Naturalizing Your Landscaping<br />With Meadows and Rain Gardens<br />
Native Plants<br />W hat is “native” ? Indigenous to the area<br />What are the benefits of native plants?<br /> Grows well in the climate and soils<br /> Needs less maintenance<br /> Beneficial to wildlife in area<br />
Many plants native to the northeast can provide nest sites and food.<br />Red Twig Dogwood- Left<br />Henry Garnet Sweetspire- Below<br />
Possible re-seeding thin areas from drought or plow damage</li></ul>Weed whip to cut down tall weeds in mid-summer and mow 1/3 acre on a 3 year cycle each spring <br /> Total of $750<br />Add some annuals to fill every 4th year<br />
What is it? <br /><ul><li> Technical terms: Where water collects in the landscape.
My terms: Slow draining areas, low spots on property etc. Usually avoided spaces to plant because “It’s too wet. Nothing grows well there”. </li></li></ul><li>History<br /><ul><li> Bogs, Marshes, Natural Wetlands
First conceived in 1990 in Prince George’s County, Maryland as a way to improve water quality.
Currently one of the fastest growing areas of interest in landscape design.</li></li></ul><li>Important Information<br />Acts as a natural filtration system for water runoff<br />Promotes plant and wildlife biodiversity<br />Adds beauty and value to property<br />Easy to Maintain!!!<br />