What Homeowners Can Do


Chances are, you have never thought of your yard as a wildlife preserve that represents the last chance we have for sustaining plants and animals that were once common throughout the U.S. But that is exactly the role our suburban landscapes are now playing and will play even more in the near future.  Read more from Doug Tallamy, author of Bringing Nature Home: How Native Plants Sustain Wildlife in Our Gardens, about why what you do in your own yard can make a big difference.  

Hometown Habitat, Stories of Bringing Nature Home


Aspetuck Land Trust recommends doing 4 things in your yard:

#1        Plant native plants. Here’s a great list from Doug Tallamy. Learn more about local pollinator pathway efforts.

#2        Switch to organic lawn care. The Northeast Organic Farming Association of CT has a nice Organic Lawns and Yards publication on options and they have Homeowner Resources section on their website.

#3        Don’t mow up to your stream. Plant a riparian (water) buffer. The Highstead Foundation in Redding has a good Riparian Buffers publication available here. 

#4        Plant a garden. Check out these resources from the Northeast Organic Farming Association of CT.  

#5        Learn more about the plants and habitats of Connecticut and the surrounding region from the Connecticut Botanical Society.



Local businesses that you can call:

"Native" a Native Plant Nursery
Offering a diverse and quality selection of the region's native plant species to enhance and beautify your property.
2940 Redding Road, Fairfield, CT - 203-658-7475

Oliver Nurseries
Offering a unique selection of plant material.
1159 Bronson Road, Fairfield, CT - 203-259-5609

Mow Green
Quiet, organic lawn care.