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Gardenscapes Newsletter Spring 2017

Garden as if life depends on it” – Doug Tallamy

What does your Garden/Landscape Do for You and for the Environment?

 Home gardens can be designed to recharge groundwater, replenish atmospheric oxygen, sequester carbon, furnish shelter/cover for wildlife, support pollinator communities, promote a stable food web for wildlife, and most importantly, provide the right conditions for the continuing development of biodiversity.  At the same time, your landscape can provide you with beauty, fragrance, edible plants, and areas for children to play as well as patios and walkways with permeable paving that mimics the way natural land absorbs water.

This is who we are at Gardenscapes by Joanna LLC, our motto is that we Design and Install Inspiring Sustainable Landscapes to Bring Nature Back to your Garden.  Let us help you enhance your landscape this season, or if you would like to do it yourself, we have great information throughout our web site on plants and sustainable gardening tips for you to check out.

What is a Rain Garden?

A rain garden is a garden of native shrubs, perennials, and flowers planted in a small depression. It is designed to temporarily hold and soak in rain water runoff that flows from roofs, driveways, patios, lawns, or other hard (impervious) surfaces, preventing it from entering the storm sewer system.

Soil and plant roots use natural processes to improve water quality by filtering pollutants. Rain gardens are effective in removing up to 90 percent of nutrient and chemical pollutants and up to 80 percent of sediments from storm waters flowing into them. This polluted water would otherwise reach nearby streams, rivers, and lakes untreated.

Compared to a conventional lawn, rain gardens allow for 30 percent more water to soak into the ground. So, let’s stop mowing and get growing!!

Not only are rain gardens helpful to water quality, they also create beautiful additions to any landscape and can help reduce localized flooding or standing water in nearby streets.  

Did you know you can certify your rain garden as a Certified Wildlife Habitat?

Please go to our Rain Garden Page on our website to download the Rain Garden Manual for Homeowners, or give us a call and let us design and install one for you.

Save the Monarch Butterfly

The number of monarch butterflies at winter breeding grounds in Mexico is down once again, according to butterfly tracker Craig Wilson, a senior research associate at Texas A&M University.

Late winter storms toppled trees and severely damaged the habitat, which, coupled with cold and wet weather, was “enough to kill many millions” of the colorful creatures, he said. The devastation left around 78 million monarchs in Mexico's breeding grounds, down from 100 million a year before.

The figures illustrate the striking decline in the migrating butterflies' population in past two decades. Today, monarchs number less than one-tenth of their population in 1996, when scientists estimated a whopping 1 billion of the insects, Wilson said.

A plentiful supply of milkweed is needed in the U.S. for the monarch’s long-term survival, and state and local officials are urging the public to get involved, Wilson said.

One of the important aspects to saving the Monarchs is to be able to recognize them at each stage of their life.  We have provided pictures of what you should look for on our Save the Monarch page located on our web site.

 Perennial Plant of the Year for 2017

How apropos that this year’s Perennial Plant of the Year is Asclepias tuberosa, or Butterfly Weed.  Asclepias tuberosa is a species of Milkweed native to eastern North America.  It is the host plant for the Monarch Butterfly and food for the Queen Butterfly, and Tussock Moth.  Bees and Hummingbirds are attracted to this orange beauty that blooms in full sun during the summer months. Deer dislike and flower arrangers find the plants make long-lasting cut flowers.

What to do with all these extra seeds?

Plant a Row for the Hungry is a national public program launched in 1995 by the Garden Writers of America.  Being members of the GWA, we ask that you take those seeds and plant an extra row of vegetables.  Donate your extra row of produce to your local soup kitchen.  We will be having our annual Food Drive August 19, 2017.  All donated produce will be delivered to Second Harvest Food Bank of Lorain County and to the Oberlin Community Service Center.  To find out more information see our Plant a Row page on our web site.

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Important Dates for April

Saturday, April 22, 2017, is Earth Day.  Make everyday Earth Day!

Arbor Day is always celebrated the last Friday in April in Ohio.  It is Friday April 28, 2017.  The most valuable plant you can plant is a Tree.  Trees are so very important for so many reasons.  Not only do they absorb carbon dioxide and other pollutants from the air we breathe, but their roots are wonderful at capturing storm water runoff.

Celebrate Arbor Day and plant an Ohio Native Tree!

 Platanus occidentalis

American Sycamore

 

 We are a NWF Certified Landscape Professional for supporting ecological sound and wildlife-friendly methods of landscaping.

 

 

 

 

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