A Custom Company
Bob Scobie
Bellingham, MA
Lic # 26547
See my listing under Plumbing / Heating

Cook's Roofing
90 Mendon Street, Suite 6
1- 800-662-4443
fax # 508-966-2233

Cook's is listed in the BBD under:
Home Improvements
and Roofing
Kevin Cook  We may be undersold but we will not be outperformed.
That's CertainTeed
Shingles Single Ply Rubber Roofing
Seamless Gutters All Types Of Siding
Attic Ventilation Ice & Water Barriers
Wood Gutters Overhang & Trim Work
Chimney Repairs Gutter Repairs

Darling's Country Cupboards Etc
Looking for a hard-to-find piece of furniture? Whether it's a certain size or color shelf, bench, sofa, table or cupboard; I can make it for you! I also make cabinets using old windows for doors, creating unique looking pieces. Call me for all yor project ideas. In addition, I can design your custom jewelry box, dog dish with name, cat furniture, etc. Got a picture of what you have in mind? I will build it to your specifications. I return all calls and emails within 2 days.

Contact Information
Email : dianedarling56@yahoo.com
web: http://www.darlingscountrycupboards.com/
Phone : 508 876-9043
Address : 56 Easy Street Bellingham, MA 02019

I am listed in Bellingham Business Directory under:
Custom Wood Products
Furniture Maker

Custom Wood Products

Gardener's Supply Company

House Cleaning Plants

Houseplants can be very beneficial in our lives. They purify and renew our stale indoor air by filtering out toxins, pollutants and the carbon dioxide we exhale - replacing them with life sustaining oxygen! Although it should be safe to presume that all plants are capable of removing toxins from our air, research by NASA showed that some house plants are more efficient in filtering out toxins than others.  Philodendrons, Spider plants, and Pothos were found to be the most efficient in the removal of formaldehyde. Gerbera Daisies and Chrysanthemums were found to be effective in the removal of benzene, a known carcinogen. As a rule of thumb, allow one houseplant per 100 square feet of living area. The more vigorous the plant, the more air it can filter. Keep in mind that plants will not do much to alleviate tobacco smoke or dust in the air. 

Aglaonema - Chinese Evergreen
Aloe barbabensis - Aloe Vera, Burn plant

Chlorophytum comosum
- Spider Plants
- Mums
- Dumbcane
- Golden Pothos
- Ficus
- Gerbera Daisy
- Common English Ivy
- Heart leaf philodendron
- Mauna Loa


Keeping Your Lawn Looking “Up To Par

Turf grass is one of the hardest plants to maintain. It requires a lot of work to keep healthy to todays standards. These days everyone wants a “golf course” lawn where there is absolutely no weeds, no disease, and every blade of grass grows perfectly and evenly. Keeping a lawn that healthy is not a job for an armature. It takes a professional who understands soil composition, proper fertilizer practices, and watering routines to name a few. We have compiled a list of ways to keep your lawn looking “up to par” with the golf courses.

All good lawns start at the roots. In order to have a healthy root system, you must have good soil. In a world with new construction everywhere, soil gets damaged by moving around from place to place. It took millions of years for our few inches of New England soil to become what it is. Residential and commercial properties are stripped of this soil, and although the soil is often replaced, the intricate layers of soil are all uneven, making way for improper drainage and improper soil depth.

There are hundreds of varieties of seed we can plant in New England. Depending on the type of soil you have, you may need certain types of seed that will grow best in the conditions you already have. Drought, disease, and insect resistant grasses are the most used today. The best way to figure out what type of grass to plant is to have your soil tested at the local university.

Watering is perhaps the most misunderstood practice in maintaining a lawn. There are irrigation systems that run every day, sometimes twice a day weather the lawn needs it or not. This is simply not necessary. Turf grass needs approximately 1-2 inches of rainfall per week to keep thick and lush. The secret to keeping those grass roots quenched is to actually water just 2-3 times per week. On days where the lawn does not get watered, the roots grow down, searching for water. The larger the root system of your lawn, the healthier it becomes. Watering every day does not allow roots to grow downward, since the water is always at the top of the soil. This same idea goes with trees and shrubs as well. This can save you hundreds of dollars per year on watering costs.

Fertilizers and weed controls are sold at every hardware store around. These stores carry products with predetermined amounts of chemicals which may or may not be the right amounts your lawn needs. In new england, we tend to have a more sandy, acidic soil. This soil drains very well so that when you apply the product, it often drains right past the root layer and into the deep. We tailor fertilizer and weed control programs to the individual property. We are commercially licensed to apply chemicals that you cant get at your local hardware store. We can select the exact fertilizer and weed control combination, and apply it at the perfect amount so there is no waste.

Pelletized limestone is a natural, very affordable product that provides a soil with a more neutral pH. pH is the measure of acidity in your soil. New England soils have a very acidic pH. Your turf grass wants to grow in a more neutral pH, so we apply A LOT of lime to all properties we service. Since this is a stone product, it takes a while to break down in the soil so we spread applications over the growing season. One application in early spring, and another in the fall. This should be done regularly every year. With acid rain falling, and the natural breakdown of pine needles and oak leaves, the soil can become acid again very quickly.

Believe it or not, weekly lawn mowing can be more complicated than you think. Our commercial mowers are perfect cutting machines. They may look bulky and heavy, but their weight distribution is actually quite low. We keep our blades super sharp every day so your turf gets the perfect cut every week. Blades that are not sharp enough can actually tear grass blades up making disease and insect problems occur quite easily. Grass is always collected in our catchers and disposed of so thatch layers don't build up. Lastly, we talk about thatch. Thatch is that awful layer of dead and decomposing turf on the surface of your soil. Look closely one day at your lawn and you will see that brownish layer. It is okay to have a little thatch, as its slow breakdown naturally adds nutrients to the grass, but thick thatch causes major problems by preventing water, nutrients, and air from getting to the root system. It also attracts insects! Every spring we de thatch lawns to easily prevent this problem. De thatching is basically a very heavy raking of turf grass, and should be done every spring.

In conclusion, having a beautiful, healthy lawn requires quite a bit of time and effort, but in the end, its well worth it. We are more than happy to give you a quote on the above services. Our before and after photos speak for themselves. Let us get your lawn looking “up to par”.
Joshua Harris
Owner-Harris & Company Landscaping



Why Aerate A Lawn?

Aerating a lawn is the act of mechanically punching holes into the surface of your lawn, allowing oxygen, water, and fertilizers to enter the grass root system, thus relieving summer stress and promoting new grass growth.

Aerating is usually done in mid-late September when temperatures are cooler. After a summer of high traffic on a lawn, drought stress, and heavy machinery rolling over your lawn weekly, your lawn may be in desperate need of some help. For most customers, we aerate every year, and often times overseed with a premium blend seed and lightly fertilize the lawn right after. The great thing about aerating and overseeding at the same time is that the seed falls right into the aeration holes, allowing it to sprout up much quicker. In about 2-3 weeks after we aerate and/or overseed your lawn, you will notice significant results. Your lawn will be thicker, greener, and much healthier than before.

We are now giving estimates to folks who request this service. If you have a neighbor or local friend who might be interested, wed be happy to give you both a discount on September aeration services.
Joshua Harris
Owner-Harris & Company Landscaping