Landscape Architect & Specifier News

JAN 2017

LASN is a photographically oriented, professional journal featuring topics of concern and state-of-the-art projects designed or influenced by registered Landscape Architects.

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January 2017 39 of course, are accustomed to well-manicured lawns, trimmed shrubs and masses of annual colors, and didn't understand what they were seeing. The property owners were sure they would be purchasing a lot of mulch every year when they saw masses of mulch beds with tiny plants in them. However, once a number of educational signs were placed in highly visible locations to help educate the public about the sustainable site plantings, and once the wildflowers started blooming, the complaints turned into compliments. As the plants started to grow larger and the visible mulch started to disappear, the owners also became less concerned and discovered in the second year that there was a 50% reduction in mulch requirements, and that amount continues to decrease. With large massing of native plantings it is common to plant smaller "There always some sort of wildlife to see, ducks, geese, deer and more."

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