Back To School time for many of us. That’s our son Jason sitting in a Batman chair at Smith Middle last week starting 7th grade this year. Always excited to see all his special needs teachers and friends. Gotta admit-Mom is pretty excited too 🙂



Hope you all are enjoyed the long Labor Day weekend with family and friends as well. I especially look forward to the cookouts and  food :). This time of year also sees the official start of local Fairs and cooler fall evenings. I remember years ago when Ron and I would setup a booth for the Hebron Harvest Festival and the temperatures would be 80-90 during the day and drop down into the chilly 50s as soon as the sun set. This last week we’ve been able to stay outside longer by hanging out on our patio and starting up the fire pit. My son loves the s’mores and hot chocolate too!

Design a Patio Area around the Fire Pit: Check out some interesting information and photo ideas for creating a comfortable patio space that will also let you get the most enjoyment from your fire pit:

Those of you that like history, science and health may also find this article interesting: The Evolutionary Reason Why We Love Sitting By A Crackling Fire

As a reminder we will be starting to wind down our landscape services at the end of September/early October so we can transition into our holiday decorating services. Check out our latest summer newsletter 2019 (click to open pdf)

This will be our 20th season of holiday lighting and decorating and it always surprises me when I start receiving inquiries in early August requesting pricing and availability. Must be all the Christmas in July sales being advertised or seeing the holiday products already being sold on Amazon and Home Depot.

Check out our Holiday Lighting and Decorating Services



Regardless it reminds me that it’s never too early to start planning for the fall and upcoming winter holidays. Already designing holiday quotes and scheduling for November so now’s the time to contact us if you are planning a holiday event and need some professional help.


Speaking of fall planning, once the leaves start falling many of you will start noticing that you can now see your neighbors yards again and also that means they can see you and your activities. By planting a privacy screening of evergreens, you can eliminate some of this.

Ron has been at the Prides Corner Farms Nursery Cromwell/Rocky Hill location and the fall selection of shrubs and perennials is looking great. The fully stocked trees are very healthy and freshly dug and I love the pannicle hydrangeas that last from May to October like this Little Quickfire summer hydrangea. Planting this time of year also makes for easier watering due to cooler evening temperatures and this goes for lawns as well. Less competition from summer weeds and heat.


Fact: Fall is the Best time to plant trees and shrubs as well as repairing lawns. The fall moisture (rains) helps the trees and shrubs establish their root systems. When the air temperatures are cooler than the soil, new root growth is encouraged without new top growth. The result is a stronger, better developed root system for the next spring when the plant begins to grow.

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