What Homeowners Can Do

 

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.

#2        Stop using pesticides. 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       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

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

Mow Green
Quiet, zero-emissions organic lawn care.
203-254-9999


According to the UN Environment Programme…

Hometown Habitat, Stories of Bringing Nature Home

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.