[Epub] ➟ Bringing Nature Home, Updated and Expanded: How You Can Sustain Wildlife with Native Plants ➠ Douglas W. Tallamy – Tactical-player.co.uk

Bringing Nature Home, Updated and Expanded: How You Can Sustain Wildlife with Native Plants The majority of the book s chapters deal with Why this is a good idea I think that most people seeking out this type of information might already understand Why which is important But the book title says How and only dedicates one chapter on What to Plant Even it deals mostly with Trees except a few pages that mentions some berries.The appendix s save the book Appendix 1 covers Native plants not just trees per region of the United States Appendix 2 lists types of insects like the Monarch butterfly and what you can plant to attract and provide for it.The book is informative, but spends most of the time trying to convince the reader Why this is a method to consider as opposed to How to do it. This book has fundamentally changed the way I look at gardening I ve always thought of myself as an environmentalist, but before this book, I never really GOT the fundamental connection between humans and the natural world What was missing The insects Insects can t eat ornamentals Birds don t have food if there aren t insects Oh my gosh Does Tallamy drive home the importance of a diversity of insects to support the populations we care about Usually, gardeners prefer a bug free environment, sterile even, because bugs eat plants, and we want plants to be beautiful Tallamy turns that on its head and shows us just how terrible it is to keep only these ornamental species that feed nobody Sure, birds might eat some ornamental berries after they ve raised their young But when they are raising their young They rely on the species that ornamental gardeners detest the caterpillars and other creatures that might eat a leaf or two of native plants.I have been working with native plants in my area for a couple of years, but this book has really given me the impetus to ramp up the outreach that I do I am already planting at least half native species in my front yard while my neighbor works to perfect his sterile lawn My work allows me to advocate for all gardeners to consider adding native species to their properties and supporting the species that help birds and other creatures survive This book backs me up with solid studies about what planting natives really does and the harm that out of control ornamentals like Japanese honeysuckle really are doing Yikes.Tallamy reminds us that the future of our planet may depend on small, individual efforts like these That is the one ray of hope in this book, that we may be able to make a difference in this rampaging Anthropocene era.This is a heck of a book and full of very useful information If it doesn t light a fire under your butt and get you considering putting in at least a little patch of species native to your area to help the birds and other wildlife, then you ve got some soul searching to do, my friend. This book is terrific I had checked it out of the library, and then wanted to have a copy of my own I have gardened and farmed for many years, on a small suburban plot of land I have seen all the farmland around me be developed into large suburban subdivisions, and seen yards that used to be natural and graceful become and sculpted, with lawns that are like carpets, and a formality like a living room than a beautiful outdoor space Lawn services have replaced individual homeowner mowing, and now instead of just mowing, there is edging and blowing and removal of any natural leaf debris that is so important for the many species that a complex ecosystem supports Many developments have Homeowner Associations that require that it be done this way Many of them also require the right to approve the planting of anything beyond 3 feet of the house, resulting in a loss of diversity there as well.Even in neighborhoods without HOA s, the trend has been toward sculpted yards and the planting of ornamentals that are often non native As a result, there are fewer and fewer songbirds, butterflies, and and pests that the birds and other wildlife would have managed I was contributing to this without realizing it, by planting non native trees or shrubs based only on beauty, but not with an eye to the species they support or the healthy ecosystem they make possible Dr Tallamy explains all of this so easily and clearly, and the many charts and lists provide accessible and quick information.This book can guide you to better choices when you re adding a new tree or shrub or flower to your yard, it can guide you to simple steps that add a very important diversity to your yards plants, and the species they support It s like, without realizing it, you can offer so many beneficial species food to support a healthy complex web, or inadvertently be part of the starving and loss of beneficial species we want and need, just by choosing a different plant or tree, or doing things a little differently.He shows you how to do this within what you already have And you notice the difference in even a short period of time The word seems to go out, and the species arrive In the past two days I have seen two different species of butterfly I never saw here before Even things as simple as leaving a weed I would have otherwise removed milkweed we were actually able to watch monarchs go from egg to larvae to chysalis to butterfly, in our own yard, from plants in my ditch I would have just mowed down.There are so many things we can t do as we see the loss of farmland and wild places around us This book shows how much we can do, even on a little yard, or even balcony My yard is beautiful, and the birds and wildlife is a joy every single day I even appreciate and notice beneficial insects I never would have noticed, and possibly would not have had.It also helps us pass on the information so our friends and neighbors and HOA boards don t inadvertently contribute to the problem, and help them see how easily they can make a positive difference.The book is well written, clear, positive, approachable It is not a just for scientist kind of book, and he does not lecture It s delightful to read.I love this book and recommend it highly, for yourself, and as a gift for every gardener homeowner that you know It is not a book your gardening homeowner friends might have known about or thought of, but they will appreciate it, and use it, and pass the information on to their children And in the best kind of way it doesn t preach, it s like taking a walk outside with a favorite uncle who knows all about the beauty and wonder around you, and is generous and fun enough so you can too. Even though I live on the west coast, this book has given me the understanding that I was seeking an understanding of biodiversity, insects, the food web, and how it all fits together in supporting native pollinators insects, birds, mammals Even though the examples are mostly east coast the message is the same native insects rely on the native plants they evolved with, non natives deprive native pollinators and butterflies of places to lay their eggs and feed their larvae, lack of larvae caterpillars starve out birds and they have nothing to feed their young Birds especially baby birds are reliant on the insects that eat the leaves to turn the plants into usable protein sources for birds No caterpillars no baby birds I m using this book in conjunction with Real Gardeners Grow Natives by Eileen M Stark for Pacific NW gardens to swap out some plants for natives so that there are caterpillar larvae hosts for insects to use the leaves as needed for food and nesting also reducing lawn and changing law to a native low growing wild mix. US professor Doug Tallamy has created a well researched and engaging account of the decline of insect biodiversity, with a rousing call to gardeners to save life as we know it by using native plants Be aware that it deals with US species and research. As Development And Subsequent Habitat Destruction Accelerate, There Are Increasing Pressures On Wildlife Populations But There Is An Important And Simple Step Toward Reversing This Alarming Trend Everyone With Access To A Patch Of Earth Can Make A Significant Contribution Toward Sustaining Biodiversity There Is An Unbreakable Link Between Native Plant Species And Native Wildlife Native Insects Cannot, Or Will Not, Eat Alien Plants When Native Plants Disappear, The Insects Disappear, Impoverishing The Food Source For Birds And Other Animals In Many Parts Of The World, Habitat Destruction Has Been So Extensive That Local Wildlife Is In Crisis And May Be Headed Toward Extinction Bringing Nature Home Has Sparked A National Conversation About The Link Between Healthy Local Ecosystems And Human Well Being, And This Audio Edition Will Help Broaden The Movement By Acting On Douglas Tallamy S Practical Recommendations, Everyone Can Make A Difference PLEASE NOTE When You Purchase This Title, The Accompanying PDF Will Be Available In Your Audible Library Along With The Audio

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