by Mary Wilson
Pollinator-friendly gardening and lawn practices are the focus of the newly published 40-page booklet entitled “Earth-Friendly Gardening – One Yard at a Time.” It's yours free to download by clicking on the image at right.
This guide came about when its authors realized the dilemma faced by homeowners who want to maintain their yards without using pesticides but are faced with some difficult choices. The book offers some alternative solutions to common problems as well as background information on subjects relating to pollinators and their habitats.
Guide topics include managing soil health, caring for fruit trees, conifers, and roses, rethinking lawn care and fall clean-up, maintaining an organic vegetable garden, selecting deer resistant plants, choosing native perennials, and removing invasive species. Full-color photographs accompanying each article will help readers identify the various plants, flowers, shrubs, trees, beneficial insects and garden pests as they are discussed.
This informative and readable guide was written by members of Protect Our Pollinators (POP), a Newtown-based group that advocates for sustainable practices to benefit native bees, butterflies, and other pollinators.
Any organization or group who wishes to use the full pdf on line is welcome to do so. Anyone who would like a hard copy of the guide can order one for a suggested donation of $20 each. The guide will be mailed to your home, postage paid. Checks can be mailed to Mary Wilson, 12 Whippoorwill Hill Road, Newtown, CT 06470.
A reduced rate is available to any group that wishes to sell these guides at an event. Proceeds from the guides will be used for future educational and advocacy purposes to benefit pollinators.