Landscaping In Harmony With Nature

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Landscaping In Harmony With Nature

  1. 1. Naturalizing Your Landscaping<br />With Meadows and Rain Gardens<br />
  2. 2. 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 />
  3. 3. Many plants native to the northeast can provide nest sites and food.<br />Red Twig Dogwood- Left<br />Henry Garnet Sweetspire- Below<br />
  4. 4. Inberry Holly<br />Frasier Fir<br />
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  8. 8. Meadows vsTurfgrass Lawns<br />
  9. 9. Verbena with Hummingbird Moth<br />
  10. 10. Beauty and Interest<br />
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  13. 13. Creating a Meadow<br />
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  18. 18. Benefits of having a Meadow<br />
  19. 19. Butterfly larvae need food too!<br />
  20. 20. AsclepiasIncarnataIt’s for the monarchs<br />
  21. 21. Caterpillars can be pretty.<br />
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  25. 25. Killdeer nesting at Wegmans<br />
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  28. 28. Maintenance Costs<br />Turfgrass Lawn<br />Meadow<br /><ul><li>$80/acre for mowing at an average of 26 times annually=$2080
  29. 29. Fertilizer, weed and insect control is $900/year
  30. 30. Total per year =$2980
  31. 31. 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 />
  32. 32. Green Roofs<br />
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  35. 35. Rain Gardening<br />
  36. 36. What is it? <br /><ul><li> Technical terms: Where water collects in the landscape.
  37. 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”. </li></li></ul><li>History<br /><ul><li> Bogs, Marshes, Natural Wetlands
  38. 38. First conceived in 1990 in Prince George’s County, Maryland as a way to improve water quality.
  39. 39. 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 />
  40. 40. Examples<br />
  41. 41. How To Design<br />Any low spot works.<br />Don’t have one? <br />Create one!<br />Dig shallow area in yard<br />Add plants<br />Allow gutters to drain to area<br />Enjoy!<br />
  42. 42. Rain Garden Examples<br />
  43. 43. Functioning dry river bed<br />
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  45. 45. RIT Ecoswale<br />
  46. 46. RIT continued<br />

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