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Robyn Sayer - Naturescaping - Restoration Ecology presentation


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2nd year Conservation & Restoration Ecology (CARE) major student Robyn Sayer describes the benefits of using native plants in landscaping. Her Naturescaping presentation was for a Restoration Ecology class at Lakeland College. CARE is one of four environmental sciences diploma majors. Lakeland College is located in Vermilion, Alberta, Canada.

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Robyn Sayer - Naturescaping - Restoration Ecology presentation

  1. 1. Naturescaping Robyn Sayer Lakeland College Conservation and Restoration Ecology Major These slides were designed to accompany an oral presentation and were submitted in partial fulfillment of the requirements of Restoration Ecology (SC329). This material was prepared for a general audience.
  2. 2. Shwhaaat? Landscaping with native plants!
  3. 3. Why?
  4. 4. Fewer inputs •  Less water •  No fertilizer •  Resist disease •  Resist pests
  5. 5. Resulting in: •  •  •  •  Dolla dolla bills yo! Improved air quality Improved water quality More time to do the things you WANT
  6. 6. Attracts beneficial wildlife less biodiversity loss The birds and the bees …and others
  7. 7. Conserve Canada’s natural heritage
  8. 8. How? Which plants?
  9. 9. Resources • (Alberta Invasive Plants Council) • (Canadian Wildlife Federation) • (Alberta Native Plant Council) • (British Columbia) • resource-centre/101s/native_gardening_101.html (Nature Conservancy Canada) •  Books •  Contact your local Wildflower Society
  10. 10. GUIDELINES FOR THE PURCHASE AND USE OF WILDFLOWER SEED MIXES Alberta Native Plant Council 1.  Avoid "Wildflower" mixes. These usually contain species that are "wild" in Europe or other parts of North America, but not in Alberta. 2.  Know exactly what is contained in the seed packet. Common names are not good enough. 3.  Even if a packet contains only ONE species of plant you should be aware of the scientific (Latin) name for that species. 4.  Look for packets that indicate WHERE the seed material was collected. 5.  The packet must give CLEAR INSTRUCTIONS as to growing requirements. 6.  AVOID MIXES that have a variety of types of plants.
  11. 11. Alberta Agriculture Prohibited Noxious Weed: means a plant designated in accordance with the regulations as a prohibited noxious weed and includes the plant’s seeds. This weed designation can be seen as regulatory support for an “Early Detection, Rapid Response” stage of invasive plant management. Plants in this category are either not currently found in Alberta or are found in few locations such that eradication could be possible. Under the Weed Control Act a person has a responsibility to destroy a prohibited noxious weed. Noxious Weed: means a plant designated in accordance with the regulations as a noxious weed and includes the plant’s seeds. This weed designation can be seen as regulatory support for a “containment” stage of invasive plant management. Plants listed in this category are considered too widely distributed to eradicate. A local authority may conduct control programs for these weeds if they feel they may have significant ecological or economic impact on lands within their municipality. Himalayan balsam
  12. 12. Plant this instead! Pink Sensation Monkshood
  13. 13. Things to consider •  Where you live – visit a natural area •  Plant needs i.e. sun, water, nutrients, tolerance of other species, how much space Soil pH and texture When to plant Size and growth form Sensitivity to freezing •  •  •  •  •  Town’s regulations
  14. 14. Planting •  Plan out where everything will go – keep in mind mature size •  •  •  •  Keep plants cool and moist until planting Pick a warm but NOT HOT/SUNNY day Make sure soil is moist but not wet Dig the hole yatta yatta you know the drill… water after For seeds, follow depth and spacing instructions!
  15. 15. Wildlife •  •  •  •  •  Fallen logs Bird bath Leaf piles Bird/bat house Pond
  16. 16. Maintenance Establishing the garden takes work but after that, it’s cake. Year 1: •  Place mulch around plants •  Weed regularly, then mow •  Water for first few weeks, then only in dry times Year 2: •  Weed annual weeds •  Dig up perennial weeds After a couple years, weeding will be minimal Don’t compost your weeds!
  17. 17. References