This new year promises to bring a new beginning to Villa Finale, starting with the commencement of construction at 401 King William in early January. Updates are to be made to the interior and exterior of this historic house but it won’t stop there. As the Landscape Technician for the grounds, I am pleased and excited to say that the landscape will be getting a face lift as well. Since the landscape is considered historic, we will be preserving it as best we can and attempting to restore the landscape to its original beauty. Why stop there? Well, we won’t. From the ground up with this landscape project, we will be taking a ‘Green’ approach. No chemicals or herbicides will be used in the demolition, soil amending will be done with compost and natural materials as opposed to synthetic fertilizers. As for the new irrigation system to be installed, great care will be taken to efficiently operate it so no water will be wasted or misused. We will strive to be a self-sustaining and environmentally friendly site. We will not be contributing any yard or kitchen waste to our landfills, we have been and will continue to create our own compost for use in the landscape. In addition, lawn/plant fertilization and weed/pest control will all be done organically so the use of toxic chemicals will not be needed. We look forward to this new year and eagerly await all the great changes it will bring. Check back with me, as I will continually keep you posted of things going on with the Villa Finale grounds.