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We restore, design, and build ecological landscapes. We focus on plants and plant communities. We understand soil, water, light, topology, and climate. We study plant behavior in the wild, research plant propagation success factors, and perfect planting survival strategies. We use that knowledge in our designs and installations.

  • Six Ways Animals use Fake Eyes

    Six Ways Animals use Fake Eyes Eyes can be beautiful. Mysterious. Alluring. They can also be deceptive, no more so than in the animal kingdom, where a range of species display fake eyes on their bodies. Such eyespots, which appear on fish, frogs, butterflies and birds and insects among others, have fascinated natural historians for centuries, and a fresh look at the science of eyespots reveals some modern surprises. #1 - A caterpillar with a snake’s stare Though it’s ...

    Posted at December 2, 2014 | By : | Categories : Ecology | 0 Comment
  • Plan for bee-friendly roads and rail

    Plan for bee-friendly roads and rail http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/29847474 Posted from the field by Mark

    Posted at November 4, 2014 | By : | Categories : Ecology | 0 Comment
  • Introduction to EcoRegions

    Introduction to EcoRegions Omernik (1987) invented EcoRegion maps and the U.S. EPA modified them to support environmental projects. There are ongoing efforts to refine the maps, primarily by subdividing ecoregions to more accurately reflect field observations. The maps serve as a spatial framework for monitoring ecosystems and ecosystem components.  EcoRegions denote areas within which ecosystems (and the type, quality, and quantity of environmental resources) are generally similar. By recognizing the spatial differences in the capacities and potentials of ...

    Posted at December 31, 2014 | By : | Categories : Ecology | 0 Comment
  • PDA Program Detail – Spotted Lanternfly

    http://www.agriculture.state.pa.us/portal/server.pt/gateway/PTARGS_0_2_24476_10297_0_43/AgWebsite/ProgramDetail.aspx?name=SPOTTED-LANTERNFLY&navid=12&parentnavid=0&palid=150& Posted from the field by Mark

    Posted at November 5, 2014 | By : | Categories : Diseases and Pests | 0 Comment
  • The Dirty Secret of the Future of Native Plant Gardening

    The Dirty Secret of the Future of Native Plant Gardening I haven't the time to write an in-depth post on this important topic, but I'll paste in a short e-mail Q&A I had today that previews what I'll be writing about.   From: Judith Sent: Friday, January 9, 2015 12:52 PM To: contact@archewild.com Subject: Native Aconitum I am writing a Plant Profile for the Greater Trumbauersville Gardener Magazine on the subject of Aconitum. I am wondering, is there a future for Aconitum uncinatum, ...

    Posted at January 9, 2015 | By : | Categories : Designing with Natives | 0 Comment
  • Cattail Use in the Landscape

    Cattail Use in the Landscape Introduction Historically, the cattail was viewed and used as an everyday source of food and construction materials.  During the last 50-100 years, public opinion soured and cattails were vilified as invasive and destructive; much research was performed both to show that they should be controlled and how they should be controlled.  Today, the value of cattails is being rediscovered as a highly-efficient means of improving water quality, a process called phytoremediation. Cattail ...

    Posted at November 26, 2014 | By : | Categories : Designing with Natives | 0 Comment
  • Urban farming helps feed the world

    Urban farming helps feed the world http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/science-environment-30182326 Posted from the field by Mark

    Posted at November 30, 2014 | By : | Categories : News | 0 Comment
  • Please Share your Eco-Friendly Lawn Thoughts

    Please Share your Eco-Friendly Lawn Thoughts We at ArcheWild know little about turf grass but we do know a lot about plants and soil.  A customer recently asked, "I was just wondering whether you are able, at this time, to give me any advice as to what I should do for my lawn as far as feeding it or treating it together with timings?"  This customer does not want to use traditional chemicals or services and ...

    Posted at February 14, 2015 | By : | Categories : ArcheWild Services | 1 Comment
  • Detoxifying Lawns

    ArcheWild was recently contracted to detoxify a lawn after it's improper contamination by one if the new national lawn care services.  The property owner was highly allegergic to the company's chemicals and also experienced several asthma episodes. Our techinicians formulated a detoxifying powder that could be emulsified in water.  The lawn was saturated with the treatment at a rate of 800 gallons per acre.  A truck-mounted tank with agitator ...

    Posted at November 5, 2014 | By : | Categories : ArcheWild Services | 0 Comment
  • Africa ‘soil crisis threat’ to future

    Africa 'soil crisis threat' to future http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/science-environment-30277514 Posted from the field by Mark

    Posted at December 4, 2014 | By : | Categories : News | 0 Comment
  • Ecological Detention Basin Design

    Ecological Detention Basin Design Detention basin design needs refreshing.  Let's move beyond  the mown-turf design.  We're tired of looking at these... Instead, lets design our detention basins to function as rich habitat for butterflies, amphibians, dragonflies, birds, and interesting plant species. Below are some simple techniques that engineers and architects can employ to create real functioning habitat without increasing a project's budget. Create Different ...

    Posted at December 8, 2014 | By : | Categories : Ecology | 0 Comment
  • Identification Guide for Photinia floribunda, Photinia pyrifolia, and Photinia melanocarpa

    Identification Guide for Photinia floribunda Photinia floribunda is an elusive chokeberry species that is currently conspicuously absent from the native plant nursery trade partly because it is so difficult to find. Photinia floribunda (purple chokeberry) is a gorgeous native shrub that enjoys moist soils in shade to full sun.  Quite stoloniferous, this species will form fairly large colonies in its ideal soil conditions.  Typically found at slightly higher elevations (500-1000ft) and growing near streams, vernal pools, and ...

    Posted at December 16, 2014 | By : | Categories : Native Plant ID | 1 Comment
  • Salamanders are an abundant food source in forest ecosystems

    Salamanders are an abundant food source in forest ecosystems In the 1970s, ecologists published results from one of the first whole-forest ecosystem studies ever conducted in Hubbard Brook, New Hampshire. In the paper, scientists reported that salamanders represent one of the largest sources of biomass, or food, of all vertebrates in the forest landscape. Now, using new sampling and statistical techniques not available during the past study, researchers at the University of ...

    Posted at November 28, 2014 | By : | Categories : Ecology | 0 Comment
  • Leaves – The Ultimate Weed Killer

    Leaves - The Ultimate Weed Killer Looking for the best, non-chemical weed killer out there?  Try leaves! Leaving dead leaves in garden beds is often the best technique for keepings weeds away.  Most of our most troublesome weeds are annuals whose seeds require open ground and plenty of sun for them to germinate.  Leaving leaves in the beds covers the ground and prevents access to sunlight for pesky weeds. It can take a couple of years for the ...

    Posted at April 7, 2014 | By : | Categories : Designing with Natives | 0 Comment
  • Controlled burning may become an accepted and adopted restoration practice

    Controlled burning may become both an accepted and adopted restoration practice Timely and targeted use of fire to reset the ecological clock for a natural landscape area has been a desire for ecologists for many years. Controlled burning can play a critical role in maintaining certain habitats that were previously prone to lightning-initiated fires or were set intentionally by Native Americans to improve hunting grounds. Fire can suppress or kill invasive species, the heat and smoke ...

    Posted at November 28, 2014 | By : | Categories : Ecology | 0 Comment
  • Fungus behind deadly disease in walnut trees mutates easily, complicating control

    Fungus behind deadly disease in walnut trees mutates easily, complicating control Researchers from Purdue and Colorado State universities have discovered that the fungus responsible for thousand cankers disease, a lethal affliction of walnut trees and related species, has a rich genetic diversity that may make the disease more difficult to control. Adjunct assistant professor of forestry Keith Woeste and fellow researchers analyzed the genes of 209 samples of Geosmithia morbida from 17 regions ...

    Posted at November 20, 2014 | By : | Categories : Diseases and Pests | 0 Comment
  • Scientists’ greener future vision

    Scientists' greener future vision http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/science-environment-30277519 Posted from the field by Mark

    Posted at December 4, 2014 | By : | Categories : News | 0 Comment
  • Cicero Swamp Wildlife Management Area

    http://www.nativetreesociety.org/fieldtrips/new_york/cicero/cicero_swamp_wildlife_management.htm Posted from the field by Mark

    Posted at November 20, 2014 | By : | Categories : Trip Reports | 0 Comment
  • Big City, Big Surprise: New York City’s Newest Species Is a Frog

    Only the second new frog species found in the continental United States in the past 30 years, it remained hidden in plain sight in a city of 8.4 million people. Even in one of the most densely populated places on Earth, nature is still capable of some big surprises. Biologists have described a new species of leopard frog discovered in New York City. "It's a pretty unique event," said Rutgers Universityecologist Jeremy ...

    Posted at November 30, 2014 | By : | Categories : Ecology | 0 Comment
  • Ecological Restoration as Art?

    Ecological Restoration as Art? It's almost Christmas and it's cold, dark, and dead-looking outside.  Thought we'd brighten up the mood with a project profile. The client owns ten acres in Princeton, New Jersey, and expressed interest in restoring their property to be more 'woods-like and authentic.'  The property is in EcoRegion 064a and features a typical upland oak-hickory forest with bountiful Danthonia spicata and Carex pensylvanica patches, among other appropriately indigenous species.  However, the prior owners had done ...

    Posted at December 18, 2014 | By : | Categories : Designing with Natives | 0 Comment
  • Native Seed Germination

    Native Seed Germination Ever wonder why such a small fraction of our indigenous flora is available for sale through nurseries, even the good native plant nurseries?  There are three primary factors.  1) Lack of demand, 2) lack of seed, and 3) lack of germination expertise.  Demand is picking up as restoration practitioners, architects, and designers gain experience and want to try new things.  Each state in the northeast now seems to have one native nursery that ...

    Posted at January 21, 2015 | By : | Categories : Ecology | 6 Comments
  • Invasive Plants on SALE NOW!

    Invasive Plants on SALE NOW! Happy New Year everyone.  Working on proposals at our local Panera Bread (my new remote office) today. Taking a break, I stroll outside to take in the view of the drainage ditch out back to see what's growing. Weeds. Invasive weeds. Japanese knotweed, Japanese rose, privet, Bradford pear, and lots more. A few lonely eastern red cedar trying to make it.  

    Posted at December 31, 2014 | By : | Categories : Ecology | 7 Comments
  • American Native Nursery is now ArcheWild Native Nurseries

    American Native Nursery is now ArcheWild Native Nurseries We write to let you know that as of Jan 1, 2015, ArcheWild Native Nurseries will be the new name for American Native Nursery. Please update your records with our new name. Our phone number remains the same: 855-plant-native (855-752-6862) Our main email:   contact@archewild.com Click here for a vCard (downloads from Dropbox) Below you can read in more detail about some of the reasons for the name change.  

    Posted at December 14, 2014 | By : | Categories : News | 0 Comment
  • How to identify Ilex verticillata and Ilex laevigata

    How to identify Ilex verticillata and Ilex laevigata Field guides and websites make differentiation between Ilex verticillata and Ilex laevigata much more difficult than it really is.  Use this handy guide to determine which species you are trying to positively identify. Ilex laevigata Somewhat shiny and medium to light green leaves with blunt tips and blunt teeth on the leaves. Fruit calyx is completely hairless.  Twigs with copious buds and leaf scars. For the botanist: Deciduous shrub to 9 feet ...

    Posted at November 20, 2014 | By : | Categories : Native Plant ID | 2 Comments
  • Selfie-help for conservation areas

    Selfie-help for conservation areas http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/science-environment-30435350 Posted from the field by Mark

    Posted at December 11, 2014 | By : | Categories : Uncategorized | 0 Comment
  • White House Recommends Sourcing Insecticide-Free Plants In Federal Landscape Guidelines

     White House Recommends Sourcing Insecticide-Free Plants In Federal Landscape Guidelines Pollinators are essential to the United States economy. Honey bees, native bees, birds, bats, butterflies, and other species contribute substantially to our food production systems, the economic vitality of the agricultural sector, and the health of the environment. Honey bee pollination alone adds more than $15 billion in value to agricultural crops in the United States each year, and pollination by other species adds another $9 billion. In addition, pollinators support ...

    Posted at November 17, 2014 | By : | Categories : News | 0 Comment
  • Native Planting Spacing Calculator

    Native Planting Spacing Calculator Sometimes it gets confusing trying to figure out the number of native plant plugs for a project if we want to use 9" centers or the number of native shrubs if spacing is every 4'. Viola! Attached is a simple EXCEL file, with no macros, that will easily ...

    Posted at February 21, 2015 | By : | Categories : Designing with Natives | 0 Comment
  • Tookany/Tacony-Frankford Watershed Partnership recognizes ArcheWild

    Tookany/Tacony-Frankford Watershed Partnership recognizes ArcheWild Join the Tookany/Tacony-Frankford Watershed Partnership for its Milestones Award Ceremony & Reception on May 13th at their offices at the Globe Dye Works.  To participate, click here. ArcheWild has contributed financially to the organizations efforts to protect and clean the Tookany/Tacony-Frankford watershed.  The watercourse originates in Abington PA and meanders through several heavily-suburbanized areas before it drains into the Delaware River at the Betsy Ross bridge. ArcheWild also supplies plant material for ...

    Posted at February 8, 2015 | By : | Categories : News | 0 Comment
  • Harvest time for Zanthoxylum americanum (prickly ash)

    Prickly ash is a large shrub to small tree with colorful drupes in late October that turn shiny black in late November.  In its preferred soil, it can form thickets that can function as a natural barrier to human and large mammals due to its large thorns. Prickly ash is in the citrus family so it a host plant for the giant swallowtail (Papilio cresphontes) and other swallowtail species.  Ptelea trifoliata (wafer ash) is another host ...

    Posted at November 9, 2014 | By : | Categories : Designing with Natives | 0 Comment
  • ArcheWild Officially Launches its Ecoregion 064a Seed Farm

    ArcheWild officially started its local ecotype seed farm in November 2014 in Hatfield PA.  This eight-acre parcel will host 100+ native plant species from EcoRegion 064a, which represents the Newark-Philadelphia-Baltimore corridor.  About 2 acres of warm season grasses are being grown in rows designed for mechanical harvesting. Another 4 acres will be planted in blocks for hand harvesting.  This seed farm is the first of its kind in that it is being planted using only ...

    Posted at November 29, 2014 | By : | Categories : Ecology,Nursery Production | 2 Comments
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