Landscaping that compliments the natural aesthetic.

Landscaping

Generations of owners, spanning more than three centuries, have helped to preserve, mold and enhance the land with a gentle passion which is everywhere evident today.

The current Members are equally passionate about the commitment to preservation and appreciation of the Island natural gifts both in the 1,800+ acres shared by the community, but also on their personal properties. It’s a tradition of land stewardship guided by the Trust and its educational assets.

“The future of Spring Island must be approached not only as an opportunity, but as an obligation. The cherished sense of special place with which a dozen generations have looked upon this land, must never be allowed to die.”

The HRB and the Trust’s Landscape Contractor Certification Program, provides an HRB landscape guidelines orientation and educates landscape contractors about Spring Island management practices and how to be effective Spring Island landscape managers.

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Nature curtains

The primary purpose of a nature curtain is to maintain the native habitat on all estate homesites, thereby keeping the site connected to the surrounding nature preserve. When native plants are used in landscaping, the homesite functions as a “gap in the forest” where sunlight reaches the ground and the plants provide cover and food for wildlife.

A nature curtain is also used to screen the view so that the home does not dominate the landscape when viewed from outside the property. There should be a healthy tree canopy with a diverse understory of shrubs, seedlings, grasses and herbaceous plants. It should resemble the nature preserve and appear unmanaged.

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Vista Pruning

The objective of vista pruning is to provide attractive views from the main rooms on the first floor of a house while maintaining a filtered view of the home from marshes, ponds, trails or the golf course. Clearing and trimming to open key locations and to frame views is permitted with written approval by the HRB.

With new construction, initial vista pruning should be performed after the house has been framed. Views should be maintained as originally approved by the HRB. Pruning in the buffer area must leave vegetation of varying heights and types (trees, shrubs, aquatic plants) so a hedge-like appearance is not created. Clear-cutting is not allowed. Creating new vistas or removing trees or shrubs requires Landscape Ecologist approval.

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Using Native Plants

The Trust’s Native Plant project works with Members to use and feature plants indigenous to the Island’s natural habitat.

The semi-annual Native Plant Sale is a popular event and an excellent resource for insight and materials to work best for each of the Island’s unique properties.

Plants grow and spread quickly in Spring Island’s subtropical climate. A realistic plan for managing vegetative growth around your home should include the right plant selection, where and when to mow, when to use herbicides and when to remove plants by hand.

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Use of Herbicides and Insecticides in the Yard

It is best to view the use of pesticides as a final resort to an intolerable pest problem. If used judiciously and applied appropriately at label-recommended rates, pesticides can be effective tools for control. The user must be sure to wear the proper protective equipment. Pesticide use is of particular concern when the homeowner hires a commercial company to spray regularly for weeds or mosquitoes. Since short-term customer satisfaction is the primary goal of the chemical applicator, there is more concern about over-reliance on pesticides.

Herbicides are a mixture of active ingredients and the solution in which the ingredients are dissolved. Generally, herbicides are safer to use than insecticides because the active ingredients in herbicides are molecules that interfere with chemical reactions that occur in plants but not animals.

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Spring Island

Address:
Spring Island Trust
40 Mobley Oaks Lane
Okatie, SC 29909
Phone:
843-987-7008