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Project for Habitat for Humanity ReStore

Last month, Quiet Village Landscaping took advantage of a neat opportunity to help out the Habitat for Humanity ReStore location near the Sam’s Choice on Manchester.  We donated materials and labor to add some charm to their store sign.  We kept it green, using native plants in the design.

If you aren’t familiar with Habitat for Humanity ReStore, they bring in additional monetary support for Habitat for Humanity by offering a lower-cost alternative to the conventional hardware store, selling perfectly good surplus construction and household materials that might otherwise be discarded into landfills.  Stop by one of their two St. Louis locations.  For more info, check out www.habitatstl.org/supportus/restore/.

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Q&A with Rebecca

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Rebecca, our landscape designer, responds to some commonly asked questions about landscaping.

Q. What’s trending right now in the landscaping world?

A. We’re seeing a lot of great trends right now:

 

Q. What is easy to overlook when designing or maintaining your outdoor living space?

A. Most often we see people not being conscious of the plant’s mature size. For example, people tend to plant their plants too close together or the house and then once the plants have reached their full size, the home owner has to go back and consistently maintain them.

A few other things people tend to forget is how important soil preparation is,  how the natural habitat has an effect on their landscape (especially those living close to the woods), and how your water runoff can affect your neighbors’ water runoff and drainage.

Especially in the heat of the summer, it’s important to remember that even well-established plants (large trees and shrubs) can benefit from being watered a couple times a week. The stress of the summer heat can lead to issues in the future. Also, using proper pruning technics is critical since a poorly pruned tree or shrub is more susceptible to disease and pest problems. Lastly, people must understand that even a low maintenance garden needs some tending to a couple time of the years.

 

Q. How can I really make my landscape “pop”?

A. Adding a fireplace, fire pit, pizza oven or outdoor kitchen to a patio gives you a lot more options with your space.  Pergolas are great for climbing plants and adds a vertical dimension to your landscape.  The right outdoor lighting can turn your home and garden into an entirely new setting at night, and water features add a great natural touch to your garden.

 

Let us know how we can help design or maintain your outdoor paradise!

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Start Your Monarch-Friendly Butterfly Garden

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What you can do NOW to support the Monarch Butterflies

1. Plant a butterfly garden containing milkweed and other nectar sources.  Milkweed contains a toxin which the young caterpillars consume to keep away predators–they depend on milkweed to survive.

2. Encourage public land managers to transform common ground and open spaces of turf into butterfly habitats containing native plants.

3. Tell your friends and family about the importance of adding milkweed to their gardens.

Tips on Starting Your Butterfly Garden

  • Choose a location that gets at least 6 hours of direct sunlight.
  • Interplant species of milkweed with ornamental grasses and other nectar sources that bloom at different times throughout the year, creating a naturalized look that’s beautiful and useful all season long.
  • Water your new plants regularly and lightly mulch them the first season.  Don’t over-mulch or over-water because native plants need air to breathe.
  • As part of the Milkweed for Monarchs program, St. Louis City has created a list of recommended plants to help you in establishing your monarch garden.  To view names and pictures of recommended plant varieties, view this webpage.
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Karen Westman, Landscape Designer

If you would like to develop a monarch-friendly design for your yard, contact Karen to set up a design consultation.  Whether you want the design professionally implemented or you enjoy the DIY experience, Karen provides outstanding and sustainable designs, tips and resources.  Contact Karen directly via phone at 314-954-6140 or via email at karenwestman@quietvillagelandscaping.com.

For updated information on the STL Milkweeds for Monarchs initiative and to receive recognition for creating a monarch garden, please visit stlouis-mo.gov/sustainability.

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Milkweed for Monarchs

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Monarch butterfly populations are rapidly declining due to drought conditions, increased insecticide and herbicide use, overwhelming habitat loss, and the steep decrease in milkweed plants. 

Monarch butterflies are beautiful and important participants in pollinating plants in our ecosystem. However, their population has declined 90 percent over the last twenty years. Female monarchs rely on milkweed to lay their eggs and feed their caterpillar larvae. While other flower species can serve as nectar sources for mature butterflies, only milkweed varieties can feed the monarch caterpillars, enabling the monarch population to grow.

To combat the monarchs’ decline, Mayor Slay announced a new City sustainability initiative called ‘Milkweeds for Monarchs.’  The project’s goal is to increase the monarch butterfly population and to better connect people and urban nature.  Mayor Slay has committed the City to planting 50 monarch gardens.  He challenges the community to plant an additional 200 monarch gardens in 2014.

Working together with community plant and butterfly experts, the City has created a list of recommended plants to help you in establishing your monarch garden.  To view names and pictures of recommended plant varieties, go to https://stlouis-mo.gov/government/departments/mayor/news/milkweeds-for-monarchs-initiative.cfm. These plants have been carefully selected to provide the best benefits for the butterflies and your personal enjoyment. These varieties flower at different times of the growing season, offering seasonal color and essential butterfly food and nectar sources.

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Karen Westman, Landscape Designer

If you would like to develop a monarch-friendly design for your yard, contact Karen to set up a design consultation.  Whether you want the design professionally implemented or you enjoy the DIY experience, Karen provides outstanding and sustainable designs, tips and resources.  Contact Karen directly via phone at 314-954-6140 or via email at karenwestman@quietvillagelandscaping.com.

For updated information on the STL Milkweeds for Monarchs initiative and to receive recognition for creating a monarch garden, please visit stlouis-mo.gov/sustainability.

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