Get empowered with these 15 garden guides! Each downloadable, pocket-style PDF takes the mystery out of complex topics, providing you with easily-digestible, detailed, and nuanced information to help you make the best design and habitat decisions while saving you time. Are you ready to garden with nature?
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How to Prep Lawn for a Native Plant Garden
Explore the pros and cons of four primary methods to convert you landscape from lawn to meadow garden, as well as tips on how to carry each one out. The Q&A covers how to seed and plant into dead lawn.
How to Avoid Weed Inspectors
Learn the principles of legible garden design as well as how to talk to inspectors about your landscape. The Q&A explores the issues around just letting your lawn go, freedom to do what you want, and where to get informational signs.
How and Where to Find Native Plants
In this guide learn how to find plants native to you, the best research to understand them more, where to purchase plants, and top publications to help you design and manage the new habitat garden. The Q&A delves into cultivars, watering, fertilizing, and when to clean up.
5 Principles to Natural Garden Design
Creating a low-maintenance, climate-resilient garden that's beautiful to us and wildlife means gardening with nature. Traditionally, we've gardened against nature. Learn some of the core practices to natural garden design and management. In the Q&A explore the benefit of aggressive species, mowing vs. burning, and what to look for in the years after install.
3 Strategies to Green Mulching
Stop spreading wood chips every year and start making plants take over the job. In this guide learn about using plant behavior to design an evolving garden and how to plant a matrix / green mulch. In the Q&A explore the best plants for green mulching and how to plant the layers.
Creating Bloom Succession
Learn the design and ecological benefits of seasonal bloom succession, along with plants for nearly every week of the growing season in a sunny, medium-moist clay site. In the Q&A explore deadheading, what pollinators are looking for, and how to pair bloom succession with principles of green mulching.
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Gardening for Winter Interest
The garden season doesn't end in October! Our native perennials provide a wealth of texture, color, and architectural seed heads that make the winter garden a stunning and resilient habitat garden. In the Q&A we cover how to up the design ante with woody plants and hardscape materials.
Shade Gardening 101
Yes, you can have a lush and beautiful and low maintenance garden, even in deep shade. We'll explore a variety of native sedge, ephemerals, and perennials that could work for you. In the Q&A we'll cover some design tips and discuss how to work with herbivore pressure.
Growing From Seed
If you're starting out growing native plants from seed, this will be a crash course in terminology and practice that provides you with a launching pad to further research how to increase germination rates. Critically, this guide lists common native species that are easy to grow and won't give you a brown thumb. The Q&A specifically addresses sowing outdoors in pots and over larger spaces.
Working With An HOA
When you're dealing with more than city code enforcement and have to present your landscaping plan to an HOA board for approval, you'll want to have this handy guide as a reference. Taking you through 12 bullet points of how to engage with and win over you HOA, you'll no longer feel overwhelmed or alone but empowered and energized.
Matrix Garden Design Basics
Learn the what and how of matrix design, and why it's the best way to plan a natural habitat garden. We'll also explore some of the most common plants to use.
How To Garden With Plugs
Take your gardening up a level, and get more bang for your buck, when you use plugs in your landscape. Covered are the benefits, where to get them, and how to install and manage them.
Using Plant Sociability for Less Work
Plant tags don't provide the information we need to create a sustainable, low maintenance space. Learn how to use plant sociability -- aggressive vs. behaved -- to plan your garden for long-term resilience and beauty.
Native Plants for Lawn Alternatives
We'll dive into why you're replacing lawn, what to replace it with, how to design it well, then explore plants to use in a short lawn meadow.
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Explore this mini guide on short native plants to replace a lawn in sunny, medium to dry soil sites. The document also includes design and management tips that pair with our Pocket Guides as well as Natural Garden Planner. 17 plants are profiled.
Explore this mini guide on perennials for winter interest -- flowers and grasses that look great year round. The document also includes design and management tips that pair with our Pocket Guides as well as Natural Garden Planner. 22 plants are profiled.
Explore native plants to replace a lawn in part shade to shady, medium to dry soil sites. The document also includes design and management tips that pair with our Pocket Guides as well as Natural Garden Planner. 14 plants are covered.
Explore this booklet on matrix design, which best emulates natural plant communities. Included are seasonal landscape plans and plant lists for sun and shade, along with practical install and management tips. 22 pages.