Mechanical Control of Invasive Shrubs on Oyster River Forest in Durham, NH

by Gerry Hawkes In September of 2014, the eight-acre, abandoned West Field on Oyster River Forest was cleared of invasive shrubs by uprooting and shredding. This was a superior alternative to herbicides because it eliminated the risk of watershed and aquifer contamination; left no standing dead shrubs; smoothed and prepared planting sites in the process […]

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The Emerald Ash Borer: Information about the Ash Tree Killer and other “Boring” Beetles

by Bruce Wenning It is important for ecological landscaping professionals to know the differences between various insect pests and non-pests. Most can recognize common insects such as bees, wasps, butterflies, dragonflies, ants, scale insects, aphids, and perhaps a few others. Everyone knows what spiders look like and understand that spiders are beneficial garden arthropods. Correctly […]

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Mystery Plant Identification

Can you identify this plant? Is it native in your area or an exotic invasive? Correctly identify this plant and win a free ELA logo hat. Email your plant ID response and any information that you have about the plant to: ela.info@comcast.net. General Plant Characteristics Weed location:  Suburban: Lawn/Turf Growth Form:   Creeping/Vining Height:                2-3 inches Life Cycle: […]

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Can Permaculture Go (More) Native?

by Dan Jaffe Permaculture is on the rise. Like small-scale, local farming in general, permaculture is fueled by increasing reports of damage caused by industrial-scale agriculture – pollution of land and water, neurotoxic pesticides, inhumane treatment of domestic animals, and sweeping destruction of habitat. (more…)

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Native Plants for Ecology and Horticulture

by Peggy Olwell The United States has a rich native flora of over 18,000 native plant species. Plants color our distinctive and inspirational landscapes and provide a multitude of ecological goods and services. Native plants continue to provide new material for domestic gardens and urban spaces. Increasingly naturalistic planting schemes draw on the rich palette […]

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