May 18, 2023

Landscape Design for a Shady Slope in Westchester, NY

Constraints become a catalyst for creativity in this Hastings-on-Hudson property. The small, angular backyard is dominated by the existing slope, a mature tree canopy, and the surrounding fence. One can view these traits negatively — steepness, shade, and things to screen – or as opportunities. We chose the latter. Steepness was tempered with terraces; shade was lightened through strategic tree 

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May 15, 2023

Ecological Landscape Design Explained [VIDEO]

Ecological Landscape Design is a design perspective that views all landscapes as part of a greater, interconnected ecosystem. No matter the size of the garden or property, what we design, plant, and maintain has a ripple effect on the surrounding environment and broader ecosystem health. In the below video, Jay Archer explains our objectives as ecological landscape designers to use 

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April 13, 2023

Native Plant Landscaping Trends for 2023

Native plants have experienced a PR glow up in the last few years, graduating from their “weedy” classification to pillars of the ecological landscaping movement. Grassroots organizations have been pivotal in changing the narrative around plant selection. Thanks to groups like National Audubon Society, the National Wildlife Fund, Pollinator Pathways, and Doug Tallamy’s Homegrown National Park, there is greater public 

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November 14, 2022

Backyard Design: Trading an Above Ground Pool for Native Garden Terraces | Dobbs Ferry, NY

First year garden terraces in September. Native perennials for pollinators bloom for weeks. Newly planted garden terraces with a mixture of native perennials and annual vegetables. Buying a home comes with the remnants of the previous owners’ personality – the good, the bad, and the different. In this case, an above ground pool was put in by the previous owner 

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April 4, 2022

How To Design & Certify Your Landscape as a Wildlife Habitat | Westchester & Fairfield County

A tangible shift is occurring in the way we view and value our landscapes. While we once revered immaculate, unchanging expanses of lawn and exotic evergreens, the trend in recent years is to use landscape design to effect real ecological restoration. No matter the size of your property, by following the principals of ecological landscape design, we can create habitats 

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