The more biodiverse an ecosystem, the healthier it is. Here are some ideas to get started.

  • Reduce your lawn; it provides virtually no habitat value. Even making a small part of your yard eco-friendlier will increase the species that can live there.
  • No gas-powered equipment. If you are in the market for new equipment, consider ones that are battery powered. They make no exhaust fumes and less noise.
  • Use low water and climate adapted plants.
  • Use native plants. These have coevolved with local insects, birds, and other animals.
  • No light pollution. Lights disrupt the sleep cycles of local species. Turn off your outsides lights when you go to bed or use motion sensors.
  • Plant pollinators to support local crops and the natural ecosystem.
  • Plant trees. They provide food, shelter, nesting resources and many other services for the animal world.
  • Avoid pesticides and chemical fertilizers. Choose compost and natural pest control systems.
  • Keeping leaves on the ground is a nature resource. Compromise with nature.

As spring becomes summer and then fall, think about your landscape choices.

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