Certify Your Wildlife Habitat: Sustainable Practices
Sustainable practices are many! Some are easy, some short term, some are more work or more cost or take more time to have an impact. Find what works for you and your garden for wildlife. How you manage your garden can have an effect on the health of the soil, air, water and habitat. These are important for the human community as well as for wildlife!
Use mulch--either biotic material (wood chips or compost) or abiotic material (rock)--around the base of your plants. This helps reduce evaporation.
Use compost to enrich the soil. Composting is easy with a bin from the city, a DIY store, or simply a pile turned regularly.
Plant native plants and drought tolerant plants
Harvest rainwater from the roof by making a channel to direct the run-off into your yard rather than into the street
Reduce use of pesticides and herbicides
Reduce the size of your lawn if it's not being used
Water in the evening when the evaporation rate is lower
Avoid overwatering. After a plant has established to your garden, water less frequently.
Use targeted irrigation such as a drip system or your hose