From Nursery to Garden: Establishing Plants in the Landscape

by Kate Stafford and Mark Richardson There’s little mystery to successfully establishing plants in the landscape. Most plants will thrive when given the right growing conditions. But, it’s our job as landscape professionals to provide all the tools for their success – from choosing the right plants for the site and digging properly-sized holes, to […]

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Planting Plugs: Putting Tools to the Test

by New Moon Nursery New Moon Nursery has specialized in growing native perennials, grasses, rushes, sedges and vines in ‘Deep Plug’ trays since we started in 2003. This means the plants arrive to the job site in cells 2.5” in diameter and 4.5” deep.  While there are a lot of advantages to the Deep Plugs, including […]

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Landscape for Life: Put your Garden to Work!

by Alexandra Torres Our gardens have both a responsibility to support life and the potential to provide incredible benefits. As our population and urban areas continue to grow, our natural areas and the services they provide are seeing a decline. Offsetting this decline by building healthy, productive landscapes “at home” is critical to sustaining life. […]

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Everyone Can Play a Role in Pollinator Conservation

by Kelly Gill Pollinators – especially bees – are an indispensable part of a healthy environment and a secure food supply. Nearly 85 percent of the world’s flowering plants depend on pollinators to reproduce. This includes more than two-thirds of the world’s crop species. The fruits, seeds, and livestock feed produced by pollinators provides over […]

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Preserving Trees Through Collaboration

by CJ Lammers Preserving large trees in a new or renovated landscape is a complex task that requires the collaboration of many different professionals to be successful. Not only does the landscape designer need to understand the trees and their requirements for nutrients, light and air, but so do the architect and/or engineer designing the […]

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How Will Climate Change Affect Our Plant Palette?

by Peter van Berkum As the climate warms up, we are faced with some daunting facts. Our frost free season is getting longer. Our winters are warmer, at least sporadically. Violent weather events are becoming more frequent. Summers are getting wetter, but strange weather patterns are bringing prolonged dry spells. (more…)

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The Structure of Green Infrastructure

by David Smith This article first appeared in the Fall 2013 issue of Interlock Design, the official publication of Interlocking Concrete Pavement Institute (ICPI), and is reprinted with permission of ICPI Technical Director David R. Smith. With growing reference by designers, city officials, and informed citizens, the term “green infrastructure” is rising into the national […]

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