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Strata Landscape Sustainability Assessment

Posted by on Jun 15, 2016 in Eco Gardening, Seasonal, Workshops | 0 comments

Recent rainfall has given us some temporary relief from fears of another drought this summer, but our climate and weather are changing, and it may be time to consider a more resilient and sustainable landscape. Has your strata ever considered having a sustainability assessment carried out?  We can look at your property and help you to decide what changes would make maintaining your landscape easier and less costly.   Often we find properties are paying for needless tasks that are either being carried out at inappropriate times of the...

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It is Nettle Season!

Posted by on Mar 11, 2016 in Eco Gardening, Seasonal | 0 comments

It is Nettle Season!

Nettles are my favorite smoothie greens and are wonderful in tea and cooked in soup, quiche, stir fries and vegetable dishes. They can be dried or frozen for use later in the year.

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Chafer Beetles on the North Shore

Posted by on Feb 15, 2016 in Eco Gardening | 0 comments

Chafer Beetles on the North Shore

Some neighborhoods on the north shore have had many of their lawns destroyed by crows, skunks and raccoons feasting on the larvae of the European Chafer beetle.  Watch for my column in the North Shore News, Feb 17 2016 issue for some ideas about new approaches to planting.  Meanwhile, have a look at some transformations from turf grass to more environmentally friendly options. The first garden was initiated by a couple preparing for less gardening during retirement Example # 2 Couple with young family wanted a space to enjoy with their...

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Chafer Beetle Workshop

Posted by on Apr 10, 2015 in Workshops | 0 comments

Chafer Beetle Workshop

DON’T LET THE CHAFER BEETLE BE THE DEATH OF YOU! Saturday,May 23, 2015 | 2-4pm   Crows feeding on your lawn?  Piles of loose sod left in the morning after raccoons and skunks feeding at night?  You may have chafer beetle larvae under the turf. These fat grubs are ideal snacks for wild animals. Come join us for a walking workshop tour, with landscape designer Heather Schamehorn and learn what to do with your lawn so you can stop worrying and avoid the yearly expense of lawn repair.  We will view several alternatives to traditional...

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Eco Gardens

Posted by on Mar 20, 2015 in Eco Gardening | 0 comments

Eco Gardens

Peruse some photos of a few of the gardens we have created. Habitat and Food Garden See More: Garden with a Dry Stream Bed | Urban Outdoor Living

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