Landscape Design



Outdoor Kitchens

outdoor kitchen

The “before” and “after” of this outdoor kitchen appear in Consumer Reports’ May 2013 article, “Reduce the size of your lawn–and your yard work.”  For the full article and project photos, click here.


Waterfalls, Water features and Ponds






Walls and Walkways

walk and walkaways


Fire Pits


Incredible “before” and “after” photos featured in Healthy Living CT

Another fire pit–Shayne’s–is featured in Love Your Our YardApes founder shares his thoughts on family, the outdoors, and how adding a fire pit to his outdoor living-space was the “single best thing” for bringing the family together. A very sweet piece to read.


Landscape Lighting

landscape lighting

Outdoor spaces, when lighted properly, are transformed at night. Even a small amount of lighting changes an outdoor space in a really dynamic way—especially when it comes to the small, forgotten spaces like terraces, back alleys and interior courtyards. The lighting installation is as artful as the landscape design.


Estate Management

estate management

  • high-quality organic fertilizer.
  • edging of ornamental plant beds.
  • mulching. See “mulching”
  • weekly weeding, watering and pruning throughout the growing season.
  • weekly inspection for disease and/or insect problems. Early detection is critical to successful treatment and can lead to fewer pesticide applications. See “IPM”


Weekly Lawn Maintenance

weekly lawn


Organic-Based Fertilization Program

First, a complete soil analysis will help identify any nutrient deficiencies or pH problems that may exist, determining how to best treat your lawn. In the absence of adjustments, our standard fertilization program is as follows:

MAY Broadleaf Weed Control and Crabgrass Pre-emergent Application

Timing of this application is critical in suppressing crabgrass seed germination. Equally important is the eradication of weeds that may have invaded the lawn during the previous growing season. While we use pesticides in a curative role, experience has shown that this combination application is important to lawn quality.

JUNE Organic Based Lawn Fertilizer Application

A controlled release organic based fertilizer applied in June will continue to feed your lawn for three months. A fully organic product (100%) can be substituted, but at a higher price point.

JULY & OCTOBER Lawn Inspection

Inspection for insects and/or disease. After notification and following your approval, necessary corrective action is taken.

AUGUST Aeration

SEPTEMBER Organic Based Lawn Fertilizer & Broadleaf Weed Control Application

The second (and most important) controlled release organic based fertilizer application is performed helping your lawn to recover from the stresses of the long hot summer. Treatment for broadleaf weeds that may have developed during the summer occurs at this time.

PEST CONTROL Integrated Pest Management

IPM is defined as “a process consisting of the balanced use of cultural, biological, and chemical procedures that are environmentally feasible, and socially acceptable to reduce pest populations to tolerable levels.”

Knowledge of both pests and plants—and the monitoring of each—is critical to landscape health. Proper management practices (fertilizing, mowing, watering, and aeration) greatly reduce pest problems.

In accordance with our IPM approach, pesticides are used only when insect and/or disease levels reach intolerable levels.

Early intervention allows for fewer pesticides and reduces our impact on the environment.


Tick Control


Shayne’s thoughts on Lyme Disease and disease prevention methods from The Danbury News-Times, and his further thoughts on the matter from The New Milford Spectrum.

We will safely treat your shrubs and the perimeter of your property without the spraying of pesticides. And we’ll show you ways to reduce exposure to ticks.

Click here for more information about Lyme Disease and tick control.


Deer Damage Control


Our challenge: deer are simply unafraid, desensitized to humans. The best defense against deer browsing is a well thought out landscape design that uses deer resistant plants like andromeda, barberry, boxwood, pachysandra, spirea, and spruce.

From The Danbury News-Times, Shayne’s thoughts on deer, and they havoc they wreak.

Click here for deer-resistant plantings, and quick tips.


Mole Control

We are certified applicators of the effective Talpirid® Mole Treatment System. To learn more about the treatment system click here and if you have any further questions, feel free to contact us.




We use only the best quality pure bark mulch. Spreading fresh bark mulch around your ornamental plants has several benefits:

  • enhances the appearance of the plants and your property.
  • controls weeds by blocking sunlight that causes weed seeds to germinate.
  • reduces the amount of evaporation from the soil, requiring less watering for plants.
  • insulates plant root systems during the winter and keeps them cool during the summer.
  • adds organic matter to the soil as it decomposes.


Insect & Disease Control

Our work occasionally requires pesticides, the use of which is carefully and responsibly monitored.  Integrated Pest Management (IPM), the foundation of YardApes’ Lawn Care Program, nurtures healthy soil and uses pest control only if necessary.

Curative rather than preventative, YardApes’ IPM promotes pesticide use only when deemed necessary and only in targeted areas. A complete soil analysis identifies any nutrient deficiencies or (pH) problems. Corrective measures are recommended should problems exist and fertilization is adjusted as needed.

We keep current all research and have the best people and equipment to implement industry advances. Above all else, our aim is to improve, never to harm the environment we work tirelessly to maintain.


Lawn Aeration

Aeration is one of the most important maintenance practices we can employ to help maintain the health of your lawn. Aeration will prevent a number of problems, including compaction and thatch build-up. It opens passageways in the soil, allowing better air, water, and nutrient movement. During drought conditions, aeration helps water reach thirsty roots. (Please see “Benefits of Aeration” in our ape advice section for more information).


Snow Removal

We provide both commercial and residential snow removal service to our valued clients. And for a good read on winterizing properties and minimizing damage from snow, ice, winds and winter temperatures, check out Shayne’s thoughts in CondoManagement magazine.

We believe everyone everywhere benefits from a connection with nature.

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