Habitat Gardens

Crispy Garden? Time for a quick cleanup!

September 5, 2017 by Dorsey Kilbourn

September is upon us and there is no real rain in sight. My garden is looking dry and shabby. Is yours?



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Spring News and Garden Packages

March 14, 2017 by Amanda Hoyt-McBeth

Garden Packages

January 6, 2017 by Amanda Hoyt-McBeth

We want to work with you over time to support the health and prductivity of your landscape. All gardens need a little TLC and updating from time to time. Schedule seasonal maintenance visits or design/install consults to keep things vibrant and looking fresh.

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Paperwhites + Vodka Experiment: Vodka Wins!

January 21, 2016 by Amanda Hoyt-McBeth

Paperwhites (Narcissus tazetta) are a lovely white bulb you can grow indoors in the winter to brighten up the dark days and add a sweet fragrance to your home.

This year I planted half my Paperwhite bulbs in 1/2 vodka + 1/2 water (on left), and the other bulbs in water only (right). The bulbs with vodka were slow to take off but stayed compact and continue to look great after 5 weeks. The bulbs planted in just water were bloomed a bit earlier, but after a couple weeks got leggy and began to fall over and wilt. Both were planted the same day mid-December.

The bulbs planted in vodka (left) look great and last much longer than ones in just water. I thank my mother-in-law for the tip!



A Hard Rain’s A-Gonna Fall (again & again)

January 12, 2016 by Amanda Hoyt-McBeth

If all the rain this season is causing problems pooling improperly in your landscape or causing issues with your foundation/basement, it’s possible installing a rain garden could be of benefit to you. 

Rain gardens are planted depressions that are used to treat stormwater drainage. They collect water diverted from impermeable surfaces like roofs, driveways, and sidewalks and allow for that water to infiltrate into the native soils. Doing this instead of piping water to the local sewer system allows for more stormwater to be treated on site which builds the local groundwater table, filters out pollutants in the water naturally through soil and vegetation, and alleviates surge on municipal systems.

While rain gardens are important functionally and ecologically, they can also be a beautiful addition to your landscape. They are built by creating a low depression in the yard where stormwater is directed at a proper distance from your foundation, then layering drain rock, amended soil, and compost. Grasses and native plants that can handle wet feet (as well as summer dry spells) are ideal for rain gardens, provide habitat, and can also add an attractive feature in your garden. 

A few of Habit Gardens’ favorite rain garden plants include:

  • Native Sedge grass varieties
  • Blue Eyed Grass
  • Red Twig Dogwood (dwarf and larger varieties)
  • Sword & Deer Ferns
  • Camas

If you are interested in exploring whether a rain garden would work in your landscape, we’re happy to give you a free consult and estimate. The best time to plan this type of project is a rainy day like today!

For some photos of newly installed rain gardens, click here:



When Hard Rains Fall- Stormwater Management

December 10, 2015 by Mandi Hoyt-McBeth

Rainy season is upon us once again and chances are if you haven’t taken care of your drainage issues yet you are seeing the damaging effects stormwater can have. Here are some things you can do as a homeowner to protect your property from stormwater damage;

• Clean out all gutters and make sure downspouts are clear of debris and blockages

• Make sure the ground and hardscape surfaces around your foundation are sloping away from the house

• Direct your downspouts away from your foundation while keeping the stormwater from eroding your yard or dumping into the street (or your neighbor’s yard!). For example, you can discharge into rain gardens or drainage swales

• A French drain can be utilized if site conditions won’t allow for proper surface drainage

 This homeowner's downspout is directed into a rain garden just behind the path. It is planted water loving grasses and ferns and top dressed with crushed rock to prevent erosion

This home's downspouts are directed into a rain garden along the step stone path. It is planted with water-loving grasses, ferns and natives and topdressed with crushed rock to prevent erosion.

This photo shows a rain garden in the making. It has two downspouts directed towards the drainage pit to keep water from draining right by the home's foundation. In the middle of installing it we had a heavy rain that allowed us to see how the rain garden would absorb the stormwater. It was then amended with rock and soil and planted.


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Anniversary Celebration

April 11, 2015 by Mandi

Habitat Gardens
Five Year Anniversary Party
Sunday, May 3, 2015
2-5 pm

~ hors d'oeuvres and refreshments will be served


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