How is Soil Health Evaluated?

[fa icon="calendar'] May 11, 2017 10:28:13 AM / by Richard Heller

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How and Why Soil Health is Evaluated?

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Al Fresco Dinning, at Home

[fa icon="calendar'] May 4, 2017 11:56:57 AM / by Richard Heller

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An outdoor kitchen adds a fun element by taking the party outside, which may result in less pressure on the host and the guests.

For those of us who hope to spend as many minutes outdoors as we can during the warmer months, an outdoor kitchen is the answer. It not only adds value to your home, but it also gives you the opportunity to play, host and cook outside. However, if the thought of creating your very own outdoor kitchen seems extravagant, think again.

·         Go with stainless steal appliances. Not only are they easy to clean, but they’re functional and can withstand temperature changes.

·         Rethink what you need. Start with the basics – a prep surface, a grill (built-in or portable), sink and refrigerator. Then start thinking about the extras such as a pizza oven, smoker, ceiling fan, etc.

·         Start planning early. The sooner you think about what you want, the easier it is to work with a designer who can help make your dream into a reality. Beginning the process in early spring will also guarantee that you’ll be up and running for the start of summer since many landscape designers are booking up fast and inspection permits may be needed.

·         New materials are always evolving. Right now concrete countertops are the new “it” material.

Greener by Design can help you dream up the perfect al fresco dining area.

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Earth Day 2017

[fa icon="calendar'] Apr 18, 2017 12:00:00 PM / by Rich Heller

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Overgrown Shrubs: How to deal

[fa icon="calendar'] Apr 4, 2017 11:33:32 AM / by Richard Heller

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Signs your bushes and shrubs are overgrown

  • They are obscuring your windows.
  • They are crowding your walkways.
  • You can’t remember the last time you trimmed them.
  • They are hiding your house and dominating the facade.

How to Plant and Maintain Foundation Shrubbery

  • When planting, allow spacing for mature sizes. For example, if a shrub is listed as obtaining a mature height of say, five feet tall and wide, then it should be planted at least 30″ away from the foundation to allow for half the mature spread to reach the house. *A caveat to this is that home inspectors do not want any vegetation touching the home or foundation so allow extra space or trim accordingly.
  • In terms of windows or roof lines: a general rule is to keep/maintain the shrub at a height of 2/3 to 3/4 of the height of the window or roof line. This allows for the architecture to continue to dominate.
  • Trim shrubs often. Never skip trimming, even the first year they are planted.
  • Avoid trimming in extreme temperatures.
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Curb Appeal equals Value.

[fa icon="calendar'] Mar 28, 2017 12:03:27 PM / by Richard Heller

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Curb Appeal Equals Value.

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Screening: Different Techniques

[fa icon="calendar'] Mar 27, 2017 12:45:23 PM / by Richard Heller

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Garden historians believe that the very first gardens were created as places of refuge from enemies. Although our worst enemies these days are rabbits, raccoons, and deer, we still have a desire for enclosure and privacy. These three techniques provide the privacy and security required by modern families living in dense suburban areas like Westchester County and in New York City.

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Outside is Not Inside

[fa icon="calendar'] Mar 23, 2017 12:31:47 PM / by Richard Heller

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         Outside is Not Inside

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Hiding Unwanted Features in your Landscape

[fa icon="calendar'] Mar 21, 2017 11:31:54 AM / by Richard Heller

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How much do you know about snow?

[fa icon="calendar'] Mar 14, 2017 1:35:16 PM / by Richard Heller

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 How much do you know about snow?

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The Art of Foundation Plantings

[fa icon="calendar'] Mar 9, 2017 12:55:24 PM / by Richard Heller posted in Landscape Construction

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