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WHAT IS LANDSCAPE ARCHITECTURE?

Landscape architecture is the art of, planning, design, preservation and rehabilitation of the natural and built environments.

The profession covers a wide range of practices including site planning, residential development, corporate and commercial developments, parks and athletic fields, town or urban planning, streetscapes and public spaces, transportation corridors and facilities, garden design, hospitality and resorts, institutional development, academic campuses, therapeutic gardens, historic preservation and restoration, reclamation, conservation, and more.

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How to create a tick-resistant landscape and control your exposure to ticks

We are shocked to find a tick on our pets or ourselves! Of course worse than the ticks themselves are the diseases they can carry. With nearly 40,000 reported cases a year, the spread of Lyme disease is alarming--sometimes hard to diagnose and harder to treat. Other less common tick-borne diseases include babesiosis, anaplasmosis, Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever, and tularemia, and these are becoming more prevalent every year. Dudley Design Studio offers design strategies to prevent ticks from invading your yard. Here are a few of our tips to keep you and your family safe from ticks:

First, know your environment and what type of landscape attracts and harbors ticks. Ticks live in the perimeter areas of your yard, along the border with the woods where leaf debris collects against stonewalls and wood barriers. Ticks are attracted to cool, shady and humid areas, under and around collected leaves. By clearing leaf debris and laying down a dry margin of wood chips, rubber mulch, dripstone or gravel between your yard and the woods, you can create a barrier that will keep ticks out.

Second, control the animals that bring ticks to your world. Deer provide a host for ticks to feed and breed and bring ticks into your yard. Keep deer out of your yard with fencing and deer resistant plants. Mice live in stonewalls, around sheds and woodpiles, and ticks become infected with pathogens when they feed on the mice. Homeowners can keep tick-borne diseases at bay by leaving “tick tubes” for the mice--cardboard tubes stuffed with cotton nesting material impregnated with permethrin. If mice are present, they will bring this impregnated cotton into their nests, which prevent the mice from becoming infested by ticks. These tick tubes (commercially available or homemade) offer a simple solution that can protect you and your family.

Third, prevent ticks from biting you by checking your body for ticks when you return from an outing in the woods. Prevention starts with spraying your shoes and exposed skin with DEET and using permethrin on clothing before your hike. Tuck pant legs into high socks to keep ticks from crawling up under your clothes. Shower when you return from the woods and toss your clothes in the dryer before washing, to kill the heat-sensitive arthropods. Brush your long-haired pets to remove ticks before they bite. Be vigilant, and remember, for most tick-borne diseases, you usually have 24 hours to find and remove a feeding tick before it transmits an infection.

As a homeowner, pet owner, or parent, you can and should control the ticks in your yard and create a tick-resistant landscape. For more information, contact Elizabeth Dudley Landscape Architecture.

Help for the Pollinators!

The causes are uncertain, yet it is clear that pollinator insects and birds are struggling. Beekeepers report the loss of 40 percent of honeybee colonies, and monarch butterflies are in jeopardy, with more than a 90 percent decline in colonies in Mexico. Recognizing that pollinators are critical to America’s economy and to environmental health, President Obama has launched an initiative to promote the health of honeybees and other pollinators. Bees are the most prolific pollinators, providing pollination services to over 180,000 different plant species and more than 1,200 crops. This means that 1 out of every 3 bites of food you eat is here because of pollinators! The goals of the Federal initiative are to reduce bee colony losses, increase the monarch butterfly population and protect their migration, and restore millions of acres of land through public and private actions. Pollution, misuse of chemicals, disease, and changes in climate patterns all may contribute to shrinking and shifting pollinator populations.

As a homeowner and gardener, there is a role for you to help restore pollinator populations. Increasing the quality and quantity of pollinator habitats is a major part of President Obama’s effort, by using “pollinator-friendly” best practices. Among the actions we all can take are planting pollinator gardens and using pollinator-friendly seed mixes.

Backyard gardens are an important source of nectar and pollen for honeybees. Choose plants that bloom successively though spring, summer, and fall. Allow some weeds to invade your garden—bees like dandelions too—and don’t use pesticides. It may be a welcome change for you to let your garden go a little wild, less work for you and more support for the pollinators.

Think outside the box and make use of opportunities to provide more bee and pollinator habitats. In addition to your own backyard garden, there are opportunities to educate and engage your school-age kids with schoolyard gardens. Wildflowers planted along roads and highways can help support pollinator populations. Bees and other pollinators are not averse to city life and appreciate the presence of roof and deck gardens and container plants.

Native plants can restore pollinator habitats that are critical for pollinator foraging and breeding. Although many pollinators are generalists, some are very sensitive to their environment and can be supported with native plant habitats. Native plants are adapted to a particular environment and can help maintain migration patterns of pollinators, such as butterflies and humming birds.

Another endangered species is the beekeeper. Beekeeper hobbyists are aging and becoming increasingly rare. This is a rewarding family avocation and helps to provide healthy environments for honeybees and can increase bee populations.

One final opportunity to make a difference is to contact your local legislator to support legislation to protect pollinator habitats.

Elizabeth Dudley Landscape Architecture can assist you with planning and planting a bee-friendly garden. Elizabeth is a beekeeper and will help you get started, offering tips and advice for establishing a bee colony at your home. This can be a great family activity and will help your family appreciate the gentle, friendly life of the honeybee and provide you with one of nature’s sweetest treats—honey!

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