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Clark Road, Essex County, MA

Essex, MA.

Richard Barry’s property in Essex, Massachusetts is a model for the potential our suburban properties have to provide native habitat for wildlife. On less than a half acre plot, this family has pulled up their turf grass and replaced it with native perennials, native shrubs, and a vegetable garden to feed their family. All practices were done using zero fertilizers and pesticides. Now that the project is several years old, many of the plants are self-seeding, leaving yard maintenance to a minimum. Their list of wildlife, including birds and pollinators, is long–a Great Blue heron visited their pond. If this amazing transformation can happen on this suburban plot of land, it can happen everywhere! Read on to learn more about this impressive work.