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Who are we?

Andy Covell is the owner of Bird House Ecological Landscaping, with over 20 years of hands-on experience working with clients to build and maintain natural, ecologically beneficial landscapes. Andy is the former owner of the Bird House Garden Center in Boxborough MA, where he provided landscaping and nursery services to clients for many years. References available on request.


Education, Certifications, and Accreditations:

  • Bachelor of Arts, Colgate University, Hamilton, NY

  • Certification in Landscape Management, University of Massachusetts Extension Green School, Amherst MA

  • Accredited Organic Land Care Professional, NOFA (Northeast Organic Farming Association) 

  • Massachusetts Nursery Agent License #A-20181416

  • Memberships: Ecological Landscaping Alliance, Native Plant Trust, Wild Seed Project, Massachusetts Audubon Society, Sudbury Valley Trustees, Grow Native Massachusetts, Boxborough Conservation Trust

What is Ecological Landscaping?

My ecological approach to landscaping is based on an understanding of how plants grow and thrive in nature, their vital roles in their ecosystem, and supporting that natural system through the use of native plants and safe, effective gardening practices and products.


Bird House Ecological Landscaping's services are based on the following principles:


  • Improving the health of the ecosystem by using native plants that provide vital life resources for pollinators, birds, insects, all wildlife, and humans.

  • Plant health depends on growing the right plant in the right place, with growing conditions appropriate to the needs of the plant. 

  • Maintaining soil health. Healthy, biologically active soil is essential for healthy plants.

  • Using good care and maintenance practices to encourage the growth of healthy plants and reduce the need for irrigation, fertilization, and chemical treatments.

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