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Drought-Tolerant? Think Native!

by Carol E. Becker In the upper Midwest, we don’t often think of strictly drought-tolerant gardens, because we have adequate seasonal rain. But that rain comes in the spring and fall, and we typically have hot, dry weather in July and August. Our best strategy for creating gardens that can withstand midsummer drought is to…

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Facing Drought? Rip Up Your Lawn!

by Jessa Kay Cruz This 2015 Xerces Society article is reprinted with permission. If you live anywhere in the western United States, you are probably feeling the effects of the ongoing drought. The National Drought Mitigation Center reports that 11 western states are currently in a state of severe or extreme long-term drought. California is in…

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Water and Big Brains

by Mike Nadeau So, water: two molecules of Hydrogen, one molecule of Oxygen. It’s a huge topic. I cannot think of anything that is living or has lived that is or was not dependent on it. Think of that: all life depends upon water. How fragile an arrangement but how elegantly Mother Nature provides. But…

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Water Wise & Whimsy

by Soleil Tranquilli After years of not quite getting around to designing my own landscape, I finally took the first steps toward a complete renovation in 2009. Eight years later, the renovated yard demonstrates our priorities: water conservation, use of predominantly native plants, reuse of materials, and support of wildlife, especially of pollinators. My home…

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Members Making a Difference

ELA recently wondered what our members are up to. What changes have they seen in their ecological landscapes and what new directions do they see their businesses or organizations going in the next few years? What ecological practices are resonating with their clients? We’ve asked a few members to give us a glimpse inside their…

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Conservation and Landscaping Professionals Working Together in Ecologically Sensitive Areas

by Theresa Sprague As the landscape paradigm continues to shift towards sustainable/regenerative design, ecological function, and land management vs. landscaping, it becomes clearer that collaboration between the conservation and landscape communities is essential. In my neck of the woods (Southeastern Massachusetts and Cape Cod), where land within ecologically sensitive areas such as wetlands, coastal banks,…

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