Archive | Gardening Basics

It’s Time to Tell the Bees

by Michelle, Ray, and Sebastian Wright “Telling the Bees” is a beautiful, old English country tradition. In the 1800s, honeybees were an integral part of family and community landscapes. Informing the family beehive of changes such as a birth, death, or marriage was customary – and if the owner of the hive died, the bees […]

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Share Your Project in ELA’s Ecological Landscaping Video

Discover Ecological Landscaping is a concise introduction to the concepts and practices at the root  landscapes managed with an eye to long-term health and sustainability. Originally published in 2005, ELA’s introductory guide was first available as a printed booklet, and more recently as a pdf for self-printing from the ELA website. (Click here to access.) […]

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Nature Abhors a Garden

by Peter Del Tredici Homeowners and horticulturists alike use the term ecological land­scaping to express an awareness of the importance of environmental issues. Unfortunately their awareness does not extend into the realm of seman­tics. -!>

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Getting Started with Sustainable Landscaping: Tips from the Field

by Gary Krause Sustainability in Landscape has many different meanings. Some define a sustainable landscape as a discipline that emphasizes plant health, soil condition, water quality, and resource conservation. To be sustainable does not mean the elimination of fertilizers, synthetic compounds, petroleum based products and gas powered equipment. Rather, sustainability means the creation of outdoor […]

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Pest Control Basics

When pest problems occur in the landscape, an understanding of Integrated Pest Management (IPM) can help to reduce the use of harmful chemicals that can be harmful to beneficial insects. Watch the following Ecological Landscape Alliance (ELA) video to learn more. This video is an excerpt from an interview with ELA’s past Vice President, Kathy […]

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Lawns – A Short Primer

Spring – Gypsum is used in areas where snow has been piled, where salt has been used and where people or vehicles may have cut corners or parked on the lawn during winter. Gypsum relieves soil compaction and the effects of salt by chemical binding it. It is better to use calcium chloride rather than […]

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Mulch – A Short Primer

In the “original” natural systems of prairies and forests, what we would refer to as mulch is the accumulation of system litter – grass and plant stems, leaves and sticks, etc. The slow breakdown and eventual decay of this material is an essential part of these ecosystems and is crucial to their health and continued […]

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