Provide a Healthy Habitat
Audrey Hirsch's Meadow in September.
Remove Invasive Plants.
Plant more Native Plants.
Reducing lawn area and creating habitat
Experiment in replacing lawn with a meadow garden
Making comparisons between the lasagna technique and black plastic - 2 sections about 60' apart:
Soil test now and a year later when we get ready to plant
A "Soil your Undies" test established now to be recovered and analyzed a year later
Our lasagna recipe: 1. cardboard; 2. grass cut from the site; 3. straw; 4. garden soil; 5. mulch; 6. lots of water on each layer and the expectation of a rainy afternoon
Resources for Habitat Gardening:
by Mary Free, MGNV Volunteer
Wonderful overview of the subject and a great place to start as you plan your new or
expanded habitat development.
Large variety of articles.
Lawson, Nancy. Wildscape: Trilling Chipmunks, Beckoning Blooms, Salty Butterflies, and
other Sensory Wonders of Nature. Princeton, NJ: Princeton Architectural Press, 2023.
Explores habitat-building through the five senses
Norris, Kelly. New Naturalism: Designing and Planting a Resilient, Ecologically Vibrant Home
Garden. Beverly, MA: Cool Springs Press, 2021.
Inspiration for building home gardens that imitate wild spaces.