Warning: Do not plant privet, multiflora rose, Japanese honeysuckle, mile-a-minute vine; Fight them where you find them

Published on Jan 3, 2014  |  A general introduction to invasive plants and why they are harmful. Tips, tricks, facts, and suggestions for alternative plants. Introduction to the series of videos on individual invasive plants. Part 1 of the Herndon Environmental Network Invasive Plants Video Series.

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“Protect What You Love” video series highlights benefits of ecological landscaping with native plants in maintaining healthy shorelines and waterways

Published Jan 1, 2014  |  This is video #1 in the “Protecting What You Love” video series produced by Tip of the Mitt Watershed Council. This video focuses on the benefits of bioengineering techniques to create natural shorelines verses hard armoring (seawalls).

This is video #2 in the “Protecting What You Love” video series produced by Tip of the Mitt Watershed Council. This video focuses on the benefits of greenbelts and the use of native plants in your waterfront landscaping to protect our lakes, rivers, and streams.

This is video #3 in the “Protecting What You Love” video series produced by Tip of the Mitt Watershed Council. This video focuses on the benefits of using native plants in your waterfront landscaping.

For more information, visit watershedcouncil.org.

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“Leaning man” controlled fire/prescribed burn sign now available

Inspired by a concept suggested by Bob Ahrenhoerster, environmental educator and operator of Prairie Seed Source, our man leaning on a rake sign lets others know everything is under control. Those of us who conduct prescribed burns know that neighbors and passersby can be alarmed and confused by vegetation fires. Post one or more of these signs near the roadside on the day of your burn to calm and educate the public.

The design is printed on both sides of weather-resistant (but not fire-resistant!) corrugated plastic, the sort of yard sign you may have seen used by real estate companies or political candidates. It can be ordered in 18″x12″ or 24″x18″ sizes from this link to our Zazzle store. (Note: A wire-leg stand is offered as an option. Click on “Add Yard Sign Frame” if you want this extra.) [This design is also offered at CafePress in a soft-vinyl, roll-up format in a 22″x15″ size.]

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Lawn = zero habitat

Habitat: The place or environment where a plant or animal naturally or normally lives and grows; providing sustenance, shelter, and facilitating reproduction.

No animal lives in a mowed turf environment. Some fungi can prey upon lawns, but no animal or bird can live there; and the insect life in the soil below is lesser in diversity and environmental value than what lived there before lawn was imposed upon it.

There are grassland birds, woodland birds, seaside birds, wetland birds, and birds whose habitat is referred to as forest edge, but none can survive on a lawn. Birds, butterflies, pollinators, amphibians, mammals—you name it—struggle to locate habitats that are ever-increasingly fragmented by ever-expanding acres of lawn and competition from invasive species.

We can enjoy the advantages of farmlands, managed forests, highways and parking lots, houses and structures of commerce, but most mowed turf serves no purpose for recreation or any other rational use. If you ever wondered how you could apply the counsel “Think Globally, Act Locally,” this is your answer: Put back the plant species that took 10,000 years to evolve into the ecosystem over which you have control for an instant in time. Landscape with native plants.

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Invasive blackberry brambles eradicated by browsing goats; pesticides avoided

Goats actually seem to prefer weedy species.

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Benjamin Vogt walks us through a dormant, wild-yard landscape

I suppose one has to be a natural-landscaping enthusiast to understand and appreciate the mechanics and chemistry at work in a dormant landscape like this one in Nebraska. Those of us able to read the land are struck with an awe which the ecologically illiterate cannot decipher. ~ JB

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Our most popular bumper sticker: Got Milkweed?

Submit Milkweed

While the California Milk Processor Board has used the weight of copyright law to stop us from printing the phrase “got milkweed?” on any products (petty, no?), they haven’t put the kibosh on “got Asclepias?” This educational bumper sticker with our exclusive illustration has become our most popular invention. Order your own from this link.

Got Milkweed?

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