Eco-Answers from the Pros

I had a pile of wood chips delivered to me at the end of last summer and want to use it as mulch in my flower and shrub garden this spring. Problem is it’s been sitting for only about five months and may have not decomposed enough to use as mulch. Can I put down […]

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Ground Rules: Soil Health in the Urban Landscape

by Chuck Sherzi, Jr. Ralph Waldo Emerson once said, “Nature never hurries….” The same, I might add, holds true for the soil. Since I can remember, I have always been fascinated by soil. It was an interest that motivated me to study plant and soil science at the University of Massachusetts and later on to […]

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Mulch Composition and Potential Benefits

by David Ropes What more can be said about the benefits of mulch in the developed landscape? In her wonderful 2007 article “Impacts of Mulches on Landscape Plants and the Environment – A Review,” Dr. Linda Chalker-Scott from the University of Washington lays it all out, citing relevant data from 145 different sources to validate […]

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Book Review: Understanding Roots

Written by Robert Kourik Published by Metamorphic Press, August 2015 Reviewed by: M.L. Altobelli The books of Robert Kourik should be in every land manager’s library.  Understanding Roots is his newest book and adds to and updates information found in Designing and Maintaining Your Edible Landscape Naturally (2005) and Roots Demystified (2007). Like many of […]

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Conference Highlights

ELA’s 22nd Conference & Eco-Marketplace celebrated a successful move to UMass Amherst last week. The first floor of the Student Union offered a lively venue with attendees mingling with students and faculty who visited exhibitors or purchased books from the ELA Store. Wednesday’s social hour  before the keynote dinner provided an opportunity for lively engagement among […]

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Natives Beyond Naturalizing

by Susan Barbier “I thought a nice line of Boxwood flanked by Gold Mop Cypress and skirted with Blue Star Juniper would be great for this property. I pitched that to the client and they loved it. I’m sending my guy over now…” Several years ago that could have been a typical conversation here at […]

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The Compelling Case for Coreopsis

by George Coombs With new cultivars arriving on the market each year, it’s hard to deny the incredible popularity of coreopsis. Their colorful, daisy-like blooms are a coveted addition to the summer landscape. Unfortunately, many people are frustrated with coreopsis due to their unpredictable and often short-lived nature.  For this reason, Mt. Cuba Center conducted […]

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Tasteful Outdoor Lighting, Responsibly

by Jennifer Nichols I was recently asked if GreenWeaver installs outdoor lighting. Any good business person would immediately jump on this opportunity to sell additional services to a client, but I always respond to this question with reservation. As an environmentally responsible landscape company, how do we justify adding services that require electricity, have the […]

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