July 27, 2021

Native Wildflower Meadow Maintenance | Darien, CT

This Landscape Design Master Plan included re-vamping an existing native wildflower meadow that had not been maintained properly. The meadow is 3-5 years old and had been mowed in the fall of last year (not by GJL). This improper mowing schedule essentially removed many perennials before they went to seed, impacting the amount of diversity, flowers and color to be expected this 

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July 16, 2021

The Best Native Perennials for NY, CT & NJ [pt. 2]

Welcome back to Part Two of the BEST Native Perennials for NY, CT & NJ. These are often our go-to plants (provided the right site conditions!) because they all contribute majorly to the landscape ecology. All of these selections are regionally native plants that attract pollinators, birds and/or beneficial insects. Many of these native perennials also perform extra ecosystem services 

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July 12, 2021

Our Favorite Native Perennials for NY, CT & NJ [pt. 1]

It’s no secret that we at Green Jay Landscape Design firmly believe in restoring and designing native landscapes. Planting native plants has SO many ecosystem benefits –these ancestral plants adapted to difficult site conditions, provide critical soil stabilization, and of course, co-evolved with our local wildlife as the foundation of the food chain! We take a deep dive into our 

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June 28, 2021

Designing a Private Nature Preserve At Home

We have noticed a trend over the last year: a growing appreciation for natural areas, time spent outside, and of course, a hyperawareness of our personal health. Undoubtedly influenced by the COVID-19 pandemic and a realization that a healthy environment contributes to human health, our clients are seeking the benefits of a nature preserve, in the privacy of their own 

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May 27, 2021

Best Native Ferns for an Ecological Landscape|NY, CT & NJ

We LOVE our native ferns. There is something so soothing about a colony of ferns – the texture, the form, the smell – they are an iconic symbol of forests of the Northeast. Ferns do not produce flowers—no nectar or pollen for pollinators—and their foliage does not provide much food for wildlife.  However, colonies of ferns provide essential cover and nesting 

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