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Natural landscaping. Advantages of natural landscaping:. Natural landscaping involves the use of native plants to approximate a natural community. Reduces time and expense of mowing. Reduces need for watering. Reduces need for fertilizers and pesticides. Provides habitat for wildlife.

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Natural landscaping

  • Advantages of natural landscaping:

  • Natural landscaping involves the use of native plants to approximate a natural community

  • Reduces time and expense of mowing

  • Reduces need for watering

  • Reduces need for fertilizers and pesticides

  • Provides habitat for wildlife

  • Native plants are those naturally growing in the region; well-adapted to local climate

  • Natural landscaping allows plants to grow and reproduce with minimal interference

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Natural landscaping

  • Natural landscapes

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Natural landscaping

  • No-mow

  • Reduces time and expense of mowing

  • Methods of ‘naturalizing’:

  • May get many non-native species such as Japanese honeysuckle (escaped from cultivation)

  • Takes a long time to approach natural community

  • Planting

  • Planting species to simulate a natural community

  • Plants selected based on suitability (to climatic conditions and each other) and then for color, form and texture

  • Based on model communities

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Natural landscaping

  • Site analysis

  • Construct plan view; identify structures, utility lines, pavement, contours of land

  • Stages of planning

  • ‘Habitat’ data such as soil type, soil moisture, exposure to sun or wind, current vegetation

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Natural landscaping

  • functional use

  • Divide area in functional units such as recreation, utility, plantings

  • Stages of planning

  • Habitat often dictates possible functional uses

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Natural landscaping

  • Aesthetics

  • Consider color, line and texture of plants throughout seasons

  • Stages of planning

  • Planting should look natural; avoid straight lines and plant species in natural distributions (usually clumped)

  • Incorporate meandering pathways to allow access to planting

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Natural landscaping

  • Obtaining plants

  • Plants should be from local population sources whenever possible (better adapted to site)

  • Stages of planning

  • Propagate from seeds or purchase from local nursery; avoid removing plants from natural communities

  • Natural landscapes may take several years to establish; start small and add over years