Specification Services

NativeSpecCardno can provide support in developing ecologically based specifications and planting lists that suit site conditions and meet project goals.

Our process starts with site assessment, where we perform soil tests, assess topography, hydrology, and existing vegetation, and identify possible invasive species. We then take this information and develop a seed or plant list custom-tailored to the site’s conditions and the project objectives.

Cardno has developed a proprietary software, NativeSpec™, which allows us to create a seed or plug mix tailored to the unique conditions of your site. NativeSpec™ contains an extensive database of native plants and seeds and categorizes them according to their preferred habitat and ecological conditions and site factors.

NativeBrowser™ is the online interface to Cardno's proprietary web application, NativeSpec™. It is a free, web-based tool that lets you input key site conditions to create a customized list of native plant species suitable for the specified growing conditions. The plant list can then be sent directly to the Nursery staff to obtain a price quote for the plants selected.

NativeBrowser™ allows a specifier to select species from the NativeSpec™ database list by providing information on these project site conditions:

  • EcoRegion
  • Solar Exposure
  • Soil Moisture
  • Soil pH
  • Deer Resistance
  • Salt Tolerance
A free access and a brief tutorial are available on the NativeBrowser™ page on our website.