How do I call to have utilities marked before I dig?


You've heard the commercials insisting that you absolutely must call before you dig, every dig, no matter what. If you're hiring a contractor, he or she will call in the utility locate. For your own projects around the house, though, do YOU have to call? And if so, how does it work? Why you need a utility locate before you dig If you ask around, people may come up with … [Read more...]

7 ways to bring fire to your backyard


When I took B out for her morning walk today there was actually almost a hint of a chill in the air. Fall is coming, which always triggers conflicting emotions in this seasonally-dependent line of work, but fall brings with it the prospect of evening fires. We don't have an outdoor fireplace (yet) but we do have a nice big firepit. With the heat of summer I've missed evenings … [Read more...]

How to Design and Build a Pergola: The Basics


You've seen the pictures online or in magazines: beautiful people relaxing under the shade of a beautiful pergola, perhaps a rustic chandelier dangling from the cross members as a wisp of vine snakes its way up the corner. And you want it. Have to have it. But you have NO idea where to start. That's why I'm here. In this super short video I'll walk you through the basics … [Read more...]

Open Office Hours: I’m Starting a Live Online Landscape Design & Garden Chat!


Whether it's a home show, a small group talk, or a consultation across the kitchen table from a client, I love the opportunity to share what I've learned over 20+ years in the landscape business. I also love technology. Now you and I can chat about your burning landscape questions no matter where you are! I'll be hosting "open office hours" every Wednesday from 7 pm - 8 pm … [Read more...]

16 Reasons You Need to Plant More Trees

The columnar sweetgums show you where to look!

There are a lot of blog posts that extol the virtues of trees, but man! They are all soooo serious. I won't disagree that trees do a lot ecologically and even sociologically but we're humans. We have petty, silly reasons for doing things. We're not necessarily planting trees to save the next three generations, we're planting trees for these reasons: 1. Trees are big Now … [Read more...]