Field Guide E-newsletter

July 2017 Field Guide E-newsletter: Helpful Tips, Planning Vacant Lot Transformations & Events

With autumn quickly approaching, now is a great time to develop a plan for transforming your vacant lot using the Field Guide to Working with Lots. Fall planning and preparation makes weeding much easier. Why?  Because weeds are fully established in the fall, making them easier to distinguish from plants. And, even though temperatures are cooler in the fall, the plants’ roots will have time to establish themselves in the warm soil before the ground freezes. 

If you are looking to install a lot design from the Field Guide, make sure to visit the online tool to “Discover Your Lot,” explore “Local Examples,” and choose a “Lot Design.”  And, let us know what your plans are!

This summer, the Detroit Future City (DFC) Implementation Office wrapped up the second year of its mini-grant program, which provided funds to community organizations to implement a lot design from the Field Guide. As a result, 10 groups have transformed 12 lots in Detroit. To date, DFC has directly influenced the transformation of more than 35 lots in Detroit, with hopes to see that number grow to 100 in five years. 

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May 2017 Field Guide E-newsletter: Helpful Tips For Preparing Your Garden

Spring is finally here! Now that the gardening season is in full swing, it is the perfect time to dust off your DFC Field Guide to Working with Lots and begin your lot transformation. Before the hot, dry months of summer, it is important to get your trees, shrubs, and perennials planted to ensure your plants will be able to establish themselves and survive subsequent seasons. 

In our last e-newsletter, we detailed how to prepare your gardens for planting.  If you’re looking to display your talent as a gardener extraordinaire, this edition includes a few helpful tips to design the ultimate perennial garden. Provided to you by the Michigan State University Department of Horticulture (MSUDH) and the University of Minnesota, following these five steps can help you execute a beautiful plan.

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March 2017 Field Guide E-newsletter: Planning Your Vacant Lot Transformation

Are you ready for your 2017 spring planting project? With the spring season around the corner, now is the perfect time to begin planning and preparing for your next lawn improvement or vacant lot transformation project in your community. The first step involves dusting off your Field Guide to Working with Lots to identify tools needed to begin installing your lot design, and engaging your neighbors about volunteering to help. Below are some tasks to consider completing between March and April:

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