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Happy Spring!

Spring is here and we couldn’t be happier! Now it’s time to get a jump start on preparing your garden for the summer months. Our Spring Garden To-Do-List Prune away dead and damaged branches to promote new growth, but keep in mind it’s best to do after the threats of hard frost have past Cut back and divide perennials as needed before the roots become better established in the soil to avoid the chance of damaging the root system Prep the beds by cleaning up around plants. If the mulch is broken down, work it into your beds, but if any ...Read More

Worth The Read: Edible Landscaping

Recently we picked up an exciting new how-to landscaping book called Edible Landscaping With a Permaculture Twist by Michael Judd. It’s a great little book to help gather ideas and inspiration. Some topics the book goes over are: How to make a Herb Spiral Rainwater harvesting Growing fungi Growing a food forest with uncommon fruits The definition of a Hugelkultur How to make an Earthen Oven After reading the book and your ideas start flowing, feel free to reach out to Sparrow and Brambles to help you implement your vision. Also, always remember landscapes can be more than just beautiful ...Read More

Spring is Near

As we stare outside it is hard to believe that soon enough the snow will melt, the ground will thaw and your spring bulbs will start cracking the Earth’s surface. Which makes now the perfect time to take advantage of these lazy, cold winter days and start planning your warm weather garden, be it a simple herb garden or a four bed vegetable garden. Below are a few friendly tips to help you get started with your warm weather garden: Design your garden space or have Sparrow and Brambles help you. Research what planting zone you are in to know ...Read More

Give Thanks & Plan Ahead

To all of our valued customers, we hope you've enjoyed your holiday season. Winter is a great time for families and gardens to relax, but a new year brings the warm welcome of Spring. OK – garden talk now! Unfortunately, not much is happening in the garden at this time, but in the spirit of reflection, we should recall lessons we learned about our landscape last year and look to improve for next. Do you have a plan for next season? Winter is the best time to plan your landscape, as there is ample time to explore options for the upcoming ...Read More

Get Your Spring Garden Ready this Fall

Fall is officially here and the weather is turning fast! Before you sit down and enjoy another piece of pumpkin pie, take a moment to think about your landscape in the early spring. Are you happy with your spring blooms? Would you like to add more color? Now is the perfect time to plan for a colorful spring display by planting your garden with bulbs. Start your bulb planning project by surveying your landscape and identifying key areas to plant bulbs. Think of areas of high visibility for you and your guests. Consider the other typical factors like sun/shade, soil, ...Read More

Plan Your Fall Garden

As another summer comes to close, thoughts of autumn colors and crisp, cool air begin to fill our heads. The fall season is a great time to plant a new garden or take care of an existing one. Cooler air and soil temperatures reduce the need for regular watering and give gardens a chance to reinvigorate before the dormant months of winter. Planting a new garden in the fall also allows for two seasons of new growth before the hot weather of the following summer. Take time in the fall to reflect on the hard work you put into your ...Read More

Sustainably Drained (Water Your Plants!)

Rain rain, go away – period (but water the plants before you go)! While rain is beneficial to our much treasured gardens, it can wreak havoc on a landscape or structure when not handled properly. Traditionally, the rule of thumb is that water rolls downhill and as long as you grade away from something, all is well. While that may work most of the time, there are a number of cases where more innovative solutions are necessary. If this is the case for your property or project, consider using a sustainable drainage system. When considering the management of stormwater runoff, ...Read More

Vertical Gardening – “Growing Up”

In the age of hip gadgetry and extreme convenience, it’s hard to believe that gardening is on the rise. Folks, both young and old, are looking to put plow to field (not literally) and reap the benefits of growing their own fruits and vegetables at home! While traditional gardens of size and variety are still desired, few garden hobbyists have the time or space to make such a commitment. One way to maximize yield without clearing a large plot of land is to grow up - by starting a vertical garden! Vertical gardening is a great way to bring life ...Read More

Winter Insights: Food for Friends

Winter is the time when gardens go to sleep and get ready for their next grand performance. Growth gives way to dormancy and food sources become scarce for the foragers of suburbia. Squirrels and chipmunks stow away acorns and birds fly south for a much needed vacation. Winter is a time for preparation. As stewards of the land, it’s important that we think of the landscape as an ecosystem and not just a colorful composition of plants and connecting hardscapes. The landscape can be beautiful, but it also serves a vital role in the survival of creatures that call it ...Read More


When someone mentions the word “landscape,” the average mind conjures up thoughts of flowers and green grass – not dormant perennials and peeling bark. Winter is an often overlooked season for finding interest in the landscape. Whether it be in the fruit display of the Winterberry Holly (Ilex verticillata), the bright red stems of the Red Twig Dogwood (Cornus sericea), or the playfully peeling bark of the River Birch (Betula nigra) – winter is a month to find (or plan) for serious interest in the garden. In planning your new landscape or landscape renovation, it’s important to think of all ...Read More

5 Perfect Gifts for the Gardener on your List

1. Compost Bin What a great way to promote sustainability and keep those veggie scraps under control! Available in an array of colors and styles and can be kept on the counter or under the kitchen sink. If you keep packing your scraps into these bins and adding them to your compost pile, you will add wonderful nutrients to your soil for your garden next year. 2. Terrarium Great project whether you build it yourself or buy it pre-made! Terrariums are mini ecosystems that thrive off of cool, moist environments. You can plant mosses or any other low growing, water ...Read More

3 Local Stones for Landscape Design in New Jersey

Why do so many people in New Jersey end up using bluestone in their patio areas? Because it’s local, beautiful, and strong! There are several other local options for patio stone. Let’s take a look to see what native natural stone can do for you! 1. Bluestone Bluestone used for walkway, patio and to cap walls surrounding Japanese Bloodgood Maple The most commonly used natural stone in New Jersey. These feldspathic sandstone quarries are located in New York, New Jersey, and Pennsylvania. These deposits came to the Catskill area roughly 350 million years ago. There are many style options that ...Read More

Landscaping Ideas: 3 Perfect Low Maintenance Plants for the Summer

The heat is here! New Jersey weather is nearly unbearable. If you’re tired of watering those hydrangeas every night, Sparrow and Brambles has some hot weather planting suggestions that require no care at all. 1. SEDUM Sedum is a genus, which has thousands of varieties and many forms—from groundcovers and vines to large shrub-like perennials. These plants are often used in roof top gardens, where little or no water is available. Two varieties that we love in the garden are Sedum x “Autumn Joy”, Autumn Joy Stonecrop and Sedum acre, Goldmoss Sedum. They have two completely different looks, but they ...Read More

Spring CleanUp

The first job of our 2011 season just passed by this weekend.  We received an email from a frustrated home owner who was having trouble finding a landscape designer/contractor.  She has a smaller property and no one wanted the work, we enjoy all sized projects and were anxious to help. Her first order of business was a spring cleanup, which will hopefully be followed by several phases of plantings and other yard amenities. Let us know if you need a "Spring Cleanup"!  

Four Winds Art Show

On February 26th we attended the Four Winds Art Show at Frame to Please in Red Bank.  The exhibit was the work of graduating students from Inspired Minds Fine Art School. A few weeks prior, Frank was commissioned to fabricate sculptures as awards for the graduating students.  All the student work was impressive and we wish them all the best in moving forward in their fine art careers. Here are some pictures from the event.

Tree Lighting Festivities

The tree lighting was a great success although it was a frigid evening.  Lots of people came out to see the tree, live performances and to eat tasty chili.  The Harvest Moon vegetarian chili was our favorite and probably should have won the cook-off.  Local school bands, choirs, singers and dance troops kept the crowd lively. The Albus Cavus coloring station was a great success.  We nearly ran out of paper and crayons!  Friends and family have been huge in supporting us in fund raising during the holiday season.  Cards and ornaments are still for sale, get them while their ...Read More