Trees and shrubs play important roles in ecosystems. They are necessary components of the mid and overstory layers of vegetative environments providing food, shelter, and nesting habitat for wildlife.
Increasing the area covered by plants in your yard or community has many benefits for you and wildlife. This is a foundational theme in our work at Habitat Network where we consistently advocate for more areas to be landscaped with plant-life to increase access for wildlife, like this Monarch caterpillar enjoying Whorled Milkweed (Asclepias verticillata) in a native flower bed.
A property with a combination of invasive trees, shrubs, forbs and groundcovers will, for example, require a variety of control tactics implemented during different seasons. These tips can help you manage your landscape.
It might seem like a plant is a plant, but some research suggests that the coevolution of insects and plants in shared ecosystems over millions of years means that many insects have developed special relationships with particular plants.
After all the work of prepping, planting, and preening your gardens, the last thing you want to see are insects eating it to the ground. If we take a look at the real and persistent risks of insecticide use and compare it to the effectiveness of safer alternatives, we find the equation is not as straightforward as many of the marketing labels would have you believe.
Before investing energy and resources into invasive species management, consider how you can best apply control to the forces that are creating, allowing, or encouraging the invasion to take place.
If planting native is in your agenda for your gardens, this seed company guide may be helpful.