Have you ever been to a garden center or nursery looking for a native plant, only to be told they don’t carry it. Then you search another nursery, another garden center, and another, and another – in an endless, futile search for a plant that is supposed to be indigenous to your area! If you are shopping for natives, you have likely had this experience.
On the other end of the spectrum, you may have seen non-native invasive plants proudly displayed at the local nursery –…
I understand that berries of some winterberry cultivars may be too big for birds and may have less nutrition. Should I buy winterberry cultivars? I am in Maryland and have not seen the straight species anywhere. Will deer browse winterberry?
I prefer to use straight species plants whenever possible, thinking that Mother Nature really does know best and provides the best resources. We lose some genetic diversity when we rely upon cultivars and favor our own aesthetic tastes. Sometimes our selections (i.e….
We all enjoy sitting outdoors in the morning or evening and listen to the birds singing their harmonious and
pleasant songs. The sounds of cardinals, blue jays, and robins are simply music to the ears in the opinion of many a bird lover.
Can we succeed in restoring our landscapes, especially given the realities of climate change? Part two of this EcoBeneficial interview examines this question as Kim Eierman talks with Paddy Woodworth, author of Our Once and Future Planet: Restoring the World in the Climate Change Century.
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The impacts of climate change are irrefutable, but it’s not just about global warming, shrinking polar ice caps and rising sea levels. Climate change is directly impacting our landscapes and the species around us.
Landscape restoration is a complex and prickly topic, explored in the fascinating book, Our Once and Future Planet: Restoring the World in the Climate Change Century. Join Kim Eierman of EcoBeneficial, in part one of her interview with the author and journalist, Paddy Woodworth.
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Some areas near me have added native plants to their gardens and I want to demonstrate to the residents how much of an impact they have had on the environment in doing so. Do you know of a resource that could explains which specific animals/birds/insects are supported by specific native plants?
You definitely have the right idea in trying to show how important native plants are to wildlife (and to us humans!). I call it “connecting the ecological dots.” …
It’s September and I’m noticing a lot of bugs on my Butterflyweed. What are they and should I do anything about them?
Your Butterflyweed (Asclepias tuberosa) has a robust population of two types of insects, commonly found on milkweeds – Oleander Aphids and Large Milkweed Bug nymphs. They are just some of the amazing variety of insects that use milkweed – it’s a micro food web. A terrific little book was written about these many insects: Milkweed,…