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Fall Prairie Seeding

This quarter acre was seeded today for a wet prairie planting. Over the summer I killed the grass and fall sowings are best for seed germination in the spring. Seed is mixed with potting soil to bulk it up so an even sowing is possible.

Native Seeding

Creating Sustainable Landscapes provides native seeding services for our clients and will be doing several seedings this fall. Here are two mixes – one for a wet and another for a dry Black Walnut wooded area. We have the capability of acquiring custom mixes for your specific application. Want to know more? Contact us.

Controlling Viburnum Leaf Beetles

The European Viburnum Leaf Beetle is now in Michigan and chewing up Viburnums. What makes this pest such a nuisance is that it eats Viburnums in both their larval and adults stages. Viburnums are the only things they eat. One way to control them is to cut the plant to the ground after the first… Read more »

How to Cure a Lawn

Funny short video on the hazards of lawns.

Classes, Week of May 3

Next week’s speaking and teaching schedule. Please share widely. Sustainable Landscaping, Monday, 5/4, 6:30, Dearborn Community Educations. Sustainable Landscaping, Tuesday, 5/5, 6:30 Northville Community Educations. Rain Gardens, Wednesday, 5/6, 7:00, Chelsea Community Education. Sustainable Landscaping, Thursday, 5/7, 7:00, Birmingham Community Education.

Next Week’s Classes – Week of April 19

Next week’s classes. Please share widely. Sustainable Landscaping – Chelsea Community Education, Monday, April 20, 7pm. Rain Gardens – Plymouth-Canton Community Education, Tuesday, April 21, 6:30pm. Sustainable Landscaping – Saline Community Education, Wednesday, April 22, 7pm. Sustainable Landscaping – Walled Lake Community Education, Thursday, April 23, 7pm.

Talks and Classes, Week of April 12, 2015

Next week’s talks and classes: 4/14, 7 pm, Dexter Garden Club. “The Beauty of Native Plants: Their Function in Supporting Wildlife in Urban and Suburban Landscapes”. 4/15, 6:30 pm, Plymouth Canton Community Education. Sustainable Landscaping. 4/16, 7 pm, Dexter Public Library. “The Beauty of Native Plants: Their Function in Supporting Wildlife in Urban and Suburban… Read more »

Never Plant Butterfly Bush Again

It’s invasive, it doesn’t benefit butterflies, and it is contributing to the collapse of wildlife food webs.