, Front yard Renaturalization
Planting plan created by Quinte Conservation
Plants & Property
This planting plan is designed based on the land characteristics identified during the day of the site visit. Plants are chosen according to the soil and light conditions on your property. The number of plants chosen for each planting compartment takes into account the square metre area of the space, as well as the amount of current vegetation cover. Your property is part of ecoZone: 6a
Land Characteristics by Compartment
Plant Selection Summary
The following shrubs and trees are chosen for their suitability and survivability given the current soil and light conditions in each compartment on your property, as well as preferable features.
The following table summarizes key information about each plant selected for your property.
American HazelnutHeight: 3-4 m
American Hazelnut is a deciduous shrub species that grows between 3-4 m tall. The leaves are alternate, oval-ovate in shape, and have doubly serrate margins. The leaves are a medium green colour and are hairless on the upper surface, but have short hairs on the lower surface. Small flowers appear on elongated catkins and bloom from early to mid spring. Female flowers develop into an edible nut that is brown in colour and is enclosed by a papery husk. American Hazelnut has colony forming tendencies due to it’s thick rhizomatous root system, which would make it a suitable species for erosion control. The nut of American Hazelnut is an important winter food source for a variety of wildlife species, including large mammals, small mammals, and birds.
Alternate-Leaved DogwoodHeight: 5-10 m
The Alternate-Leaved Dogwood is a tall, deciduous shrub or small tree species that can grow 5-10 m in height. This plant may also be known by the common name Pagoda Dogwood. It can be grown either in the form of a single stem tree or multi-stemmed shrub comprised of two or three smaller trunks. The leaves are ovate shaped, alternately arranged, have prominent veins, have a pointed tip, and have entire margins. The flowers are showy, fragrant, whitish yellow, appear in flat clusters, and bloom between May and June. These flowers produce clusters of dark blue berries. The flowers are beneficial for pollinator species while the berries are beneficial for wildlife species. The root system is valuable for controlling erosion and stabilizing loose soil. This plant is often used as a small ornamental tree in landscaping. The common name comes from the fact that all other Dogwood species have oppositely arranged leaves.
Canada plumHeight: 6-10 m
Canada Plum is a small tree or large shrub that grows to about 6-10 m in height. Canada Plum may also be referred to as Red Plum, Black Plum, Wild Plum, or Horse Plum. The bark is reddish-brown to black when young and greyish-brown and peeling with age. The branches contain several spines that are about 5 cm long. The leaves are deciduous, alternate, dull green in colour, broadly oval shaped, and are double toothed along the margins. Canada Plum flowers are showy, appear in clusters of 2-4, white to pale pink with 5 petals, and bloom in late April to early June before the leaves emerge. The fruit is an edible red or yellow plum that is 2.5-3 cm long and ripens between August and September. The plums can be eaten fresh or used in jams and jellies, but caution should be taken, as all parts of the tree except the skin and flesh are toxic. Several species of mammals and birds feed on the plums and the flowers attract bumblebees.
Wild PlumHeight: 6 m
Wild Plum, or American Plum is a deciduous fruit tree that grows to a height of 6 m. The leaves are 4-12 cm long, oval shaped, and have sharp, pointed teeth along the margins. The fragrant flowers are arranged in flat-topped clusters of 2-4 white flowers, with 5 petals each. These showy white flowers bloom in late April to early June. The fruits are yellow to red plums that ripen from August to September. The edible fruits are valued for their use in pies and preserves, but caution should be taken, as all parts of the tree except the flesh and skin of fruit contains hydrocyanic acid. It can grow as a small tree or tall shrub and spreads through its root system to form dense thickets. The root system of Wild Plum can be used to stabilize banks and prevent erosion.
Allegheny ServiceberryHeight: 3-10 m
The Allegheny Serviceberry is an attractive deciduous shrub species that can reach about 3 m as a shrub or up to 10 m as a tree. This plant may also be known by the common name Smooth Serviceberry. It can be grown either in the form of a single stem tree or multi-stemmed shrub comprised of two or three smaller trunks. The leaves are dark green, alternately arranged, oval shaped, and have finely toothed margins. The flowers are showy, fragrant, have 5 petals, appear in drooping clusters, and bloom in April before the leaves emerge. The flowers produce small reddish purple to black berries, which are edible and flavorful to humans. The fruit is beneficial to wildlife species, including birds and small mammals. The root system is valuable for controlling erosion and stabilizing loose soil. This plant is often used for ornamental purposes as a small tree in urban areas.
American SycamoreHeight: 35m
American Sycamore is a large, fast-growing deciduous tree that can reach heights up to 35 m and is known to be one of the largest trees in Eastern North America. It may also be referred to as Eastern Sycamore, Buttonwood, Buttonball-tree, or American Plane-tree. The outer bark of American Sycamore is a mottled reddish-brown colour and has scales that flake off to reveal white inner bark. The leaves are 10-20 cm, bright green coloured, with 3-5 lobes, and have irregularly toothed margins. The flowers are tiny and arranged in dense heads, with male flowers being yellowish-green, and female flowers reddish in colour. The female flowers develop into fuzzy, brownish fruiting balls that are 2.5-3 cm and mature in early fall. The seeds from American Sycamore are consumed by small mammals and, less frequently songbirds.
- pH: normal
- Moisture: dry
- Soil Type: loamy
Project Partners: Watersheds Canada and Quinte Conservation
Shoreline Re-Naturalization Starter Kit includes: free site visit, customized re-naturalization planting plan for your shoreline property, native plants including free bare root (small) and potted (large) plants and wildflowers, coconut fibre pads to deter grass from growing around new plantings, tree guards for all deciduous trees, mulch for your wildflowers, Plant Care Guide with instructions on how to take care of your new plants, Habitat Creation Guide and a Wildflower Garden Guide.
Our planting plans are created onsite with you and provide detailed information and plans to re-naturalize your shoreline property. We take photos of areas for planting and overlay native plants that are well suited to your property based on site conditions such as soil type and sunlight availability.
We will work with you to create a plan that works for you including options for low growing plants in areas where views are important.
|Starter Kit fee||$250|
|Free potted plants||19||$0||$0|
|Free bareroot plants||15||$0||$0|
Please indicate your agreement to this proposed plan by signing the following Stewardship Agreement and submitting it, along with your financial contribution, to:
115-40 Sunset Blvd. Perth, ON, K7H 2Y4
Please note that plant species may need to be changed based on plant stock availability at the time of ordering.
Upon receiving your signed stewardship agreement and financial contribution, a date will be booked to complete the project. Watersheds Canada will supply all plants, materials, and planting labour. If there are particular dates that you would prefer, we will do our best to accommodate your requests.
The Natural Edge Stewardship Agreement with Watersheds Canada
Agreement made this Day of the Month of in the Year .
BETWEEN Peter Barker Front Yard Plan, (Hereinafter called the OWNERS)
AND Watersheds Canada, 115-40 Sunset Blvd, Perth, ON, K7H 2Y4 (Hereinafter called WC)
WHEREAS the Owners and WC have met and discussed plans for shoreline naturalization on the specified area(s) in Schedule A existing on the Owners’ land;
WHEREAS the Owners indicate approval of the project as proposed; and
WHEREAS the project is, or will be for the benefit of the Owners and others;
1. This Agreement shall be in effect for a period of 5 years, commencing with the date of this Agreement.
2. The Owners and WC agree that the areas where the work is to be performed is as described in Schedule A.
3. The Owners grant WC, its contractors, employees and agents, the right to enter the property to perform the work agreed upon as outlined in Schedule A. In addition, WC, its contractors, employees and agents may inspect the work performed for the purposes of monitoring the project and survival assessment, with prior agreement with Owners for date and time of inspection.
4. The Owners agree to contribute the “Landowner contribution (25% of eligible costs)” and pay the costs indicated in Schedule B.
5. In instances where the Owners are to pay WC for work to be performed (outlined in Schedule A), the Owners agree to provide payments to WC prior to the commencement of that operation. Failure of payment shall constitute a breach of this Agreement and the Owners agree this Agreement will be terminated and thereupon the Owners agree to pay WC the estimated costs of the operations of the project completed, if any.
6. The Owners agree, if necessary, to perform a reasonable amount of maintenance, which is described in the Native Plant Care Guide, available at watersheds.ca.
7. If the contractor is required to perform the work outlined in Schedule A, then the contractor carrying out the work on the land described will be required to take out and furnish evidence of a comprehensive policy of public liability and property damage coverage. The contractor and their workers will be required to be in good standing with the Workplace Safety and Insurance Board prior to performing the work.
8. The Owners agree not to remove, destroy or alter the project without prior consultation and approval of WC. Pruning and trimming planted nursery stock, or adding replacement native nursery stock is exempt.
9. The Owners agree not to mow the planted area.
10. The Owners do acknowledge that WC, its contractors, employees and agents, having performed said works, are not under further obligation with respect to survival of nursery stock, inspection, or maintenance.
11. The Owners, in the absence of negligence, hereby remises, releases and forever discharges WC, its contractors, employees and agents from all claims and demands for injuries, including death, loss, damages and costs in any way related to or connected with installation and maintenance of the work described or resulting from any deleterious effects of the work to the land or to the lands and buildings thereon retained by the Owners.
IN WITNESS WHEREOF the parties have agreed to the contents of this plan; SIGNED:
About this program
This project is created as a co-partnership between Watersheds Canada and Quinte Conservation
About Quinte Conservation
Quinte Conservation is a community based environmental protection agency that serves 18 municipalities in the watersheds of the Moira, Napanee and Salmon Rivers and Prince Edward County. Our programs, services and working alongside residents create a sustainable ecosystem where people and nature live in harmony.
This program was created by Watersheds Canada
We believe that every person has the right to access clean and healthy lakes and rivers in Canada. At Watersheds Canada, we work to keep these precious places naturally clean and healthy for people and wildlife to continue using for years to come. We love working with others to meet the needs of local communities, whether you’re a concerned citizen, a landowner, a lake association looking for help, or a coalition of groups interested in activating your local community.