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Gardening on Martha's Vineyard

Gardening on Martha’s Vineyard comes with unique challenges due to the island’s coastal climate. Salt spray, high winds, and sandy soils can hinder plant growth and degrade landscapes. Seasonal population surges increase the demand on outdoor spaces, making specialized knowledge in garden planning and maintenance essential.

Local wildlife, especially deer, often forage in residential gardens, causing damage to plants and flower beds. Additionally, homeowners must prioritize water conservation during the island’s drier months, requiring sustainable gardening practices to maintain vibrant gardens while complying with environmental regulations.

Imagine a garden tailored for ease and sustainability—where low-maintenance costs meet impeccable design and eco-friendly practices. Picture an ecosystem with advanced watering systems that conserve water effortlessly and robust, deer-resistant native plants that flourish throughout the seasons. Here, every plant choice fosters a sanctuary for pollinators and wildlife, enhancing the natural beauty of your surroundings.

This ideal garden is not only a visual masterpiece but also a testament to harmonious living with nature, promising a serene and delightful outdoor experience every day.

That’s where we step in.

Nikola Vasilic, our CEO and NOFA-certified organic land care expert, working on the garden plants
Nikola Vasilic - Certified organic land care expert

At Estate Care, our NOFA-certified organic experts bring a wealth of professional experience tailored to Martha’s Vineyard’s unique gardening needs.

In addition to our deep understanding of local ecosystems, we have developed a custom-built plant catalog, exclusively designed for the Island’s community. This carefully curated resource is not just an added bonus—it’s a complimentary tool that ensures your garden thrives against the elements and remains beautifully resilient.

With Estate Care, your garden is not just maintained; it’s mastered.

Let us bring our expertise and passion to your landscape, transforming it into a sustainable, enchanting retreat that you can enjoy all year round.

Benefits you can expect

Safe for your family and pets

By adhering to Eco-Friendly Practices, we ensure that all gardening services are sustainable, minimizing chemical use and protecting the local ecosystem for future generations.

Tailored selections

Our Custom Plant Catalog is meticulously crafted to suit the unique climate and soil conditions of Martha's Vineyard, ensuring that every plant choice perfectly complements your garden.

Future-Proof Gardens

Sustainable Landscaping isn’t just about aesthetics; it’s about creating resilient outdoor spaces that thrive over time, despite changing climate conditions and local environmental stresses.

Plant catalog

Discover the perfect plants for your garden with our comprehensive Plant Catalog, featuring over 200 unique selections. Whether you’re looking to enhance a sunny spot, create a lush, shaded retreat, or find plants that thrive in moist environments, our catalog has something for every landscape.

We’ve meticulously categorized our plants into four sections: Dry Sun, Moist Sun, Partial Shade, and Deep Shade. Each plant comes with detailed attributes and helpful tags such as aromatic, pollinator-friendly, native, and deer-resistant, ensuring you can find exactly what you need to create a beautiful and sustainable garden.

And the best part? Our Plant Catalog is available for free!

Explore our catalog today and transform your outdoor space with the perfect plants tailored to your specific needs.

Testimonials

My experience with Niko and Estate Care was excellent! Niko reached out to me immediately to schedule an appointment and provided a concise professional estimate. He was punctual fair and efficient. Extremely satisfied with his team. Niko replaced blue stones along walkway and patio. He also came back a few days later to clean the stones!

5/5

Marilyn Moses

Ocean Park Realty

Milos and Nikola at Estate Care have been wonderful to work with and have done a great job with my yard cleanup. I used Estate care to also do stump removal and clearing a large area of ground ivy in preparation for new tree plantings and a sitting area. Everything they have done has been great so far!

5/5

Megan Carroll

Met with Neiko about taking over my lawn care for the summer. He gave honest professional advice about the state of my lawn and what options he could provide to improve it’s general health. Neiko and his team have shown up and truly brought my property to the next level. I would highly recommend Estate care for educated advice and competitive, honest prices.

5/5

Sloane LeRoux

Gardening portfolio

Welcome to our Gardening Portfolio! Below, you’ll find a selection of images showcasing some of our recent projects. These six images represent just a small part of our extensive portfolio. We take great pride in our work, and we invite you to explore the full range of our projects. To see more of our beautiful and transformative gardening work, please visit our complete portfolio here.

How it works?

Get in Touch with Us

Reach out to us via call or email to initiate your journey toward a stunning garden. Our friendly team is ready to listen to your needs and answer any preliminary questions you may have about our services.

Schedule a Visit of Our Expert

Once we've made initial contact, we'll arrange for one of our NOFA-certified experts to visit your property. This personal assessment allows us to fully understand the specifics of your space and provide an accurate project estimate tailored to your gardening needs.

Schedule a Service Execution

After you approve our estimate, we'll work together to choose the best date to begin transforming your garden. Our team will ensure that the entire process is seamless and that the execution aligns with your schedule, allowing you to enjoy the results without any hassle.

Here is what you will get...

Our service offerings are always customizable to better suit customer needs

Garden Design and Planning

Craft your dream garden with our expert design services. We consider your space, style, and the Martha's Vineyard climate to create a beautiful, functional garden plan that complements your home and lifestyle.

Plant Selection and Installation

Choose the right plants for your garden with our knowledgeable assistance. We provide a curated selection of native and suitable plants, and expertly install them to ensure they thrive in your garden environment.

Garden Maintenance

Keep your garden looking its best year-round with our comprehensive maintenance services. From pruning to pest control, our team ensures every aspect of your garden remains healthy and vibrant.

Seasonal Planting

Adapt your garden to the changing seasons. We offer seasonal planting services to refresh your space with appropriate, beautiful plants that flourish in the current climate conditions of Martha's Vineyard.

Soil Testing and Fertilization

Optimize your soil’s health and fertility with our professional testing and fertilization services. We analyze your soil’s composition to tailor a fertilization plan that enhances plant health and growth.

Irrigation System Installation and Maintenance

Ensure your garden is watered efficiently with our irrigation system services. We design, install, and maintain customized irrigation systems that conserve water while keeping your garden lush and hydrated.

Ready to improve your lawn?

Contact us today to get a free quote or schedule a consultation.

Related services

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Lawn Care

Our expert team is dedicated to providing top-quality lawn care services on Martha’s Vineyard, ensuring your property always looks its best.

Masonry

Crafting of walkways, patios, retaining walls, and custom stonework to add structure and elegance to your landscape.

Pressure Washing

Cleaning services for driveways, sidewalks, decks, and exteriors to keep your property looking its best.

Cleanups

Seasonal yard tidy-ups, post-storm clearances, and waste removal to maintain a clean and inviting outdoor environment.

Property Caretaker

Exterior and interior property monitoring, including regular checks and maintenance to ensure everything is in perfect condition.

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Gardening FAQ

Perennial flowers such as Black-eyed Susans, Coneflowers, Hostas, and Daylilies thrive in Massachusetts. These plants are well-suited to the local climate and provide beautiful blooms year after year.

Plant bulbs like tulips, daffodils, and crocuses in the fall, ideally between late September and early November, before the ground freezes. This allows them to establish roots and be ready to bloom in the spring.

To attract pollinators, plant a variety of flowers that bloom from early spring to late fall, such as Bee Balm, Milkweed, and Asters. Avoid using pesticides and provide a water source to support pollinators like bees and butterflies.

Native flowers such as Butterfly Weed, New England Aster, and Joe Pye Weed are excellent for gardens on Martha’s Vineyard. These plants are adapted to the local environment and support local wildlife. For more info about native plants for Martha’s Vineyard, download our free plant catalog here.

Enhance your soil by adding organic matter such as compost or well-rotted manure. Conduct a soil test to determine nutrient deficiencies and adjust pH levels accordingly.

Choose hardy rose varieties like Knock Out Roses or Rugosa Roses. Plant them in well-drained soil with plenty of sunlight, and mulch around the base to retain moisture and suppress weeds. Prune annually to promote healthy growth.

The sandy soils of Martha’s Vineyard are well-suited for drought-tolerant flowers such as Black-eyed Susans, Lavender, Yarrow, and Sedum. These plants thrive in well-drained soil and can withstand the sandy conditions typical of the island. Incorporating organic matter like compost can also help improve soil structure and fertility.

To improve sandy soil, add organic matter such as compost, aged manure, or leaf mold. This helps to increase the soil’s ability to retain moisture and nutrients. Regularly mulching with organic materials can further enhance soil quality and prevent erosion. Additionally, planting cover crops like clover during the off-season can help add nitrogen and organic matter to the soil​.

Maintaining soil health on Martha’s Vineyard involves regular soil testing to monitor pH and nutrient levels. Adding organic amendments such as compost and mulch helps to improve soil structure and fertility. Crop rotation and the use of cover crops can prevent nutrient depletion and soil erosion. Additionally, practicing no-till gardening helps preserve soil structure and microbial activity, essential for healthy plant growth​.

Due to its coastal location, Martha’s Vineyard gardens can be exposed to salt spray and saline soil conditions. Salt-tolerant flowers such as Sea Lavender (Limonium), Beach Rose (Rosa rugosa), and Saltbush (Atriplex) are excellent choices. These plants are adapted to withstand salt exposure and thrive in coastal environments. Ensuring proper drainage and regularly rinsing plants with fresh water can also help mitigate salt stress.