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Planting Native Plants = Save Some Dough

A Garden of native plants” by mccormacka is licensed under CC BY-NC 2.0.

How come I’ve never thought about this before? Instead of spending hundreds of dollars on plants that may or may not get well established, how about plant our garden with native plants that have learned how to adapt and grow in our Missouri clayish ground? We want to be the best landscaper in Kearney, MO and that’s why every time we come across something cool, and pretty, and useful, we just have to share!

This past weekend, I’ve got to attend the Midwestern Beekeeping Association meeting at the Bass Pro Shop in Independence, MO and got to hear Tracy Twombly from Sow Wild Natives speak and present on native plants that are good for the bees.

The advantages of planting wild native plants are numerous but the surprising one was that native plants have deeper roots and that they help store carbon in the soil. Turns out that the trees and their leaves are not the only natural filtration for carbon! Native plants can provide additional forage for honey bees, especially in early Spring when the hives are ready to switch gears from their winter regiment and to move into their active frenzy of searching for food and building their families. Last but not least, with a crafted selection and some wise choosing, our gardens can become the largest national park in the world!

Yes, that’s right! Tracy’s resources are available at their website, including Garden Tours (sign up or it might be too late!), but I am going to find and buy the book Nature’s Best Hope by Douglas W. Tallamy – starting in my own backyard, planting native plants can help us establish hundreds of thousands of mini National Parks, full with wild plants that are both beautiful and functional.

We love sharing good resources with our friends and clients. That’s why it was an easy decision to share this post and to put it out for all to see. We continue to strive and want to be the best landscaper in Kearney, MO and that can only happen when we approach every idea with an attitude of sharing. If you happen to go and visit Sow Wild Natives at their Noland Rd location in Kansas City, tell them Nasko from American Lawn sent you!

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Tackle That Landscape & Let Us Help You

Spring is around the corner and this is the perfect time for you to learn some more about landscaping. I want to have my house and property look nice but a lot of times the question is how to do that. We want to be the best landscaper in Kearney, MO and are not afraid of sharing information or secrets with our clients and friends. We hope this post will give you some ideas.

Start with your vision. Go back to being a child, take the crayons out and the sketching paper and just draw. Make a sketch – you can erase and start over, it will be easier than replanting trees or moving big shrubs later. Your next consideration should be getting a good grip on the issue and difference between annual and perennial. Learn what plants, flowers, shrubs, bushes, etc. will grow best in your area – you can use the tools at https://www.plantmaps.com/ for a quick check for your ZIP code and use the hardiness zone for selecting/choosing plants. Consider, too, the season you will launch and execute your landscape project – you don’t want to do a patio in December when it’s snowing and 25F with and it feels like 5F!

NOTE: the English have a saying, “I am not that rich to buy cheap” – keep that in mind when selecting and buying materials. A higher quality product may cost you a few extra dollars but it will give you more value and for a longer time. Ask us for connections to local stores and suppliers, if you don’t know where to start or if you are looking for specialized materials and supplies.

Irrigation and watering around Kansas City and in the mid-west is much left to Mother Nature but it will be worth every penny if you use drip irrigation to water your plants and shrubs. The system is easy to install and it will provide your plants with a consistent supply of water. You will also see better numbers on your water bill each month during the active watering months of the year.

NOTE: We provide free-of-charge estimates and would come out to see your project and ideas. We do that with the hope and expectation that you will hire us for your projects but if you just need ideas and a quick consultation, while not being sure you will hire us, tell us at the time of setting the appointment and we would still like to consult you for a small fee.

Your project may not need the best landscaper in Kearney, MO and you could approach your project as Weekend DYI Project. However, you can avoid some expensive mistake later if you get a professional consultation. We can provide you with specific ideas for plants, how much space they will take, how they grow and change colors, what can you do for your soil, the options for edging are endless, the designs of patios are only matched by the number of the stars in the Galaxy of Absalom – when we meet and talk, we can give you a lot more ideas than what you can get from just browsing Pinterest.

When you think about your ongoing lawn care, leave behind some of the clipped grass while mowing your yard. The grass clippings will provide nutrients to your yard, so the lawn will be in less need of fertilizer. If your HOA won’t frown on you, leave your dandelions in place – they are considered weeds by many but the truth is that if they grow, this means that your soil needs some nutrients and those little pesky yellow guys can do a great job for that. Here’s a great resource to read more about the dandelions.

When planning your landscape, think about all four seasons. Look for plants that bloom at different times. Research plans for what will turn your place beautiful all throughout the year. Also, think about plants are native and have much better chance of growing and thriving in our mid-western climate than “foreign” plants. You will be also spending less time and money for upkeep of native plants. For specific things that you can do each month, take a look at this great resource from our friends from the Missouri Botanical Gardens.

If you end up doing a project on your own, send us some pictures! We would love to see them and will post them here for the whole world to see!

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