Simple Steps. Big Impact.

Let’s Green It Up!

You personally can make an enormous difference in supporting populations of pollinators and other wildlife by choosing to garden from nature’s eye.

Asters in the rain garden

To get an idea of how to do this, take a couple of minutes to read the “Evolution of a Gardener.” It’s one gardener’s mindset shift that allowed her to make small changes that added up to a big impact.

With a little shift in your mindset, your “green efforts” will clean water, reduce erosion, and help prevent flooding while you create your own nature sanctuary at your home or office.

Here are some simple ways to begin:

 Ask your state extension office or environmental groups how to find plant lists and gardening tips for native plants that are local to your area. You do NOT have to dig up your existing garden! Just fill in bare spots with beneficial shrubs, add native ground-cover, and plant your flower pots with non-hybridized or local varieties that are full of nectar and pollen or that are host plants for butterflies and moths. Resources

 Leave your leaves! Stop doing winter cleanup.  Dead leaves and flower stalks provide homes and overwintering habitat for lots of important critters.  Let them stay in your garden till next spring. This article from The Nature Conservancy says it all: The Wildlife Value of A Messy Garden.

 Go au naturel in the garden. Stop using insecticides, herbicides, and fungicides and buy only from growers who don’t use chemicals. Adjust the lens on your human gardener’s eye and revel in chewed leaves and holes in your blossoms!  Those are signs that your plants are giving back to insects and other critters who need the nourishment or habitat for their young. Resources

 Plant native trees and shrubs. Volunteer with local organizations that plant trees in your area. If your internet search doesn’t bring up any local organizations, contact your city or county parks departments, chamber of commerce, or your extension office. Resources

  Put your money where your planet is and make a monthly financial contribution to an organization that is doing restoration on a global basis. Even $5 a month can make a HUGE difference. Just by living in an industrialized world, we all have a global footprint and have a responsibility to minimize it in any way we can.  It’s vital that we support the financial health of nonprofits and NGOs who are working on our behalf for a healthy planet.

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Native Plants Information

Go Chemical-Free

Planting Trees

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