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Creating Community Awareness

Several members of our team enjoyed attending The Partners for Native Landscaping Workshop March 29 and 30 at the Danforth Plant Science Center.  Danforth has a 6 acre prairie that was seeded in 2015 and has been one of our native stewardship clients since spring 2018. The prairie is very important to the Danforth community as they are researching sustainable agriculture and view the prairie as a sustainable landscape. The prairie is coming along nicely with a high diversity of forbs, many grasses and an especially nice showing of blue sage last year. Simon Barker, Native Landscape Solutions principal, spoke about our stewardship efforts at Danforth on Friday night along with Dr. James Carrington, President of the Donald Danforth Plant Science Center, and one of the architects who designed the project. Simon also assisted with tours of the Danforth prairie, and presented on native garden installation and maintenance.  Malinda Walter, Native Landscape Solutions biologist/ecological specialist, assisted with tours on Saturday as she is the point person for field operations at Danforth.
A big highlight of the workshop was hearing Larry Weaner, renowned garden author.. His perspective on landscaping with natives was refreshing. He suggested that we should think of our garden as being on a vegetative trajectory, continually changing over time, with some species waning. He advocated for reducing maintenance by creating a dense groundlayer to suppress weeds and reducing disturbance in the landscape as much as possible by cutting rather than pulling weeds.
We enjoyed the workshop and were proud to participate and highlight our work on the prairie at Danforth.

Native Landscape Solutions in the News

It is hard to imagine that over the last eighteen months we have completed over 1000 acres of invasive species work.  Working with the US Corps of Engineers, National Forest Service, Missouri Department of Conservation, several small cities and home owner associations has been challenging, yet extremely rewarding.    Invasive species remediation is meaningful work for our NLS team. This is work into which we pour our hearts and souls.  This crucial work has not gone unnoticed. One of our most recent contracts is with the University of Missouri- St Louis. Check out the following story from St. Louis Public Radio about this important project!

 

http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/umsl-aims-root-out-invasive-honeysuckle-campus#stream/0

Congratulations Alberici on 100 years of business. Thanks for Letting Us Be Part of Your Story

    

 

HOLY POLLEN!!!!!

On a recent stewardship visit on one of the St Louis Butterly Byway Project sites, our team decided the ragweed among others needed to be mowed in a classic height control mowing event. We often encounter excess weed chaff or seeds in our equipment radiators at the end of a mowing event. On some occasions, the pollen cycle is at its peak. Fortunately, neither of our team members suffer from severe hayfever.  So keep this in mind, the radiator is black.  Holy Pollen Folks!

Where do Clouds come from?

As property managers struggle to make budgets work, a very real consideration for management of sites is restoring native prairies.  Almost always the return on investment takes less than three years, not to mention the ongoing savings of maintenance costs as the future years pass.  With an annual mow and a couple of stewardship visits, native prairies’ list of benefits to the site are almost too numerous to list. The real benefit though is returning the fescue/bluegrass lawns to a natural environment ready and willing to support native pollinators and birds. As these newly reconstructed prairies evolve and mature, they produce flowering vistas loaded with hope and promises that only a restored native environment can provide.  Sometimes, Yes sometimes, these new restored prairies help answer every child’s favorite question: “Where do Clouds come from?”

 

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