It will help birds and other wildlife, improve soil health, and encourage microorganisms and even beneficial fungi.
Avoid chemical fertilizers by leaving leaves, a natural fertilizer. Populations of insects and birds are declining.
It can build resistance to pesticides in mosquitos. Instead:
The most common pesticide in the US, they do not just kill target insects, but also pollinators and birds. They have been found in drinking water, soil, dust and vegetables.
In our backyards, avoid them.
In ecological restorations or to remove large non-native invasive trees (e.g., buckthorn), painting the cut trunk with Garlon can be the least disruptive and most effective means to eradicate the invasive. Beyond Pesticides' Pesticide Gateway provides abundant information by brand or chemical name.
What about Glyphosate? Farmers use 'Roundup Ready' genetically modified crops that allow them to spray Roundup (Glyphosate) across fields without ruining the crop. There are ecological consequences, and soil health, microorganism and wildlife can be casualties. In addition, Roundup Ready crops may be sprayed immediately before harvesting to 'ripen' grains, leaving the herbicide residue on the food crop. Glyphosate has been found in the milk and meat of cows, and in human urine. (Forbes). In addition, Roundup was originally developed as an antibiotic; the Society for Microbiology reports that Glyphosate (and Dicamba) "could make strains of Escherichia coli and Salmonella enterica serovar Typhimurium less sensitive to antibiotics". (Forbes)
Improve habitat for birds and pollinators when you Take the Pollinator Pledge.
NHE video presentation for Greener Glenview: why certify as a National WIldlife Federation community habitat
Transitioning from Turf presentation to FLOW (Friends of the Lower Olentangy Watershed, Columbus, Ohio) lead by Leslie Shad, NHE Lead. DIscusses the issues with turf, why native plants and why leave leaves, the concern about neonicotinoids, and how to navigate outdoor lighting.
Gardening that Matters. Get Started or Enhance your Native Garden. March 2023 presentation to North Shore Senior Center's Tuesday Club. A simple way to take action for climate, community healthand biodiversity: Swap out your lawn for native plants. Reconsidering theculture of lawns. Why it matters, steps to prioritize, how to get started, andhow to amplify the change. Leslie Shad of Natural Habitat Evanston presents.
$25/bag to local residents (pickup; no shipping). We also have some $5 seed packets of bottlebrush and little bluestem grass. While supplies last. Emails should include your phone number and which species you are requesting. Pay by check payable to Citizens’ Greener Evanston at pickup.
Northwestern students Petition for Bird-Friendly Films at Mudd Library. Mudd Library accounts for over 14% of bird deaths and injuries on campus each year. Applying patterned window film to a portion of the building would dramatically reduce collisions that are fatal to birds.