & Garden Show received the Ecological Landscape Alliance Environmental Vision Award. This year’s exhibit, “An Enchanted New England Woodland Walk” featured the border where planned landscape meets woods from a child’s perspective. One goal of the exhibit, according to John Forti, […]

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Permeable Solutions for Sloped Surfaces: A Case Study

by Kristopher Houle, P.E. In the face of today’s regulatory environment, it is important to consider the many different green infrastructure practice alternatives available for use in urban site design. One alternative whose benefits are clear and well understood is porous asphalt. Design advancements over the last two decades have established its relevance both as […]

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A Wild Garden in the Middle of Brooklyn

by Jenny Blackwell It’s hard to imagine what New York City looked like before settlers arrived and cleared the way for development, but a new one-acre garden in the middle of Brooklyn tries to recreate the ecology of the greater New York City area, Long Island, and coastal areas of New Jersey as it existed for […]

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The Scoop on Dog Waste

by Maureen Sundberg As the piles of snow finally melt from lawns and garden beds in spring, we’re often confronted with the waste left behind by winter dog walkers. At the least, these surprise packages are a messy annoyance. With an estimated 70 to 80 million dogs in the United States, uncollected dog waste also […]

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