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    • Bird Academy
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      Bird_Academy
      Share a little bit about your plans for building up your naturescape. What kinds of questions do you have? What resources are available to you to help you answer those questions?
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    • Jim
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      Jim Fuehrmeyer
      Two sources have been great for me.  The Indiana Native Plant Society via a Facebook group and some folks in the Elkhart/South Bend Audubon Society - my local chapter.
    • Christopher
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      goldeagle Kroll
      The problem in my area for natural escaping is not education / information. It's finding places to buy plants and items. And finding the items at a reasonable price.
      • Nancy
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        46er2355
        I have the same problem.  I have to  travel about an hour and a half to get to a native plant nursery.
      • Jim
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        Jim Fuehrmeyer
        I obviously don't know where you live, but a good source for those of us in the Midwest is Prairie Nursery, an on-line supplier based in Wisconsin.  I've gotten two orders now for plants native to northern Indiana - Ninebark, a variety of Asters and some others - and the plants are excellent. The sixteen I put in last fall have all come up this spring and are thriving. They also have some garden layout ideas - I used a layout for partial shade. I did not just Google search for this outfit - I joined the Indiana Native Plant Society group on Facebook and learned about them there.  I have a small patch but this outfit also supplies folks who are "going native" and converting acres of land into native preserves.
    • LAURA
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      cleozbirdz
      I only recently started moving plants around our yard--it never occurred to me before that I should be able to dig up and move plants if needed! I have had no problems with transplant losses so far. I am excited about the idea of having some climbing/flowering vines--maybe I need to incorporate an arbor into my plans. I also want to incorporate some native ground cover into existing landscaping. I like the densely planted look, plus it will help decrease weeds.
    • Janet
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      chops99
      Starting small is great advice.  I have been getting overwhelmed trying to plan my yard garden.  I want to do everything at one time, but need to learn patience to see what works.  My biggest challenge will be the area behind my house which is overgrown with english ivy.  Figuring out how to get rid of it and planting native on the bank while controlling erosion in the process is daunting.  Hoping a local nursery can help with some ideas.
    • Martin
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      mjroncetti
      I have been slowly building up my yard since my wife and I purchased our home in 2014.  My front beds will be "next" for further development as there are some bare spots to fill and a couple vines (Virginia Creeper and a grape species) to move to a more suitable location in the back yard along a fence line.  My search will concentrate on finding native perennials that are partially shade or shade tolerant and how to keep the neighbourhood rabbits away or at least at bay.  It could be a mix of a garlic/olive oil/water spray and sprinkling cayenne pepper throughout the bed.
      • LAURA
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        cleozbirdz
        I have found both Liquid Fence and Rabbit Scram to be pretty effective for rabbits.
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