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PlayCore Launches First Plant Database to Promote the Design of Landscapes with Play Value

PlayCore Launches First Plant Database to Promote the Design of Landscapes with Play Value
Wouldn't it be great to be able to plan and create site-appropriate landscaping that extends play value with attributes like sound, shade, scent, loose parts for play, the ability to attract birds and butterflies, or a variety of other characteristics? Now you can!
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  1. Just a caution; there are invasive plants on the list. I did a zone 6, & vinca came up, as did butterfly bush. I stopped searching after that.

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  2. The database is beautiful and I love the idea of encouraging play areas. However, there are some real problems with the data. There is no recognition of the importance of planting natives, which is something we should be teaching our children. The database includes many non-natives which are listed as native. It also includes plants which are highly invasive and causing severe problems for land managers. See Japanese Barberry as an example. If you click the USDA link you will see it is naturalized, not Native. Once again, I love the database structure and layout, but I highly recommend having a plant conservation expert review your data.

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  3. Another issue is the lack of soil information. Hire a Landscape Architect that knows plants and does playground design.

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