3 Things You Can Do to
Increase Biodiversity in Your Yard:


Plant Native Plants

The loss of native plants has a direct impact on the declining populations of our native wildlife and insects, including pollinators. We can reverse this trend by planting native plants!

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Avoid Pesticides and herbicides

Avoid Pesticides and Herbicides: Pesticides are a major factor in the “insect apocalypse” because they kill beneficial insects like pollinators, contaminate the soil, and end up in our water systems

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Rethink your Lawn

Traditional lawns are virtual deserts, providing no resources for nature and, when laden with chemicals, become a graveyard for biodiversity.

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Local businesses that you can call:

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Gilbertie’s Herbs & Garden Center

Offering a great selection of organic plants grown locally in Easton and gardening and landscape supplies.
7 Sylvan Lane, Westport, CT - 203-227-4175


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


Offering a unique selection of plant material.
1159 Bronson Road, Fairfield, CT


Quiet, zero-emissions organic lawn care.



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Wakeman’s white birch nursery

6923 Main Street
Trumbull, CT 06611

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Petrow Gardens

Offers complete landscape design services and work with skilled artisans and masons to do installations
Westport, CT
(203) 803-0533


Growing Solutions

Specializes in landscape design, property care, planting, masonry, organic lawn care, and garden care
100B Danbury Rd #201C
Ridgefield, CT 06877
(203) 403-6552


Dr. Doug Tallamy shares the importance of Backyard Habitats and how we can make a difference.

The Problem

We have destroyed natural habitat in so many places that local extinction is rampant and global extinction accelerating. This is a growing problem for humanity because it is the plants and animals around us that produce the life support we all depend on. Every time a species is lost from an ecosystem, that ecosystem is less able to support us.

The Solution

We must abandon the notion that humans and nature cannot live together. Though vital as short-term refuges, nature preserves are not large enough to be meet our ecological needs so we must restore the natural world where we live, work, and play. Because nearly 85% of the U.S. is privately owned, our private properties are an opportunity for long-term conservation if we design them to meet the needs of the life around us.

New Conservation Goals

To succeed we need to redesign residential landscapes to

  1. support diverse pollinator populations and complex food webs,

  2. store carbon, and

  3. manage our watersheds.

How can we do this?

Plants accomplish each one of these goals so we must replace half of the area dedicated to lawn with diverse plantings of woody and herbaceous species. But plants differ widely in how well they support wildlife. Native plants support pollinators and food webs far better than introduced ornamentals, and some native plants support much more life than others. Choosing the best plants for your area is the key to success.