Sustainable Landscaping for New Construction

This summer a longtime landscaping dream crystallized into reality for me: I was called on to be the landscape designer at a new Saratoga County construction site. The homes are located in a new subdivision in Clifton Park and use a lot of high end, eco-friendly building materials from the Saratoga Springs based Green Conscience [...]

Year Two in a Saratoga Springs, NY Eco-friendly Garden

In July of 2013 I designed and installed an eco-friendly garden in Saratoga Springs, NY. The new, eco-friendly landscaping is mostly located in the front yard of the property, and it's really developed into something beautiful this year. We decided to create a formal garden theme to fit the track neighborhood motif. There is gorgeous [...]

Ease up on the yard work. It’s just kinder.

This time of year, people wear themselves and each other out with raking, leaf blowers and cutting every green, soft tissued stem they can find down to the ground. It really needs to stop. This incessant fixation on neatness and sterility is counter productive for our wildlife. Many species of birds overwinter in our cold [...]

By | 2014-11-19T16:27:46+00:00 October 31st, 2013|eco-friendly, fall, Go Green News, habitat, wildlife|1 Comment

A new butterfly garden in Malta, NY

Sometimes a strategy ecologically savvy landscape designers use to decide what to plant where on a property is to observe what plants are already growing and use them as ecological indicator species. The new butterfly garden in Malta, NY, installed over the past week was subject to this ecological landscape design technique. This Asclepias tuberosa [...]

New eco-friendly garden design in Saratoga Springs.

This week I was called to create a new, eco-friendly garden design in Saratoga Springs, NY. This lovely, thoughtfully landscaped property is minutes from the Saratoga race track. The garden's design composition can be designated "eco-friendly" and a low maintenance landscape because the plants we chose are species native to the Saratoga region, with the [...]

Adding native plants to the bluebird house gardens in Burnt Hills, NY

Last summer I began transforming a bland ornamental garden in Burnt Hills, NY into a colorful, low maintenance native plant habitat oasis. We began referring to the newly eco-friendly garden property as, "the bluebird house" because soon after the addition of the first round of native plants bluebirds began frequenting the gardens and yard. One [...]

A sincerely eco-friendly Christmas Tree

Something has always troubled me about the practice of mass cuttings of conifer trees for Christmas trees this time of year. In my adult life I have never once been able to stomach the tradition in my home, and this year a new inspiration hit. The herb, Rosemary, grown organically in container gardening or as [...]