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Meadow - Private Residence

Eco-region: 84

Date: 2020

Size: 0.5 acres

Project Description: Planted in October, 2020, this flowering native meadow on Long Island is growing primarily from seed with supplemental plug and bare-root plantings. To prepare the site, we mowed the vegetation (a significant weed population) and followed up with two applications of a vinegar solution. After dethatching the top layer of soil, we sowed the seed, raked it in, and later planted through. The 1:1 forb to grass mix was selected using local genotypes wherever possible. The following maintenance will include well-timed mows, clever irrigation, and no doubt some careful troubleshooting.

Lessons learned: Project in progress

Marie Ruffier-Monet
Timothy Erdmann

Landscape Designers: Marie Ruffier-Monet & Timothy Erdmann

East Hampton, NY Village Green and Methodist Lane Bioswales

Eco-region: 84

Date: 2017; 2021

Size: Village Green - 1.75 Acres; Methodist lane +/- 1 acre

Project Description: A public private partnership with East Hampton Town and Village, Surfrider Foundation, Easthampton Town Community Preservation Fund, Piazza Horticultural and private donors, these projects are focused on dealing with the water quality issues facing the Hook Pond Watershed and disappearing wildlife habitat due to overdevelopment. The Methodist lane site is currently highly maintained turf with sections that have constant standing water and severe flooding in rain events. There are four distinct elements to the design: a passive bioswale to deal with the standing water, a pollinator garden on the southern slope, a Long Island native grass meadow and two copses of native trees. The intent is to slow the movement of and clean storm water runoff before it makes its way to Hook Pond and eventually the Atlantic ocean. The turf will be removed to accept the plantings of native plant material selected to thrive in each ecosystem represented on the site. Criteria for plant selections was based on ability to survive on the site and service to wildlife. Although met with some initial skepticism, the public has given overwhelming support to these projects after learning and seeing firsthand the benefits of reducing highly maintained lawns and adding native planting as demonstrated by the Village Green Bioswale. Installed in 2017, it is successful on many fronts (wildlife services, water quality testing results, public awareness ) that the Methodist lane project is part of a second phase of plantings within East Hampton Village. Local schools and institutions plan programming at the sites to further increase public awareness of bird and insect decline and water quality issues. After generous private donations and a grant from the EH Town Community Preservation Fund, the Methodist Lane project will break ground April 2021.

Lessons learned: Plant it and they will come! Insects, birds, and people. Public private partnerships are slow processes but well worth the end result. Community support and public awareness are invaluable. Hibiscus moscheutos can overwhelm a planting when it's well sited.

Tony Piazza/Piazza Horticultural
Tony Piazza/Piazza Horticultural
Tony Piazza/Piazza Horticultural Village Green 2020
Tony Piazza/Piazza Horticultural Village Green 2018
Tony Piazza/Piazza Horticultural Village Green 2018
Tony Piazza/Piazza Horticultural Village Green 2019

Landscape Design by Tony Piazza

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