Native Plants in the Landscape - Perennial Gardening - The Know Maintenance Approach
Traditional perennial gardening has become a homogenized process; selecting plants based mostly on flower color and bloom time, planting them in modest groups, surrounding them with wood chips, placing a pre-emergent herbicide all about, and then replace 50% to 70% of the plants in a 5 to 8 year period. The “Know Maintenance Approach” first recognizes the character and lifestyle of the plants, then comes to know how to place them together as young plants so they can establish in healthy relationships as they mature. Understanding best gardening practices accompanies the plants to maturity and to the continued health, beauty and well-being of the plant community.
Horticulture / Plants
Health, Safety and Welfare
1. Learn how to combine plants for successful establishment.
2. Understand maintenance practices that will encourage continued health of plants.
3. Learn about the character and lifestyle of plants and use this information for planting design.
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