Jenn Nawada explains how various climates across the United States impact the design, care, and maintenance of different landscapes, which includes discussing USDA Hardiness Zones and native plant species.
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In this special episode of Ask This Old House, Jenn explains how various climates across the United States impact the design, care, and maintenance of different landscapes, which includes discussing USDA Hardiness Zones and native plant species.
Kevin explains the USDA Hardiness Zone map and how it can help a homeowner determine which plants will work best in their backyard.
In any landscape design, Jenn recommends looking for natural cues in the surrounding area to recreate in a controlled way in your yard.
In Phoenix, Arizona, Jenn learns which plants work best in desert climates.
In Cheyenne, Wyoming, she works with a rangeland ecologist to help a homeowner care for his prairie grasses.
Jenn returns to her home state of Florida to help a homeowner design a tropical backyard.
For the harsh, New England winters, she works with a homeowner to select foundation plantings that can survive the cold.
Jenn suggests breaking a landscape down into separate sections and coming up with a game plan for each section, regardless of whether you plan to work on that section immediately or not. That way, as you add more to the landscape as time and budget allows, everything will connect nicely and not feel disjointed. Also, by breaking the landscape down into sections, it’s easier to give each section a specific purpose or function.
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University of Wyoming Extension
Laramie County Conservation District
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