A brief overview by noted author and researcher Douglas Tallamy, published in the Wild Ones Journal, Volume 22, No. 2..
Want to see local proof of the value gardening for wildlife
can bring? This yard has been the subject of two research studies measuring the changes
observed during the transition from traditional lawn & flowerbeds to native plants and chemical free gardening
practices. This is a typical residential property on a
50' x 100' lot.
The first study tracks wildlife diversity in our
yard over a 6-year time
span, and shows
that wildlife diversity correlates directly to the diversity
of chemical free native plant species.
The second study compares our habitat yard with an adjacent "typical" yard where
chemical fertilizers and pesticides are used, non-native and cultivar
plants are the
norm, and traditional landscaping practices are followed (including
low mower height).
This study currently covers a 2-year time span and documents major differences
the adjoining properties.