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Rapidan Wildlife Habitat Cooperative Pollinator Meadow Growth Hitting Summer Stride

SoilKeepers Program Manager Michael Collins in front of home scale pollinator meadow                           Field scale establishment year 1 below showing cutting of warm season weed heads above new wildflower and native warm season grass growth.

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Restoring Our Environmental Commons through Commercial Landscaping

NatCap Executive Director and SoilKeepers Manager Michael Collins spoke on Restoring Our Environmental Commons through Commercial Landscaping at the 23rd Ecological Landscape Alliance Conference last week. Thanks to John Bentley and Earth and Turf Products for sponsoring this session of the conference. SoilKeepers is a proud Member of the Alliance.  

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Rapidan Wildlife Habitat Cooperative and SoilKeepers Complete Preparation for Third Quail and Pollinator Meadow

Today site preparation for a third wildlife habitat meadow in the Rapidan River Valley region was completed. This work paves the way for spring native warm season grass – wildflowers at multiple sites in Central Virginia. Thanks to the landowners for working together on coordinated habitat establishment.

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What’s Wrong with the Chesapeake Bay Program and How to Fix It

Because the Center runs a commercial landscape service called SoilKeepers focused on the creation of healthy soils and native plants for residential and agricultural customers, we are most aware of the power of soil organisms and organic matter to hold onto nutrients and sequester greenhouse gases. We have estimated the cost effectiveness of soil health […]

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SoilKeepers works with Central Virginia landowners to complete fall site prep. for 2017 quail and pollinator meadows

Somerset, VA – SoilKeepers preparing field for spring meadow establishment through winter wheat cover crop using Atchison no-till drill. The meadow will be established for quail and pollinator habitat along the Rapidan River. Species were selected not only for wildlife but also for landowner recreational value – designed for good meadow site lines, horse riding, […]

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SoilKeepers Remove Invasive Species for Central Virginia Clients

Invasive species is a hot topic. Doing something about it is a square foot by square foot proposition. Doing it with sensitivity requires knowledge of plants (need to know what is and isn’t native and invasive), lots of caution (some plants are poisonous), and lots of hard work. Then, maintaining areas where species have been […]

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SoilKeepers Spring Projects restoring Water, Wildlife, and Property Values in Central Virginia

SoilKeepers Yard Restoration Projects for early spring are getting wrapped up – improving water quality in local streams, rivers, and the Chesapeake Bay, providing new pollinator habitat, and most importantly increasing beauty and property value for our wonderful clients. Thanks to our client, the Virginia Department of Environmental Quality, and the Rappahannock River Basin Commission […]

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SoilKeepers and Earth and Turf Bring the Science of Compost Topdressing to Central Virginia

SoilKeepers General Manger and Center for Natural Capital Executive Director Michael Collins and Earth and Turf CEO John Bentley are working together to bring the capabilities of the 100 SP self propelled compost topdresser to Central Virginia. The equipment will allow SoilKeepers to more precisely and cost effectively use compost to meet the fertilization needs […]

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Board of Directors Votes to Create Wildlife Habitat Cooperative for Quail, Box Turtle, and Pollinators

After completion of a fall landowner scoping meeting, business concept plan, and robust staff and Board consideration, the Center’s Board of Director’s approved the creation of a new major program for 2016 – The Rapidan Wildlife Habitat Cooperative (RWHC).  The vision of the Cooperative is a 20 sq. mile area with interconnected quail, pollinator, and […]

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SoilKeepers Complete Turf Naturalization Projects

The Center’s River Friendly Landscape Maintenance and Restoration Service, SoilKeepers, has completed fall river friendly yard restoration projects in Fredericksburg and Charlottesville. Principal elements of a river friendly yard include natural (organic) methods to obtain healthy soil biology and healthy and beautiful native wildflowers, grasses, and trees. Images from two projects are shown below. These […]

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SoilKeepers Healing Dead Suburban Soils and the Chesapeake Bay

The before and after below is from a customer with very a challenging yard – very high acid subsoil with no topsoil. After 1 year of a variety of natural organic amendments – the turf is becoming thick with a beautiful natural color safe for children and pets. This soil will also reduce rainfall runoff […]

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SoilKeepers Completing Naturopathic Soil Assessments, Recommendations, and Implementating Restoration in Fredericksburg and Charlottesville, VA

The Center’s non-profit commercial river friendly landscape maintenance and restoration service, SoilKeepers is traveling in Central Virginia, from Fredericksburg to Charlottesville,  completing river friendly soil assessments, recommendations, and implementing organic amendments for our customers. SoilKeepers staff loves helping heal soil ecosystems that help our customers grow more healthy and beautiful plants and improve the Chesapeake […]

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SoilKeepers has Incentive Funds for Yard Naturalization

Through the Center’s Naturopathic Landscape Maintenance and Restoration Service – SoilKeepers – funds for customers to naturalize a portion of their yards is now available. Planting could occur as soon as this spring or more likely fall 2015. Call 540-672-2542 for more information.

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SoilKeepers Exhibitor at Piedmont Landscape Association Seminar

On Wednesday, February 18, the Center’s SoilKeepers program will participate in the Piedmont Landscape Association Seminar at Paramount Theatre. SoilKeepers is a non-profit service that provides river friendly landscape services, focused on the exclusive use of organic (carbon) amendments to maintain and restore the health of biological organisms in soils. The global need for services […]

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SoilKeepers Successfully Completes Pilot Season of Mid-Atlantic Yard Restoration

CNC’s pilot suburban yard landscape maintenance and restoration program, SoilKeepers, has successfully completed it’s inaugural 2014 season. The image below shows a portion of one customer’s backyard. This portion of the yard had its original topsoil stripped by the developer. In addition, it was near a wooded area that receives partial sunlight. The acidic clay […]

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SoilKeepers Completes Suburban Turf Restoration Pilot Projects

During May and June, the Center’s suburban yard maintenance and restoration pilot project, SoilKeepers, completed turf restoration projects in Fredericksburg. These market-based projects, paid for entirely by homeowners, increased infiltration and reduce soil and nutrient loss from new home lots. More information will be posted at the SoilKeepers website in the weeks ahead.

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SoilKeepers Landscape Services Launches 2014 Season in Fredericksburg, Virginia

The Center’s landscape maintenance and improvement program, SoilKeepers, seeks clients for the 2014 landscaping season in the vicinity of Fredericksburg, Virginia. Contact Mike at 540-661-7379 to schedule a free consultation.

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