Welcome to the Nature Works Blog. 

Our job is to provide information, inspiration, and innovation about the the world of Ecological Landscaping!  We aim to be your go-to source for both information and all-organic, ecologically-inspired landscaping services.  

Our blog is written by the Nature Works team, showcasing our diverse backgrounds and commitment to horticulture, ecological design, and landscape construction.  We will also feature interviews and articles on clients and community members dedicated to earth-friendly landscaping.  Our aim is to show you what's possible--from formal gardens to wild meadows--when you design with the Earth in mind. 

We love hearing from you, and we're always happy to field requests on topics for the blog!  

Contact us at natureworksorganiclandcare@gmail.com with questions you'd like answered, or topics you'd like to hear from us about.

The Nature Works Team will also regularly post pictures from our work in the field on our Facebook and Instagram pages.  If you like what you see, please take a moment to share with your family, friends, and neighbors--we have a strong work ethic to spread Ecological Landscaping principles because we believe that the more folks learn, the fewer toxic chemicals and the more productive landscapes in the world!

As always--Nature Works is proud to "Bring Life to your Landscape, Naturally."

 We are excited to stay in touch through our new media outlets this year, and truly hope we can inspire you, work together, and change the world one landscape at a time.  

All the best,

The Nature Works Team 

The season is changing.

Walking around  nature you may notice a sweet fragrance in the air. Most likely you are standing near a Katsura Tree. Its scent is commonly compared to that of cotton candy or brown sugar and is emitted as its leaves yellow and drop to the ground in the Fall.

Tree Sisters~Inspiring a Rainforest Revolution

 

There is an extraordinary endeavor underway. Women from all over the world are joining forces to help save our planet. These women are part of an effort that is gaining significant momentum.

It’s a common idea for most homeowners to view their landscape as their own personal oasis, to create, enjoy and manage however they see fit. We often forget our little plots of the world are pieces of a much bigger picture, specifically your local native plant community.

Many people who spend time outside and in gardens in the Berkshires, myself included, have had multiple run-ins with fire ants. Myrmica Rubra Linnaeus or European Fire or Red ants, were first found in Massachusetts in 1908. Currently, they  seem to be developing a stronger foothold moving inland beyond the coastal wet areas where they have been typically thought to live.

The key to pruning, with the wellbeing of plant and people in mind, is both perceptive and insightful observation. Identifying the orientation of a crabapple, for instance, and understanding the importance of a north facing leader; as the plants typical behavior would be to have the most prolific growth reaching for the south or south west.

This is a common question from friends and family who wonder why I enjoy manual labor when they see me favoring an injury or the sound of the creaks and cracks that my body makes when I get up. There isn't a simple answer, I have a bachelors degree, I could have chosen a field that exercised mind instead of my whole being but I have always been drawn to the outdoors and the ache of a good days labor.

Connecting with the Natural World
"Perhaps the most radical thing we can do is to stay at home, so we can learn the names of the plants and animals around us; so that we can begin to know what tradition we're part of."
-Terry Tempest Williams
 

My mom loved nature.

She loved flowers, the birds (particularly flaming red cardinals and their songs), growing vegetables in her garden. Being immersed in nature was something that gave her peace in an otherwise unpredictable world.

I have always been fascinated by the seemingly endless lengths of stone walls in the woods around the Berkshires.  A silent reminder that the woods were not always so, and that up until around a hundred years ago, most of the wooded areas that we are so used too, were open fields.

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