Jefferson Barracks National Cemetery: St. Louis, MO

DJM collaborated with Stormwater STL to re-build a failing MSD permitted rain garden.  Tasks included removing sediment from a non-performing rain garden, installing fresh engineered soils, planting three bald cypress trees, providing critical deer exclusion fencing, and securing the slopes surrounding the rebuilt garden utilizing innovative products including Filtrexx Soxx to prevent another failure due to excessive sediment loading.

Taum Sauk: Annapolis, MO

DJM was selected to coordinate the installation of 4,000 custom propagated trees as part of the compensatory mitigation required by the failure of the Taum Sauk Hydroelectric Dam.  On two separate occasions, DJM mobilized to the site to install RPM trees from Forrest Keeling Nursery utilizing a standardized installation protocol that included an anti-dessicant, slow release fertilizer and trunk wraps.

The mitigation continues to evolve today as the site marches towards a new ecological equilibrium that will include native trees, shrubs and herbaceous plant material.

Shaw Nature Reserve: Gray Summit, MO

DJM partnered with the professional staff at the Shaw Nature Reserve to eradicate honeysuckle and other invasive species on 6 acres of early/moderate successional woodland.  DJM was selected based on our ability to blend the operation of heavy equipment with respect for the multiple stakeholder perspectives present within the Reserve.  During Phase I, our team was able to cut and treat approximately 6 acres of heavy brush in 3 working days.  Project was initiated Summer 2014 and will continue through 2015.

Check back for additional photos as the project develops!

Forest Park:  Saint Louis, MO

In 2004, DJM staff coordinated with the St. Louis City Parks Department and numerous volunteers to restore the wetlands, savanna, and aquatic plants along the river and in the Deer Lake Savanna.

Forest Park Hatchery Prairie
Forest Park Prescribed Burn

See the following links to view the media coverage of the first prescribed burn in Forest Park, December, 2011. DJM Staff with Forest Park Forever utilized prescribed fire as a management tool to control several exotic invasive species and undesirable tree seedlings in the maturing Deer Lake Savanna reconstruction.

CBS – Prescribed Burn

KSDK – Prescribed Burn

KMOV – Prescribed Burn

Alberici Corporate Headquarters: St. Louis, MO


At the Alberici Corporate Headquarters, native plants have been utilized across their campus and formal landscaping to eliminate the need for irrigation. Constructed wetlands serve to catch water falling on site allowing no water runoff. At this site, 97 percent of the rubble generated during the reconstruction of the building and parking garage was recycled or remained on site and was incorporated into the soil. This created a challenge to create a seed mix that could adapt to this “recycled urban rubble soil matrix.” In addition to the habitat created for wildlife and employees to enjoy while at work, maintenance has been greatly reduced.

Although slow to start, the prairie shows that careful species selection can result in a lush and attractive corporate landscape. Many workshops and events occur at this site and are a great opportunity to learn about many aspects of the green industry. Workshops can be found at: Shaw Nature Reserve.

New for 2009, a rain garden was designed to intercept 7200 gallons of water during a 1 inch rain event off the patio in the back of the building. Here, a micro-wetland habitat has been created in place of an erosion problem.


Stone Bridge Retirement Center: Maryland Heights, MO


In the spring of 2008, the detention basin at Stone Bridge Retirement center was seeded, and plugged utilizing a wide variety of wetland and emergent species including: Carex comosa, Carex frankii, Carex shortiana, Scirpus atrovirens, Spartina pectinata, Acorus calamus, Amsonia illustris, Lobelia cardinalis, Lobelia syphylitica, Physostegia virginiana and many others. As seen in the photo to the right, the site was quickly occupied and the native vegetation has begun to serve as a very attractive bio-filter in under 12 months.


Howell Prairie Reconstruction: Weldon Springs, MO

Howell Prairie Reconstruction

In the spring of 2002, site preparation begun for the seeding of a 150+ acre prairie surrounding the disposal cell at the former ordinance and uranium processing facility in Weldon Springs, MO. The prairie was constructed to provide habitat for birds, insects, and small animals while aiding in soil erosion control surrounding the cell. In the winter of 2003 and 2004, a diverse seed mix of native grasses and forbs was sown across the site. Exotic species are being controlled and fire was reintroduced to the system beginning in winter 2008-2009. An extensive demonstration garden has been planted at the interpretive center that offers an opportunity for school groups and other interested parties a chance to view the prairie reconstruction process up close. For more information regarding this site visit: – Weldon Spring


Express Scripts Corporate Headquarters: St. Louis, MO


In the spring and summer of 2009, DJM and Baxter Farms worked together to install the native landscaping around the newly constructed corporate headquarters of Express Scripts located on the University of Missouri – St. Louis Campus. This landscape included a variety of xeric upland prairie species, as well as, hydric wetland species to create a mosaic of native vegetation to fully utilize and occupy the site. Even at initial completion (shown left), the character of the campus was clearly enjoyable.


Washington University Saint Louis: Snow Way Prairie Reconstruction


In the winter of 2009, DJM sowed a custom seed mix to stabilize the slopes along Snow Way to create a diverse prairie on the campus. Missouri native annuals and cover crops have begun to drill the pilot holes in the soil for the emerging prairie (Summer 2010, shown right).


Private Landowners: Missouri & Adjacent States

Natives in Landscaping Despain

DJM provides comprehensive land management services to private landowners interested in improving,  preserving &/or recreating native eco-types.  DJM currently manages 3000+ acres of land for recreational use while concurrently preserving the natural heritage that makes Missouri Magnificent!

Prescribed Burn: Private estate in St. Charles, MO

DJM is also an approved contractor for the Deer Creek Watershed Alliance’s Rainscaping Rebates Program and has extensive experience developing sustainable landscapes in urban settings.