Give your ecosystem a gift this Earth Day with these 13 ideas that are sure to please the environment:

1) Select at least 25% of your lawn that you don’t really use.  Make a commitment to turn that area into a habitat garden by the end of spring (pollinators, butterflies, birds, etc.).

2) Comb your garage and garden shed for leftover pesticides, herbicides and fungicides.  Toss them (follow your municipal procedures for proper disposal).

3) Take an inventory of your trees, shrubs and perennials. Are at least 50% native to your region?  If not, make a plan to get there.  Do your research on www.wildflower.org/plants and local native plant society web sites.

4) Get to know the invasive non-native plants in your region.  Many states have an invasive plant list, often with photos.

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