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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.

  • Native Grasses and Flowers of Dauphin County, PA

    Native Grasses and Flowers of Dauphin County, PA The native landscaping design philosophy embraces two key ecological maxims: 1) work with natives that are actually native to the region, and 2) use local genotypes of natives whenever possible.  The USDA maintains an excellent resource for determining if a plant species is or was native to a region.  The list attached here is for native grasses and flowers of Dauphin County, PA.

    Posted at March 17, 2015 | By : | Categories : Designing with Natives | 0 Comment
  • Harvesting Gleditsia triacanthos (honeylocust) seeds

    Found a nice wild Gleditsia triacanthos tree along the Delaware river tonight.  Collected enough pods for about 500 seeds. Nice chestnut brown pods and great foliage.  A very nice tree for a hedgerow or specimen tree on the edge of a property. Posted from the field by Mark

    Posted at November 11, 2014 | By : | Categories : Seed Collection | 0 Comment
  • Softened water in the garden good or bad?

    Is watering a new seed lawn and garden with softened water would be good or bad? Q: Softened water in the garden good or bad? A: Neither good nor bad.  Read more below... Most water softener installations include a system bypass for water pipes that lead to outdoor faucets so that you are not using softened water in gardens, etc.  You should be able to see a pipe that ...

    Posted at March 7, 2015 | 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • The Great American Landscape

    The picture below is just one step away from winning the 2015 Perfect American Landscape award. No weeds, nothing to mow, green all year, no bugs, no leaves to rake, nothing to trim, and lasts many years. Using plastic plants would eliminate the  pesky problem that real plants actually live, require water, and have leaves and branches that break or die. I believe that in the next ...

    Posted at July 3, 2015 | By : | Categories : News | 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
  • 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
  • ArcheWild Sustainable Nursery Practices

    ArcheWild Sustainable Nursery Practices Many  customers already know that ArcheWild employs the most sustainable nursery practices of any native plant producer on the East Coast.  But for those that are new to the ArcheWild growing program, here are some of the highlights of what we do that makes us so unique: Open Pollinated Species Over 99% of our plant material is grown from open-pollinated local-ecotype (OPLE) seed that we collect or grow ourselves. Other native nurseries rely on cloning techniques ...

    Posted at November 17, 2014 | By : | Categories : News,Nursery Production | 1 Comment
  • Vast replica recreates ancient cave

    Vast replica recreates ancient cave http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/science-environment-32403867 Posted from the field by Mark

    Posted at April 28, 2015 | By : | Categories : News | 0 Comment
  • Native Seed Germination

    Native Seed Germination Restoration professionals and government agencies are increasingly demanding open-pollinated, local-ecotype (OPLE©) native species when projects are being implemented in natural areas, or where the project is particularly large, to protect the resiliency of surrounding plant and animal communities. NOTE:  Vegetative propagation (not from seed), is a reliable and defensible method for growing straight species when a) there is not enough seed available to grow the required crop, b) the project site is in a ...

    Posted at January 21, 2015 | By : | Categories : Ecology | 6 Comments
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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 | 2 Comments
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • Developing Euonymus atropurpurea (Eastern wahoo) Cultivars

    Our chief propagator has been finding and collecting seed from various east coast genotypes of Euonymus atropurpurea for many years.  Genotypes range from West Virginia to Connecticut. See several cultivars are in development below.  The normal Eastern wahoo on the left is a nice saturated pink; many trees have much lighter pink, but the one shown would be considered typical. The middle cultivar in development, Euonymus atropurpurea, is noticeably more saturated ...

    Posted at November 12, 2014 | By : | Categories : Nursery Production | 4 Comments
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • Warning over aerosol climate fix

    Warning over aerosol climate fix http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/science-environment-32334528 Posted from the field by Mark

    Posted at April 20, 2015 | 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
  • 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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