Lawn and Garden Care in Drought Conditions

Regardless of where you live, there will probably come a time when you will experience some level of drought.  In fact, drought can occur in virtually all climates.  According to David Miskus, a drought expert and meteorologist at the National Oceanic and Atmospheric...

Benefits of an Outdoor Water Feature

Enhancing the landscaping of your yard can add to a home’s curb appeal, add equity, and make a yard feel like a peaceful retreat from the busy outside world.  This can be done through adding plantings, installing a patio, fire-pit or a unique water feature.  The...

Lawn Care Tips – Mowing

Do you tell yourself every spring that this will be the year that your lawn will look just as lush and green as the “Joneses” down the street?  There are many ways to ruin your chances of not meeting this goal such as over fertilizing, under watering, not treating for...

Mosquito Prevention

Is your yard a mosquito magnet?  Do mosquitoes seem to swarm toward you while avoiding other people?  Experts have been trying for years to crack the code behind why mosquitoes like some people more than others.  While the scientists continue their research to keep...

Mosquito Dangers

Summertime is such a wonderful season.  Barbeques, pool parties, gardening, and outdoor sports are just a few of the ways to enjoy this beautifully warm and sunny time of year.  One thing, however,  can ruin a day of fun in the sun – the mosquito!  These nuisance...

Protection Against Ticks

Let’s face it.  We live in New England with woods and nature all around us.  Unless you live in a bubble, you are going to be exposed to the dangers of ticks at some time in your life.  Thankfully there are some steps that you can take to prevent the spread of tick...

Tick Dangers

Finding an engorged tick on your body is indisputably  one of the most repulsive and creepy things ever.  It makes most people itch just thinking about it.  Unfortunately, getting queasy thinking about tick bites is just the tip of the iceberg.  Ticks carry a number...

Garden Tips for Novices

Some people just have a natural talent at making things grow and bloom beautifully- we call them green thumbs.  These green thumbs have a yearning to dabble in the garden and spend weekends trying to nurture and cultivate flower, veggie or herb gardens.  Most of us...

Benefits of Automatic Sprinklers

If Mother Nature  would allow for rain every few days in the exact right amount each time, none of us would have to think about irrigation systems and sprinklers.  Unfortunately, that does not happen.  Therefore, as homeowners and business owners, we need to maintain...

Maintaining Irrigation Systems

It’s that time of year again!  Time to make sure all of your lawn and garden tools and equipment are working properly.  Carefully maintained tools and equipment, especially irrigation systems, need to be checked annually for problems so they work efficiently and...

Spring Lawn Care II – Getting Your Lawn Going

After a long winter the world outside has finally begun to turn green and the trees have begun to bud.  New Englanders have waited for this all winter.  This past winter (one of the worst on record) especially has made us anxious to get outdoors and care for our lawns...

Common Garden Mistakes to Avoid

Last year, when I was lost in my exuberance to start my garden, I accidentally weeded what I later found out were my beautiful lavender-blue Cat mint perennials!  Another time I drown my impatiens by leaving the sprinkler on overnight by mistake.  These are errors...

Playing it Safe with Lawn Maintenance

At Peace of Mind, we love the spring and summer basically because we get to be outdoors in the fresh air and sunshine.  There  really is nothing better than seeing the results of our hard work in a client’s yard.  Some homeowners merely need our assistance getting...

Home Equity and Landscaping

In our last blog we discussed how landscaping can increase curb appeal to potential home buyers.  This week we are looking at how landscaping can can even improve your home equity when it is done right!  Let’s examine what home equity is and how an expert landscaping...

Landscaping for Curb Appeal

One of the first things that homeowners worry about when putting their property on the market is how their precious home will be viewed by potential buyers.  Increasing the curb appeal is top on the list for real estate agents to pull in buyers.  What is curb appeal...

Pruning 101

Spring is a busy time spent cleaning up the yard and getting garden areas planted and growing.  Pruning the bushes are trees in your yard is an important step in this process that should not be overlooked.  In fact, pruning should be completed carefully annually....

Spring Aeration

You mow, water, fertilize and still feel like your neighbor’s grass is quite literally greener than your grass? Does it  look more lush and seems healthier than your yard?  Don’t have yard envy!  You may be missing an important step in basic lawn care that should be...

Spring Lawn Care I – Lawn, Tool, and Irrigation Care

This has been a historically long, cold and snowy winter.  We have all had just about enough of the winter of 2014-2015.  We long to get outside and enjoy warmer weather and spring activities. Well, if you think you need spring, think about your lawn and garden....

How to Find a Good Landscaper

Once you have decided to put your yard maintenance into the hands of a professional whether it is just weekly mowing or something more complicated like designing a hardscape patio and walkway for your backyard, how do you find someone who will do the job well at a...

Why Hire a Professional Landscaper?

Work weeks are dreadfully long. Most people spend their week yearning for the peace and relaxation of the next weekend.  Friday afternoons therefore, become a most anticipated time.  What are you most looking forward to during these few precious days off?  Probably...