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dreamdoctor

I keep some decaying logs on the side of our property for insects and small piles of brush/sticks for safe havens for birds. We have bad habit of cleaning up our yards too much.


"Water too pure will not grow fish." Sterile landscapes do not support wildlife or biodiversity.



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Rena Woss

Nature is extremely sensitive to outdoor artificial lighting. Creatures do everything they can to get away from man-made light. Darkness is vital for health; the most important means to stay safe and get he rest needed to regenerate. While humans have the luxury to go to bed and turn off lights, nature doesn't. Turning off lights at midnight is no solution.

Show care by using lights only when you really need to. Buy or modify fixtures so they have caps/ shields to direct the light to shine down where you need it vs up into the sky or horizontally. Better yet, use properly angled motion sensors. Light bulbs should be the warm variety (the lower the wattage the better). Spring and summer are the seasons when nature needs darkness more than ever as that's when most of their energy is spent. Get rid of all the deadly solar lights.

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Lorri Badolato

Plant trees, shrubs and flowers native to your area. Much is written about pollinator gardens and planting flowers without regard to the fact that many pollinators are specialists with very specific adaptations to the native flowers that they evolved with. Similarly, native trees and shrubs provide food for the equally specialized larvae of the very pollinators that many gardeners are trying to attract. Gardening for nature means planting for the full life cycle of natures creatures, not just pleasing the human eye. AND YES, Rena Woss, I agree: turn out the lights at night! My landscaper asked me when I was going to have him install landscape lights - I told him NEVER!

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