Barry Goes Green


Volume II, Issue 2

July 2011  

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Barry Goes Green
Barry's Pick of the Month

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Award winning and formally trained landscape design/build firm providing services from design concept to complete installation.

We undertake a variety of projects from small to large sites and from country to contemporary gardens.

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Barry Block goes green...but he's always been!


It's true. Long before being green was trendy and the new buzzword, Barry Block Landscape Design & Contracting has been eco-friendly, providing sustainable design alternatives to our clients.


When we were brought onto the project, the client desired the functionality of a driveway without the use and look of asphalt, or the maintenance of gravel. They wanted a monochromatic feel from a continuous expanse of lawn with no defined edge or separation from the driveway.   



EcoGrid was chosen because it provides an economical and environmentally sustainable alternative to asphalt, concrete or paved driveways. EcoGrid is a tough, durable, interlocking grid system designed to provide turf protection, ground reinforcement and erosion control. Impervious surfaces lead to water quality degradation, reduced groundwater levels and the detrimental "Heat Island Effect" (a metropolitan area which is significantly warmer than its surroundings). When the grass has grown, EcoGrid becomes invisible but still resists wear and compression. For more product information, visit Terrafirm.    




Upon the project's completion, the client was very satisfied with the end result. When arriving to the property or viewing from inside the house, a beautiful green canvas cloaks the ground and creates a freely flowing transition around the property. 


Other ways of creating eco-friendly and attractive environments that are in balance with the local climate, and require minimal resource inputs include:

  • using native plants (better adapted to local site conditions) 
  • using deer-tolerant plant material
  • grouping plants that have similar water requirements
  • being aware of:
    • property clearing limits
    • water recharge areas
    • scenic easements
    • revegetation areas

If you would like to learn what eco-friendly practices can be applied to your property, please don't hesitate to contact me.








Barry's Pick of the Month
Hydrangea 'Quick Fire' Quick Fire Hydrangea
Hydrangea paniculata 'Quick Fire'


Form: 6-8 feet tall at maturity; 3-5 feet wide

Foliage + Flowers: White flowers transform to rich, deep pink, and will be an extremely dark rosy-pink in fall.; Green foliage develops a tinge of yellow or a reddish-purple color in fall


Requirements: Full sun to partial shade; Prefers good, loamy soil. Most adaptable of all hydrangeas to different soil types; Will tolerant drought. 

Outstanding Feature: The first to bloom! Quick Fire Hydrangea blooms about a month before other Hydrangea paniculata varieties, extending the bloom time and beauty from early summer through autumn.

Interesting Feature: Quick, easy to grow, and trouble free. The flowers on Quick Fire Hydrangea are not affected by soil pH.  They are produced on 'new wood' and will bloom after even the harshest winters. 

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