What is this about?
This blog is dedicated to two things: one, landscaping a neglected, invasive-ridden property into a native planted, wildlife-friendly property; and two, taking inspiration from native gardens into other areas of my life, such as physical well-being and art.
While cities and suburbs are developed across miles of woodlands and meadows, native species are losing. They’re losing ground to asphalt, housing, buildings, cement, and to invasive species. When this happens, the impact ripples across the food web, and then the very ecosystem services we humans come to rely on are negatively impacted: clean water and clean air, and activities like birding, fishing, and hunting.
A major player in this game is right at home: the American lawn. In this NASA study, lawns account for 63,000 square miles of land in the US. To put that into context, that’s larger than the state of Georgia. By planting native species on our properties, we create food sources and cover for pollinator insects and other invertebrates, birds, mammals, reptiles, and amphibians.
What can you do?
- Comment and ask questions.
- Bring relevant articles and issues to my attention. I’ll be happy to research things when I can, and try to invite discussion on pertinent topics.
- Support native plant nurseries, and request native plants at nonnative nurseries!
- Avoid planting invasive plants. No good can come of it in the long run.
- Even if you have only a balcony or patio, you can plant potted natives!
If you’re reading this, I appreciate you taking the time to learn and do. Together, we can make the world a better place for ourselves and our fellow earthlings.
A Little About Me
I have the privilege of working as a full-time naturalist for an environmental organization. I love to engage in creative and artistic endeavors when I am not working. A nature journal (or, several) is an organic result of my affinities.
I am committed to a practice of yoga, gathas, and metta-bhavana – my drugs of choice. As such, some of my entries are written within this framework.