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Friday, December 19, 2014

The Season is Green

The Kissing Ball is decorative and beautiful swaying in the wind
Do you decorate with fresh greens during the holiday season? There’s a bundle of goodies out there and it’s worth one or two for extra oomph. As Tae Yun Kim reminds us about this color, “Green strongly influences the heart and helps alleviate tension. Positive qualities associated with green are generosity, humility, and cooperation.” Add a bit of fresh greens during the holiday season and let its color immerse you in the positive it brings.
Holiday greetings to all.

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Thursday, December 18, 2014

Thursday’s Nature Break

One of my favorites that can be spotted during spring nature walks - Rhododendron vaseyi (Pinkshell azalea)
During the hectic holiday season, one might need to seek a stillness that can be difficult to find.  So if you need some nature suggestions, here are a few worth noting. Plus, these ideas might prove helpful in getting the children outdoors during their holiday break. Introduce them into nature and even history rather than immerse them in only the electronics and technology of today's fast-paced world.

Check out the John H. Chafee Blackstone River Valley National Heritage Corridor, the birthplace of the American Revolution. Just last week, the U.S. Congress passed legislation to expand this not-so-often traveled area into the town of Auburn, MA and a larger portion of Providence, RI (one of my favorite cities.) Click here for more information and the recent news release of December 12, 2014. 

One other quick nature space to note is the Summer Star Wildlife Sanctuary in Boylston. On your way, you can take in a holiday tour of Tower Hill Botanical Gardens and then check out this new wildlife sanctuary that opened in September of this year, plus it’s free. Read the recent write-up in the Telegram and Gazette today.

So that’s it in a Thursday nutshell of a few nature places to explore and discover. And until the winter solstice occurs, enjoy the last few days of fall.

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If you like this blog, check in for your daily share's worth of garden inspiration, landscape architecture and design tips; always original, not cookie cutter and copied. Just like our design work, we strive for unique! We invite you to contact Bilowz Associates, Inc., or to browse our portfolios. Like our Facebook follow on Twitter or subscribe to the blog to receive posts daily via email or a feed. You can follow with visuals on Pinterest and find us on LinkedIn and Houzz, too.  And you can also find us back on our Google+ Business Page. (Landscape architects/Landscape Design/serving Massachusetts and New England.)

Tuesday, December 16, 2014

Cut Out the Unnecessary

Obvious pruning should be done before the winter sneaks in.
It’s the holiday squeeze, which reminds me that cutting out the unnecessary (whether it’s extra nibbles or too many commitments) can make the season a bit more manageable.  The irony is this simple advice applies to your landscape as well.

Need a holiday breather? Consider taking a walkabout to peruse your property. See if everything is winter tight and buttoned up. If you notice any dead branches or split crotches on a tree, take care of them before heavy snow and ice. Remove any dead or weakened limbs and attend to any apparent structural issues. This is not the season for major pruning, which is typically performed in late winter to early spring but obvious pruning should be done before winter sneaks in.

If you need to remove any large hazard trees, don’t wait until a Nor'easter barrels through. Even the slightest winds could take down one of these problem trees so removing them when the ground is frozen with little to no snow pays off. As always, bring in a reputable, insured tree company that can spot hazard. This is not something you want to undertake yourself. Leave this task to the professionals.

Time to wrap it up with one last note - keep your holiday season manageable. Cut out the unnecessary but never the important things. Handwritten Christmas notes and smiles can make all the holiday difference. Jimmy Buffett says it best. “Wrinkles will only go where the smiles have been.” But if your trees are spotting a few wrinkles, make sure it’s nothing potentially hazardous.Trim, tuck, prune - cut out the unnecessary. And if you need that November/December checklist for your landscape, here is the link to that post again.

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