Removing lawn and replacing with native vegetation is a sure bet for supporting pollinators and reducing fertilizers and pesticides. This week's map highlight comes from Dane, WI. and shows us how, over time, a large lawn can be reduced to an area that is important to your recreation. Removing lawn is an excellent way to Pitch in a Patch for Pollinators. Visit http://content.yardmap.org/special-pages/pitch-patch-pollinators/ for lawn removing advice and other ideas on how you can pitch in!
Tired of the endless mowing and keeping up on your lawn year after year? Plan on converting your lawn into gardens and meadows for pollinators and wildlife. Check out our newest Learn article at http://content.yardmap.org/learn/native-lawn-ftw-for-the-win/ on creating native lawns. To visit this map and see what changes they are making: http://app.yardmap.org/map/L3978324.
To support birds, pollinators, and wildlife to your yards and gardens you need native plants that produce the insects for birds to eat, pollen and nectar sources, and valuable cover options. Insects, like many animals, require specific habitats to reproduce. Along with host plants to lay eggs and provide food for larvae, they need a pesticide free environment and practices that ensure survival. http://app.yardmap.org/map/L2855094 shows how its done! Many great plant selections to explore!
This home in St Clair, IL, provides great habit for birds. There are native trees (their favorite), a nice patch of elderberry bushes, a wildflower garden, and bird baths for fresh water. All these resources are critical in an area that has extensive industrial agriculture. The owner also refrains from using synthetic pesticides and fertilizers which minimizes the birds exposure to chemicals and keeps their insect food supply more reliable. To see more: http://app.yardmap.org/map/L3188960
Suburban and urban yards are important. There is surprising bird and wildlife diversity in urban areas, much of that can be attributed to homeowners like this one in Baltimore. We especially admire their diverse smaller gardens that they are managing for native plants. Though they have lawn, the space is minimal and they are avoiding applying chemical fertilizers, pesticides or herbicides. Explore The Shady Maple House: http://app.yardmap.org/map/L3578127
This suburban home owner in Franklin, OH has set the goal of being "lawn-free" in the coming years. They are on track to complete this ambitious plan with their expanding flower beds, brush piles, and native flora. Also, they made an intentional decision to keep their cat indoors and avoid using chemical fertilizers, pesticides or herbicides--all excellent decisions that support wildlife. To see more, visit their map: http://app.yardmap.org/map/L3280521
this week's map highlight creates a dazzling mosaic, sure to appeal to passing birds and pollinators. On the ground, with an incredible diversity of native plants and sustainable practices, like no use of synthetic pesticide, you can certainly see why. This residence supports birds and pollinators and is using the new Planning Tool to document the management decisions made towards those goals. For smart choices about insecticides, see our article…
A Yardmapper in Windsor, VT reminds us that nature is not a place to visit, it is our home! They have integrated orchards, berry bushes, compost bins and rain barrels with native plants, brush piles, bee nests and birdhouses in a diverse mosaic of native environment. They protect their home, and all the homes they provide, by not using pesticides or fertilizers, and they reduce the use of fossil fuels by reducing the size of the lawn. http://app.yardmap.org/map/L3595323
With 24 species of birds spotted at this site (http://app.yardmap.org/map/L5042158) in the last 30 days, this week's map highlight from Worcester, MA boasts some wonderful habitat that attracts some exciting diversity. Added to the brush piles, snags, and other habitat features are native plants, like Witch Hazel, Mountain Laurels, and Trout Lily's and good management practices that keep pesticides and fertilizers out of their environment. The combination creates a suite of resources, free…
Home in Arizona boasts up to six habitat types, no small feat considering the surrounding terrain. This home has enhanced each of the various microclimates around the home, increasing the diversity of plant life and, as such, the diversity of wildlife. They use no synthetic pesticides or fertilizers, collect rain in rain barrels, and provide a number of other habitat improvements like nest boxes, bird baths, compost piles... Habitat in Arid climates: http://content.yardmap.org/learn/arid/.
This week's map highlight from Sarasota, FL boasts incredible blossoms around the yard, attracting and providing resources for a number of visiting bird and butterfly species. Lots of variation in plant structure and diversity, along with healthy management practices, like leaving leaf litter on-site and never using fertilizers or pesticides, this site is prime habitat for wildlife sightings. See more pictures from this site at http://app.yardmap.org/map/L5170337.
Never doubt the ecological and wildlife impact of small lots. Here's a property in urban Virginia that is only 1,749 sqft or 0.04 acres but has over 60 plant species and in the last 30 days has seen approximately eight bird species. The diversity of plants combined with refraining from using herbicide, pesticide, or synthetic fertilizer makes this an ideal site for hosting urban wildlife. To see more details, check out their map: http://app.yardmap.org/map/L4815988.
A new map from Lane, OR. has an impressive list of bird sightings, 22 species, and a resident population of brown bats. Their property consists of more than 30% forest and more than 30% wetland habitat. Both provide necessary resources for wildlife. They refrain from pesticides, herbicides, or fertilizers considering their location to the river. Lastly, they minimize their own footprint by growing their own food, composting, and using solar power.http://app.yardmap.org/map/L4617764
YardMap's reach is expanding! Here is a unique property located along a canal on Long Point, Ontario in Lake Erie. They are doing their best to encourage natives, support the diversity of birds that use their region during summer and migration periods, and they abstain from using chemical pesticides and herbicides that could easily enter the water in this ecologically sensitive area. To learn more about their YardMap: http://app.yardmap.org/map/L3342652
Nine habitat types across the property provide plenty of opportunity for bird diversity. To attrat and support birds, these landowners provide 7 nest boxes, several feeders and suet cages, and a couple of bird baths, one of which is heated and provides a water source throughout the long Wisconsin winters. A bat house and rock walls provide habitat for wildlife and compost and lack of pesticide and fertilizer use contribute to a healthy habitat. http://app.yardmap.org/map/L4024199