Blogging Archive

Michael's new book is now available

Michael's new book, The Garden Bible, written with Barbara Ballinger is a comprehensive guide to landscaping.  It covers topics ranging from developing a master plan, solving problems in your yard, hiring professionals, and using design principles for building a beautiful and functional garden.  The book features before and after pictures from landscape designers all over the world.  

Best of Houzz 2015

I have been awarded “Best Of Houzz” for Customer Satisfaction by Houzz, the leading web-based platform for home remodeling and design. "Michael Glassman & Associates was chosen by the more than 25 million monthly unique users that comprise the Houzz community from among more than 500,000 active home building, remodeling and design industry professionals."

How to landscape a steep hillside

In 2013, I made this video with Houzz about landscaping the steep front yard of my clients, Beth and Larry Goldberg.  They had a real challenge on their hands after they purchased this hillside home. Narrated mostly by Beth and Larry, we tell the story of how good, problem-solving landscape design addressed their slope and parking problems using rusted iron retaining walls filled with interesting drought tolerant plants and a parking bay.  In solving the site's unique problems and listening to Beth and Larry's aesthetic sense and wish list, we created a cohesive, functional and beautiful front yard.

Using bamboo in the garden

Here is a video I made with Oodlebox TV where I demystify bamboo.  I discuss the differences between the non-invasive clumping bamboo and invasive running bamboo, and then show you how to use clumping bamboo in your landscape.

Drip irrigation

In this video clip I made for Rain Bird irrigation systems, I give you some tips and tricks for installing a drip system.  Drip systems are an excellent way to save water as long as you maintain them carefully, especially in areas where the water is hard.

Water coverage

In this video clip I made for Rain Bird irrigation systems, I discuss how to determine if the plants in your garden are getting the proper amount of water.  

Yard clippings

Here is a segment from KCRA TV where I make suggestions on how to use yard clippings for creative decorating.  Aired November 7, 2007.