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GARDENS BY THE YARD
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Recent Review: Everything went smoothly as planned.     No problems.    My husband and I  are very pleased and will hire Garden's by the Yard for more work next year.
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Arbor Alliance
Recent Review: Joe and his crew do great work. I am a master gardener and would recommend Joe to all my friends and family.
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Earth Landscape
Recent Review: Curt Dragon, the owner of this business, is very knowledgable about landscaping and landscape maintenance. I'm a master gardener, and I learn something new every time I talk with him. We first got in touch with him about 5 years ago for some tilling and major yard cleanup, and have had him back once or twice a year ever since. His crew always does a great job.  He's also a certified arborist; we haven't had him do tree work for us, because we don't have any trees in our yard, but in talking to him he does seem to understand trees well.  One of Curt's strengths is his expertise in earth-friendly landscaping and organic yard maintenance, and his ability to educate you on your options along those lines. I would recommend Curt Dragon and his business Earth Landscapes to anyone needing this kind of work done.
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Thyme in the Garden
Business Description: Thyme in the Garden is a Fine Gardening / Landscape Maintenance Company specializing in Hardscape. We have a team of professional Master Gardeners on staff, and offer a variety of gardening programs. From one-time plantings and seasonal cleanups to a comprehensive, year-round maintenance program. Our friendly and knowledgeable staff will expertly attend to the complex landscaping needs of your home or commercial building. Each member of our staff takes pride in every garden they tend. We create a personal relationship with both our clients and the gardens we maintain. Each employee has his/her own specialties and credentials such as Horticultural degrees and Master Gardener, Organic Certifications. We are continuously gaining the most up-to-date information through industry courses and seminars to offer our clients the latest green industry ideas and trends.

Reviews for Boston Master Gardeners

AArbor Alliance
Joe and his crew do great work. I am a master gardener and would recommend Joe to all my friends and family.
- Cynthia E....
AGARDENS BY THE YARD
Everything went smoothly as planned.     No problems.    My husband and I  are very pleased and will hire Garden's by the Yard for more work next year.
- Anne I....
AGARDENS BY THE YARD
The workers were very knowledgeable and helpful.  It was a pleasure working with them.  The owner came by to do an estimate, she also had wonderful suggestions to consider.  She told us when the workers would be there and how long they would work.  It was great.  The workers were very helpful and even gave me tips on how to edge the bed myself.  I appreciate what they did.
- Alex C....
AGARDENS BY THE YARD
The service went really well.  The only warning I would give folks is that Garden's by the Yard is extremely busy taking care of their existing customers.  This means your initial contact might take a bit - but once they are engaged (and now you are their customer) - then they are extremely punctual and get stuff done when they say they are going to get stuff done.  Don't worry if the initial contact is slow - it is NOT reflective of how they perform once they are engaged. We have had MANY companies work with us on our yard.  What I didn't realize is that all of the other companies we worked with basically knew nothing about yard care.  For 15 years I have hired people who cut grass who aspire to being Yard Specialists - and they are not.  Let me be clear - the people at Garden's by he Yard KNOW WHAT THEY ARE DOING - others I have tried - were clueless. Loved working with these folks - we will use them in the years to come.  Wish we had found them 15 years ago - imagine the thousands I could have saved on wasted plantings and lawn care.
- Paul C....
AEarth Landscape
Curt Dragon, the owner of this business, is very knowledgable about landscaping and landscape maintenance. I'm a master gardener, and I learn something new every time I talk with him. We first got in touch with him about 5 years ago for some tilling and major yard cleanup, and have had him back once or twice a year ever since. His crew always does a great job.  He's also a certified arborist; we haven't had him do tree work for us, because we don't have any trees in our yard, but in talking to him he does seem to understand trees well.  One of Curt's strengths is his expertise in earth-friendly landscaping and organic yard maintenance, and his ability to educate you on your options along those lines. I would recommend Curt Dragon and his business Earth Landscapes to anyone needing this kind of work done.
- Marcia M....
AGARDENS BY THE YARD
We have been extremely happy with Gardens by the Yard and it's owner, Leisha, in particular.  When we were initially interviewing landscapers, Leisha was the only person to spend more than a few minutes with us.  In fact, she came prepared with ideas and binders with pictures of different types of plants.  She took the time to listen to us, and to get a good sense of what we hoped to accomplish, as well as what our budget and limitations were.   Leisha is extremely knowledge about plants and other aspects of landcaping and design.  She is truly passionate about her work, and it is a pleasure to work with someone who cares so much about the work she does.  Throughout the process, she was very available to us, and willing to generate ideas and work through tricky aspects of the project, but was also very attentive to our considerations and never pushed us to go beyond our budget or other limitations of the project.   Our project is nearly complete and we are thrilled with the results.  Removal of the junipers from the slope was difficult, but Leisha and her crew were conscientious and dilligent.  The crew members were always very polite, professional and hardworking.  Leisha was responsive to us and worked up a great design.  She did a great job of consulting with us, but not adding costs with a labored design process.  The results are terrific.  We now have a variety of hardy, lovely, low maintenance plants that complement our home.  We have replaced a large eyesore with a big beautiful bed of plants.  The new landscaping makes our yard look bigger and much prettier.  We plan to use GBTY again would highly recommend them. 
- Lisa W....
CGARDENS BY THE YARD
Dealing with Leisha, the owner of the company, was great. For the drainage project she had some good suggestions for new materials we could use that were environmentally friendly and would reduce our costs. She also brought in a consultant who has done work for the Big Dig to help her with the design plan. She was very involved and accessible. Unfortunately, we weren't as happy with the three-man team who did the work. They were three young guys who seemed to work hard but had a poor attention to detail and were very sloppy with the finishing touches. Overall we were happy with the final product, but they had left a large pile of gravel on our front lawn that we had to clean up; there was a lot of dirt on the driveway and back stoop that we had to sweep; in temporarily relocating some hosta, they had unearthed our grounding line to the house and then just replanted the hosta with the line poking up randomly between the plants (it's supposed to be buried 12 - 18 inches in the ground); but worst of all was the pipe that funneled all the water out toward the street was cut too short and was dumping water right on the inside of a wooden retaining wall, which would have quickly deteriorated. Plus, the way they connected an extension to one of the gutter downspouts, it was leaking terribly and causing water to run down the side of the wooden retaining wall. We had a heavy rain and were able to see this happening. We contacted Leisha with our issues and she very promptly responded. Steve, who seemed to be in charge of the three-man group, came out and extended the pipe so that it cleared the retaining wall and put some type of patch material on the gutter. The gutter doesn't look great (grey on white) but it did stop the water leaking. He also reburied the grounding wire. Additionally, we noticed that the Dingo they used to dig the trenches had damaged the siding on the back of our house. We had the siding repaired and Leisha agreed to deduct the cost of the repair from the final bill. When we did the regrading it was the same three-man team that did the drainage work. Compared to the drainage project, the regrading went relatively smoothly. The only complaint was on their last day, Steve had to leave at 5:00 pm for an appointment and said he would be back by 7:00 pm for the final 30 minutes of work on the Dingo (which is fairly loud). He arrived back at nearly 8:30 pm and then proceeded to run the Dingo until 9:00 pm. We should have stopped him, to be considerate to our neighbors, but at that point we really wanted the job finished so they would take the Dingo cart out of our driveway - we had been parking on the street for 5 days while they did the work. Again, we were happy with the final outcome for the regrading, it was just the lack of professionalism of the crew doing the work that disappointed us. We really liked working with Leisha and would be happy to work with her again, but we would not recommend the three-man team she had, nor would we do a project with them again. REPORT UPDATE - December 1, 2010: It's been about four and a half months since this project was completed, and now we're noticing some things we're not happy with. The first is that for the regrading, whenever it rains we get a small pond in our backyard that stays around for about a day. Because we're on a hill, the regrading created a bowl shape in the center of our yard, which we were fine with. However, when they were regarding, Leisha had pointed out to us that there was a lot of clay in our soil. Clay is very dense and we've since discovered that it doesn't absorb water well. At the time, we didn't realize the implications this meant for us: namely, the bowl they created is sitting on a few inches of the top soil they brought in, then almost all clay. That's why we get a mini-swamp back there when it rains. We're incredibly disappointed that Leisha didn't bring this issue up to us when she saw all the clay in our soil. That's something I would completely expect a competent professional to identify as a potential problem for what we were doing. The other issue we have is with the drainage system she set up. We can definitely say it's working and doing its job. Mainly because it's been dribbling and tricking water almost non-stop for weeks. Even days after any rain has come through, it's still trickling water. The way Leisha set up the final drain for this project, the water is flowing down half of our driveway. Having it constantly wet, collecting leaves and debris, isn't ideal. But worse is that with the cold weather it's freezing to ice, right where I have to park my car. Clearly this is something we can't live with long term. Again I feel that Leisha should have foreseen the potential issue and suggested extending the final drain closer down to the street, or even working to funnel it more to the side of our driveway. The upshot is that come next spring we're going to have to spend probably several thousand dollars more to correct both of these issues, which we're not happy about at all.
- Matthew F....
AGARDENS BY THE YARD
It went very well. We interviewed a number of designers and liked her approach best. Here is the way things worked out: 1. After a phone interview she scheduled a visit to our house 2. During the visit we spoke at length about the garden and our vision for it. it was a lengthy conversation. She took a bunch of pictures and said she will get back to us. We then set up a 3rd visit where she brought catalogs of plants/flowers with her. We went through a selection process and came up with a list 4. Based on the above discussions we hired Gardens by the yard to provide a final design. 5. The process has started and won't be completed till next spring, but: • She brought a number of plants for us to review and we selected some and one area is finished and looks great • Moved other plants around to make space for new plants that will be planted next year. The outcome is that the area looks much better than before • The island (s) in front of the house look great and finally look like it was designed by somebody who has a great eye for this type of work 6. She , and her crew, have been gracious, professional and great at communicating everything . 7. I selected them based on reviews in Angie's List and saw complaints about them not returning calls or being late. When they have been late they have informed us and it has never been more than 15-20 minutes and it has not been a recurring event. And she always returns calls and emails. email is more convenient for her and us so we often use that as our method of communication and sometime text works too.
- Massood Z....