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Money Saving Tips for Late Summer Gardening

We still have some time before the end of gardening season! Here are a few helpful tips to save money as you continue to garden until the end of the season.

1- Discounts! Many garden centers and nurseries have late summer discounts after the summer buying rush is over. It is important to remember though, you get what you pay for. Discounted plants tend to spend too much time on racks and end up in need of some extra attention. Try pinching back stems just above a set of leaves to encourage branching. Before planting, add compost or soil to enrich the soil. Late summer discounts are worth taking advantage of!

2- TLC! Buying new tools this late in the season is not the best use of money. Give your old tools a little extra TLC as the season comes to an end. Better Homes & Gardens has a great resource for turning worn out tools into great workers again. Check out www.BHG.com/toolcare for more information!

3- New Flowers! An easy way to change up your garden or to fill in gaps in your garden is to let flowers that sow their own seeds grow where ever the wind takes them! Plants like black-eyed Susan, hollyhock, and alyssum can grow where they blow. By delaying the deadheading process, flowers have an easier time spreading.

Use these few tips to help save you money and get the most out of this garden season!

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  • Choosing the Right Plants for Your Yard

    5 Quick Tips for Selecting Plants for Your Yard!

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  • 5 Principles of Simple Garden Designs

    The most basic principles of garden design include simplicity, rhythm and line, proportion, balance, and focal points. Every gardener should follow these principles in order to achieve a garden space that is aesthetically pleasing and an enjoyable outdoor space.

    1. Simplicity- This refers to a design that has a simple theme with just enough colors and elements to achieve an aesthetically pleasing garden. A simple design is found by using basic garden bed lines and curves.

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  • Five Reasons to Hire a Landscape Designer

    Do you see the plants, tress, shrubs, and lawn struggling to grow in your yard and wonder how to fix it? Can they even be fixed? What about the site conditions...poor water drainage, too much sun or shade? So many things to think about! That is exactly why you should hire a landscape designer. Some battles are worth fighting, but this time, let the professionals fight your landscape war.

    Top 5 Reasons to Hire a Landscape Designer:

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  • Think Green: Environmental Tips for Landscaping

    Think Green!

    How much to water does my lawn need?

    What kind of fertilizer should I use?

     

    These are common questions that we hear in the landscape design industry. We believe it is important to always THINK GREEN when answering such questions so here are our Green Environmental Tips for your common questions!

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  • How to Add Curb Appeal to Your House

    A landscape that is well designed and installed will increase curb appeal which can also increase property value.

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  • Increase Your Property Value With Landscaping

    If you are planning on selling your house this year or the next, landscaping is one of the most essential and rewarding things you can do to prepare for the prime selling season.

    A Clemson University study found landscaping can result in more than 100% return on investment. The return on investment is contingent upon the quality of the landscape design and installation project and company. According to Clemson Professor, Mark Henry, "There are few guidelines available to homeowners on the return of investment in sales that could be expected from added investments in landscaping".

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  • Largest Green Industry Expo for Landscape Designers

    Moodscapes attended the annual New England Grows Convention, the largest green industry conference in the Northeast. As always the convention brings together designers, specialists, practitioners, and contractors from all areas of the landscape industry ranging from hardscape and landscape supplies to lawn products, nurseries and professional organizations.

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  • Planning for a Home Addition this Spring? Helpful Landscape Design Tips!

    During the beginning phase of planning an addition to your home, it is important to consider the current and future landscape conditions of your property. Regardless of whether you want to do a new landscape design around the addition or not, it is still important to remember how your contractor could both positively and negatively affect your landscape conditions.

    The two biggest factors that the contractor must consider before any construction begins are:

    1- GRADING: understand the current grading condition of  your yard (grading- leveling the ground, so be aware of the current level in relation to where the level will be after the addition)

    2-DRAINAGE & SLOPE: understand the drainage and slope conditions of the yard. Make sure there aren't any vulnerabilities to water- if so, lets add erosion to your to-do list!


    (A client in Winchester put on an addition and the contractor left an air conditioner placed on the slope! (Not a smart move!) That's when we came in an stabilized the slope and protected the air conditioner as best as possible.)

    Okay! So you must decide the final grade and be sure that it leaves enough room to add the top soil, grass, plantings, and potential walkways or patios. I mean, you don’t want to have a 2 foot incline up to your yard when you walk out your door, do you?

    A professional and expert contractor will stock pile the good soil out of the way of the construction site so that it does not get contaminate or become compacted. Compacted soil makes planting difficult and puts a damper on drainage (no pun intended).

    A few more Tips!
                -Plan your focal points!! You want to consider the location of windows, entrance ways, gardens or specimen trees, walkways, patios, etc.
                -Get a Landscape Designer in on it! Let the professionals talk this all through- contractor will help with location of windows, landscape designers will discuss focal points and soil conditions.

    If you are thinking about redesigning your landscape after your addition, start the process off right by learning about the Design Process.

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  • What is a Woodland Garden Design?

    In 2005, Boston Magazine's Home & Garden section featured Moodscapes in their "Water in the Woods" article, as a landscape design company in Massachusetts with the ability to create a woodland garden design from a woodsy, sloped yard.

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