It’s not all brides, make-up and glamorous style shoots here at The Cedars Ranch! We’re still working hard from the ground up, creating the best possible environment here at The Cedars!
In keeping with our focus on sustainable landscaping, and doing what’s best for our Texan ranch land, we’ve been focusing on restoring some of the rough open space near the front of the property to native grassland.
For the past week or so, a team of permaculturists* led by Shannon Brown, have been working on-site, installing this initial phase of meadow restoration. Shannon, Paige and Camille are, for now, our “Seeders” here at The Cedars!!
Here’s Camille raking the oak leaves to expose the ground for planting …
Here’s Shannon getting ready to seed our native grasses and wildflowers …
Among the new species being planted are Plains Bristlegrass, Side Oats Grama, Pink Evening Primrose and Indian Blanket. The focus is on native species that grow quickly, are drought tolerant and deer resistant. The restored meadowland will be abounding in beautiful ecologically valuable native species attracting birds, fireflies and butterflies.
Here’s a picture of our already existing native milkweed attracting many butterfly visitors …
A significant knock-on effect of restoring meadows, is that the grass roots help the water get back to the aquifer. We love learning how nature is so intelligently connected, and how we can nurture these natural processes and help them flourish again.
Not wanting to be left out of the action, Marilyn is available to help out the all gal crew …
Until next week,
Bill & Marilyn,
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*“Permaculture is a system of agricultural and social design principles centered on simulating or directly utilizing the patterns and features observed in natural ecosystems.” https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Permaculture