Top 10 New Year’s Resolutions for the EcoBeneficial Gardener
1. Reduce or eliminate your lawn – it’s an ecological desert.
2. Focus on increasing the health of your soil – it’s filled with life! Compost is king for most soils, not fertilizer.
3. Eliminate synthetic pesticides, herbicides + fungicides. Use organic counterparts sparingly, if at all.
4. Support beneficial insects with appropriate native plantings. They are nature’s pest control.
5. Plant for a succession of bloom throughout the growing season to support native bees and honey bees. Bees are critical, keystone species.
6. Emulate nature in your garden – use local wild areas as your reference.
7. Plant the right plant in the right place. Don’t put sun-loving plants in the shade, moisture-loving plants in dry soil…
8. Remove invasive plants and replace them thickly and quickly with regional native plants.
9. Tolerate some messiness in your landscape to support wildlife. Check out all the critters living under a dead log!
10. Boost the ecosystem in your landscape by planting a diversity of regional native plants.
Best wishes for a happy and ecologically healthy 2014!
From Kim Eierman at EcoBeneficial!
Photo: Ruby-throated hummingbird nectaring on Campsis radicans (Trumpet Creeper)
Photo credit: Flickr_Kelly Colgan Azar
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