In the Nursery and Landscape Industry, there is an overabundance of clouded misinformation that is passed down to the general public on how to design and maintain their landscape. From every direction, inaccurate or antiquated information flows. From big box stores and local Mom and Pop nurseries to examples, images, and text on the internet.
There are visual examples that exist everywhere of ill-managed landscapes in both commercial properties and private residences.
There are significant differences in training and quality between companies that offer services based on best practices. So how do we improve our company standards or how do you, as a consumer, know if you’re getting the best quality for your money?
In this presentation, Richard McCoy will provide information on current techniques of proper planting, how to correct unseen issues that are borne in the landscape nursery, the importance of the plant root collar, plant placement by matching site conditions to a plant’s cultural needs, and how these efforts add value vs. “cheap’ alternatives.
• Are We Landscaping in a Deficit Model?
• The Root (collar) of the problem
• Right Plant – Right Place
• Proper Planting B&B and Container plants
• Value vs. Cheap – You get what you pay for
Richard McCoy has over 30-years’ experience in the green industry. He is the visionary behind Richard A. McCoy Horticultural Services Inc., which he established in 1993. Since transitioning from conventional to organic and ecological methods in 2005, McCoy Horticultural has been offering environmentally and sustainably responsible, fine-gardening ecological design, green infrastructure installations, maintenance, and organic lawn care.
Richard’s work includes Stony Wood Garden, a 3.5-acre private woodland garden in Princeton, NJ, that has been recognized by The Smithsonian Institute’s Archives of American Gardens.
Richard is an advisor and practitioner council member for The Organic Landscape Association, a nationally recognized organization. Additionally, Richard is a member of Rutgers University’s Organic Land Care Working Group. He holds a Certificate of Organic Land Care through the Rutgers Organic Land Care Program, is a certified Natural Turf and Landscape Manager, is an organic Lawn Care Accredited Professional, and a NOFA (Northeast Organic Farming Association) Accredited Organic Land Care Professional.