Landscape Articles

Winter Safety Tip: How to Choose an Ice Melt?

Being from New England I have seen many snow and ice storms come through. It’s important to keep in mind both personal and public safety with winter weather. State workers and highway departments take care of snow removal and sanding/salting for all public roads, but most sidewalks, walkways and driveways are the property owners’ responsibility.

Regarding your own personal sidewalk, walkway and driveway there are two routes you can go: do it yourself or hire a professional.

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  • What do Landscape Maintenance Services do?

    Anyone who has installed an impressive landscape of any size knows how much work it can be to keep it up properly. The fact of the matter is that few of us have enough time to get the work done and then have time to enjoy it with family and friends. Landscape maintenance involves much more than simply mowing the lawn on Saturday morning. To compound the situation, anyone migrating from a chemical to organic program will have a steep learning curve. Luckily, professional landscape maintenance services are available to come to the rescue. So, what services are available?

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  • 5 Benefits of Using Moss in Your Garden and Lawn

    When it comes to relaxing in an environment that you find peaceful and inviting, few places can hold a candle to being on your own property and in your own home. Even if you travel to exotic locations and have seen fantastic gardens and yards, your own yard and your own land can give you a sense of satisfaction and completion you can't get anywhere else. And, if you're the outdoors type, one feature you can use to add softness and vibrancy to your landscaping is to take advantage of moss.

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  • It's Time to Test Your Soil

    Before starting in your garden, make sure to get your soil tested. Many gardeners and landscape professionals forget this step and plant incorrectly. It is important to know the basic information about your soil in order to what know what and where to plant in your garden.

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  • The importance of a soil test in Massachusetts


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  • Spring Landscaping Ideas and Trends

    A couple weeks ago, NOFA Organic Lawn Care Certificate Course was offered to landscape professionals to learn about and stay up-to-date with the latest information on organic land care. The course touched upon topics ranging from storm water management, soil biology, and information on organic approaches to lawn care. The course was guided by the Organic Land Care Standards approach to all landscape situations.

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  • Garden Maintenance for December

    Thankfully the cold winters of Massachusetts and the northeast mean that we can rest from our garden labors. A few things to make sure you have done:

    • finish mulching and burlap wrapping vulnerable trees and shrubs

    • mark driveway perimeters so snow plows will not damage your lawns

    • clean and service all garden tools before safely storing them away for the winter

    • enjoy the holidays

    It is also a great time to start thinking about your spring landscape plans. If you are looking to redesign your yard, or just add a few more plants, now is the time to contact your local landscape designer.

    Contact Moodscapes if you live in Eastern, Massachusetts- we would be happy to talk with you about your landscape needs and desires!

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  • Fall Garden Preparation

    As the summer months come to an end, it's time to think about preparing your garden for the wonderful fall months ahead. The first step in fall garden preparation is a clean up. Fall clean up services typically include a full garden clean up, as well as, debris and leaf removal services, weeding, the pruning of plants and shrubs, and winter bed preparations.

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  • The Benefits of Mulching Your Landscape

    Mulching has many benefits, not the least of which, is that it makes your yard more asethicialy pleasing. Professor of Landscape Horticulture at Cornell University, Dr. Donald Rakow, believes the three major benefits of mulch are: the reduction of water losses from the soil, the suppression of weed growth, and the protection from soil temperature extremes.

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  • The Benefits of an Organic Lawn in Eastern Massachusetts

    Growing and maintaining an organic lawn is a worthwhile and valuable investment with many benefits for your home. Here in Eastern Massachusetts there are many options available to you to make it easy to reap the benefits, including:

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