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The Tranquility of A Prairie

The Sisters of Mercy are a Roman Catholic religious congregation founded in Dublin in 1831.  They operate the Mercy Conference and Retreat Center at 2039 North Geyer Road in St. Louis.  Native Landscape Solutions, Inc. designed a five acre prairie at this site and installed it about 4 years ago.  We invite you to take a look at some pictures of their beautiful prairie taken a few weeks ago.  The Mission Statement for the Mercy Retreat Center is shown below and it is easy to see how the spectacular, native grass and pollinator prairie reflects their vision.  Many thanks to the Sisters for allowing Native Landscape Solutions, Inc. to assist in the beautification of their wonderful Center.

To provide a tranquil environment of hospitality and healing in the Mercy Tradition, where groups and individuals of all faiths can engage in prayer, reflection and dialogue for personal, communal and global transformation.

Beautiful Basins

At Native Landscape Solutions, Inc. we provide a significant amount of stewardship work for area stormwater BMPs.  These bioretention basins are an important part of MSD’s job to enhance the water quality in our area.  MSD inspectors visit all BMPs on an annual basis to insure that they are functioning properly.  When the Inspector recently visited Aviator Business Park (the 160 acre property that once was home to a Ford Automobile Assembly Plant) they told the Property Manager that these were the best maintained BMPs in St. Louis.  That made us quite proud as we have maintained these basins since they were first installed.  Kudos to our knowledgeable, hard working crews for all of their skillful work at Aviator.  NLS always strives to be the best and we appreciate the recognition of a job well done. Take a look at these beautiful flowers that include Butterfly Milkweed, Slender Mountain Mint, Purple Coneflowers, Liatris, Asters, and more!!

Beauty in Bloom

Who says native plants are weedy and unattractive?  You will never hear that from Native Landscape Solutions, because we focus on their beauty everyday.  These photos are from a client’s yard, designed and installed by us.  Could it be any more beautiful?  Plus, they get this same amazing show every year as the durable, perennial native wildflowers repeat their blooms on a predictable, annual schedule.  Showing in these picture are native coreopsis, butterfly milkweed and how about that bright purple poppy mallow?  Plant some great native wildflowers today!

Forest Park Forever

You have seen previous blogs on the ecological services that Native Landscape Solutions, Inc. has provided to Forest Park Forever. Native Landscape Solutions does a great job of introducing more native plants to Forest Park and on remediating and revitalizing existing native areas.  A few weeks ago, we received marching orders to sow native prairie seed into a large part of Forest Park’s new Playscape area.  We used our Truax no-til seed drill and carefully and professionally sowed quite a few different native seed mixes into the appropriate locations.  Our Truax opens up a shallow trench, lays the correct amount of seed into each mini trench and then covers it back up, placing the seed at the perfect depth.  Under careful stewardship by Forest Park Forever, these areas will become a beautiful prairie of native grasses and wildflowers over the next five years.  And then, visitors will enjoy this prairie for many, many years to come.  Thanks to Forest Park Forever for trusting us with some of your important projects.

Forest Park Forever Landscaping

Founded in 1986, Forest Park Forever is a private nonprofit conservancy that works in partnership with the City of St. Louis and the Department of Parks, Recreation and Forestry to restore, maintain and sustain Forest Park as one of America’s greatest urban public parks.  If you have been to Forest Park in the last few years you have seen the fruits of their work with restored infrastructure and many beautifully landscaped areas with an emphasis on native, ecological landscapes.  They are doing fantastic work.

Native Landscape Solutions, Inc. is proud to provide services to Forest Park Forever from time to time.  We recently installed new landscape plantings at the World’s Fair Pavilion, specifically at the garden room arm level of government hill.  The project was designed by Forest Park Forever and installed by us – hundreds of new plants to upgrade the area.  Working closely together, we were able to get the entire job completed (old plants removed, beds raked out, new plants installed, mulching, and complete cleanup) in around 5 days.  No muss – no fuss.  Thanks to the fine managers at Forest Park Forever as we are proud to provide our professional services to help with your projects.

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