Planting Big Trees in Southern New Hampshire

Planting Big Trees in Southern New Hampshire

Posted by on Oct 5, 2015 in All, Design, Tips, Uncategorized | No Comments

We’re sometimes asked what are the most spectacular changes that people can make to their landscapes quickly. One of our recommendations is to purchase the largest trees you can afford and plant them in thoughtfully selected locations on your property. Nothing transforms a landscape more dramatically than the addition of beautiful, mature trees. Here’s an installation of […]

Ask an Expert: The Home Outside Palette App as Teaching Tool

Ask an Expert: The Home Outside Palette App as Teaching Tool

One of our favorite features of the Home Outside Palette landscape design app is “Ask an Expert,” which lets users email us a design of their own creation so that JMMDS designers can revise it–adding, subtracting, and moving elements around to improve the aesthetic and functional appeal. Not only is this a lot of fun […]

Landscape Design Concepts Video #4: Choosing a Layout

Landscape Design Concepts Video #4: Choosing a Layout

Posted by on Oct 25, 2013 in All, Design, How-To, Tips, Uncategorized, Video | 2 Comments

Ideally, when we design our home landscapes, we look at our property as a whole and choose an organic design that incorporates the various goals and features we desire. In this video, the most recent in our Landscape Design Concepts series, Julie talks about the basic layout arrangements for residential landscape designs. To learn more, […]

Palette Landscape Design App “Ask an Expert” Re-Design #2

Palette Landscape Design App “Ask an Expert” Re-Design #2

Posted by on Oct 21, 2013 in All, Design, Tips, Uncategorized | No Comments

Dynamic Balance This Home Outside Palette landscape design app user employed the “Ask an Expert” feature to send us a plan of her property and asked for an interesting design for both the front and back yards. Because the house and the front yard are symmetrical, Julie started by creating a similar layout for the […]

Landscape Design Concepts Video: Evaluating Your Site

Landscape Design Concepts Video: Evaluating Your Site

Posted by on Aug 5, 2013 in How-To, Tips, Uncategorized, Video | No Comments

JMMDS is launching a video series called Design Concepts for Your Landscape, in which Julie explains the principles of good landscape design for homeowners.  In “Evaluating Your Site,” she describes the first step of creating a landscape design: evaluating the features and conditions of your property. Our Home Outside online landscape design service helps homeowners […]

Landscape Design: Repeating Garden Elements

Landscape Design: Repeating Garden Elements

Posted by on Feb 19, 2013 in Design, Tips | One Comment

By Julie Moir Messervy A charming collection of rounded beach pebbles set out on a shade garden floor bring unity to this garden vignette. Photo by JMMDS. As I wrote in Home Outside : “The easiest way to connect the energy both in and around your house is to repeat an element:  a color, a texture, […]

“The Gravest Natural Resource Shortage You’ve Never Heard Of”

“The Gravest Natural Resource Shortage You’ve Never Heard Of”

Posted by on May 15, 2012 in All, How-To, New Homestead, Tips | 3 Comments

By Jennifer Silver, JMMDS Establishing a reliable phosphorus supply is essential for assuring long-term, sustainable food security….If we fail to meet this challenge, humanity faces a Malthusian trap of widespread famine on a scale that we have not yet experienced. —James Elser and Stuart White, Foreign Policy magazine (April 20, 2010) My blog post last […]

Old Dog, New Tricks: Prepping the Vegetable Garden Beds

Old Dog, New Tricks: Prepping the Vegetable Garden Beds

Posted by on May 3, 2012 in All, How-To, New Homestead, Tips | 7 Comments

Text and photos (except where noted) by Jennifer Silver, JMMDS Gas prices have been going up, and with them, food prices. This winter I was shocked by my family’s grocery bills and determined that we would start growing a lot more of our own food. Trying to be as self-reliant as possible, we grow a wide […]

Recycling Concrete

Recycling Concrete

Posted by on Oct 7, 2011 in Design, New Homestead, Plants, Tips, Uncategorized | 4 Comments

by Anna Karina Johansen, JMMDS Concrete is one of the most commonly used materials in residential and other construction.  So what happens when that concrete reaches the end of its lifespan and needs replacing?  In one recent JMMDS project, concrete that would have otherwise been hauled away was re-purposed on site. A new driveway recycling […]

Garden Clean-Up: Rotation and Cover Crops

Garden Clean-Up: Rotation and Cover Crops

Posted by on Sep 15, 2011 in All, How-To, New Homestead, Plants, Tips | 2 Comments

by Jennifer Silver, JMMDS Vermont is enjoying some blessed sunshine after our recent torrential rains and floods, but we’re poised on the cusp between summer and fall. A possible frost is in the forecast for this weekend—although my cayenne peppers haven’t even turned red yet. I’m already raking the first leaves out of my baby […]