What Homeowners Can Do
A SPRING NOTE
FROM LANDOWNER ENGAGEMENT DIRECTOR
MARY ELLEN LEMAY
April 1, 2019
Underneath the frozen ground all winter slept the Queen Bumble Bee one of our most important native pollinators.
As with all hibernating creatures, these little fuzz balls emerge in the spring with a ravaging hunger that can only be satisfied by our most beautiful early flowering shrubs.
Rhododendron, Dogwood, American Pussy Willow, Lowbush Blueberry, Black Cherry, American Holly, Winterberry, to name a few, are all early season flowering plants that provide pollen for our important pollinators. Our partner Joe Gloria at Gilberties Nursery in Westport created this beautiful early pollinator planter, just bursting with flowering shrubs and perennials.
April is a great time to start adding native plants to your garden. Once the Queens Bees are fed, they can begin to nest and produce the worker bees that will emerge for your summer garden flowering natives. Feed them with native plants, don’t poison them (or your family) with pesticides!
You can find information on all season flowering native plants for pollinators by following this link to
Remember your yard is a stepping stone on the Green Corridor, more native plants, no pesticides, and an organic lawn will make your home a favorite stop on the Corridor.
3 things YOU CAN DO TO INCREASE BIODIVERSITY IN YOUR YARD:
#1 Plant native plants. Native Plants (By Zip Code) is a great source of information for you to refer to. You may also want to Learn more about local pollinator pathway efforts and how native plants support that.
#3 Rethink your lawn. Reducing lawn size, planting eco-friendly ground covers, using a green lawn service, are all small steps that make a BIG difference in the health of your family and the environment. Recent articles from the NY Times provide some awesome perspective on why rethinking your lawn is so important.
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
Offering a unique selection of plant material.
1159 Bronson Road, Fairfield, CT - 203-259-5609
Quiet, zero-emissions organic lawn care.
According to the UN Environment Programme…
The Earth is in the midst of a mass extinction of life. Scientists estimate that 150-200 species of plant, insect, bird and mammal become extinct every 24 hours. This is nearly 1,000 times the “natural” or “background” rate and, say many biologists, is greater than anything the world has experienced since the vanishing of the dinosaurs nearly 65m years ago. You can do something about this!
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.
Aspetuck Land Trust is creating model native landscapes in our towns to educate and show homeowners how to create biodiversity in their yards. We are beginning this effort in 2019.