Before agriculture and urban development, the Midwest landscape was primarily comprised of prairie vegetation for thousands of years.
Due to large, robust root systems, native plants cultivated rich soil with high organic content and space within the ground that allowed for easy infiltration of rainwater. The landscape acted similar to a sponge, easily able to absorb rainwater with little runoff into rivers, lakes, and streams.
In stark contrast, today’s turf and concrete landscapes are impervious and compacted.
Runoff is a common occurrence with rainfall and snowmelt, contributing to poor water quality, erosion, and elevated flood risk. For years, native plants and landscapes only existed along waterways, or in wetlands, prairies, and nature preserves. However, as more people discover the significant benefits they provide over traditional landscaping, native plants have become common everywhere from parks to residential developments and large, institutional campuses.
In a world where natural habitats struggle to survive, the return of native plants to our everyday landscape is an aesthetically pleasing change that offers unique benefits.
By drawing upon the knowledge and experience of our design team, we’re able to guide the success of native landscapes for our clients. As with any landscaping decision, there are many factors to consider during the planning process, which are well-known and practiced by our landscape architecture team.
Keep the following aspects in mind to help guide the successful establishment and sustainability of your native landscape.
Installation & Establishment:
By taking a comprehensive approach, the Landscape Architects at Snyder & Associates have completed a wide variety of successful native landscape projects over the past 15 years.
From one-tenth of an acre to 200-acres and beyond, when it comes to native landscapes — we guide our clients every step of the way.
For additional information, please contact Tim West, PLA, LEED AP