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Tuesday
Apr252017

12 Reasons to Choose Goldberg & Rodler for Your Landscape Needs

A community beautification project in Centerport/Huntington, partnership with Bottle Bargains and Bottles & Cases.As we approach our 60th anniversary, we pause to reflect on the last 6 decades and look forward to continuing our long-standing relationships with clients and our award winning tradition. These twelve reasons illustrate the care, dedication, and professionalism our clients have recognized in our company.

1. Our People: Goldberg and Rodler prides itself in having a highly talented and passionate group of certified and university trained professionals eager to see your project through from concept to completion.

2. History: We are a second generation landscape firm that began operations in 1958, so you can count on a stable company with a staff of loyal, dedicated, and experienced landscape professionals.

3. Integrity and Reliability: Goldberg and Rodler is a client focused organization with a fundamental belief of building trust by living up to our agreements and dealing honestly with our clients through dependability, accountability, and responsibility.

4. Environmentally Responsible: We recognize the need to protect and preserve our environment for immediate and future generations and we believe that understanding, respecting and following the laws of nature is paramount.

5. Knowledge and Innovation: As a team, we are always looking for new ways to fulfill your needs. We evolve with new technology to solve challenges, improving our products and services. Our goal is to support and create both a functional and beautiful outdoor living environment that will continue to give joy and comfort for many years to come.

6. Single Point Responsibility: Single point responsibility allows you the peace of mind that one person, either a landscape designer or project manager will always be available to discuss any questions, concerns, or needs you may have. As a team of professionals, we bring a variety of viewpoints and expertise to the design and implementation of your project. At Goldberg and Rodler we always strive to not only meet but exceed your expectations.

7. VIP Status: All of our clients, regardless of the size of the project, are given VIP status with personal attention 365 days a year. Whether you have a question, concern, need help after a storm, setting up for a party, or anything else, we are always available to mobilize our crews and provide the best possible solution to your specific need.

8. Reputation: Since inception, our landscape company has strived for over seven decades to develop and maintain an excellent reputation and has won the confidence of many high profile commercial clients including LI Jewish Medical Center, Gurwin Jewish Geriatric Center, SUNY Farmingdale University, Eisenhower Park – MADD Garden, Fay Lindner Assisted Living, Zucker-Hillside Hospital, Montauk Manor, The Shoppes at Greenvale, Catholic Health Services and many more. These relationships, and an extensive list of satisfied residential clients, have been nurtured through the quality oriented philosophy of our company, our logistic wherewithal and horticultural expertise. Client referrals are available upon request.

9. Horticultural Expertise: We bring a high degree of horticultural knowledge and many years of landscape experience to each and every project. Our staff includes certified arborists and nursery professionals, licensed pesticide applicators and trained horticultural experts.

10. Full Service Landscape: In addition to our landscape design and installation capacity, we offer a wide range of a la carte services including Seasonal Flower Plantings, Tree Care, Property Maintenance, and Winter Pruning to help nurture, maintain, and ensure the health and quality of your landscape for many years to come. 

11. Dedicated Service Department: Our experienced and certified professionals will diagnose your horticultural problems, recommend a solution, and dispatch our service crew promptly.

12. Award Winning Projects for Over 50 Years: We bring this award winning history and experience to all projects large and small. In total, our landscape professionals have over 400 years of combined landscape and horticultural experience.

 

Monday
Apr242017

Introducing: Chris Tanner

Chris Tanner: Property Management Specialist

We'd like to welcome a new member to the Goldberg & Rodler family. Chris Tanner has become part of our landscape car team in the role of Property Management Specialist. The success of your garden depends heavily on the knowledge and expertise of the people managing it. We are very pleased to announce that Chris Tanner has joined us in that role. Chris is an experienced foreman and for 30 plus years has installed many award-winning landscapes. For the past several years, he has concentrated his talents in the Garden Care area. He has a creative and artistic eye for details and he and his crew are dedicated to making sure your landscape will always look its best. To contact Chris, email him at chris@goldbergandrodler.net.Chris makes sure all landscapes in Goldberg & Rodler's Garden Care program receive proper horticultural care and consideration. 

Wednesday
Apr192017

A Contemplative Garden

Healing Gardens were first recognized in medieval Cloister Gardens where the monks grew herbs known for their medicinal and healing qualities.  The Cloisters at Fort Tryon Park in Northern Manhattan is a picture-perfect example of a contemplative garden.  As they say, what is old is new again and for the past decade or so, we have come to realize the benefits of self-healing. 

Hume Japanese Stroll Garden in Locust Valley

Whether to engage in yoga, physical exercise, growing our own vegetable and herbs, converting to vegetarianism, holistic medicine or investing in organic foods, we are all searching for a natural way to avoid illness, cure chronic disease and quiet everyday stresses. The simple act of gardening is known to be therapeutic, both emotionally and physically and subliminally establishes a link to the earth and our ancient ancestors. 

Who doesn’t find respite indulging in a cup of coffee on the porch or patio on a beautiful spring morning!  Wouldn’t it be nice to have your own private space to escape from the frenetic world to find solace, or meditate surrounded by the peace and tranquility of nature?   It is here where we can bring the fragrance of grandma’s lilacs from our childhood memories or the hummingbirds that captivated us on a vacation long ago. 

Hume Japanese Stroll Garden in Locust Valley

Whatever it is that appeals to our most inner self should be given due consideration when designing our personal sanctuary.  Find a quiet place on your property or, if one does not exist, create one.  This garden space should be enclosed whether by attractive fence panels, trees, or shrubs separating one’s self from any intrusive sounds or views. A comfortable bench, maybe stone or teak, may lure you in and provide a place to rest and reflect.   A simple water feature with a bubbler or water fall can be incorporated into the plan helping to quiet the mind and mask unwanted sounds, or a small pond to cool off on a hot summer’s day.   A single sculpture that is meaningful to you might be the focal point.  Perhaps, the focus can be a bird house or feeder, complemented with shrubs that attract birds. The planting should represent nature and be soothing with subtle shades of green, interesting foliage and textures.  Flowering trees and shrubs can provide color, but avoid strong colors that may jar your senses rather than calm the mind.  The garden should provide an environment for quiet introspection.

Hume Japanese Stroll Garden in Locust Valley

Many Asian gardens are designed for the purpose of contemplation and reflection.  They typically include a grouping of 3 rocks carefully positioned to represent heaven, mankind and earth, a stone lantern, and a pond representing paradise.   The John P. Humes Japanese Stroll Garden in Locust Valley is a fascinating study of the Japanese garden and should be visited several times to fully understand the meditative and healing qualities, as well as the symbolism that such a garden represents.  

A visit to either The Cloisters or John P. Humes Japanese Stroll Garden will surely entice you to identify the elements you need to provide the perfect setting for your Contemplative Garden.

In today's busy world, we could all use our own personal space where we could go to getway from it all.  Let us help you create your own contemplative garden.  Call us at 631-271-6460 or visit our website www.goldbergandrodler.com.

Photos by: Maria Ferrero

Written by: Maria Ferrero

Wednesday
Mar082017

Why Share Your Yard with Pests?

Bothersome is just one of many terms one may use to describe the presence of the dreaded mosquito.  They are particularly annoying for those who enjoy spending the evening outdoors at the pool, puttering in the garden or relaxing on the terrace surrounded by friends and family. 

Aedes mosquito. Photo: James Gathany, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)To make matters worse, mosquitoes spread several diseases when they bite, including the Zika and West Nile Viruses.  Mosquitoes can also transmit heartworm to dogs.  There are various ways to protect your family from these pests.  Repelling them is the most environmentally friendly option with the lowest impact on the environment.  The same repellents also deter fleas and ticks.  Fleas can transfer tapeworms in addition to causing uncomfortable itching from their bites.  Ticks are associated with spreading Lyme Disease to both humans and animals.

Deer tick in microscope. Photo: Ashley Haugsjaa

When there is an infestation, the use of a pesticide on the adult mosquitoes may be needed until the infestation is reduced to a manageable population.  At that time we would switch to repellents.

Spring is coming and if you are looking forward to spending time in your beautiful yard without these annoying pests, you may want to consider a custom tailored program designed by Tree Care of Long Island, a division of Goldberg & Rodler, to repel mosquitoes and other nuisances using environmentally friendly botanical oils. We will let you know if you have hidden breeding grounds on your property by conducting a thorough site evaluation.

Contact us today for a free quote. Call 631-271-6460 or 631-271-TREE.  

 

Written by: Maria Ferrero

Tuesday
Mar072017

Community Gardens

Although community gardens have a long history prior to World War II, it was during this time, in the midst of food rationing, when citizens answered the call in the name of  the war effort, planting Victory Gardens to grow, eat and preserve fruits and vegetables for themselves and their families.   At least 20 million private and cooperative gardens were created back then in backyards and empty lots in the name of patriotism.   

Today, concern for the environment and awareness of the health issues associated with the use of chemicals and pesticides, has brought about a trend toward more nutritious, organically grown, fresh produce.  Organic gardening relies on crop rotation to avoid insect and disease problems associated with a particular crop and the use of organic fertilizers, compost and mulch rather than the more traditional methods using insecticides, fungicides and chemical fertilizers.  Local or home grown organic food is also known to be far more nutritious than traditionally grown produce. The organic movement is not lost on the traditional supermarkets, as most have jumped on the bandwagon, introducing organic produce and grocery items to their shelves.  Limited selections and higher costs, nevertheless, have compelled many consumers to consider growing their own vegetables and herbs.  Others, without the benefit of a personal outdoor space, have gravitated toward local community gardens where they can enjoy and appreciate the satisfaction of tending, harvesting and eating their own produce.  There is also the added benefits of physical exercise, social interaction with fellow gardeners and emotional and physical health when eating a healthier and more wholesome diet.  Gateway Park Community Organic Garden, located in Huntington, is a wonderful example of how a local community can come together.  Growing produce while also supporting those less fortunate, provides an opportunity for the local community to improve their quality of life with a diet of healthy, home grown and nutritious food while also significantly reducing food costs. 

Community Supported Agriculture, or CSA’s, are another path to realizing the benefits of healthy, sustainable organic produce while also supporting local farmers and the environment.   These programs are based on you, the consumer, purchasing a share of a farmer’s harvest.  A membership fee is prepaid early in the year to help the farmer purchase needed equipment and seeds.   Then, from May or June until November, depending on the crops a particular farm grows, a weekly allotment of fresh picked produce is harvested specifically for you.   Many of these farms have weekly drop off points in our area, so it’s important to choose a farm that delivers to a convenient location for you.   Some membership require work participation, but considering that the majority of CSA’s are located at the east end of Long Island, this concept may be impractical for most of us.   Produce selections and costs also vary from farm to farm, so checking out websites for the details is important.  Homecoming Farm in Amityville is a wonderful example of a group, the Dominican Sisters in this case, coming together to support themselves and the community with a healthy and sustainable Community Supported Agriculture project.  Bayard Cutting Arboretum and Bethpage Restoration Village are also CSA’s, but may or may not be organic.

As a consumer who purchases organic foods whenever and wherever possible, I find myself purchasing the same few available organic fruits and vegetables week after week.  The experience of tasting a healthier and more varied choice of local organic produce, fresh from the farm, is very appealing and adds another benefit, for me at least, to join a CSA. 

Being aware of the many options available on the garden path to a healthier diet, whether to have your own backyard garden, a plot at a local community garden or a weekly delivery from a CSA you will be an integral part of a rapidly growing movement to reconnect with nature and support a healthier, more sustainable environment.     

Written by: Maria Ferrero