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5 Ways to Protect Your Evergreen Trees and Bushes From Winter Damage

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How to Take Care of Your Evergreens for Landscaping Protecting Plants for Winter New England’s harsh winters can wreak havoc on your evergreen trees and shrubs if you’re not careful. Even though evergreens can survive through the winter months, cold temperatures, high winds and a winter sun can dry out evergreen foliage, damage bark and, […]

Backyard Hardscape on a Budget in Greater Boston

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How Land Design Associates Transformed One Family’s Backyard Patio Into a Simple Oasis Planning a New Backyard Patio Design Sometimes, all it takes is a creative design and a little hardscaping with a patio wall to liven up your backyard without breaking the bank. In the spring, we met with a family who wanted to […]

5 Ways to Deter Deer From Eating Your Plants and Shrubs

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Protect Your Landscaping Plants and Shrubs This Fall From Hungry Deer Dreaded Deer in the Garden When it comes to keeping your yard beautiful and thriving, protecting your garden from cute but menacing deer should be a top priority. With some exceptions, deer will eat or at least trample on almost anything in your garden, […]

How to Use Landscaping Trees and Shrubs to Improve the Energy Efficiency of Your Home

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Using Landscape Tree Planting and Shrubs in Greater Boston With ever-increasing home-energy costs, leveraging your landscape design in Boston during the cold winters and hot summers can serve as a lifesaver for improving the energy efficiency of your home. How can you use backyard landscaping and best practices in yard design to make those small […]

7 Ideas for Patios that Will Give You A Great Gathering Space For Your Family

Your patio doesn’t have to be just a big rectangle by the back door. The site of your patio affects how often it will be used and how well it serves its intended purpose. Whether you are designing your own or working with a designer, here are some things to consider in the planning phase. […]

Five Plants to Bring Fragrance to Your Yard

Our Favorite Fragrant Shrubs For your  Yard Planting fragrant shrubs adds a wonderful addition to your garden. Once you’ve experienced the enjoyment of a fragrant plant, you’ll want to add more. You’ll want to include shrubs that smell good near patios, entries, kitchen windows and driveways for even more of that sweet flower smell! No […]

5 Ways To Choose Between a Fire Pit or Fireplace

“Should I get a fire pit or fireplace?” … That’s a question we hear a lot.  Which would you prefer to gather around with your friends? Each has its pros and cons.  Consider the following 5 things when choosing what’s best for your family: 1. Seating Many people choose a circular fire pit because they […]

How to Design An Outdoor Kitchen You’ll Love

Nothing beats a perfectly done steak on a nice summer evening served with grilled vegetables for a healthy side dish.  With a well-designed outdoor kitchen, you can have a nice place to grill outside all-year-round. In warm months, it will be the center of your outdoor living with family and friends. The rest of the […]

Top 6 Early Spring Bloomers to Get Color in Your Yard

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After a long and bleak winter, early blooming flowers can lighten your spirits in anticipation of spring. There still may be snow on the ground, but if you take the time to plant some of these, winter will feel a little shorter. Most people think of bulbs for spring however there are many other plants […]