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“Site Assessment and Preparation for Native Plantings”

 

Wednesday, January 24
First United Methodist Church, 212 S. Park St., downtown Kalamazoo.
Socializing at 6:30; program promptly at 7.

Chad Hughson, co-owner of Hidden Savanna Nursery, will open the Kalamazoo Wild Ones regular program series for 2018 with a presentation on choosing, assessing, and preparing the site for your native planting. So you’ve decided to take the plunge and install a new native planting. What’s next? Chad will discuss and illustrate the various assessment, planning and preparatory steps that you should undertake before installation. While there are many variables that affect the long-term success of a native planting, proper site evaluation and preparation will certainly Improve your chances of succeeding. Assessing a site involves a wide range of questions and observations. How much sun does it receive? What is the topography? How well does the soil drain? What is living there now? We’ll review these types of basic questions, but then we’ll go into much greater detail. For example, your site might receive six hours of direct sunlight during the summer, but what about during early May? How does this impact your plant selection? Next, we’ll review the planning phase, which includes finalizing your site selection, creating a plant list and layout, and determining what site preparation will be required. Lastly, it’s time to get hands on and prepare your site. We’ll discuss topics such as weed elimination, soil amendments, and mulching. ________________________________________________________________________________Chad is the co-owner, with his wife Kristin, of Hidden Savanna Nursery. Located in Oshtemo Township, the nursery will be celebrating its ten-year anniversary this spring. Chad has been propagating native species from seed for two decades, and the nursery is currently producing nearly 300 species of forbs, graminoids, shrubs, and trees. He received a bachelor’s degree in Chemical Engineering from Michigan Technological University and is a former President of the Wildflower Association of Michigan. Wednesday, January 24, at First United Methodist Church, 212 S. Park St., downtown Kalamazoo. Socializing at 6:30; program promptly at 7.