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A Look Back at Long Island Modernism

By Heirloom Gardens, LLC |

There was a time in the not too distant past when architects brought their vision, talent and enthusiasm to the East End to build dream homes for young families. These homes were unlike the shingled monstrosities which litter the landscape today and are surrounded by the giant hedges and other non-native plantings that conspire to…

Getting Started with Sustainable Landscaping: Tips from the Field

By Heirloom Gardens, LLC |

Sustainability in landscape has many different meanings. Some define a sustainable landscape as a discipline that emphasizes plant health, soil condition, water quality, and resource conservation. To be sustainable does not mean the elimination of fertilizers, synthetic compounds, petroleum based products and gas powered equipment. Rather, sustainability means the creation of outdoor spaces that utilize…

Companion Planting

By Heirloom Gardens, LLC |

Some types of plants grow better when planted near a plant of another species. This is called companion planting. It is an older system of planting vegetables, herbs, and other plants, that was used before herbicides and fertilizers were common, but still works. In some cases, companion planting traps pests in a bait crop to…

Weeds You Can Eat: Dandelion

By Heirloom Gardens, LLC |

One person’s weed-filled lawn is another person’s salad bar. Perhaps the most familiar lawn weed of them all, the dandelion may also be the weed that’s most known to be edible. In fact, the reason it exists in the U.S. is that European settlers introduced it as a salad green. You can buy dandelion greens…

10 Eco-Friendly Gardening Tips

By Heirloom Gardens, LLC |

Taking care of your lawn and garden is just as important as taking care of your roof. An attractive landscape can increase the value of your home and add curb appeal. Maintaining your lawn and garden properly can save money and time. Eco-friendly or “green,” landscaping habits can help the environment and decrease the amount…

Eco-Friendly Landscape Essentials

By Heirloom Gardens, LLC |

Organic matter is the most basic element that determines soil fertility, and compost is the best organic matter source that you can offer a landscape, so compost is an essential part of any green landscaping project—its job is to nourish your plants by infusing the soil with life and fertility. “Feed the soil, not the…

Recycled materials provide both environmentally friendly and economically favorable options for sustainable landscaping.

By Heirloom Gardens, LLC |

Another key to a highly successful green landscaping project is the use of recycled materials such as mulch, other soil amendments, and landscape construction materials. With high lumber costs and forest land in short supply, recycled materials provide both environmentally friendly and economically favorable options for sustainable landscaping. For instance, recycled plastic bender board never…

Gardening in the Fall: Preparing for a Frost

By Heirloom Gardens, LLC |

Once autumn begins, it’s a good time to start thinking about frosts and freezes and the effect they can have on your plants. Most garden plants, assuming they’re hardy in your area, will weather the winter without any problem. An abrupt, early freeze may cause them to drop their leaves prematurely or cause some tissue…

How to Create a Successful Hardscape

By Heirloom Gardens, LLC |

Hardscaping is an attractive feature and offers many appealing options, from a rustic stacked wall to a fully developed outdoor living room and kitchen. Once you’ve decided to create an outdoor space, you must plan carefully to meet your hardscaping goals. “Research really pays off, especially when you consider that a fixed object in the…

Sagaponack Goes Boom

By Heirloom Gardens, LLC |

Anyone who has driven down one of the bucolic lanes in Sagaponack can see it. A virtual explosion of plywood, concrete, balled trees, dumpsters, and piles of soil off to the side of properties, lying in wait for final grading. The roads are streaked with dirt, and the sounds of construction boom across the fields.…