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Creating Sustainable Landscapes, LLC
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Specializing in Landscapes Using Native Plants
Specializing in Landscapes Using Native Plants

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I will be part of a fabulous team at this fabulous event to teach homeowners on inland lakes about steps they can take to protect their shoreline the natural way on March 19. Share widely with your friends who live on inland lakes who may be interested.
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Death to large expansive lawns.
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The Wildflower Association of Michigan annual conference agenda is now online and registration is open. Come one, come all!
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See my speaking and teaching schedule this late winter and spring here: http://www.creatingsustainablelandscapes.com/services/speaking-and-education/
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I often get asked about what I do in the winter. One thing is to rewrite the website. Check it out at www.CreatingSustainableLandscapes.com and let me know what you think, especially if something seems off or doesn’t work.

Winter is nearing its end and I am sure we all look forward to the plants breaking ground soon.
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In the U.S., we are not the only ones battling invasive species from other continents. Europe is battling our native Goldenrods brought there because of their beauty. The point is, leave plants in their home habitats because otherwise they can become invasive anywhere on the planet if moved.
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One wheat gene is being inserted into American Chestnuts to fight a blight that was introduced when Asian Chestnuts were imported to the U.S. in the 1800s. This fungus has all but wiped out the American Chestnut which was the dominant tree species in the Appalachian chain. On the face of it this is good news. The cost, of course, is that it is genetically modified, and although it is just one tiny gene, it is different. On balance, however, I think it is the best solution available to save the Chestnut. Your thoughts?
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Yes, winter is a great time to remove buckthorn before March 1 or so. The article is a bit cavalier about the use of herbicides, not specifying methods or strength. If you have some buckthorn and want help removing it, there is still time. Contact us.
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If you have 25 minutes, here is an easy to understand and accurate video of the reasons to incorporate native plants into any sized yard. Featuring interviews of rockstars Doug Tallamy and Rick Darke.

If you want to know more visit our website for talks I am doing on this very subject. http://www.creatingsustainablelandscapes.com/2015-public-speaking-and-teaching-schedule/.
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I've been tooling around on the BONAP density gradient maps (http://bonap.org/…/Density%2…/Density%20Gradient%202015.html) and found these two interesting maps that show density gradients of native and non native vascular plants across the US. As expected, populated areas have lower native plant density and higher exotic plant density.
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