Carpenter & Costin was established in Vermont in 2005 and remains locally owned by Russ Marsan and Matt Cataldo who take a personal interest in every client’s property needs. We specialize in enhancing outdoor living spaces and commercial landscape design and maintenance.  We offer a full range of year-round landscape management services from spring and fall clean-ups to lawn mowing and seasonal maintenance programs, and complete snow plowing and removal services.

Planting Flowers Early in May can be Risky in Vermont

Flower beds can be planted early if you keep an eye on the weather – and stay ready to cover.

Now that Spring has really arrived and temperatures are reaching the 70’s, we are all getting that itch to see some budding greenery, grass and colorful flowers. Just realize that even though we’ve pulled out the t-shirts and shorts and put away the skis and heavy jackets, early May is still a bit risky for planting annuals that are susceptible to frost. As Spring clean-up kicks into high gear, we see many homeowners and businesses that are eager to get some flowers in the ground to create some long-awaited color around their properties. After all, it has been a long winter and we’ve seen nothing but white and grey for a long time. Some residents of Killington still have three foot mounds of snow in their yards while in lower-lying areas lawns are nice and green already.Early May planting is O.K. as long as you realize that up until Memorial Day Weekend, the risk of a random frost still exists in many parts of Vermont. Knowing this, you should be prepared to cover delicate new plantings at the first hint of frosty night weather. Just keep an eye on the weather so you don’t lose all your new flowers and have to start all over.

What varieties of flowers are best to plant early?

Some annuals are heartier than others and can withstand some frost, so choose carefully. Varieties such as Pansies, Calendula, Godetia, Lobelia and Violas are the best to get early color and not worry about covering when the temperature drops at night, so long as it is not a hard frost, also known as a killing frost  – below 25F. In any case, if you are planting early, just be prepared to cover the delicate varieties so you can enjoy the flowers of your labor. Happy planting!
Early May Flowers for Color
Frost Heave Ahead Warning Sign

Frost Heaves in Walkways and Driveways

Repair Tripping Hazards in Walkways and Driveways

As Spring finally comes around and it the temperature begins to creep above freezing, we enter a period of repeated freeze-thaw cycles at night. When this occurs, you may start to notice frost heaves in your walkway, patio or driveway. What you are seeing is not unlike the frost heaves you experience driving your car. You know –  when you see signs along the road that say “Frost Heave” and you’re wondering “Where?” And then, BOOM, you nearly hit your head on the roof of your car. THAT’S a frost heave.

Drainage is the Key

Your walkway may do the same thing as our buckling roads depending on the base of the walkway or driveway, the drainage in the area, or the integrity of the surface, meaning if it seals out water or sheds it well. Depending on the type of finished surface you have, it may be designed to allow water to flow right through it and away from the base or it may be crowned to shed water without creating puddles. When either of these design elements are compromised, water will get underneath, puddle below the surface, and push the bricks, stones, timbers or pavement up, creating an unsightly condition and a tripping hazard as well.

The solution is to either prevent water from penetrating the surface, or to ensure it drains away properly instead of sitting below and expanding enough to ruin your finished surfaces.

Frost Heave Ahead Warning Sign
Carpenter & Costin Aerial View

Carpenter & Costin Relocates to New Larger Headquarters

Carpenter & Costin Relocates to New Headquarters

Rutland, VT (April 8, 2019)

Carpenter & Costin has relocated their company headquarters from North Main St. in Rutland to 84 Deere Lane on the Proctor/Pittsford town line just off Route 3.

The Deere Lane property was purchased by Carpenter & Costin in December. It was previously the home of T&T Tractor until it closed several years ago.

“Our team is very happy that we are now working out of our new space just in time for our Spring kick off,” said Russ Marsan, co-owner of Carpenter & Costin. “We were tightly crammed into our previous office and garage space on North Main St. due to the growth of our business over the past 12 years. This new space provides over 11,000 sq. ft. of office and garage space for us to service our growing fleet of vehicles and property maintenance equipment.  The increased office space for administrative functions has greatly increased our efficiency. “Everybody having a little bit of their own real estate is very inspirational, says Marsan.”

Matt Cataldo, co-owner, said he expects the operations staff to increase by about twenty percent year-over-year for the foreseeable future. “Between all Carpenter & Costin locations, we currently employ just shy of 50 people. We’ve expanded well beyond Rutland and are now doing business as far north as South Burlington and south to Bennington due to some strategic acquisitions we’ve made over the last few months.”

Carpenter & Costin is a full-service lawn care and property maintenance provider that also provides snow plowing services to large and medium-sized commercial and residential properties.  Carpenter & Costin is active in local chambers of commerce and economic development initiatives, and they can frequently be seen producing events with the help of many area volunteers around the state through Come Alive Outside and other community-minded nonprofits and businesses.

For more information, contact Russ Marsan by phone: 802.775.5686, by email: or visit

Carpenter & Costin Aerial View
People dancing downtown Middlebury

Green Streets Challenge Middlebury

People dancing downtown Middlebury
People at a block party
Before-During-After at Middlebury Come Alive Outside Green Streets

Better Middlebury Community Comes Alive Outside!

The possibilities seem endless when creative volunteers come together to plan and execute a family-friendly event in Middlebury Vermont. The effort was led by Come Alive Outside, the Better Middlebury Partnership and Carpenter & Costin. Come Alive Outside, a non-profit organization based in Rutland, inspires collaborative community systems that create the awareness, intention, and opportunity for people to live healthier lives outside. The purpose was not only to create a fun event, but also to raise awareness of the downtown and encourage people to come downtown and shop.

On a beautiful Wednesday afternoon in August, Carpenter & Costin rolled out six thousand square feet of fresh sod to carpet Middlebury’s Battell Bridge on Main Street, transforming into a barefoot-friendly block party for all ages. There was food, games and demonstrations throughout the event. While the music played, the adults danced and the children enjoyed each other, friends and families.

The sod was generously donated by Saratoga Sod Farms and the labor was donated by Carpenter & Costin’s team. After the event the sod was donated to the School District to refurbish part of their athletic fields, an excellent way to reuse the natural resource to bring smiles to hundreds of Middlebury families.

The event was the 2nd annual block party presented by the Better Middlebury Partnership and it was such a huge hit it will be back again next year!

Kids playing in street with foam toys

Green Street Challenge Rutland

Transforming Downtown Rutland into a Come Alive Outside Playground

Carpenter & Costin and Come Alive Outside recently transformed Center Street in Rutland into an urban playground in a pretty creative way. We captured the process in a time-lapse video so you can see what it takes in just about two minutes.

“We laid down 6,000 square feet of sod in the morning and then removed it in the evening thanks to a small army of volunteers who helped roll it up,” said Russ Marsan. “In between setting up and tearing down, Come Alive Outside and WonderFeet Kids Museum hosted many games and fun events for the kids to enjoy.”

Marsan continued, “The sod was generously donated by Saratoga Sod Farms, so after our event, we donated it to Habitat for Humanity’s newest home in Rutland. Now that’s what we call a win-win for our community!”

Sunflower Field

Kids Come Alive Outside to Learn

Men after tilling the soil for planting
Kids learning about planting sunflowers and pumpkins
Sunflower Field

Rutland Regional Medical Center Partners with Come Alive Outside and Carpenter & Costin

For the third year in row, over 350 elementary school children from the Rutland County Supervisory Union enjoyed a fun and educational day thanks to Come Alive Outside and dozens of volunteers from RRMC, Rutland Rec, Wonderfeet Kids Museum, GE & Carpenter & Costin to name a few.

In April, Team Carpenter & Costin laId out a plan, tilled the soil and prepared several acres to ensure a successful growing season. Kids then gathered in June to plant a huge pumpkin patch and over an acre of sunflowers under the guidance of instructors and volunteers from RRMC. The growing ‘farm’ was then monitored and periodically watered to ensure it stayed healthy.

In the Fall, the kids came back together to harvest the pumpkins, test their skills in the sunflower maze and learn more about sunflowers and growing foods sustainably.

Once again, the smiles on the kids’ faces made it all worth it!


Elementary school children planting pumpkins and sunflowers at Rutland Regional Medical Center.
Russ Marsan Portrait

Russ Marsan Business Leader of the Year

Russ Marsan named business leader of the year by Rutland Chamber

Vermont Business Magazine: 9/18/2018

The Staff and Board of Directors of the Rutland Region Chamber of Commerce are excited to announce that Russ Marsan of Carpenter & Costin has been named the 2018 Chamber Business Leader of the Year.  Russ is a very supportive member of the Chamber and gives his time and resources to several community organizations and fundraisers including Winterfest, Dancing With The Rutland Stars (benefiting Friends of Pediatric Care at the VNA & Hospice of the Southwest Region), Rutland’s Newlywed Game (benefiting BROC-Community Action, Rutland Community Cupboard and The Salvation Army) and he is the force that brought Come Alive Outside, not only to Rutland, but to the state of Vermont, just to name a few. Also, in the next few days one thousand Shriners will descend on Rutland, Russ was one of the driving forces for the Northeast Shrine Association to choose Rutland, which will be a huge economic boost for our region.  Russ and his business partner Matt Cataldo own Carpenter & Costin, which specializes in providing a full range of landscape design, construction services and snow removal services to residential, commercial and institutional properties throughout Central Vermont and New Hampshire.

Join us on October 4th at The Paramount Theatre (5-7pm) for the Chamber’s Annual Meeting (sponsored by Cape Air) where we will officially recognize Russ Marsan as the Chamber’s Business Leader of the Year.  The cost to attend the meeting is $20 per person. RSVP by going to is external) or call 802-773-2747.

The 2018 Chamber Annual Meeting is sponsored by Cape Air with support from The Paramount Theatre.

Russ Marsan Portrait