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We are seeking a Landscape Project Manager/ Estimator to join our team. This position is owner-track and available now until filled. Besides the qualifications described below, we are looking for individuals who are enthusiastic to share new ideas, enjoy a challenge, take pride in their work, and are excited about worker-ownership. To apply, email your resume and cover letter to info@ayardandahalf.com. Responsibilities include: Developing new client relationships by networking, seeking referrals, and/or other methods. Developing crew...
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Landscaping can be a big investment. Before you spend time and money to transform your yard, you want to be thoughtful about the process. You don’t need a crystal clear vision of how you want your yard to look, but it’s important to consider the following factors before calling a landscaper.   1. Why Now? What prompted you to take action on your landscape at this time rather than last year or in the future?...
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Title photo by FallingWater Scapes.  One of the best ways to re-establish a healthy ecosystem in your backyard is with a pond. Ecosystem ponds can reduce the need for fertilizer and water consumption, as well as support native wildlife. For these reasons we chose to showcase this collaborative installation- one of our favorite projects from 2018. The Challenge Last year Jonathan Marston of FallingWater Scapes set out to convert a stagnant pond into a backyard ecosystem in...
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We are often asked the seemingly simple question “do you do organic landscaping?”. We assume this means “can you take care of my yard without using synthetic pesticides?”, which we can certainly do. But unlike in agricultural, there is no mandated standard for the term “organic” within landscaping. What this means is that a landscaper can legally use all kinds of pesticides while still marketing their services as “organic”.   NOFA-Certified One way to ensure...
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“When is it safe to prune?” is a common question we hear from clients. The best time to prune depends both on what you’re pruning and why you’re pruning. By identifying and understanding your purpose in pruning, you can plan ahead for a lush garden next year.   Flowering Shrubs & Trees Why? These plants need ongoing maintenance to ensure flowering in the next season, as well as to control their size. In this case, the...

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Sometimes we just don’t have the time to engage in maintaining the plant life on our properties. But sometimes, we might actually like to be able to care for our plants ourselves if it didn’t feel so intimidating. We might not even know what questions to ask and so we throw up our hands and throw money at the professionals. For those of you who want to learn more about the plants on your property, their...

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It’s getting cold out there, but your garden still needs some attention! Follow these tips and you’ll finally be able to put your garden and your mind to rest.   “Can we stop watering yet?” It depends! Because the ground is not yet frozen, new plantings definitely still need water to establish roots. New lawns likely also still need water so they have an opportunity to germinate during sunny days. Tip: be sure to water...

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To reduce the risk for winter damage to lawns, we will be doing an extra mow for lawn care clients during their next scheduled leaf clean-up visit. You may have noticed that eastern Massachusetts had an unseasonably warm October — the Commonwealth’s second warmest in history, in fact. Grass keeps actively growing while daytime temperatures are in the 50s and above, and the combination of recent rains and current warmth creates excellent growing conditions. Additionally,...

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If you want a beautifully, hand-crafted stone wall that can withstand a lifetime of New England winters, we recommend the dry-laid method. Not all masons have developed the skills to construct these walls, but our builders actually specialize in dry-stacked stone walls.   What Do You Mean “Dry-Laid”? The first decision you’ll have to make when building a wall is whether you want it mortared or “dry-laid”. “Dry-laid” or “dry-stacked” refers to a construction technique...

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