by Justin Wheeler Reprinted with permission from the Xerces Society’s blog. Besides providing the right plants, and protecting your garden from pesticides, one of the next most valuable things you can do to support pollinators and other invertebrates is to provide them with the winter cover they need in the form of fall leaves and […]
Archive | October, 2018
by Tim Downey What? That might be your first thought upon reading the title. Don’t we all want to grow our businesses? Why wouldn’t I want my business to pick up? But when it comes to picking up yard “waste,” it makes more sense to leave the leaves to return to the soil. Mulch mowing […]
When pest problems occur in the landscape, an understanding of Integrated Pest Management (IPM) can help to reduce the use of harmful chemicals that can be harmful to beneficial insects. Watch the following Ecological Landscape Alliance (ELA) video to learn more. This video is an excerpt from an interview with ELA’s past Vice President, Kathy […]
Spring – Gypsum is used in areas where snow has been piled, where salt has been used and where people or vehicles may have cut corners or parked on the lawn during winter. Gypsum relieves soil compaction and the effects of salt by chemical binding it. It is better to use calcium chloride rather than […]
In the “original” natural systems of prairies and forests, what we would refer to as mulch is the accumulation of system litter – grass and plant stems, leaves and sticks, etc. The slow breakdown and eventual decay of this material is an essential part of these ecosystems and is crucial to their health and continued […]
by Bruce Wenning Take a look at this grid that shows cultural methods that promote turfgrass growth and establishment, reduce insect and disease problems, and conserve water. Click here for a full pdf.
Proper watering techniques are essential to the health of plants in the garden as well as in containers. In general, it is far better to water less frequently for longer durations. Frequent drenches can result in root-rot and attract moisture-loving insects. Frequent, shallow waterings are deceiving, as the deep roots will die and leave the […]
Water use awareness and conservation in the landscape is becoming an increasing priority. Watch the following Ecological Landscape Alliance (ELA) video to learn more. This video is an excerpt from an interview with ELA’s past Vice President, Kathy Sargent-O’Neill. The complete interview aired on Plymouth, Massachusetts PACTV (www.pactv.org) on the program, Seniority, which is produced […]
by M.L. Altobelli, owner of M.L.’s Greenery in Motion in Westminster, MA The goal in healthy landscapes is to develop healthy soils that persist beyond the current owner and landscaper soils that help to maintain diversity at all levels of the living community. Read complete article (PDF).
Understanding your soil conditions and how to work with that soil is important to successful landscaping. Watch the following Ecological Landscape Alliance (ELA) video to learn more. This video is an excerpt from an interview with ELA’s Vice President, Kathy Sargent-O’Neill. The complete interview aired on Plymouth, Massachusetts PACTV (www.pactv.org) on the program, Seniority, which […]