Category Archive: Landscape

Watering

Pick up any plant biology book, and they consistently list the three macro nutrients all plants need as N, P, and K, the chemical symbols for Nitrogen, Potassium, and Phosphorus. But really, what… Read More

Arbor Day 2012

I measure my life in tree plantings. Every time I come home from the Burlington airport, I drive down Dorset street in South Burlington and visit a Blue spruce I planted on a… Read More

Season Creep

Everybody has their own phenologies, their own timing of spring. First day the snow shovels get put away (unused in my driveway at all this year, I might add), first day of working… Read More

Lightning 1, Spruce 0

Anyone around this summer, or past readers of this blog, will remember a large thunderstorm that ripped through Middlebury two days after Independence Day. ┬áSeveral trees were struck by lightning, which I wrote… Read More

New Year, More Damage

I was asked (and jumped at the chance) to join Community Council this year, and was in a meeting last Monday when I was asked if there was any vandalism this year to… Read More

Summersweet

Memories of first loves can sneak up, then slam into the┬áconsciousness, triggered, perhaps by the sound of a song in a car at a stop light, the sight of a certain color hair,… Read More

The Return of the Vandal(s)

We are not alone, for better or for worse. The Burlington Free Press on Sunday wrote an excellent article entitled “Taking it out on Trees: Vandals go out on a Limb“. In it,… Read More

Sustainable Landscaping

While doing a post on the Sustainable Sites Initiative for the Atwater Landscape contest blog Turf Battle I’d remembered I also wanted to write about a homeowner version of this document called Landscape… Read More

Shade Plantings, and a new Service Building look

Landscape books often write about shade as a “problem”, or give chapters on “solutions” for shady locations. I think that’s crazy talk. Shade plantings require a slightly different mindset, like stepping two feet… Read More

Tree Planting 2010

Of all the work we do here in the landscape department, some of the best is the tree planting. Think of our landscape at Middlebury as a living organism, changing and evolving. Trees… Read More

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