If you happened to tune into WPIX at 11 a.m. last Sunday morning, you would have seen our very own Pete Muroski, President of Native Landscapes and Garden Center, featured on the very popular Metro Residential. This program features highlighted segments on real estate and design, and Pete’s segment was at the top of the program…the lead story!!
In it, Pete explains to host Cathy Hobbs how native plants enhance the garden, the homeowner’s property, and the environment.
This piece took place in Saugerties, New York, in Ulster County. Ms. Hobbs, well known for her work on WPIX, asked Pete to join her there because, according to her, he is considered one of the top landscapers in the Hudson Valley.
Pete explained how using native plants in your landscape design is a common-sense approach. It is “eco-friendly,” requiring less pesticides and fertilizers, and allowing native bugs and insects to thrive. He also spoke about the need to use plants that are known to flourish in the specific environment in which they are used. He gave tips about the use of such plants as Ink Berry (a type of holly), Snake Root (which sounds pretty awful but is actually a beautiful chocolate-colored plant with white flower clusters that blooms in late summer), and Cardinal Flower (red in color, obviously), and how planting them and other natives adds vibrancy and texture to your garden.
Pete offered advice on mulching, watering and plant placement, all of which prompted Ms. Hobbs to exclaim that this portion with Pete “exceeded her expectation.” Last week’s Metro Residential will be available on the WPIX web site by mid-month, so if you missed it when it was aired, you will be able to log on soon to see our own master planter at work.
Pete Muroski is the chairman of the board of Pawling Public Radio.