About

Who are we?

Andy Covell is the owner of Bird House Ecological Landscaping, and is a knowledgeable landscaper with over 15 years of hands-on experience working with residential clients. Andy is also 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 Pesticide Applicator's License #39569

  • Massachusetts Nursery Agent License #A-20181416

  • Memberships: Ecological Landscaping Alliance, Native Plant Trust, Wild Seed Project, Massachusetts Nursery & Landscape Association, Massachusetts Audubon Society, Sudbury Valley Trustees, 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 animals, birds, and insects.

  • 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.