6 Benefits of Landscaping with Native Plants

Serviceberry Bush in Bloom

An example of NE native plants, the Amelanchier canadensis or Serviceberry Bush is a great edition to any garden.

Throughout the year, homeowners across the country plant a wide variety of plants to improve their landscaping. However, most homeowners do not know how landscaping with native plants can benefit your garden and environment. Native plants have evolved over the years to the habitat they live in, giving you great benefits and a reason to plant them. Landscaping with native plants can save you more money, time, and resources than non-native plants. [Read more…]

Landscaping to Raise Curb Appeal Before Selling Your Home

Attractive brick home and landscapingOn multiple levels, selling a home is never easy. The preparations, the agents, the listing, and the constant stream of window shoppers and negotiations all add up. One of the biggest strains is the difference between what you think your home is worth, and what others are willing to pay for it. One way to help both bridge that gap and have more people interested in your home is enhancing its curb appeal: the first impression people get when they see your home from the street. And one of the best ways to raise curb appeal before selling your home is through landscaping. [Read more…]

Managing Fish Ponds During Winter

Frozen Fish Pond In WinterHere at Greener Horizon, we have a history of landscaping beautiful water features, such as those that include live fish like as koi and goldfish. During the design phase, we get a lot of questions about making sure the fish are protected, especially from the cold New England winters. We’ve compiled a list of some tips for caring for your backyard pets during the heart of winter, especially making sure they survive when your fish ponds start to freeze. [Read more…]

Getting Ready for Spring Landscaping

Tools for Spring LandscapingSpring is a time of rebirth. This year, could it be the rebirth of your outdoor property? After months of dreary winter landscapes, you might be ready to charge into spring landscaping. Not so fast! Regardless of your motivations, from increasing curb appeal to increasing your home’s useable living space, it’s time to plan ahead before you spring ahead. Here are three major areas you should look at before you break ground this spring. [Read more…]

Tips for the Perfect Patio Design

Beautiful backyard patio and fire pitDreaming of the perfect outdoor living space can bring up a lot of stress if you don’t know what would work best for your house. With each different aspect of a patio comes 20 more questions that bring along more options than you could dream of. Options are great when you know exactly what you want. But when you do not have everything figured out things can get tricky. Sometimes you just have to take a step back and figure out a few simple things when starting your journey for that picture-perfect patio. It’s time to talk patio design. [Read more…]

Landscaping Fabric: What You Should Know

Black landscaping FabricStruggling to get your garden looking how you envisioned it? Landscaping fabric can be an alternative option towards helping your garden flourish and grow wonderfully. The technology in landscaping fabric will provide your plants with the base for an environment which will require little to no weeding, meaning less maintenance for those part-time gardeners. While landscaping fabric presents a solution to a chore we all hate, the fabric should only be used in certain situations to get the best results. [Read more…]

How Building Retaining Walls Can Save Your Backyard

An example of a simple drystone retaining wall with base and filler.

An example of a simple drystone retaining wall with base and filler.

A natural occurrence can cause some serious damage to any landscape. Things like soil erosion, uneven landscape, and even lawn aesthetics can have people asking question on what they should do. One popular solution is building retaining walls in your yard, and this can solve several problems at once. Retaining walls are used to hold back excess soil in areas of extreme elevation change. Walls can also be used to create flowerbeds and add a more aesthetic finish to any yard. When looking to introduce a new retaining wall to a yard it is important to know the basics so that you are not left with an unsubstantial wall. [Read more…]

Beautifying Your Parking Lot

image of a parking lotWhen someone first arrives at your business or facility, one of the first things they see is the parking lot. First impressions matter a lot, especially in business. When someone pulls into you parking lot, they immediately, if not subconsciously, begin assessing the functionality and aesthetic appeal of your business, beginning with your parking lot.

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What is Hardscaping Design?

Hardscaping Design - Greener Horizon - Middleboro, MAAs you may have guessed, hardscaping is a subcategory of landscaping with the emphasis on those elements of landscaping which consist of hard materials. For instance, driveways, walkways, stonewalls, and patios are all part of hardscaping. By contrast, flowers, groundcovers, and water would be considered “softscaping.” While things like stones or bricks might not be what you think of when you are trying to figure out how to beautify your home or property you manage, hardscaping has a distinct visual affect and many practical benefits.

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Pros and Cons of Different Irrigation Systems

We all know that irrigating your lawn is important to maintaining a healthy lawn in the hot, arid summer months. There are many different options for watering though. Of course, you can install a cheap sprinkler from the local hardware store. Another option is to invest in a quality drips system, or you can simply water the old fashion way.Pros and Cons of Different Irrigation Methods - Greener Horizon - Middleboro, MA

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