First Steps: Spring Clean Ups
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by Sweeney's
6d ago
Like a receding glacier, Winter began to wither and melt, leaving behind a scarred and battered landscape.  Its tenuous grasp was loosening, and its legacy becoming more apparent, but March would surely deliver us unto Spring. Spring officially arrives March 19th, and Winter will be nothing more than a distant, contemptuous memory. Within mere weeks, Spring will be knocking on our proverbial doors, which ultimately means it’s time to get busy in our yards and gardens. First and foremost, Spring Clean Ups: Spring Clean Ups position our yards and gardens to exploit the best of Spring’s w ..read more
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Sing for Your Spring
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by Sweeney's
1w ago
  February arrived with sun upon her shoulders and Spring upon her lips.   The distinct and dulcet tones of the bird song was an inclination that the season of renewal is not so very distant as the groundhog predicted. Winter birds, like Chickadees, Woodpeckers and Cardinals are some of the first to announce Spring’s arrival. According to the Massachusetts Audubon Society, “the changing light has a hormonal trigger that starts the birdsong.” Apparently, our feathered friends have photoreceptors in their brains that record the length of darkness each day. As the darkness shorte ..read more
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Getting to the Root of It
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by Sweeney's
2w ago
Swelling buds and burgeoning bulbs dappled the landscape with the power and promise of Spring.  Soon the muddied, desolate earth would be replaced with color and life, and the barren trees would fill the sky with their lush canopies. In order for trees to leaf out, they must rely on their root systems to transport much needed water and nutrients.  This means roots are directly connected to foliage by conductive tissue.  Cool, right? When envisioning the root systems of trees, many of us assume the roots extend deep down into the soil, but this is simply not the case.  Th ..read more
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Sowing Seeds in Winter… Outdoors
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by Sweeney's
1M ago
The air was thin and brittle, like paper.  It sliced through flesh, wrinkled with every breath, and crumpled under foot. It was as if nature had been wrapped in a thin layer of cellophane, restrained and crinkling with every movement.  It was a bitter and unforgiving landscape that stood stark and vulnerable. January has certainly lived up to its reputation, and February has been known to be just as formidable.  To help combat the winter blues and/or cabin fever, why not consider getting a jump on Spring?  Let’s sow some seeds…outdoors.  That’s right!  Outd ..read more
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Surviving Winter Scientifically
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by Sweeney's
1M ago
The clouds descended onto the ground, swallowing the land, tree tops first, and the snow swirled upon the wind before the horizon became entirely blurred.  A wondrous and eerie site.  Winter was beginning to flex her muscle. Winter can be a brutal but beautiful season, chiseled from marble, dramatic yet austere.  In addition to its unique aesthetics, Winter forces nature, more specifically plants and trees, into creative, scientifically remarkable survival techniques, which are certainly being tested in the frigid temperatures this past week, and will almost certainly be teste ..read more
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DIY Bird Seed
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by Sweeney's
1M ago
The sun settled into the saddle back of the hill, and tumbled off into the twilight.  The shorter Winter days gave way to blushing lavender sunsets, cool and terse.  Welcome January. As we begin to settle into our Winter routines while looking forward to Spring, why just fill our bird feeders with store bought fodder when we can grow our own? Sunflowers are easy to grow, and provide food for many types of birds, including Cardinals, Chickadees, Nuthatches, etc. Cosmos, along with their delicate, wispy beauty, produce tiny seeds within their seed heads that Finches and song birds l ..read more
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The Benefits of Snow
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by Sweeney's
2M ago
Delicately laced trees rose above the downy blanket of snow that quieted and comforted the landscape.  It was, at once, beautiful and welcomed. Snow, for many, is merely a nuisance. Although the aesthetics are undeniable, the beauty, for most, does not outweigh the hassle. Snow is very much a four letter word for the majority, but nature, specifically flora, views the snow entirely differently. Snow, in fact, can be a lifesaver in Winter. Snow, as you may know, is an insulator, and helps warm and maintain soil temperatures. Because the heart and majority of any plant or tree lies below ..read more
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The Light of the Christmas Star
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by Sweeney's
2M ago
“The light of the Christmas star to you The warmth of home and hearth to you The cheer and good will of friends to you The hope of a childlike heart to you The joy of a thousand angels to you Love and God’s peace to you.” -Irish Blessing Wishing you peace, love, joy, and all the happiness, wonder and magic of the Season from our family to yours. Merry Christmas and a healthy, Happy New Year, The Sweeney Family The post The Light of the Christmas Star appeared first on Sweeney's Custom Landscaping Inc ..read more
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8 Tips for Selecting & Caring for Your Live Christmas Tree
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by Sweeney's
2M ago
The last of the Oaks discharged their leathery leaves, and the deciduous canopy was completely absent from the landscape.  Stark and exposed, their skeletal forms seemed vulnerable and fragile in contrast to the lush, green boughs of the Evergreens who seemed to stand a bit taller with great hubris and beauty. Winter, after all, is their time to shine, and no other Holiday calls upon the mighty tree like Christmas.  After all, they are the centerpiece of the Holiday home. When selecting and caring for a live Christmas tree, follow the simple, great tips below: First, de ..read more
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Feed Them, and They Will Come
Sweeney's Custom Landscaping Inc
by Sweeney's
3M ago
The cloudless sky bore the sun’s full potential while the earth exhaled and uncoiled, basking in its warmth and affection. The landscape seemed to soften and stretch in the golden rays as all of God’s creatures took advantage of her benevolence.  A rare gift indeed. During early Winter to early-Spring, birds benefit from an augmented diet as Fall’s seeds are mostly gone, and insects have yet to make an appearance. Birds don’t necessarily need our help, but why not offer it and relish their presence? Before you begin parsing out bread scraps, which is technically never advisable, or buy ..read more
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