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Front Ridge Residence traditional landscape
 

Front Ridge Residence

A rural hillside residence in Downeast Maine serves as a model for regenerating fragmented native plant communities and restoring damaged site systems. Sensible land management practices guide the homeowner’s efforts to rehabilitate expansive areas of mown lawn. Spaces carved from the landscape overlook stunning panoramic regional views, while new plantings define edges and thresholds. Brilliant seasonal drama is heightened along mown paths meandering through a rich tapestry of managed native meadow.
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carolynadk wrote:
You haven't by any chance written a landscape design book? - We're starting from scratch at a lakefront site in the Adirondacks, and almost every photo I tag for inspiration is yours! We're committed to using only natives, but budget requires that we design for ourselves and install in stages. Would love to buy anything you had written!
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Thanks so much for your flattering comments! I have not written a book, but wouldn't rule it out in the future. I do have a blog at my website and will be adding more to it in the coming months... Please check it out if you have a moment: http://matthew-cunningham.com/blog/
December 29, 2012 at 7:01am     
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sophath wrote:
materials used - was this seeded or plugs? with what kind of mix?
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This was an old lawn that we allowed to regenerate in Downeast Maine. I have done seeded meadows throughout the northeast, which is much more cost effective than plugs. However, if budget is not an issue, I would go with plugs. Check out New England Wetland Plants in Amherst, MA (http://www.newp.com/) or Ernst Seed (http://www.ernstseed.com)--they have lots of great mixes available. Good luck!
December 29, 2012 at 8:02am     
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anabuka wrote:
Need help to regenerate large lawn - Large flat mown lawn near ocean- want to do this but fear I would end up with briars, poison ivy, and bittersweet. How do you manage keeping out the more invasive species?
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Iowa landscaping idea. So lovely.
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for painting
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A little imagination.
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Rien de plus à dire!
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