Landscaping at the cabin: staying native and uneaten

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Landscaping at the cabin: staying native and uneaten

  • There was an article in 2012 about landscaping which got me excited, but implementing some of the thoughts in that article have proven to be quite difficult.  For example, where can I find a list of native plants that won't get eaten?  What is good around the cabin that will help blend it with its surroundings?  What needs sun or shade?  What can I use as ground cover in the shaded areas?  What hardscapes should be used?  What materials should be used for nature trails and paths?  What plants are good on or near the shoreline to help with erosion, geese, etc.?

    Can you post pics of your landscaping or your ideas?  how did you use material and plants on your property to fill in areas that needed it?


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  • Also what trees are good near the water?  And which grow fast and aren't too brittle?  We lost a shade tree and want to replace with something that will grow fast, but not die in 20 years.  Is there a good option that doesn't have a lot of leaf waste...

  • Most counties in the US have a Natural Resources Conservations Services (NRCS) office.  It is often direcly adjacent to the USDA office.

    During our searches thru the midwest for a recreational property purchase with the goal to develop a pond, I called quite a few offices.  They were always helpful, some more than others.  After building our pond, our relationship with the local NRCS agent continued as we worked with the Wildlife Habitat Incentives Program (WHIP).  This is a government supplemented acreage program to develop wildlife beneficial habitat by introducing specific trees, shrubs, grasses, flowers.  Anyway, my point is that the county NRCS agent is where I would start.  

    Here are a couple of my favorite reference websites for the kinda stuff you seek.

  • "cabin1,"

    As you can imagine, the answers to many of your questions will depend on your cabin location, so you are better off speaking with a native landscaping expert like Jennifer Baker, the author of the article you referenced. She often writes such articles for Cabin Life. Her website is Good luck!

    Emily Hare
    Editorial Assistant
    Cabin Life magazine