Restoring the Earth, One Yard at a Time


Find expert advice and tips on maintaining a beautiful yard and incorporating sustainable practices into your gardens and outdoor living spaces.

Boy Scouts and Dig Right In Team Up

Kiwanis Park in Brookfield just got a little better, thanks to local Boy Scout Luke Graham and Dig Right In. Luke, who lives close to the park, used to be neighbors with Jeff Swano, owner of Dig Right In. They recently partnered to create a much-needed rain garden in...

Spend More Time Outside with a Patio

The start of August is always a jolt--summer vacation is winding down, back to school sales are ramping up, and we are all trying to make the most of these beautiful days. And while Dig Right In works hard protecting our natural resources, we also know that time is...

Lawn Weeds

Dig Right In was founded on the principles of restoring the health and biodiversity of the landscape using sustainable and organic methods.  We follow Integrated Pest Management (IPM) protocols to manage pest damage by the most economical means, and with the least...

Watering Your Sod

If we just installed sod for you, carefully follow these watering instructions. Listed below is your daily watering schedule. Week One: • Water once to twice daily to keep the "carpet" moist, and prevent it from drying out. • At this stage you are keeping the carpet...

Watering Your New Plants

If we've just completed installing new plants for you, congratulations! To ensure the best possible outcomes for your garden, follow these important instructions for watering your plants: Your new plantings require proper watering to ensure development of a healthy...

The Cost of Conventional Lawn Care

The Costs of Conventional Lawn Care (Adapted from PlanetNatural.com) Americans collectively spend big bucks — about $40 billion annually — on seed, sod and chemicals. Much of that money goes to products that “help” grass only in the most superficial ways and that...

What About Those Weeds?

Our rainy spring has given weeds a head start this year. Coupled with the warm March weather, it’s a perfect combination for an explosion of weeds. Before you run out and buy the RoundUp, ask yourself, “How many weeds can I tolerate?” If clover, dandelions, and...

All About Tea & Todes

It's Tea & Todes season at Dig Right In! Last week we completed our first applications of beneficial nematodes and compost tea. Customers who receive these services have peace of mind that their lawn and garden are receiving long-term benefits without sacrificing...

Creating Bird Friendly Habitat

Birds – love ‘em or loathe ‘em? I know some very passionate “birders” who plan their annual vacations around checking off a list of bird species to be spotted. There are resorts around the world that sell their bird count numbers in their marketing campaigns to entice...

Landscaping for a New Construction Home

Congratulations!  You built your own home.  You chose your finishes, your fixtures and your colors. Your home is a true reflection of YOU. But outside is a wasteland. Compare it to gardening on the moon. The construction process is a messy one. Heavy equipment,...

Heavy Snow Weighs on Evergreens

Heavy Snow Weighs on Evergreens Heavy snow can sometimes build up on shrubs and break branches. Evergreens are especially vulnerable because their needles catch and hold snow that would fall right through the leafless branches of a deciduous shrub. Branches that slant...