Welcome to "The Dirt" where we share what you can expect from us in the coming weeks,  what's new at NatureWorks, and some garden buzz.
Slow-Going but Safe
We're so grateful we're permitted to work through this epidemic, but keeping our teams safe does present challenges, and in some cases means slower-than-usual service delivery. Some of our staff are unable to work because day care centers are closed or due to out-of-state self-quarantine requirements. This means fewer, smaller teams to perform your services. For staff that are working, safe practices are a priority. Proper distancing often means working solo, so the work takes longer. We know this impacts you directly, when you want to enjoy your landscape more than ever. Please know we're doing our best, and thanks so much for your patience and understanding as we navigate this difficult situation together. T

Our staff remain cheerful despite the challenges of safety protocols and working in isolation. And check out our new logo'd face swag!
Your Lawn Robot is Coming!
In the next couple of weeks your robotic mowers will emerge from hibernation and start doing their thing - quietly mowing your lawn to daily perfection and thickening it up with all those tender grass bits that get mulched right back into your soil. We know your family pets have been missing their little buddies, so they'll be psyched too - a little less isolation with their robot friends back!

Robotic mowers are on the way - man's best friend's best friend.
Find Us on Instagram
We understand the stress of finding fun, meaningful activities to keep the kiddos engaged right now, so we've been working hard to keep our feed chock-full of stuff to do in your own landscape - some great adult ideas too! Are you following us yet?! Find us @natureworkslandscape or by clicking here .

Beat the boredom blues with the fun but simple ideas on our activity-packed feed.
Gratitude for Our Healthcare Clients
Several of our clients or their family members are working on the front lines, risking their lives to keep the rest of us safe. One of our families has two adult children working in a COVID hospital; another doctor works directly with infected patients daily and has to isolate himself from his wife when he comes home; another risks exposure simply seeing patients in her private practice. Some really stressful, tough stuff, and these brave folks are soldiering on. As a token of our appreciation we've offered gifts that have ranged from donations, to favorite charities, to meals, to cards, to seed starter kits. We're so grateful to you all. Thank you.

Client appreciation: Seed starter kit; donation to Brigham & Women's Path Lab; LovePop card.
Groovy New Graphics 
Spotted - new stylings on the vehicles in our fleet. We like to keep things fresh, and that includes our branding. Wait 'til you see our tree team's bucket truck!

A new take on our signature fern.
Project Highlight - No Quarantine Blues Here
Last year, these homeowners transformed their lovely but mundane landscape into a lush outdoor-entertainment extravaganza including a pool, spa, outdoor kitchen, firepit, farmer's porch lounge, apple orchard, vegetable garden, cutting garden, and sculpture sanctuary. Clairvoyant perhaps? Their vision and investment is certainly paying off now that they're "stuck" at home - don't think they're feeling too stuck though!

These homeowners have lots of luxurious options for stay-at-home relaxation and entertainment.
A Victory Garden Resurgence
COVID-19 home-lock-down has triggered a tidal wave of interest in vegetable gardening. For some it keeps the kids entertained; for others it fuels a desire to get off the grid and reduce the trips to the store; and for others, its something they've always wanted to do and just haven't had the time. Whatever the reason, you can build a plot and plan out your crops, or simply throw some seeds in a container on your deck. At this point in the season, it's safe to direct sow lettuce, spinach, kale, peas, carrots, swiss chard, beets, and radishes. You can also buy these plants now and plant them outside if you prefer a short-cut. Most other veggies can be started indoors - easiest to use a vessel that can be directly planted in soil once it's warm enough, like peat pots or toilet paper rolls. If you have newspapers or paper grocery bags lying around, you can roll strips into biodegradable pots as well. (Get the kids to help!) Worried you'll forget what you planted? Make labels - take a carrot peeler to a stick, grab a Sharpie, and voila! (Another great project for the kids, btw.)

Final tip: Heard of cucamelons? They're a unique must-try. It's a super-easy-to-grow vine from seed, that produces prolific mini-watermelon-lookalikes, and tastes like a cross between a cucumber and a melon. Eat them right off the vine. (And, yup, a kid-fave. Sensing a theme here?)

Traditional garden plots; patio garden; newspaper "pots"; DIY labels; cucamelons.
 "T he first gatherings of the garden in May of salads, radishes, and herbs made me feel like a mother about her baby - how could anything so beautiful be mine? And this emotion of wonder filled me for each vegetable as it was gathered every year. There is nothing as satisfactory or as thrilling, as gathering the vegetables one has grown."
- Alice B. Toklas, author