Broadway island goes native

Dave Strang/RRN/KNEB

Scottsbluff's sustainable landscape island on Broadway will be taking shape the next two weeks. Long's Exterior Design has been working in the compost this week in preparation for planting.

Stormwater Program Specialist Leann Sato says the island will incorporate native and well-adapted trees, shrubs, grasses, and perennials including Kentucky Coffeetree, Pawnee Butte Sandcherry, Autumn Amber Sumac, and Little Bluestem. These native plants require less water, fertilizer, and mowing. The island will become part of city case study to compare water usage to similarly sized islands with blue grass turf.

The landscape was designed by Amy Seiler with the Nebraska Forest Service and is part of the Greener Nebraska Towns Initiative, a grant program that is funded by the Nebraska Environmental Trust and administered by the Nebraska Forest Service and Nebraska Statewide Arboretum.

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