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  • 1. Naturalizing Your Landscaping
    With Meadows and Rain Gardens
  • 2. Native Plants
    W hat is “native” ? Indigenous to the area
    What are the benefits of native plants?
    Grows well in the climate and soils
    Needs less maintenance
    Beneficial to wildlife in area
  • 3. Many plants native to the northeast can provide nest sites and food.
    Red Twig Dogwood- Left
    Henry Garnet Sweetspire- Below
  • 4. Inberry Holly
    Frasier Fir
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  • 8. Meadows vsTurfgrass Lawns
  • 9. Verbena with Hummingbird Moth
  • 10. Beauty and Interest
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  • 13. Creating a Meadow
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  • 18. Benefits of having a Meadow
  • 19. Butterfly larvae need food too!
  • 20. AsclepiasIncarnataIt’s for the monarchs
  • 21. Caterpillars can be pretty.
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  • 25. Killdeer nesting at Wegmans
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  • 28. Maintenance Costs
    Turfgrass Lawn
    Meadow
    • $80/acre for mowing at an average of 26 times annually=$2080
    • 29. Fertilizer, weed and insect control is $900/year
    • 30. Total per year =$2980
    • 31. Possible re-seeding thin areas from drought or plow damage
    Weed whip to cut down tall weeds in mid-summer and mow 1/3 acre on a 3 year cycle each spring
    Total of $750
    Add some annuals to fill every 4th year
  • 32. Green Roofs
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  • 35. Rain Gardening
  • 36. What is it?
    • Technical terms: Where water collects in the landscape.
    • 37. My terms: Slow draining areas, low spots on property etc. Usually avoided spaces to plant because “It’s too wet. Nothing grows well there”.
  • History
    • Bogs, Marshes, Natural Wetlands
    • 38. First conceived in 1990 in Prince George’s County, Maryland as a way to improve water quality.
    • 39. Currently one of the fastest growing areas of interest in landscape design.
  • Important Information
    Acts as a natural filtration system for water runoff
    Promotes plant and wildlife biodiversity
    Adds beauty and value to property
    Easy to Maintain!!!
  • 40. Examples
  • 41. How To Design
    Any low spot works.
    Don’t have one?
    Create one!
    Dig shallow area in yard
    Add plants
    Allow gutters to drain to area
    Enjoy!
  • 42. Rain Garden Examples
  • 43. Functioning dry river bed
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  • 45. RIT Ecoswale
  • 46. RIT continued