The future of mulch, or what to do with barren soil in the landscape

THE PAST Years ago (many years ago, pre-Muddy Boots) we would get calls in spring asking us to “turn over” the soil in the homeowners’ “planting beds”. “Turning over” soil meant laboriously digging up clods of soil and then pulverizing them with the point of a shovel. The areas to be turned over were patches …

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Your Plant Nemesis

Do you have a plant nemesis? This spray-painter clearly does – and it’s the lowly privet. He’s emphatically declaring that he does not intend to plant them, and is discouraging us from the same. (I realize there’s an alternative explanation for this involving the lack of a dictionary, but I’m sticking with my interpretation.) When …

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The White O‘Morn Cottage and the Origin of the Muddy Boots Landscaping Name

Muddy Boots. The name. The logo. I get regular compliments on these things from clients, Uber drivers , fortune tellers, and Uber-driving, fortune-telling clients. I’m always flattered, but I end up telling the rather mundane story about how I wanted something a little whimsical that didn’t sound like the name of a law firm, and …

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Tenacious R

Weeds are plants that grow where you don’t want them, and plants growing in the cracks of sidewalks and driveways are frowned upon in polite society. The Wild Petunia in this photograph may be a weed in my neighbor’s sidewalk, but in mine it’s a symbol of the prairie clinging to a place where it …

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Practical Tree Planting Advice – Twine, Burlap, and Wire Baskets

When plants are dug in the nursery, burlap is tightly pinned, sewn, or tied around the soil ball so the ball doesn’t fall apart during handling. For large trees, this soil ball may be placed in a wire basket for added protection. If the tree is going to be above ground for awhile, some nurseries …

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