For Landscape Professionals: Planning Landscape Architecture Projects

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As urbanization increases across the world, many areas struggle with environmental conservation. Native plantings can be one of the most efficient ways to merge urbanization and conservation, from promoting ecological diversity to restoring natural habitats within our communities.

Landscaping decisions directly impact local wildlife and conservation efforts. By using native vegetation in landscaping, we can improve environmental conservation through: 

  • Pollinator habitats
  • Ecological biodiversity
  • Environmental sustainability
  • Greater resistance to drought, invasive species and pests

The countless vegetation species in Eastern North America play key roles in our environments. As such, finding the right native seed mixes to incorporate into our landscapes can be a difficult task. Understanding the unique challenges in integrating conservation practices is essential to successful architectural projects. With native vegetation and proper direction, landscape architects can turn any new development project into a conservation effort.

Reimagining Municipal, Urban and Commercial Projects

As our world rapidly changes with development, it’s crucial that we incorporate conservation practices into our municipal, urban, and commercial planning. By doing so, we promote long-term conservation efforts that affect our environments and communities, bringing nature, health, and beauty into public spaces.

While nature and urbanism are often considered to be disconnected from one another, the two have a unique intersectionality and can work alongside each other. Landscape architects committed to the design of the public realm combine urbanism and environments to create an interactive ecology that merges people and nature. By doing so they can create natural environments in developed areas that are inclusive to all peoples, regardless of backgrounds and socioeconomic status, providing safe, accessible green spaces for all people.

Urban Planning Creates Opportunities for Eco-Conscious Communities

Finding the best seed mixes for projects is essential. Landscape architects design vibrant, dynamic public spaces that are informed by both the ecology of people and native environments. In doing so they have a unique opportunity to revegetate developed areas with native plants. 

Landscape architects must take into consideration the complex problems that our urban areas face as we work to merge nature and people. Even the most urbanized areas can have green spaces that rewild cities and bring nature back into people’s lives. By using native seeds, landscape architecture can effectively incorporate greenery into urban environments. This not only benefits residents with beautiful public spaces but also promotes the reintroduction of native birds and pollinators, rewilding areas that can support both people and nature alike.

Finding the balance necessary to rewild urban spaces with native plants will promote sustainability and eco-consciousness in our communities. With our Seed Finder tool, landscape architects looking to encourage sustainable naturalization can find the best native seed mixes suitable to their unique projects, as well as expert guidance to ensure conservation efforts suitable to your region.

 

Designing Dynamic Landscapes with Conservation in Mind

By incorporating native seeds into landscaping projects, landscape architects can turn their projects into meaningful conservation efforts that benefit a diverse range of conservation goals.

Building Wildlife Habitats

  • Native vegetation provides habitat and food sources for pollinators and birds
  • Habitat fragmentation is reduced and natural corridors create habitat for migratory birds and other wildlife

Managing Stormwater and Runoff

  • Indigenous plants improve stormwater retention, mitigating stormwater runoff 
  • Increased retention of water and soil nutrition improves soil health
  • Native plants require less fertilizer and protect against invasive species, reducing the need for herbicides
  • Greenery protects against flooding and erosion, improving urban resilience against natural hazards

Improving the Environmental Impact of Solar Fields

  • Solar fields rewilded with native seeds require less maintenance 
  • Erosion control from native species provides long-term protection of solar fields

Reclaiming developed areas with indigenous vegetation promotes ecological diversity with significant benefits to conservationism. These effects offer long-term, low maintenance conservation that impact every aspect of our local environments, from local wildlife and pollinators to soil health and water quality. 

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Providing Support for Landscape Architects 

Indigenous plants are vital to ecological restoration and conservation efforts. Landscape designs that incorporate native greenscapes not only promote ecological conservation but also deeply affect their communities. The public green spaces and urban resiliency that stem from native seeds can be integrated into a multitude of landscaping projects.

The designs that landscape architects create are complex and diverse, ranging across a broad scope of projects. Finding the best seed mixes for your project can be a complicated process that factors in your project’s climate, ecotype, wildlife and available space. Landscape architects can incorporate native seeds into a multitude of projects and goals, including:

  • Urban green spaces
  • Solar energy farms and solar farm restoration
  • Mixed-use development projects
  • Municipal projects
  • Commercial and residential projects
  • Parks and open spaces

For more specific projects, our Planting Guides and expert consultation help you identify mixes that support environmental sustainability in your projects.

Quality Seeds Make the Difference

Native vegetation is a critically important aspect of sustainable landscape architecture and requires an in-depth assessment of site-specific needs. Ernst Seeds provides hands-on guidance to identify the best seed mixes for your unique project.

For more information on native seed mixes, take a look at our Resource Center or Seed Finder Tool to find the best seed mixes for your project.

To learn more and find the seed mix right for you, fill out the form below or contact us at: 800-873-3321

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