CT landscape design

Late Winter Blooms in a Connecticut Landscape

It’s always exciting to see the first signs that spring is near.  When the flowers start arriving in the landscapes and gardens around New Milford, CT, I know it’s only a matter of time before the Litchfield County gardening season is in full swing. I still have a lot of things to do before then …

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Some Winter Interest in a New Milford Landscape

I’ll be the first to admit that I’m not a huge fan of ornamental grasses. That doesn’t mean I wouldn’t use them in a landscape design or actually plant them in a landscape, I would.  Being a plant-a-holic and someone who has a real problem throwing a plant out, I actually have 1 ornamental grass, …

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Hollies Too Big? Connecticut Landscape Experiment

All too often, landscapers and homeowners rely on hedge trimmers to maintain plant size and height.  The problem with this approach is a very dense, unnatural looking shrub where all the foliage is only at the outer most edges of the plant.  A plant that is so dense is a perfect environment for diseases and …

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Moving a Tree in Kent, CT

Today we moved a tree for a client in Kent, CT.  This tree was the biggest I’ve moved so far with the new tractor/loader/backhoe.  Even with 4000 lbs. of lift, we were right at the upper limit with the machine for this 5″ caliper Japanese Maple with a 57″ root ball.     There is …

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Landscaping in Connecticut is Never Easy.

I’ve been landscaping in Connecticut for over 25 years.  Even after all these years, I still get nervous whenever I have to dig a trench or I have to get a large tree ball into a landscape.  Why? Because I’ve dug up way too many surprises over the years.   My own property never ceases …

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Landscape Design in Kent, CT

My landscape design class at the New York Botanical Garden ended a couple of weeks ago.  Now that the class has ended, I’m on my own.  Immersed in computer aided design software, with no one to turn to.  I have to admit, there are times that I have felt strong temptations to go back to …

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13 Common Landscape Mistakes: 6. A Lack of Mass Planting

A lack of mass planting is a common mistake for many who like to dabble in gardening and landscape design.  The saying, “less is more” is so true when it comes to designing a landscape that will be pleasing to the eye.  Not less plants, just less varieties of plants.  People who look at landscaping …

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A Successful First Season Landscape in Ridgefield, CT

This is an update, from a previous blog post, of a landscape design and installation project Designing Eden installed in the fall of 2010, in Ridgefield, CT.  Watching and maintaining this garden’s growth through its first full growing season has been a real joy.  Despite the wettest year in Connecticut history, I would consider this …

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