An Organic/Sustainable Landscape Designer/Consultant for NH
& Washington County Maine!
179 Loudon Rd, Unit 22, Concord, NH 03301 - 603-529-9634
17 High Street, Eastport ME 04631 - 207-922-9735
TWIG is a professional landscape design and consult company specializing in sustainable/organic creative landscape and garden design for homes and small businesses. We can also come a spend an hour or two and you can pick our brains on landscaping ideas or issues.
When it comes to landscape, planning is everything. TWIG can help you develop an overall plan for your outdoor area for installation yourself or by your favorite landscaper.
Plans can be done all at once for instant beauty or in stages as time, money and energy permit. We can advise on low maintenance, low impact, environmentally safe ways to enhance your property for years to come.
Happy 4th of July
Sure hope everyone is enjoying their gardens this year. I thought it would be good to send the newsletter on this rainy day. Lots of wonderful things happening in the gardens this year, as people are trying to plant Milkweed for the butterflies, beneficial plants for beneficial bugs, and starting to purchase more and more native plants. I truly believe we can have a healthier environment if everyone does their part to get nature back in balance.
The plants to the right are just a few plants that are beneficial to your apple trees. Think of getting these plants along with clover, borage, and yarrow near your apple trees or in your garden. If you would like a list of beneficial plants and the bugs they attract, email me, I would be glad to send along.
This year we have decided we will only order our bulbs from Fedco. Yes, we usually buy large quantities of bulbs for our clients from a large conventional vendor, but this year we have made the choice to only purchase bulbs that we know are organically grown. Although these are more expensive than the bulbs from our usual vendor, I believe that we need to look at the price our soil is paying when planting the unknown. Yes, we will probably lose sales, but in all reality, it is the right thing for TWIG. Think about planting organic bulbs this year. Save the pollinators and soil. Our next newsletter will have details on ordering and we can schedule you now for the fall plantings.
Renovating overgrown gardens can be a lot of work, but I find it can be very exciting finding treasures that the homeowner has not been aware of. To me it's a challenge to take an overgrown garden and move things around so it creates a flow. I just need to remember to take pictures, although I think seeing, touching, and smelling a garden is best. Sort of like changing furniture around, but better.
Again, I can't seem to say enough about hiring NH Certified Landscapers. Seeing badly pruned trees and shrubs, volcano mulches, and wasteful irrigation practices is one of the most frustrating part of my job. I can't imagine why a landscaper would do a pruning job without first finding out the proper way of doing it! Google it! It's a shame when I see volcano mulching at garden centers and landscape supply yards. I am appalled when I see sprinklers on in the middle of the day, only to be watering the sidewalk. I can't stand the thought that we fill up bag after bag of garden debris and take it to the dump when we have the ability to compost it, or return back to the woods in our own back yard.
Think about this.....Using Rhubarb leaves as a mulch between rows of veggies (thanks Trisha). Or what about creating a landscape with no grass (pix of one being installed in July will be posted on Facebook). What about not buying products and use plants to correct soil infertility? The Garden Tour on July 11th will give you a wealth of information on some of our non conventional methods. If you are not on Facebook, just go to our website and on the left sidebar, you can see everything we post. Information on the garden tour is below.....sure would like some more tickets sold.
Sometimes I think, why do I work so hard, but in the end, creating beautiful organic gardens is all I want to do. Hopefully someday I will create them for myself.
Bee Happy and Bee Well, and would love to see you at the Garden Tour!
Here is just some of the services that TWIG offers. If you don't see something, contact us!
Pruning of Fruit and Ornamental Trees/Shrubs
Plant a Tree for Someone for Special Occasions or Remembrance
Spring Clean Ups to include edging, mulching, weeding, deadheading, compost topdressing, fertilizing, etc.
Designs for or installation of new sustainable gardens that may include the following garden types:
Landscape/Curb appeal for the Do It Yourself-er
Lawn Mowing - Mulch Mowing only (Eastport, Maine only)
Planting of Annuals – Late spring, early summer, fall – Containers, Window Boxes, Beds
Container Gardens for Parties, Weddings etc.
Fine Gardening Maintenance
Fall Clean Up to include leaf removal (disposal on/off site, shredded for compost on site), prepare beds for winter, tree wrapping, sheet mulching, soil tests etc.
Halloween/Christmas decorated containers and window boxes
Want to install your landscape yourself but don't know where to start? TWIG can guide you through the whole process.
First we develop a plan that will help you visualize what the finished design will look like. Then we do a scaled plot plan that will guide you in the planting process.
From start to finish, TWIG can help you get the landscape you have always dreamed of. With TWIG you can be assured of the right plant, in the right place - guaranteed!
Native/Sustainable/Organic Gardens Designed!
Tell me you could see this face and not think about his future. Doug Tallamy said 'Garden as if your life depended on it', Well, TWIG Horticultural Consulting LLC had it first whole season of being totally organic in 2011.
We need to think about the future for our children and our grandchildren. You can have vegetable gardens & landscapes organically. It can be done! New talks available on Sustainable Gardening and new classes at Concord, Goffstown and Merrimack Adult Education! (603) 491-9929.