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In this blog we share some of the cool plants, materials, and ideas we encounter every day. We also welcome your comments and questions! Click on the title of any post to see the full post and add your comments or questions.

Who Doesn’t Love Peonies?

The flowers don’t last long but when peonies are in full bloom, nothing quite compares. In the right conditions, they’re practically care-free. Here are some of my faves…

Don’t Judge Peonies On Looks Alone

Squirrels: Prepare for Battle

Every year we lose some bulbs to squirrels, and every year I vow to take more action to fight them. There are many home remedies to keep squirrels away, including dusting cayenne pepper or blood meal on the soil or around the base of the plants as they start to emerge. (If you do this, don’t use more than a few ounces of blood meal, due to the high nitrogen levels.) Once the plants are up, you could spray with a mixture of 1 teaspoon of mild liquid dishwashing detergent and a healthy dose (2-5 oz) of Tabasco sauce, in 1 gallon of water, shake well and pour into a plastic spray battle.

Man your battle stations!

The Lone Wolf Elm Tree

I came upon this magnificent old elm tree on my annual Canadian bike ride (this year Prince Edward Island). Because of their hardiness, elm trees once lined most streets in every American town and city, then sadly over time (between the 1930s and 60s) they succumbed to Dutch elm disease. So far this solitary elm tree has escaped the disease thanks to a prevention program and perhaps the fact that it stands alone. We should all plant a tree for posterity!


You might be interested in reading this article about what a wolf tree is:

An Organic Alternative for Weed Control

Roundup® Weed Control has been a staple of the agricultural and horticultural industries forever. The more I’ve learned about its adverse effects on the environment and our health, the more I’ve looked for alternatives. I’m happy to share what we’ve found – a simple recipe combining vinegar, salt and dish soap – almost sounds like a recipe for salad dressing. We’ve been treating weeds in sidewalks, patios and driveways this season and have discovered that it works!

A Special Thanks

You probably heard about yesterday’s “Day without Immigrants” protests in Boston and throughout the country. As you know, our company relies heavily on immigrants from Central America who have made Massachusetts their home. Many of my employees had planned to take the day off in solidarity with fellow immigrants demonstrating in Boston. When news of yesterday’s snow storm was forecast, and given that clearing snow is a safety issue for our customers, the men decided to work instead. I wanted to personally thank the men for putting their jobs – and our customers – first.

Happy New Year!

We’ve been taking a short break between the gardening and snow fighting seasons to enjoy the holidays and we hope you’re able to do the same.


We want to remind you that our crews are at the ready in the event of snow and when it does our crews will be making their rounds. If you have a special request that we can accommodate, please let us know. Call us or leave a message on our Snow Event Hotline (617-924-0581, ext. 1) – we check for messages frequently.



What Global Warming?

Isaac Cordal’s installation “Follow the Leaders” – politicians debating global warming

Farewell to Summer

The last of our round 2 (summer) seasonal flowers to go. We’ve started installing round 3 (fall) flowers – where did summer go?

Find us on Houzz!

The Houzz community has saved Landscape Collaborative’s photos to their ideabooks more than 500 times! Come take a look at some of our featured projects at!

Bunny repellents

Two surefire ways to rid your garden of unwelcome rabbits:


ScareCrow Motion Activated Animal Repellent

It conditions rabbits to stay away from your garden by seeking out the movement of animals and frightening them off with quick bursts of water.

How it works: This electronic animal detector can detect rabbit movement up to thirty-five feet away. When a rabbit crosses its path, the sprinkler releases a burst of water which is combined with noise and motion that can safely repel critters.

ScareCrow Motion Activated Animal Repellent

Image courtesy of Amazon


DeFence® Rabbit Repellent Granular

How repellent works: Repellent contains the highest concentration of 2 powerful, scientifically-proven deterrents putrescent egg and dried blood. The odors of these 2 deterrents mimic that of a decaying animal and cause rabbits to move onto a more welcoming area.

How to use: You can sprinkle DeFence® pellets in front of your flowerbeds and around your gardens to create an odor barrier that will surely keep rabbits out.

Havahart DeFence Rabbit & Deer Repelling Granular Pellets cropped

Image courtesy of Home Depot