Environmentally conscious, Individualized Gardening and Landscaping Services for Staten Island's North Shore - Licensed and Insured - Since 2007 -

Mayer Garden Soil

    NEWS, Summer of 2024:

  • On Saturday, July 13, Christoph Mayer will lead a session at the St. George Library Center about urban plants, gardening, and ideas to improve the natural environment on the North Shore of Staten Island. More information here
  • Grassroot Landscaping is pleased to announce the arrival of Mayer's Garden Soil. After a few of seasons of quiet fermentation of loads of hand-picked yard debris, we cooked up a fragrant, nutrient-rich soil that is free of all plastic garbage. The soil is available to GRL clients only.
    Dr. Robert Mayer, was a geologist and soil scientist whose scientific methods and findings were seminal to enviromental science, especially in the field of soil pollution and degradation and directly impacted environmental policies world wide. Read more on the GRL story here.
  • And yes, we mow lawns. We trim hedges, we plant, we weed, we advise and we guide. GRL provides all clients with an eco-friendly service that keeps your garden healthy and saves you money! find out more
  • Want to make your dream garden a reality but don't know where to start? We'll help! Contact us to inquire about our GRL Consultation services
  • We take on regular or spontaneous maintenance assignments and work on individual projects with long and short-term commitments.
  • Enjoy our first ever homegrown Radio infomercial. Music and words for the right maintenance!
  • Read Our Interview with Melissa McCoy from the EPA about the perils of conventional residential lawn maintenance
  • Check out our updated listing of Environmental Links

... rooted in tradition, focused on the future -

At GrassRoot Landscaping we're as passionate about nature as we are about our clients. We don't just mow the lawn, we help you foster a beautiful greenspace on your own property that's safe for pollinators (and people!) and gentle on the environment. Instead of enforcing an artificial monoculture with plenty of chemicals and synthetic fertilizer, we use traditional and sustainable practices to foster a healthy, biodiverse ecosystem in your lawn. We never apply Roundup or any other similar herbicides. We maintain a fleet of electric cargo bikes and use hand powered tools where feasible. Our green practices, rooted in tradition and focused on the future, will keep your property looking great and save you money.

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Respect & Reuse

We work towards a garden design that is one with its environment. We love to use, reuse and recycle objects that we find on our work sites. Old brick, drift wood, flower pots, tin buckets, nature rock: Let us create an inspiring and unique garden environment with your backyards' hidden treasures!

Grassroot Landscaping Community Engagements:

Starting in 2020, we decided to open-up, reach out and engage more with our immediate community. We're always (potentially) there for collaborative types of works/ projects that benefit the quality of life in our neighborhood.

NYPL St. George, Fall planting/ pruning, Oct 2022

PS 59 the Harbor View School, veggie and learning garden, season 2021

Grassroot Landscaping's homegrown Radio Infomercial featuring Christoph, the singing landscaper and his family!

Overgrown Again Infomercial

Overgrown Again (music only)

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Job Opportunities   

Join Grassroot’s Landscaping Team!

We're always looking for reliable, hard working individuals. You're the right person for this job if you:
- love nature
- are able to work in sometimes serious weather conditions, hot or cold
- care about details
- are punctual
- bring a can-do attitude

Call (929) 370-2054 or send us an email to apply!

Pay or request your Bill

Please send us an email to request your invoice at any time.

You can pay us directly through PayPal paypal.me/GrassrootLand
or Venmo Venmo.com/Grassroot

For your viewing pleasure:
Wild Life
Old Gardening Books
Still Lifes
Bird Nests

Environmental Links:

Magazine Articles

Book Review: How Nature Can Help Cities Survive
Undark.org, by Richard Schiffman, March 10, 2023

Some Residents in This Scottish Dark Sky Town Decided to Go Even Darker (Updated)
Atlasobscura.com, by Blair Mastbaum, February 17, 2023

Do Trees Really Support Each Other through a Network of Fungi?
Scientificamerican.com, by Stephanie Pappas, February 13, 2023

Crows Perform Yet Another Skill Once Thought Distinctively Human
scientificamerican.com, by Diana Kwon, November 2, 2022

Crows Are Self-Aware Just Like Humans, And They May Be as Smart as Gorillas
Popularmechanics.com, by Caroline Delbert, Updated October 28, 2022

Everything You Need to Know About Lawn Fertilizer
Treehugger.com, by David M. Kuchta, September 28, 2021

The Extraordinary Way We'll Rebuild Our Shrinking Islands
Popularmechanics.com, by Courtney Linder, May 25, 2020

How Did This Poisonous Plant Become One of the American South's Most Long-Standing Staples?
Saveur.com, by Abby Carney, October 3, 2019

5 Edible Plants for Urban Foragers
Outdoor life.com, by Tim MacWelch, June 2, 2017


Mushrooms are a future of Artificial Intelligence
blogs.uwe.ac.uk, December 7, 2021

The American Obsession with Lawns
scientificamerican.com, by Krystal D'Costa, May 3, 2017

News Articles

'It's game on': The world's largest iceberg is on the move. Scientists explain why it matters
CNBC, by Sam Meredith, December 6, 2023

Tiny Forests With Big Benefits
NY Times, by Cara Buckley, August 24, 2023

Judge Rules in Favor of Montana Youths in a Landmark Climate Case
NY Times, by David Gelles and Mike Baker, August 14, 2023

After a Bitter Fight, European Lawmakers Pass a Bill to Repair Nature
NY Times, by Monika Pronczuk and Catrin Einhorn, July 12, 2023

The Man Who Turned the World on to the Genius of Fungi
NY Times, by Jennifer Kahn, June 8, 2023

How to live without a car in the US
Vox, by Angie Schmitt, February 9, 2023

The revival of a forgotten American fruit
BBC, by Jonathan Shipley, December 16, 2022

They Fought the Lawn. And the Lawn's Done
NY Times, by Cara Buckley, December 14, 2022

Nepal Fights Deforestation, and Wins
NY Times, by Karan Deep Singh and Bhadra Sharma, November 11, 2022

Beyond Catastrophe: A New Climate Reality Is Coming Into View
NY Times, by David Wallace-Wells, October 26, 2022

The Case for Clover Lawns, the Environmentally Friendly Alternative to Grass
NY Times, by Anna Kodé, September 10, 2022

It Was War. Then, a Rancher's Truce With Some Pesky Beavers Paid Off
NY Times, by Catrin Einhorn, September 6, 2022

Humpback Whales Pass Their Songs Across Oceans
NY Times, by Carl Zimmer, August 30, 2022

As Colorado River Dries, the U.S. Teeters on the Brink of Larger Water Crisis
ProPublica, by Abrahm Lustgarten, August 25, 2022

Diet for a hotter climate: five plants that could help feed the world
The Guardian, by Cecilia Nowell, August 20, 2022

How to Make Floral Arrangements That Last and Last
NY Times, by Rose Courteau, July 21, 2022

Your Lawn Questions, Answered
NY Times, by Margaret Roach, June 29, 2022

Yes, You Can Do Better Than the Great American Lawn
NY Times, by Margaret Roach, June 15, 2022

The forgotten hobby of flower pressing is back - here's how to master it
The Telegraph, by Alice Vincent, June 8, 2022

The secret world beneath our feet is mind-blowing — and the key to our planet's future
The Guardian, by George Monbiot, May 7, 2022

Where Lawns Are Outlawed (and Dug Up, and Carted Away)
NY Times, by Henry Fountain, May 3, 2022

How climate change is re-shaping the way Gen Z works
BBC, by Christine Ro, March 1, 2022

Bugs across globe are evolving to eat plastic, study finds
The Guardian, by Damian Carrington, December 14, 2021

Meet an Ecologist Who Works for God (and Against Lawns)
NY Times, by Cara Buckley, December 3rd, 2021

Environmentalists and big money investors have scored startling victories against oil giants
NY Times.com, By Somini Sengupta, October 28, 2021

Eagles, Beavers, Sea Turtles: Why N.Y.C. Is Humming With Wildlife
NY Times, by Lisa M. Collins, October 28, 2021

In the Absence of Cruise Ships, Humpbacks Have Different Things to Say
Hakai Magazine, by Amorina Kingdon, September 2, 2021

Climate change is radicalizing young people — here's what that means and how to combat despair
CNBC, by Catherine Clifford, August 30, 2021

E.P.A. to Block Pesticide Tied to Neurological Harm in Children
NY Times, by Coral Davenport, August 18, 2021

Your Garden May Be Pretty, but Is It Ecologically Sound?
NY Times, by Margaret Roach, August 11, 2021

AC Feels Great, But It's Terrible for the Planet
TIME.com, by Eric Dean Wilson, June 30, 2021

The wonder material we all need but is running out
BBC Future, By Frank Swain, 8th March 2021

How the Fed Can Save the Earth
greenbiz.com, By Joel Makower, January 12, 2021

In Landmark Ruling, Air Pollution Recorded as a Cause of Death for British Girl
NY Times, By Elian Peltier, December 16, 2020

Peak Oil is Upon Us
bloomberg.com, By Tom Randall and Hayley Warren, December 1, 2020

Electric or Gas Leaf Blowers ...Neither?
Washington University in St. Louis, by Clara Steyer, November 17, 2020

How the World's Largest Garbage Dump Evolved Into a Green Oasis
NY Times, By Robert Sullivan, November 11, 2020

Corn Gluten: An Organic Pre-Emergent Herbicide
thespruce.com, By Kelly Burke, September 17, 2020

New York as a Biking City? It Could Happen. And It Should.
NY Times, By Michael Kimmelman, July 9, 2020

How America's hottest city will survive climate change
Washington Post, By Sarah Kaplan, July 8, 2020

After Fighting Plastic in 'Paradise Lost,' Sisters Take On Climate Change
NY Times, By Richard Paddock, July 3, 2020

Fast-growing mini-forests spring up in Europe to aid climate
The Guardian by Hannah Lewis, Sat 13 Jun 2020

Plastic rain is the new acid rain
arstechnica.com, By Matt Simon, June 12, 2020

New York is quiet. Listen to the birds.
NY Times, By Antonio de Luca, Dave Taft and Umi Syam, May 31, 2020

Can Genetic Engineering Bring Back the American Chestnut?
NY Times, By Gabriel Popkin, April 30, 2020

Emissions Declines Will Set Records This Year. But It's Not Good News.
NY Times, By Brad Pulmber, April 28, 2020

The Pandemic Is Turning the Natural World Upside Down
The Atlantic, By Marina Koren, April 2, 2020

Down on the Farm That Harvests Metal From Plants
NY Times, By Ian Morse, February 26, 2020

BlackRock C.E.O. Larry Fink: Climate Crisis Will Reshape Finance
NY Times, By Andrew Ross Sorkin, February 24, 2020

The End of Australia As We Know It
NY Times, By Damien Cave, February 15, 2020

A Trillion Trees: How One Idea Triumphed Over Trump's Climate Denialism
NY Times, By Lisa Friedman, February 12, 2020

Climate Models Are Running Red Hot, and Scientists Don't Know Why
Bloomberg Green, By Eric Roston, February 3, 2020

The 'miracle mineral' the world needs
www.bbc.com, By Sibylle Grunze and Kerstin Hoppenhaus, February 3, 2020

The Bittersweet Bounty Of Greenland's First Spring
www.gq.com, By Michael Paterniti, January 28, 2020

Cancel Earthworms
The Atlantic, By Julia Rosen, January 23, 2020

Beyond Fracking: Oil-and-Gas Industry's Toxic Waste Is Radioactive
rollingstone.com, By Justin Nobel, January 21, 2020

The $119 Billion Sea Wall That Could Defend New York... or Not
NY Times, By Anne Barnard, January 17, 2020

The case for making low-tech 'dumb' cities instead of 'smart' ones
The Guardian, By Amy Fleming, January 15, 2020

The people trying to save scents from extinction
www.bbc.com, By Miguel Trancozo Trevino, January 12, 2020

We're Getting a Clearer Picture of the Climate Future - and It's Not as Bad as It Once Looked
nymag.com, By David Wallace-Wells, December 20, 2019

Pokeweed: How Did This Poisonous Plant Become One of the American South's Most Long-Standing Staples?
saveur.com, By Abby Carney, October 3, 2019

How to Talk to Children and Teens About Eco-Anxiety
heysigmund.com - September 27, 2019

Can We Survive Extreme Heat?
rollingstone.com, By Jeff Goodell, August 27, 2019

As the Forest Moves Back in, Pollen Is on the Rise in Detroit
undark.org, By Lucas Joel, August 14, 2019

The Lessons of a Hideous Forest: The insistence of wild growth at Fresh Kills Landfill should make us rethink nature.
NY Times Opinion, By William Bryant Logan, arborist and author, July 22, 2019

Can 'Supercharged' Plants Solve the Climate Crisis?
foreignpolicy.com Interview with Joanne Chory, July 20, 2019

Tree planting 'has mind-blowing potential' to tackle climate crisis
The Guardian July 5, 2019

Reforestation at a global scale could help capture atmospheric carbon and mitigate climate change
Science mag July 5, 2019

A brewery England uses discarded breakfast cereal to make beer.
NY Times July 3, 2019

Oh, No, Not Knotweed! - We are only beginning to understand knotweed's ecological impacts.
Slate science May 8, 2019

Why you should turn your lawn into a meadow
The Guardian April 24, 2019

The Healing Power of Gardens, excerpt from "Everything in Its Place," a posthumous collection of writings by Oliver Sacks.
www.nytimes.com/opinion April 18, 2019

To Nurture Nature, Neglect Your Lawn
www.nytimes.com April 15th, 2019

Music created by plants
www.montereycountyweekly.com April 7th, 2019

Here Are the Urban Highways That Deserve to Die.
citylab.com - By Claire Tran, April 3, 2019

Tropical Forests Are Being Replanted, But How Long Will the New Trees Last?
Undark Digital Magazine, March 19, 2019

The case against lawns
www.curbed.com March 13, 2019

How to Be a 'Gardener' Parent
Offspring Lifehacker February 11, 2019

Tunnel Vision
slate.com, By Henry Grabar, January 2, 2019

Teen Climate Activist Confronts World Leaders at U.N. Summit
www.democracynow.org December 11, 2018

The Case for Making Cities Out of Wood
http://nautil.us, October 3, 2018

Sticky weed - useful, but annoying
statesman.com, By Renee Studebaker, September 27, 2018

Miami Will Be Underwater Soon
Bloomberg Businessweek, August 29, 2018, by Christopher Flavelle

Parking Has Eaten American Cities
citylab.com, July 24, 2018

The Forgotten Drink That Caffeinated North America for Centuries
Atlas Obscura, By Ben Richmond, March 28, 2018

This Tower Sucks Up Smog and Turns It Into Diamonds
TED Ideas, By Hailey Reissman, October 31, 2017

Herbicide Found in Ben & Jerry's Ice Cream
NY Times July 25, 2017

Craft beer, from recycled bread, brewed in New York.
NY Times Food April 24, 2017

Use zip code to attract birds to your yard
https://earthsky.org/earth April 6, 2017

First study finds neonic pesticides in US drinking water
www.bbc.com/news/science April 5, 2017

Carbon-Eating Bacteria Could Be One Answer to Climate Change
vice.com by Grennan Milliken, November 3, 2016

Brewing up a Local, Sustainable Cup of Tea
civileats.com, By Larissa Zimberoff, September 26, 2016

The Dystopian Lake Filled by the World's Tech Lust
bbc.com, By Tim Maughan, April 2, 2015

Leaf Blower's Emissions Dirtier than High-Performance Pick-Up Trucks
edmunds.com Published 12/06/2011

Harmful Plants
Department of Environmental Conservation

Social design lab by Dutch artist Daan Roosegaarde

Climate Crash Course
NY Times, By Hiroko Tibuchi

Civil Eats Daily news source for critical thought about the American food system

Consider the Greenland Shark
lrb.co.uk, By Katherine Rundell

The Healing Power of Gardens: Oliver Sacks on the Psychological and Physiological Consolations of Nature
brainpickings.org, By Maria Popova


Department of Environmental Conservation

The Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research (PIK)

Willowwood Arboretum
willowwoodarboretum.org, Henry & Robert Tubbs

NYC Parks, Greenbelt Native Plant Center: