Tom’s Story #9 – Finishing the Rural Planting

Tom’s Story #9 – Finishing the Rural Planting

Between the plan staked out at Nature Nooks Retreat in the desolate-looking March 21st “before” photo below and the “after” photo from about the same location on May 22nd,   there has been plenty of sore, stiff, and worn out. Yet, the work has been really fun and...
Tom’s Story #8 – The Planting in Town

Tom’s Story #8 – The Planting in Town

As my son, Andy, and I cut up patches of sod from the lawn at his place on Congress Avenue, the neighbors’ questions and raised eyebrows about our activities taught us something. (See picture below.) There were several possible answers to their queries, and we...
Tom’s Story #7 – Plotting the Planting

Tom’s Story #7 – Plotting the Planting

The first step before actually placing landscape flags in the planned plant locations for my rural planting was to count out the exact number of flags for each of the 10 species of plants and to label and color code these. For example, I planned 9 Northern Bush...
Tom’s Story #6 – Final Plant List and Sourcing

Tom’s Story #6 – Final Plant List and Sourcing

As you could perhaps see in the maps from the previous post, the larger list of prospects shown there got narrowed down to nine species due to ph requirements or for other reasons. Also, I just couldn’t help adding Serviceberry back into my rural planting. Having...
Tom’s Story #5 – Maps and Plant Selections

Tom’s Story #5 – Maps and Plant Selections

The two maps below show my two different sites and the plants I am planning for them. Not being a landscape architect or a true plant material expert, there is no guarantee that these plantings will turn out to perfectly meet my stated goals or to be worthy of anyone...
Tom’s Story #3 – Resources and Note-Taking

Tom’s Story #3 – Resources and Note-Taking

I have learned to do a bit of research and now know that following up on the references listed in my best book on the topic of interest is a great way to go. In this case, Douglas Tallamy’s book Nature’s Best Hope is the book for me. I must admit that in case I have a...
Plant Oaks to Add Native Biodiversity

Plant Oaks to Add Native Biodiversity

Interested in more biodiversity in your yard? Plant trees! If you are considering planting trees, there is no better choice to promote biodiversity and support birds and other wildlife than planting oaks. Oaks top the list of tree species that, across all of North...
Beginning Native Planting Steps Toward Biodiversity

Beginning Native Planting Steps Toward Biodiversity

For anyone interested in taking steps toward supporting greater biodiversity on your property, planting just one tree species and one shrub species can result in biodiversity benefits. Black Cherry and Aronia are a great starting point. BLACK CHERRY, Prunus seratina...