“A healthy ecosystem will always have some damage – for example, butterfly caterpillars must eat the leaves of their host plants to survive. Focus on keeping nature in balance and enjoy the result – the richness of a landscape filled with life.”
– Kim Eierman
Recently, I had the pleasure of seeing Kim Eierman speak about “Ecobeneficial 101.” Kim is an environmental horticulturalist and blogger who has taught at the New York Botanical Garden. Her site is amazing, so definitely check it out! There’s a podcast, videos, a q & a section – I could spend hours perusing the material!
Kim is a no-nonsense landscaper that thinks in ecosystem terms about the garden. I wanted to share a few of my favorite “EcoBenefical Tips” that she shares with her audience.
- Reduce or eliminate the “Green Desert” (lawn/turf). It is an ecological wasteland.
- Support beneficial insects, nature’s pest control, by planting a diversity of native plants to support them.
- Tolerate some messiness in your landscape to support wildlife. Dead logs, tree snags, and brush piles are homes for many creatures.
- Tolerate some plant damage in your landscape. Valuable insects have to eat too, and they don’t eat very much.
- Eradicate or reduce the invasive plants in your landscape. Always try organic, mechanical means first.
I find Kim’s work to be of tremendous value, and I have been learning a lot by reading her articles and blog, and listening to her podcast. Together and in our own backyards, we can help replace some of the biodiversity that has been lost through human development. Let’s be part of the solution!