Welcome to our first issue of "The Dirt" where we'll share what you can expect from us in the coming weeks,  what's new at NatureWorks, and some garden buzz.
Tree Reviews
Our arborist, Brian, is checking your trees looking for hazards - precariously hanging branches, deadwood, overly dense canopies vulnerable to storm damage - and opportunities to improve the form, health, & beauty of these critical landscape elements. This review is complimentary with your contract. If you see him feel free to ask questions, or just say hi.

L to R: Safety first with hard hat & harness; clipping and chipping; no branch too high.

Gypsy Moth Management
If you're not already signed up for our Winter Moth/Gypsy Moth program, we'll be looking for evidence of this nasty pest on your property to make sure your specimen trees and shrubs aren't vulnerable. Local ecologists are predicting another horrific year of devastation from these voracious feeders. For more, see article from the Boston Globe.

L to R: Gypsy moth eggs now; the critter itself; ravenous feeding turns summer to winter.
Projects Showcase - Inside Out
Looking to enhance their outdoor space and turn back to nature, homeowners are moving more functional living outside. One customer's unique interpretation of a winter retreat is a rustic tepee. Elsewhere, the small stand-alone deck grill has graduated  to a fully furnished outdoor kitchen, with brick oven, firepit, and fireplace. From bocce courts to reading nooks to outdoor showers, we can help extend your living space outdoors. 

L to R: This retreat was built for the grown-ups; waiting for the guests to arrive. 

New Equipment, New Capability
We are the proud new owners of a 72' tracked lift that allows our team to perform tree work in tight, difficult spaces. This far-reaching giant has a tiny footprint, so it fits through confined areas, like narrow fence gates. We're one of just a few companies who operates one in New England.

L to R: The tracked lift in action, the view from the top!
Forced Blooms - Outside In
Usher spring in early by cutting dormant stems and bringing them inside to force blooms: magnolia, forsythia, cherry, crab apple, dogwood, blueberry, quince, rhododendron and azalea are good choices. Here's how: 
  1. cut branches with lots of nice fat buds;
  2. bring inside and place in a vase with warm water;
  3. wait 7-14 days & enjoy the blossoms!
Not sure if you have good plants for forcing on your property? Your account manager would be happy to discuss.

L to R: magnolia, wisteria, quince.
Got Leaf Duff? 
Made of natural forest "litterfall" - leaves, twigs, stems, & bark - and considered "garden gold", leaf duff is a mulch alternative that nourishes your plants by nourishing your soils. It's installed in a state of partial decomposition, so it's actively releasing nutrients directly into your soils the moment it hits the ground. By comparison, bark mulches are generally inert, offering little if any nutritive value. With a finer texture than bark mulch, it also suppresses weeds and helps the soil retain moisture.

Naturally dark brown, leaf duff feeds the soil and conserves water.

"Pruning trees and shrubs regularly can re vitalize their health and improve their habit, and 
winter offers the perfect pruning time
for many species. Without a cover of leaves, deciduous plants reveal their underlying architecture...allowing better-informed and easier pruning decisions."
~Arnold Arboretum