Smart Landscaping: 4 Tips For Energy Efficient Landscaping

When the summer heat gets too intense, we instinctively head for the shade. If your overheated house could scoot underneath a big shade tree to cool off, it would likely join you. The next best thing: give your home its own shade. Planting the right trees in the right places helps cool your home in … Continued

What Is Dormant Oil Spray And When Do My Trees Need It?

Here we are once again in the strange land of horticulture vocabulary. Dormant oil spray. What is dormant oil spray? Do I need it? Do I need to be dormant when I spray it? No, you don’t need to be dormant, but your trees do. This is one of those things that you need to … Continued

10 Winter Pruning Tips For Trees And Shrubs

Yes, it’s cold and snowy outside, but it’s time to bundle up and spend some quality  time with your deciduous trees and shrubs. Winter is actually the best time of year to prune deciduous plants. Your reward for braving the cold? Your bare-branched beauties will burst out with vigorous new growth in the spring. Pruning … Continued

Our Top 4 Backyard Patio Design Plans To Consider In 2015

It’s easy to picture yourself enjoying a new patio. A comfortable chair, a cold beverage, maybe a few friends to share in the fun. But one key detail remains: What shape should it be? The experts at Neave Landscaping hear that question a lot. After decades of designing custom patios in all shapes and sizes, … Continued

The 8 Best Foundation Plants For Connecticut & New York Landscapes

The plantings around your home’s foundation can speak volumes. Are the shrubs so overgrown they block your windows? Are the plants so sparse your neighbors can see your not-so-lovely foundation? The right mix of foundation plants can make or break a home’s curb appeal. The real challenge for homeowners can be deciding exactly what to … Continued

Are Native Plants Right For Your New York Or Connecticut Landscape?

It’s easy to get wowed by pretty plants without knowing much about them. Then you wonder: why do they need so much water? Why aren’t they attracting any birds or butterflies? It could be because they’re not from around here. Plan your landscape using native plants — plants original to your area of the country … Continued

10 Trees To Plant Now For Spectacular Fall Color Next Year

Driving through the New England countryside gasping at the brilliant fall leaves is a favorite rite of autumn. Add some cold cider and a warm cinnamon donut and, well, excuse us a moment while we swoon in delight. But why leave your house to experience the best part of autumn? Plant the right trees in … Continued

Beyond Raking: 9 Fall Cleanup Tasks And Why You Need Them

After a long summer tending to your lawn and garden, it’s tempting to stash the garden tools. After all, there are apples to pick! Football to watch! Pumpkins to carve! It’s fall now — the yard can take care of itself, right? Not exactly. There’s stuff to be done. Your yard and landscape still need … Continued

Fall Is Perfect For Planting — 5 Things To Plant Now

Spring gets all the glory. That’s when anxious gardeners, cooped up all winter, gleefully head to the garden to get their hands in the dirt. But fall is a great time to plant. Sure, the air is getting colder, but the soil is still warm. Your garden’s soil is actually warmer now than it is … Continued