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A NATIVE APPROACH TO PENNSYLVANIA LANDSCAPES

Populations of bees, flies, beetles, and butterflies are declining fast! Pesticides, disease, and habitat loss are putting our whole ecosystem in danger. What can you do to help? Convert your lawn, meadow, or prairie to a safe haven for pollinators.

If you want to hear the birds
Plant a tree
The best time to plant a tree was 20 years ago.
The second best time is today.
“Conservation is a state of harmony between men and land”
- Aldo Leopold

THE DARK SIDE OF A RICH, GREEN LAWN

In Pennsylvania, there are 2 million acres of lawn but the standard lawn provides no bio-diversity.

Maintaining a lawn takes work. Grass needs to be treated with fertilizer because the soil is not compatible with it. Turf wants water when the weather doesn’t provide it. Mowing requires time and takes energy; and pollinators disappear because they no longer have food to eat.

Can you take a positive step to protect and nurture your environment?

WHAT CAN YOU DO?

Meadow Conversion

Lawns offer very little erosion control and biodiversity.  Converting your lawn into meadow will provide a wonderful habitat for more wildlife and, ultimately, save a land- or homeowner time and money.  Keeping a mowed border around your meadow will frame it beautifully, as well as make it look as an intentional feature of the landscape.

Prairie Conversion

URBAN SPRAWL along with Agricultural intensification has contributed to the increased degradation of wetlands associated with privately owned lands. This is also true of pesticides and runoff from well manicured lawns.  Prairie conversion can help reverse this process by improving overall water quality of nearby streams, creeks, lakes, and wetlands–all while adding natural beautification with native plant species.  These species are also typically pollinator-friendly, which is equally beneficial.

Tree/Shrub Conversion

An open field of weeds and trees

Along with the obvious conservation benefits to nearby streams, creeks, lakes, and wetlands, as well as aquatic and other wildlife, therein, conversion to trees and shrubs can provide harvestable products such as fruit, nuts, and flowers.  The benefits to local wildlife and pollinators are innumerable.

Infiltration Beds

A newly installed mulch and stones on a hill

Infiltration Beds are used as a means to temporarily store runoff water in a subsurface storage media.  Some of the benefits associated with Infiltration Beds include (but are not limited to):

  • Reducing stormwater runoff volume and rate;
  • Helping to maintain aquifer recharge;
  • Preserving or creating valuable open space;
  • They are ideally suited for large, flat spaces such as lawns, meadows, and playfields;
  • Low sediment level water, such as roof runoff, is ideally suited for connection to an Infiltration Bed.

Rain Gardens & Bioswales

Newly installed plants next to a parking lot

While similar, there is one significant difference between Rain Gardens and Bioswales.  Rain Gardens are used to capture and temporarily store rainwater.  Bioswales, on the other hand, are designed to slow down rainwater by means of a curved or linear path.

  • Rain Gardens are typically planted with tougher, deep-rooted plants that allow for the improvement of the soil’s ability to soak up water, temporarily holding and filtering the water as it slowly infiltrates deeper into the soil;
  • Bioswales are essentially a narrower version of a rain garden which allows the water to move more swiftly to another part of the garden (typically a rain garden), or to move the water to an existing drainage, and/or storm water system.

If you live in Pennsylvania, you are eligible to certify your pollinator friendly garden with the Penn State Master Gardeners.

Pollinator friendly garden

Conservation Landscape Project Maintenance

There are a multitude of tips and tricks for maintaining your Conservation Landscape.  Here are but a few of them:

  • Use primarily native plant and tree species, they are better adapted to the local soil conditions, and require far less maintenance;
  • Use rain garden and bioswale techniques to better manage water runoff, allowing rainwater slow down, spread out, and soak in;
  • Always keep in mind where the water on your land will eventually end up. Use of riparian buffers on land that abuts streams, creeks, lakes, and wetlands makes for a healthier biosystem.

Invasive Species identification and control services

There are myriad tools and services available for invasive species identification and mitigation.  Controlling invasive species is a crucial step in conservation landscaping, and maintaining a healthy biodiversity and/or a riparian forest buffer.  Invasive non-native plant species often have no natural predator, thus allowing them to take over large areas of land (kudzu, for example).  By familiarizing yourself with native and non-native species, you will be better equipped to maintain your conservation landscape and, ultimately, the environment.  

Some good resources include:

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SHARE YOUR BACKYARD
WITH NATURE

IMPROVE YOUR ENVIRONMENTAL AESTHETICS AND INVITE DIVERSITY INTO YOUR BACKYARD.

A bunch of weeds in the front of a house

INCREASE BIODIVERSITY

IMAGINE HAVING UP TO 100 SPECIES OF PLANTS IN YOUR BACKYARD AND HOW MUCH DIVERSITY THAT WOULD BRING.

A bunch of weeds next to a creek

IMPROVE WATER QUALITY

MEADOWS AND WOODS ARE MORE EFFECTIVE THAN LAWNS AT ABSORBING STORMWATER AND PREVENTING FLOODING DUE TO THEIR DEEP ROOT SYSTEMS THAT HELP WATER INFILTRATE.

A bee landing on a flower

CREATE A HOME FOR POLLINATORS AND BIRDS

NATIVE WILDFLOWER MEADOWS, SHRUBS, AND TREES OFFER FOOD AND COVER FOR POLLINATORS LIKE BUTTERFLIES, BEES, AND SONGBIRDS.

A bunch of weeds in a field

LESS MAINTENANCE

REDUCE THE AMOUNT OF TIME AND MONEY IT TAKES TO MOW AND MAINTAIN YOUR LAWN.

WE HAVE MORE REASONS TO GO THE CONSERVATION ROUTE. WE'D LOVE TO SHOW HOW YOU CAN MAKE A DIFFERENCE

WE HAVE MORE REASONS
TO GO THE CONSERVATION
ROUTE. WE'D LOVE TO SHOW
HOW YOU CAN MAKE A DIFFERENCE

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