The dangers of chemical pesticides are well known, and even some organic pesticides can be lethal to sensitive creatures like bees. How, then, can you keep insect pests under control?
In cold climates, insects seem to disappear when temperatures plummet. So where do they go? Depending on the type of insect, there are different strategies for surviving the cold.
Looking for great native ground covers to plant this spring? Join Kim Eierman of EcoBeneficial as she talks with Carol Gracie, naturalist, photographer and author, about two of her favorite choices….
Need help in your garden? Look no further than garden allies – those creatures and organisms that help keep ecological balance in any landscape. Join Kim Eierman of EcoBeneficial for her interview with Frederique Lavoipierre, Director of Education at the Santa Barbara Botanical Garden and writer for Pacific Horticulture magazine.
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The wildlife activity, or lack of it, in our yards can tell us a lot about the ecological health of our landscapes. Take a look right now. Do you have an abundance of birds finding the late winter foods they need, like the persistent fruits of Eastern Redcedar, Winterberry, Northern Bayberry, etc?
My clients want to leave their landscape natural, to support wildlife, but don’t want it to look like a mess. Help!
Thanks for your question. There can be a lot of confusion with clients about native landscapes and what they can or “should” look like. First, as with food labeling, the word “natural” is not really useful. “Natural” is frequently used to describe a landscape that is unmanaged or “let go” such as a turf lawn that has been allowed to grow un-mowed. …
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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Need some inspiration to create a gorgeous native landscape? Join Kim Eierman of EcoBeneficial as she interviews Carolyn Summers, designer and owner of beautiful Flying Trillium Gardens and Preserve….