Not all birds overwinter in our region – many migrate South for the winter. The birds that do stay year-round can face stark conditions in cold weather. You can help them in your landscape, and in ways you may not have considered.
Ever wonder what the environment is really worth in actual dollars? Dr. Robert Costanza, a world-renowned ecological economist and trans-disciplinary scientist at the Australian National University has been researching this and other critical questions for many years. Join Kim Eierman for her interview with Dr. Costanza and learn what ecosystem services are worth and why ecological economics are key to our survival.
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A number of years ago, my trellised legumes were inundated with kudzu beetles for the first time. I have not seen one since. What happened?
Thanks for your question. The kudzu beetle or kudzu bug, Megacopta cribraria, is an invasive insect from Asia. It was first noticed in the U.S. in Georgia in 2009 and is now prevalent throughout the Southeastern U.S. This little pest has piercing-sucking mouthparts and feeds on the stems and petioles of various legumes. …
Put down that rake and leave your leaves in place! Kim Eierman joins the Garden Conservancy to explore the many benefits of leaving leaves alone….
Many of our native plants provide nutritious food for migrating and overwintering birds. Learn which plants you can use in your own yard to feed these hungry birds.
What can I do so attract lady beetles to help control aphids? How about buying them?
Most species of lady beetles, also known as lady bugs, are predators both in their larval and adult stages. They can be effective and voracious predators on aphids, eating up to 5,000 aphids in their lifetime. To attract and support lady beetles in your garden, you need to include the plants that are most appealing to them, supplementing their diet with the pollen and nectar which many adult lady beetles eat in addition to pest insects….
Shopping for shrubs can be a dull experience when so many garden centers, nurseries and big box stores sell the same lackluster choices. Does the world need another forsythia, another boxwood, another sterile hydrangea? Go beyond the ecologically-mediocre and seek out great native shrubs that contribute big ecological impact to your landscape.
Here are a few worthy choices for your consideration:
Corylus americana (American Hazelnut)
American Hazelnut is a multi-stemmed deciduous shrub typically found in open woods and woodland edges….
The inside scoop on the making of “Hometown Habitat” an inspiring new environmental documentary. Kim Eierman talks with the film’s director, Catherine Zimmerman about capturing these real stories of “Bringing Nature Home” featuring ecological hero, Dr. Doug Tallamy. Watch the bonus clip of the film that follows the interview….