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Author name: Jesse Peters

Benefits of Native Plants: Why use native plants? Top 5 Benefits of Native Plants. Biodiversity: Planting native species helps to support and enhance local biodiversity. Natives provide food and habitat for a variety of insects, birds, and other wildlife species that are adapted to your region. By creating a diverse and balanced ecosystem in your […]

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Wildflower seed sowing instructions: Level 1.

Wildflower Seed Sowing Instructions. To be sure: you’ve asked and now we’re responding. Here are the wildflower seed sowing instructions you need to grow native plants at home! To begin with, you will want a 5-gallon bucket and some organic compost or topsoil for best results. Put your compost or soil in the bucket. Pour

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Wildflower landscape installations are gorgeous and affordable.

Landscape Installation Landscape installation by professionals is a logical, connected second phase of the professional landscape design and planning process. In recent years, people have become more aware of general environmental crises. Unseasonable weather has been hard to ignore, especially in geographic regions with catastrophic weather phenomena. Two out of three indigenous American songbird species

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Permaculture design considers mineral problems in soils.

Permaculture: When Weeds Talk. Continued from the invasive plant series. Part I.  II. III. Plants spontaneously show up on land and colonize a micro-region sometimes. Usually this is viewed as a headache at best. And yet, using permaculture principles, a weed colony can be interpreted as a communication about soil quality instead. This is true

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native species plants are beautiful and life supporting.

Native Species Awakening. Gardeners often have an unexpected learning curve when they begin to add native plants to their gardens. In springtime, when native species wildflowers wake up from winter dormancy it can seem underwhelming for a while. The immediate gratification of vegetable gardening and big box store plant shopping are obstacles to true real

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Jessecology removes invasive species at the wetland construction site.

Invasive Species in NY + Kindness PRISM At Jessecology, we’ve been conscious of the environmental destruction and devastation that invasive species plants can cause for almost 2 decades. And so, we admire and have huge respect for community resources like PRISM, based out of Cornell Cooperative Extension. All things considered, helping educate the public and

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pollinator gardens in Albany, NY

Pollinator Gardens in Albany, NY To be sure, in the past few years, many customers have reached out requesting pollinator gardens in Albany, NY. We love it! Native plants are exactly what we need for urban habitat restoration. Many of our clients live in the neighborhoods surrounding SUNY Albany or the College at Saint Rose.

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Native seed bombs are fun to make and use.

Native Seed Bombs: a way to get active in environmental conservation right where you are. A big thank you to the Clifton Park Library programs department for hosting a native seed ball making event!! Why Make Native Seed Balls? Native seed bombs serve as tiny capsules of hope, carrying within them the potential to transform

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When a neighborhood has functional ecosystem services, everything works so well!

Ecosystem Services. Ecosystem services refer to the benefits that humans derive from functioning ecosystems. These services can be categorized into four general types: provisioning services, regulating services, supporting services, and cultural services. Responsible and thoughtful landscaping plays a crucial role in enhancing and maximizing these ecosystem services.  Provisioning Services: Provisioning services involve the tangible products

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Beautiful butterfly gardens need sunshine and Joe Pye flowers.

Beautiful Butterfly Gardens The Beauty and Function of Butterfly Gardens and Native Plants in Eco-Landscaping. In the realm of modern American sustainable landscaping, no other practice embodies the essence of environmental consciousness as well as butterfly gardens featuring native plants. All things considered, it’s not enough for new outdoor spaces to only captivate the eye.

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Bioretention ponds are a sophisticated feature of rain gardens.

Bioretention Ponds Bioretention ponds are essentially a sophisticated feature of rain gardens. Not every rain garden needs a bioretention zone. Many rain gardens can exist in blissful simplicity. But on sites with serious drainage issues, large quantities of water, it may be necessary to do some excavation work. Layers of different sized strata help with

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front yard pollinator garden in Slingerlands, NY.

Front Yard Pollinator Garden The front yard pollinator garden movement is transforming our culture. Even HGTV has caught on to the will of the people to have more life and nature in their suburban and urban front yards. For decades, vacation was considered a brief relaxation state of being physically away from home. Traditional vacations

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What is a rain garden? From an article elsewhere on our blog: “Rain gardens are the future of stormwater management. Imagine a system that harnesses nature to re-engineer a site to capture and sequester toxic runoff before it even starts. And habitat restoration with native plants for butterfly + pollinator gardens are part of the

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Do deer eat pumpkins?

Do Deer Eat Pumpkins?   Do deer eat pumpkins? This question is not so flippantly dismissed as the Deer + Mums query. Because pumpkins are amazing. Whether you love pumpkin spice lattes, pumpkin cheesecake, pumpkin bread, roasted pumpkin seeds or just a happy orange globe of decoration you can’t do fall without the pumpkins. We

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Aromatic aster is the best fall perennial plant to plant.

Perennials to plant in fall. When you plant your garden in fall, you mimic nature’s rhythm exactly. Cooperating with nature makes all the garden work much easier. In autumn, the visible parts of perennials are beginning to go dormant. But underground? The roots are stimulated by the lower temperatures and increased rainfall. Planting in autumn

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Do deer eat Mums?

Do Deer Eat Mums? The answer to the question, “Do deer eat Mums?” Is a quick, “Yes.” Of course, they do. Why wouldn’t they? They’re hungry and Mums are abundant, freshly planted and bland as heck. Here’s a better question. “Why do you want to plant Mums anyway?” Chrysanthemums are indigenous to East Asia and

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Climate resilient landscaping installation is the future of our industry.

Climate Resilient Landscaping Looking into the future, climate resilient landscaping is everything. Climate resilient landscaping is more than a new buzzword. Did you know we can actually affect the health of the planet with the choices we make in our gardens? Climate resiliency is a thing that humans can build. Being thoughtful about our consumption

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Professional landscape installation.

Natural Landscaping Ideas Besides just “using native plants,” what comes to mind when you want some natural landscaping inspiration? In general, cooperating with the land and celebrating what’s there is a good start.  There’s a lot of inspiration just waiting for you right where you are. If you slow down in your garden, you’ll collect

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Fall garden plants.

Fall Garden Plants. Fall is really the best time of the year for planting perennials, trees and shrubs. In the spring and summer, plants are concerned with their aerial parts growth and procreation. In the warmer months, plants pay less attention to their root development. There are good reasons to plant during these warm months,

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Native plants in rain gardens flowering in Niskayuna, NY.

Rain Gardens in Niskayuna, NY In beautiful Niskayuna, NY near the Mohawk River, there are a lot of families who have called our company in recent years to create new rain gardens on their wetland adjacent properties. We love this work. Rain gardens are the future of stormwater management. Imagine a system that harnesses nature

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