Wet Prairie & Rain Garden Establishment
Due to today’s interest in “low-maintenance” landscaping, native plantings have become a popular alternative for municipalities, recreational areas and individual landowners. Once established, native plants require no irrigation or fertilization and are more resistant to diseases and pests than horticultural varieties. Native plantings have a number of other advantages when compared to traditional landscaping. They save energy, reduce runoff, enrich soil, suppress exotic species, add biodiversity, as well as provide food and habitat for wildlife.For these reasons the Village of Howard contacted NES to design a planting plan for the Gordon Nauman Conservation Area in Brown County, Wisconsin. NES worked with agencies, including the Howard Parks, Recreation and Forestry Department, the Army Corps of Engineers and the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources to evaluate the goals for the area and comply with local regulations. NES assessed the site and developed a native planting plan that suited conditions within the area. NES restoration ecologists began implementation of a wet prairie native planting in the fall of 2006. Site preparation included herbicide applications and tilling. The rain garden construction and planting was conducted in the summer of 2007. NES will also provide monitoring and maintenance services until the native planting is established.