Indoor Children & ‘Nature Deficit Disorder’

This article appeared in The Greater New Milford Spectrum's Home & Garden, fall 2012. (We feel it's worthy of a second look-see.) My wife likes to keep our youngest, Ava, under what author Richard Louv calls "protective house arrest." She knows our 4-year old ought to be free to indulge in unstructured play, to experience the wonder of [...]

Renewal & Remembrance 2014

WASHINGTON – Volunteering at Arlington National Cemetery gives Shayne Newman goose bumps. “It’s hard to pay attention during the work I’m supposed to be doing,” Newman, 45, of New Milford, Conn., said. “I find myself glancing at the names on the headstones. I can’t help but wonder who these people were, but just knowing that they served our country [...]

Certification Matters

It may be impossible to quantify how becoming “certified” in the landscape industry will affect your bottom line, but what is certain is that more commercial and government accounts demand certifications by established service providers. Certification is a positive force in elevating service levels within the various segments of the green industry. While industry professionals […]

Special Thanks

Last year we thought we’d mix it up a little and do something different for Earth Day. We held a contest for green-space renewals, received submissions, and then spent the next seven weeks deliberating. Nominations rather than submissions came in on behalf deserving nonprofits, family and friends.  It really was a collaborative effort. We were […]

Praises YardApes for its Earth Day efforts

To the Editor: The Education Center of the United Methodist Church would like to send a huge thank you to all of the employees and volunteers of YardApes Landscaping. Our center was a recipient of YardApes’ fourth annual PLANET (Professional Landcare Network) Day of Service Contest. Shayne Newman, the owner of Yardapes, visited our center on several occasions to discuss […]

‘Offers thanks for ‘generous gift’ from YardApes

To the Editor: “Each man should give what he has decided in his heart to give, not reluctantly or under compulsion, for God loves a cheerful giver.” 2 Corinthians 9:7 N.I.V. Recently we were the recipients of a wonderful gift. Shayne Newman‘s YardApes chose Northville Baptist Church to receive a day of spring cleanup service by their team and […]

PLANET Day of Service 2014 spurs 90 project completions

Type #PLANETDOS into your Facebook or Twitter search bar and you’ll see evidence the Green Industry was busy on Earth Day, April 22. Off screen, the evidence was in the form of around 90 projects completed in 24 states at an estimated value of $400,000 as part of the Professional Landcare Network (PLANET) Day of Service 2014. An initiative that encourages landscape […]

Day of Service set by YardApes

YardApes Inc. in New Milford will once again participate April 22 in Professional Landcare Network Day of Service. Entries will be accepted through April 1. The landscape firm needs time to assess the nature of the projects, order materials and mobilize volunteers. The event is held in celebration of Earth Day. YardApes founder Shayne Newman, along with his firm’s team […]

CT LANDSCAPE FIRM SUPPORTS PLANET’S DAY OF SERVICE WITH LOCAL GREEN-SPACE RENEWAL

New Milford, CT. April 23, 2012—In celebration of Earth Day, YardApes’ team of volunteers revitalized the green-spaces of two area non-profit organizations and one area homeowner. “We received great submissions from our area nonprofits and homeowners,”  YardApes founder Shayne Newman said in a statement, regarding his firm’s Day of Service contest. Contest winners of the need-based […]

Williams joins YardApes staff

YardApes Inc. in New Milford recently hired J. Scott Williams as a landscape architect and account manager. Williams brings 17 years of experience in the industry to the full-service landscape design, construction and maintenance company. “We are excited to welcome Scott to our team,” saidShayne Newman, founder and president of the firm. “He brings an incredible variety of successful project […]

YardApes to Enhance Green Spaces of Abbey at Regina Laudis as PLANET Day of Service Project

Posted: Monday, April 16, 2012 12:00 am NEW MILFORD — The Professional Landcare Network (PLANET), a national lawn and landscape association, is sponsoring a nationwide Day of Service on Friday, April 20. Members of PLANET are organizing volunteer lawn and landscape projects in communities across the country, including New Milford and Bethlehem. Read more   

Winterizing Properties

Industry leading advice! Check out "The Silverbacks" tips for Winter maintenance in Condo Management Magazine on pages 12-13. Shayne's words apply not only to community living, but single-family residential and commercial property as well.

YardApes, Inc. Receives 2012 Best of New Milford Award

For the fourth consecutive year YardApes, Inc. has been selected for the Best of New Milford Award in the Landscaping category by the US Commerce Association (USCA). Nationwide, only 1 in 250 (less than half of 1%) 2012 Award recipients qualified as Four Time Award Winners. The USCA “Best of Local Business” Award Program recognizes […]

YardApes Mentioned in the Wall Street Journal

YardApes was back in the nation spotlight again (albeit in a small way) with a mention in this recent article in the Wall Street Journal.  Looks like these New Milford boys give you some of the best bang for your lawn-mowing buck!  

YardApes’ Earth Day Outreach

NEW MILFORD—In celebration of Earth Day, YardApes’ team of volunteers revitalized the greenspaces of two area non-profit organizations and one area homeowner. “We received great submissions from our area nonprofits and homeowners,” YardApes founder Shayne Newman said in a statement, regarding his firm’s Day of Service contest. Contest winners of the need-based initiative were determined […]

CT LANDSCAPE FIRM SEEKS SUBMISSIONS FOR LOCAL “DAY OF SERVICE” CONTEST

New Milford, CT. February 13, 2012—YardApes founder Shayne Newman, along with his firm’s team of volunteers, will revitalize the green-spaces of one area non-profit organization and one area homeowner, Friday April 20th 2012. The Day of Service Contest is a need-based initiative.  Contest winners, determined and vetted by Mr. Newman and his staff, must demonstrate a […]

Dispatches from Harrybrooke Park

SPECTRUM/Shayne Newman of YardApes Landscaping in New Milford explains his staff’s volunteer involvement in a community cleanup at Harrybrooke Park in New Milford on Earth Day, April 22, 2011.  Photo: Norm Cummings / The News-Times

Landscape Management Recognizes YardApes’ Community Service Projects

YardApes’ team of volunteers this Earth Day has expanded to include: Peter Montgomery of Montgomery Gardens in Warren, CT, Matt Johnson of Aspetuck Tree & Landscape in New Milford, CT, J. Scott Williams, Landscape Architect, Brookfield, CT, New Milford resident Matt Vogt, and Newtown, CT, resident Travis Ranson… Read more

YardApes receives award

NEW MILFORD, Conn. –YardApes received the best large business award from the Greater New Milford Chamber of Commerce at the chamber’s Crystal Winter Gala. Each year, the award is given to a business that provides outstanding service to both the chamber and the community. “I started out with a lawnmower and a truck,” said Shayne Newman, […]

YardApes to revitalize green spaces

YardApes owner Shayne Newman and his company’s team of volunteers will revitalize the green spaces of one area nonprofit organization and one area homeowner April 20. The Day of Service Contest is a need-based initiative. Contest winners, determined and vetted by Mr. Newman and his staff, must demonstrate a need for a green space renewal and revitalization. Last year’s […]

YardApes’ Operations Manager featured in Green Industry Pros

PRODUCT REVIEW: Ferris IS 3100Z Series Zero-Turn Mower BY Gregg Wartgow Connecticut contractor says increased horsepower and improved operator comfort is making a difference. Tom Tuminelli, operations manager with YardApes in New Milford, CT, is trying out a new mower this year: the Ferris IS 3100Z. Tuminelli purchased three of the mowers, which are now being […]

YardApes landscape renovation featured in Consumer Reports

Consumer Reports calls YardApes’ founder Shayne Newman’s landscape renovation, “backyard bliss.”  The “before” and “after” transformation of Newman’s property was featured in Consumer Reports’: Reduce the size of your lawn—and your yard work 5 easy ways to enjoy your yard more and maintain it less The new Consumer Reports survey found almost a third of […]

Bringing Families Together – Under the stars

It’s become increasingly more difficult to talk to my older daughters. They’re 15 and 13, and quiet. (My youngest is four years old and never at a loss for words.) I struggle to meet them at their level, to engage them in conversation beyond the topical. I have to say, the fire pit has been […]

YardApes, Inc. referenced in Consumer Reports

Reduce the size of your lawn—and your yard work 5 easy ways to enjoy your yard more and maintain it less Consumer Reports magazine: May 2013 America’s love for lawns is alive and well, but more of us are letting other features into the yard. In a nationally representative Consumer Reports survey, almost a third […]

Praises YardApes as ‘Miracle Workers’

We were thrilled to read this letter of thanks from the executive director of the Children’s Center in New Milford.  We are heartened and deeply gratified when our outreach efforts make a difference.  Read the original post on the New Milford Spectrum. Dear YardApes Landscaping Day of Service team, it has been two weeks since […]

‘Get out there,’ but be ‘prepared’

The winter that wasn’t. Almost every state had a warmer-than-usual January, according to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. So, excepting those who rely on snow removal for the season’s income, the weekend warrior of the winter sport variety, or kids desperate to sled, build snowmen or make snow angels, it’s safe to say 2012′s uneventful […]

YardApes, Inc. Receives 2012 Best of New Milford Award

NEW YORK, NY, April 10, 2012 — For the fourth consecutive year, YardApes, Inc. has been selected for the 2012 Best of New Milford Award in the Landscaping category by the U.S. Commerce Association (USCA). Nationwide, only 1 in 250 (less than half of 1%) 2012 Award recipients qualified as Four-Time Award Winners. The USCA […]

New Milford Chamber of Commerce’s Best Large Business: YardApes, Inc.

SPECTRUM/YardApes, Inc. of New Milford is feted by the Greater New Milford Chamber of Commerce with its Large Business Award. YardApes president Shayne Newman, second from left in back, is joined by staff during the Chamberís 14th annual Crystal Winter Gala, Jan. 28, 2012 at the Candlewood Inn in Brookfield. Celebrating their award are, from […]

GREG KAISER ACHIEVES LANDSCAPE INDUSTRY CERTIFIED STATUS

HERNDON, Va., November 27, 2011 – The Professional Landcare Network (PLANET) announces that Greg Kaiser, who is employed by YardApes, Inc., in New Milford, Connecticut, has earned the Landscape Industry Certified Lawn Care Technician and is now nationally certified. Candidates pass two proctored exams covering all aspects of caring for the varieties of turf used in cool season lawns. Integrated Pest Management (IPM) practices are […]

Reconnecting With the Outdoors

Radical weather patterns. Shifts in natural laws.   If you are given to signs and calendar predictions set in motion 104,000 years ago, it’s not looking good for us.   I’m not that guy. I say we’re experiencing fallout from global warming. And, we’ve happened to have a bad run. That’s not to diminish the hardship and loss experienced by […]

PROFESSIONAL LANDCARE NETWORK MEMBER, YARDAPES LANDSCAPING, PARTICIPATED IN LEGISLATIVE DAY ON THE HILL

New Milford, CT, August 1, 2011 — Shayne Newman, member of the Professional Landcare Network (PLANET), participated in PLANET’s Legislative Day on the Hill July 24-26, 2011. PLANET partnered with the Irrigation Association, as well as the Tree Care Industry Association.  Supporting the event at the Platinum Level was Syngenta, whose goal is “bringing together our world leading […]

YardApes Founder Featured on Green Industry Pros.com

We go to great lengths to build and maintain a crew of highly trained, motivated and experienced professionals who take pride in their work. That goal is impossible without engendering a culture of respect and integrity…Read more  

PROFESSIONAL LANDCARE NETWORK MEMBER, YARDAPES LANDSCAPING, PARTICIPATED IN DONATION TO ARLINGTON NATIONAL CEMETERY

New Milford, CT, August 1, 2011 — Shayne Newman, a member of the Professional Landcare Network (PLANET), participated in Renewal & Remembrance at Arlington National Cemetery on Monday, July 25, 2011. Four hundred landscape and lawn care professionals, hailing from twenty-nine states, converged at Arlington National Cemetery to revitalize its grounds. Volunteers spent the day mulching, upgrading sprinklers, cabling […]

YardApes featured in Life@Home Magazine

YardApes work featured in Life @Home’s Problem: Solved.  What was a gravel driveway in now a beautiful green-space to better enjoy the lake views. Dramatic transformation. Happy homeowners. Click here for photos  

See what the boss has to say on the matter of reviving our lawns

This winter was unrelenting. Record snowfall. Record rainfall. Record inconveniences. But in a global context, we know it could have been worse. When we’re in the middle of it, however — flooded house, leaking roof, road cleaved in two — perspective is hard won…Read more  

CT Landscape Firm Supports PLANET’S Day of Service with Local Green-Space Renewal

New Milford, CT. April 10, 2011—This Earth Day, April 22, 2011, YardApes’ team of volunteers will revitalize the green-spaces of two area non-profit organizations and one area homeowner.  “We received great submissions from our area nonprofits and homeowners,” YardApes founder Shayne Newman said in a statement.  “Unlike our nonprofits that are sustained by community outreach and […]

YardApes Earth Day Contest Referenced in The Litchfield County Times

A Planet member and Landcare Network Public Relations Committee Chairperson, Mr. Newman is a recognized leader in community service contributions throughout the year. The YardApes founder became a “Day of Service” charter participant with the central mission of “demonstrating goodwill and environmental stewardship in revitalizing the places where people live, work, and play… Read more

YardApes Earth Day Contest Referenced in The Greater New Milford Spectrum

“My employees are excited to help out the community,” Mr. Newman said, “and I am proud that they are willing to donate their time and energy during the gear up of our busy spring season… Read more  

YardApes Earth Day Contest referenced in Danbury News-Times

This Earth Day, April 22,  YardApes founder Shayne Newman – along with his firm’s team of volunteers  – will revitalize the green spaces of one local nonprofit organization and one local homeowner.  I think that’s a pretty sweet offer. The Day of Service Contest is a need-based initiative. Contest winners, determined and vetted by Newman and his […]

CT LANDSCAPE FIRM SEEKS SUBMISSIONS FOR LOCAL “DAY OF SERVICE” CONTEST

New Milford, CT. February 24, 2011—This Earth Day, April 22, 2011, YardApes founder Shayne Newman, along with his firm’s team of volunteers, will revitalize the green-spaces of one area non-profit organization and one area homeowner. The Day of Service Contest is a need-based initiative.  Contest winners, determined and vetted by Mr. Newman and his staff, […]

Local talent proves its worth in New York City

From The New Milford Spectrum by Susan Tuz, Staff Writer Specialty touches were need to do the job right. Thus, when former New Milford resident Mark Verrastro was overseeing the construction of an eco-friendly, Hudson Valley design cottage on the Hudson River in New York City, he called on old friends from his hometown. The unique […]

Now is the time to ‘revive’ lawns and gardens

From The New Milford Spectrum by Shayne Newman, Contributing Writer This has not been a banner year for our lawns and gardens. If you love gardening like me, or you simply love the result of someone else’s work in your garden — that would be my wife –then I can imagine you’re feeling a little […]

YardApes Founder Named As Finalist In National Publication’s ‘Landscaper Of The Year’ Contest

Shayne Newman, founder of YardApes, Inc. is among the 12 finalists chosen by the Total Landscape Care editorial staff in recognition of “exemplifying the highest standards of landscape professionals, including business acumen, marketing and equipment management expertise, attention to safety and community involvement,” according to Glenn R. DiNella, editor, Total Landscape Care. “I am honored to be in […]

A Place To Play

From the New Milford SpectrumNew Milford children have a new place to play –the Creative Playground on Pickett District Road. The old playground was razed and a new one was put up last fall. In recognition of Earth Day last month, YardApes Landscaping recently paid a visit to the site to provide landscaping. Although the playground […]

YardApes Donates Walkway for New Milford’s Creative Playground

We volunteered our time to install a new walkway, spread 60 yards of topsoil, seed and straw on Earth Day as part of PLANET Day of Service.  

Timing and patience’ mean everything to lawn care

Published in the Greater New Milford Spectrum, April 23, 2010 By Shayne Newman contributing Writer You ARE your lawn.  If you’re overzealous in your approach to its maintenance—a weekend warrior, frenetically weed and feeding—your overwrought lawn will suffer for it.  If you are patient, well, good things (and lawns) come to those who wait. Timing is equally […]

Greg Kaiser Achieves Landscape Industry Certified Status

New Milford, CT (4/6/2010) — The Professional Landcare Network (PLANET) announces that Greg Kaiser from YardApes, Inc. in New Milford, CT has earned Landscape Industry Certified Technician status and is now nationally certified. Certification enhances an individual’s professionalism, demonstrates a sense of personal achievement, and increased respect and recognition in the profession.  The PLANET certification program, Landscape […]

YardApes Participates In ‘Greencare For Troops’ To Help Local Military Families

YardApes, Inc. in partnership with Project EverGreen will again participate in “GreenCare for Troops” in the greater New Milford area. Project EverGreen is a nationwide outreach program initiated to connect local area lawn and landscape firms with families of the men and women serving their country in the armed forces. “Lawn and landscape maintenance,” explains […]

YardApes Raises $8,000 for MVP-SOS

New Milford, CT, October 23, 2009 – YardApes, Inc. founder Shayne Newman presented a check totaling $8,000 at last week’s MVP-SOS fundraising dinner, wine tasting and silent auction. Newman raised funds for the volunteer non-profit organization by sponsoring and organizing the fourth annual Bob Rasor Memorial Golf Classic, held at The Bulls Bridge Golf Course […]

YardApes Landscaping donates to State of the Art Greenhouse at Naugatuck Valley Community College

Published in the Hartford Courant iTowns, October 14, 2009 Submitted by Naugatuck Valley Community College An open house for the public to tour the horticulture program’s brand new greenhouse at Naugatuck Valley Community College, part of the recently completed Technology Hall, will take place on Friday, October 16 starting at 5p.m. The horticulture program is […]