Building a Garden for Our Other Visitors Part I

Wednesday, January 7th, 2015

Providing habitat for our local wildlife is a priority here at the KBGA and with this in mind we have begun our newest wildlife friendly garden. The area being planted is off a side trail near the entrance to our Dogwood Nature Trail and covers over 10,000 square feet of former lawn. The impact of this planting goes beyond the food and shelter benefits to birds and small mammals. We estimate we will be eliminating over forty hours of lawn mowing (and nearly as much time line trimming) per year which in turn reduces our overall footprint. All plant material will be native to the southeastern US and will be sourced as locally as possible. Stay tuned for updates as the garden progresses.

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The first step was to kill off all existing vegetation. We began with an herbicide application in August, followed by two more applications in September. Notice some of the cool season weeds beginning to show up.

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Recent plantings of Serviceberry (Amelanchier grandiflora), Witchhazel (Hamamelis virginiana), Summersweet (Clethra alnifolia) and Carolina Cherry Laurel (Prunus caroliniana). These are just a few of the many great native plants we will be planting this winter.

This project has been made possible by the generosity of the Seven Islands Foundation. We (and the wildlife) are grateful for their leadership in the field of habitat restoration.

2 Responses to “Building a Garden for Our Other Visitors Part I”

  1. Alan Solomon Says:

    Nice report Brian

  2. Wendy Prothro Howard Says:

    well done, exciting things going on at the gardens!

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