Monthly Archives: August 2012

Welcome to the World, Baby Girl!



Algiere’s Landscaping is pleased to announce our latest addition!

Our biggest feat yet, parenthood!


Audrey Elisabeth Algiere arrived on August 12. At seven pounds, three ounces and nineteen inches long, she’s got a long way to go before she fills Daddy Ben’s shoes. But we have high hopes for this little one’s future in the business!


While mother and baby settle in at home, it may take a day or two to get back to you when you call. Rest assured though, you can still expect the same quality of service as you’ve come to expect from us. We’ve got even more reason to do our very best when it comes to your lawn and garden needs.

Who’s Blogging Anyway?

Who’s Blogging Anyway?


While you read the latest Algiere’s blog, Ben is in your backyard, putting in your brand new patio. Michelle has just stopped by to drop off his lunch and hand you an invoice. Before she leaves, she tells you that Jenn is taking pictures of a new flower bed Algiere’s just installed at the local high school. It makes you wonder, just who is writing these great posts?

Mystery solved!


Well, wonder no more. Helen R. Peterson, poet, author, and professional blogger, has been a friend of Michelle’s since college. They met in a poetry class at Eastern, and as the two oldest students in the class, immediately bonded. Eight years later, Michelle travels with Helen and handles the sales of her new book, Melons and Memory, and Helen writes the Algiere’s Landscaping blog for Michelle.


In addition to the Algiere’s blog, Helen writes a weekly blog to support her writing career, ( ) and one to promote her Etsy shop, Vintagepoetic ( ). She’s currently working on her second book of poetry as well as her first novel.


Algiere’s Landscaping is devoted to promoting local creative and talented people on their staff, like Helen and Jenn. If you like the work we do here on the blog and on the Facebook page, take a look at what we do in our spare time. Thank you!


You can find Helen’s Etsy store here:


And you can buy her book either on Amazon:


Or the publisher’s website:

The Emerald Ash Borer, a New Threat to Connecticut’s Trees


English: Agrilus planipennis, the emerald ash ...

English: Agrilus planipennis, the emerald ash borer (Photo credit: Wikipedia)






It has been reported that the Emerald Ash Borer has now been spotted on the East Coast. Before 2002 this native of Russia, Korea, and Japan had never been sited in the United States. No one knows for sure how it got here, the best guess is in wood used to support cargo in ships.




So far, it appears the EAB only attacks ash trees in the US. They have been found in Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kentucky, Maryland, Minnesota, Missouri, New York, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Tennessee, Virginia, West Virginia, Wisconsin, Ontario and Quebec, and now Connecticut and other New England states.




You can prevent the spread by refraining from buying ash wood or trees from a supplier in another state. So far, there are confirmed cases in Naugatuck and Prospect. There are around 22 million ash trees in the state, make up 4 to 15% of trees, and are a common urban tree. Use caution, and call the Dept. of Agriculture if you spot any of these creepy critters at 1-866-322-4512.




While we at Algiere’s Landscaping do not commonly use ash trees in our designs, we feel an obligation to pass on important information on invasive species to our customers and fans. If you spot a beetle and think it might be an EAB but want to make sure before calling the DOA, give us a call and we’d be happy to check it out. If we see one while working in your yard, we will let you know. We cannot, however, help you treat your trees, you’ll need to call an arborist for that. You can find a reputable arborist here: