Gardens are alive. No matter what time of year, if you quietly listen and watch, you will notice the plethora of activity. From budding flowers in the spring to the rustle of withered seedheads in the fall, our gardens are supporting animals of all shapes and sizes. Here’s a secret not all gardeners know–if you choose to be a messy gardener in the fall and winter–the wildlife value of your garden soars.
Six simple principles that lead to better ecological address and a greener “you.”
1. Plant natives
2. Remove invasive plants
3. Reduce or eliminate synthetic pesticides
4. Conserve water
5. Protect water quality
6. Protect the birds and wildlife call your property home