Thursday, November 6, 2014

Bamboo Begone!

This lovely property in Collingswood was being over-run by invasive bamboo. Enter Rooted Landscaping!

All existing bamboo was removed by hand. Next, we dug a two and a half foot trench along the fence and inserted a sheet metal bamboo barrier. The trench was back-filled with soil.

Next digging out a decorative field stone wall.

In front of the wall, a replanting an existing Japanese Maple and skip laurels, and adding diablo nine barks and a variety of native, bee-attracting perennials

Bamboo is beautiful. To get that peaceful feeling, while not allowing it to run ramshod, a little bit of black bamboo was planted in underground pots. Whispering breezes, safe house foundations. Win!

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Wormies! Vermies?

Our friend, Rose, is the Children's Librarian at Pennsauken Library. She invited Kevin to offer a lesson on worms function in a healthy ecosystem.

Kevin was beside himself. For his 30th BDay, he received worms to start vermiculture composting at the Avant Garden. Some of these guys were featured. Thankfully, we also received a good rain the day before the workshop, so Kevin was able to dig up some other earth worm varieties in the Avant Garden.

Kids got to take a peak. Sonora Rose is helping in the background. She is also largely responsible for the Pennsauken Community Garden, located behind the Library, and featured in these photos.


Kevin is a big fan of kids. He's also worked one-on-one with kids to establish vegetable gardens. Contact us if you'd like to book on-going education!

Special thank you to Lauren Lopez, the Rooted Logo designer, who attended with her kids and took these photos!

Monday, August 18, 2014

Field stone wall in off-season

Our friend, Aimee, with Horticulturalist for Hire wanted a Field Stone wall built for a property where she was working. She built the fire pit & enlisted Rooted Landscaping support for the field stone wall with blue stone cap. 

We love working collaboratively with Aimee and we love this wall!

Friday, August 15, 2014

New beds in Shamong

Rooted Landscaping installed a series of beds framing the pool and weaving along the frontyard of this property in Shamong.

Zoysia plugs for a healthy lawn.

Harvested garlic

From our very own Avant Garden! 200 hundred bulbs cured & stored.

Friday, August 8, 2014

Higgins front yard overhaul

Our friend, Maureen, wanted to remove ivy and update the landscaping in her front yard. After ivy removal and soil remediation, we began carving beds.

Freshly laid sod and a perennial garden. 

Wednesday, August 6, 2014

Rossi retaining wall

Our friends, Carole and Ken, wanted to level out their front yard so their dogs would have another area to run. Rooted to the rescue!

Carole is knowledgeable about landscaping and chose dry stack natural stone. The wall was completed in the rain.

The planting on the next work day. A functional front yard!

Monday, August 4, 2014

Milbourne sitting wall

On one of the properties Rooted has tended for some time now, there began to be run off into the pool. A neighbor behind the property cut down some trees. Without tree roots absorbing rain water, hard rains ran straight down and into the pool.

Rooted put in drainage along with a sitting wall to direct water. 

First, excavation.

Musical interludes.

A stucco wall and hand-laid brick. 

The finished product! A beautiful wall for sitting by the pool that also helps divert run-off into the drainage system. Style and function!

Tuesday, June 10, 2014


What does a landscaper ask Santa for Christmas? 


Kevin's kindly parents gifted him a flame weeder with a propane backpack this past holiday season. It lived in our trunk for the 6 hour drive home from Virginia. We've joked with friends about creating a landscaping theme park. You can play with fire! Dig holes! 

A few weeks ago we installed a forsythia hedge for a client. Maine began flame weeding the lawn. Singeing the leaves kills the root system, preventing regrowth. It's a healthier, more organic alternative to landscaping fabric and other bed building methods.

More privacy with the neighbors and the perk of lovely spring blossoms.

Happily, we were able to enjoy tulips planted this past fall. So lovely!

Friday, May 23, 2014

Growing with our community: Progress on the Chen project

We're so happy to grow with clients. A few years ago, a client & friend purchased this fantastic house. The facade, with those big blonde brick walls, offers so many opportunities! We began with a crepe myrtle to train and as a nod to the owner's southern roots.

Later, the owner requested a trellis. Last year, the trellis was photo'd below.

This season, the vines are climbing and bulbs in bloom.

A previous owner's dog kennel has been creatively converted into an outdoor patio space. The twining vine is wisteria getting ready to take over the top of the structure!

And hellebores to brighten the day. A note from our client:

"The new plantings are beautiful!!! I was so excited to see them all and am really stoked about the beautyberry and new forsythia bed. I also think you put the rhododendron in the perfect spot on the side yard under the living room windows.

All the plants are coming along so great, and they really add so much to making the house and yard beautiful. Thank you, Kevin! :) I'm so glad to have you as a landscaper!"

We're so glad to have each of you!

Thursday, April 3, 2014

Lemon Balm-- Ease for Seasonal Affect Disorder

A lot is in the ground at the Rooted home garden! First batches of spinach, garlic, kale, potatoes, horseradish, and chard. We've got to get beets and other roots in the ground soon too.

I've been keeping this lemon balm plant on the table while I work. He'll go into the ground soon too. Lemon balm is not perennial in Zone 7, usually, but you can over-winter it in a pot indoors.

I recently learned that lemon balm is helpful in balancing seasonal affect disorder. If you suffer, consider keeping a potted plant nearby. Crush a leaf between your fingers to release the scent. It's said to provide ease.

My friend Toula told me that she takes lemon balm oil daily to fight chronic fatigue syndrome. She's found it really helpful!

To more light & fragrance.

Tuesday, January 7, 2014

Ice Crystal Salvation

A few hours ago I was frustrated to find the cold water pipe in our downstairs bathroom frozen. We have heat coils on the pipes, but on this crisp ten degree night the three inch section that I couldn't stretch the coils to was ready and willing to freeze. I cursed under my breath and debated whether I should change out of my pajamas and make the journey into the crawl space or take my chances on the pipe bursting. I'm trying hard not to take too many chances.

I decided to make the journey a bit more enjoyable by taking out my Ipod along with the blow dryer. Earlier today I'd been listening to an old episode of 'On Being,' with Krista Tippett interviewing one of my favorite authors, Barbara Kingsolver. As I stepped out into my backyard I had to turn off the Ipod. I could actually hear the cold ringing loud and clear and it was beautiful. The pitch was coming from the small stretch of woods behind our house. I walked back and noticed how beautiful the creek looked. It was only frozen in spots, while other sections were flowing on this frigid night. I stuck my hand into the water and it didn't feel that cold. The ringing was coming from the trees and it was exceptional. I was happy to be outside and didn't feel a bit cold. I walked in the creek for a few hundred feet and observed the beautiful movement of flowing water and ice. Eventually I made my way over to the crawl space and got to work on heating the pipe. I put on my Ipod only to hear the wise words of Barbara Kingsolver: "The changes we dread most may contain our salvation." Yep.