Earth Day Success!

[fa icon="calendar'] May 2, 2017 12:12:30 PM / by Richard Heller

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 Greener by Design partnered with Gorton High School to create a beautiful xeriscape on earth day!

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Xeriscaping is landscaping and gardening that reduces or eliminates the need for supplemental water from irrigation. It is promoted in regions that do not have easily accessible, plentiful, or reliable supplies of fresh water, and is gaining acceptance in other areas as access to water becomes more limited.

The word "xeriscape" is derived from the Greek "xeros," meaning dry, and "scape," a kind of view or scene. Together, xeriscaping is landscaping with slow-growing, drought-tolerant plants to conserve water and establish a waste-efficient landscape.

Landscapes can be designed from the start to reduce the amount of resources needed to maintain them. By selecting the appropriate plants and efficient irrigation systems, a balance can be achieved to fit your aesthetic needs as well as reduce resource use. Benefits of xeriscaping include cost savings through lower water bills and a reduction in the labor needed to maintain your landscape.

 The mission of Greener by Design is to provide sustainable models for delivering landscape services in Westchester and New York City.  The company pioneered green roof construction in New York, and educates the public about the benefits of responsible landscaping.  It has received national design awards, as well as magazine and newspaper recognition for its work.GortonHighShool.jpg

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How is your landscape like a renaissance painting?

[fa icon="calendar'] Feb 23, 2017 4:38:38 PM / by Richard Heller

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How is your landscape like a renaissance painting?

            Landscapes that look “right” honor architecture. Along with the style of architecture, we want to make sure the lines created by the tips of plants take us visually to the most important feature. Almost universally, the main entry is where the focus is wanted. Creating the lines that will bring eyes to the desired point is exactly the same as mapping out lines in a renaissance painting. In a typical renaissance painting, the artist draws attention to the focal point, a baby in the arms of its mother. On the left are three kings, the tallest on the outside, the middle a little shorter, the third is kneeling. If you draw a line using the top of their heads, it goes directly to the baby. On the right of the mother’s head is the father. Again, a line connects the baby to the top of the mother’s head and the top of the father’s head. Visually, all the lines direct your eyes automatically to the baby. This same principle can be used for focal points in your home using plants and landscape features of varying heights, colors, and textures.  Take a walk through your neighborhood and look at the planting of surrounding homes. Some few will have foundation plantings that are to scale with the home, and some of these will have lines that focus your eye on key points of interest. A majority will be overplanted or overgrown with plant material that is not architecturally correct for one reason or another. Remember renaissance art when you look at the homes in your neighborhood.

 

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It may change your perspective forever.

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VIrtual Gardens-The Future of Garden Design

[fa icon="calendar'] Jan 28, 2017 5:08:28 PM / by Richard Heller posted in Landscape Design

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Virtual Gardens-the future is now

 We have been engaged in garden design for more than 30 years and its always been a dynamic pross. We are super exited to announce tht ALL our designs now are set in a virtual 3-D landscape.

Not only do we deliver a standard 2-D concept drawing with plant pictures, now we produce 3-D renderings as well. What an awesome tool for bringing landscape design ideas to life.

Advantages to You: 

  • See the garden before it is planted.
  • Make changes through easy online meetings.
  • Biddable documents scaled to your budget.
  • See the quick video below that includes a virtual garden tour

Check out this 3-D Rendering

Through our unique design process we can help you dream a luscious landscape and you can see it in relation to your home.

Here is a sample 3D rendering,

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 Learn more about our design process


Consult Our Experts    and  for  limited time, get 100% of design fees applied to building your garden!

Use our simple process to uncover and visualize the garden of your dreams.

 

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SAVE MONEY AND STRESS BY PLANTING IN THE FALL

[fa icon="calendar'] Nov 20, 2016 1:06:23 PM / by Richard Heller posted in Landscape Design, Landscape Construction

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Fall Planting Delivers the Greatest Value:

   The greatest values in the landscape happen in the Fall; You can save 20% over any other time of year investing in your landscape now through January and here is why:

 

  • The cost of plant material is reduced by 50% for fall clearance
  • In the coming year, material planted in the Fall is at least 20% larger than the same sized landscape plant installed in Spring due to extra time for root development.
  • Existing plants are going dormant and will be less stressed in transplanting

Why is this?:

Plants with roots above ground are unprotected from winter ravages. Plants in the ground are dormant and protected by the surrounding soil. While plant material in nurseries is perfectly healthy, growers are discounting them to reduce their winter risk because it costs less to sell them than to plant them and dig them up next year. 

Plants in the ground in the fall start developing roots in the spring before new plants are even available for purchase, and will even do so in the fall. Root health is the basis for plant size and plant health so most material planted in the fall gets a huge jump on spring planted material in terms of root development and health.

The real risk of transplanting is lack of water at the time of transplant. When plants are dormant they minimally draw moisture anyway-they just dont need it- so transplanting them at this time radically reduces the risk of loss.  

Remember planting in the fall is win-win because:

1. You save up to 20% on cost.

2. All plantings still have our unique 2 year plant warranty (nobody else offers this).

3. Transplanted material has a much better chance of thriving post transplant.


Our Unique Design Process is Quick, Cost Effective, and with our 3D software you will be able to vurtually walk through your garden with us:
  • Develop your garen dream book through our special design web site created for this purpose.
  • Move plants with us in our virtual 3D simulation of your garden
  • Get the best landscape values of the season by planting now!


Put Your Garden To Bed Ready to Rock:

How would it feel to walk out of your house this Spring in anticiapation of finally having the garden of your dreams leafing out and coming into bloom instead of having to deal with your old landscape and fixing all those problems? With our special 3D software we will help you create a landscape that is healty fabulous and fun in ten days form the dream book creation. We will plant your landscpe and save you 20% on materials. Your plants will be bigger and healthier this spring and all plants will have a 2 year warranty! Reach out to us now by calling 914.637.9870 or contact us through this site.

 

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When is it appropriate to use chemicals?

[fa icon="calendar'] Sep 6, 2016 1:07:51 PM / by Richard Heller

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What is “Integrated Pest Management”?

[fa icon="calendar'] Sep 6, 2016 1:06:29 PM / by Richard Heller

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How can lighting enhance my landscape?

[fa icon="calendar'] Sep 6, 2016 1:05:11 PM / by Richard Heller

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What’s different about your lawn maintenance services?

[fa icon="calendar'] Sep 6, 2016 1:03:36 PM / by Richard Heller

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Why is “Eco Friendly” so important to you?

[fa icon="calendar'] Sep 6, 2016 1:02:26 PM / by Richard Heller

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What are some of the advantages of installing a Greenroof?

[fa icon="calendar'] Sep 6, 2016 1:00:42 PM / by Richard Heller

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We want to completely re-imagine our landscaping. Where should we begin?

[fa icon="calendar'] Sep 6, 2016 12:59:20 PM / by Richard Heller

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When should I consider a garden facelift?

[fa icon="calendar'] Sep 6, 2016 11:42:31 AM / by Richard Heller

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I’m thinking about installing a rooftop garden. What questions should I consider?

[fa icon="calendar'] Sep 6, 2016 11:38:46 AM / by Richard Heller

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What is “Eco Friendly” landscaping?

[fa icon="calendar'] Sep 6, 2016 11:36:59 AM / by Richard Heller

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What is a Greenroof?

[fa icon="calendar'] Sep 6, 2016 11:35:21 AM / by Richard Heller

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Why do you prefer to install native plants?

[fa icon="calendar'] Sep 6, 2016 11:34:10 AM / by Richard Heller

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How can enhanced irrigation improve my yard and landscape?

[fa icon="calendar'] Sep 6, 2016 11:32:35 AM / by Richard Heller

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What is an urban garden?

[fa icon="calendar'] Sep 6, 2016 11:26:21 AM / by Richard Heller

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Why is storm water run off becoming the biggest problem in the landscape?

[fa icon="calendar'] Sep 6, 2016 11:24:44 AM / by Richard Heller

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Is it possible to have a landscape that is BOTH environmentally friendly and looks great?

[fa icon="calendar'] Sep 6, 2016 11:22:34 AM / by Richard Heller

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