You can do it.
It is easy, exciting, and good for you.
No one will judge you, but your success will show, the birds will know, and you can crow.
Landscape design and maintenance professionals can lead the way and make all their jobs (and clients) Two Thirders. Environmental organizations and clubs can make it a collaborative and engaging effort for their boards, employees, and members to join.
It is actionable, addictive, and joyous.
The adventure begins here. Plant it and they will come.
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What's in a Two Thirds Landscape? Habitat. What's Habitat?
Food: Native plants with year round fruit, nuts, seeds, leaves and flowers. Lots of insects.
Water: Bird baths, water features, streams or ponds. Open water in winter too.
Shelter: Varied options for birds and insects to hide from predators, lay eggs, raise young. Leaf litter, nest boxes, snags (dead trees), brush piles.
What's Not in a Two Thirds Landscape?
Pesticides: Bugs eat leaves, birds eat bugs. Birds need bugs to thrive. Let bugs eat some leaves. The trees really don't mind.
Stress: Let it be. Nature is the the best designer and takes care of things pretty darn well.
What To Plant? Right Plant, Right Place. How does that work?
When plants get to live where they evolved, the place and conditions that are just right for them, they require little input to be happy and healthy. How to know what is the right plant for your place?
1. Get to know your place:
2. Get to know some native plants:
Tim's Top Five Native Plants for You-- Regional Native Plant Recommendations
Native Plant Databases - a few of our favorites
Grow Native (New England)
Mt Cuba (Mid-Atlantic)
Midwest Native Plant Society (Midwest)
Much more in Access to Tools
3. Maintain without Pesticides:
It is all about the process, not products. Don't default to buying something. If it comes in a package, what has that got to do with natural process?
Basic chemical free (nature based) practices:
There is always more you can do, it just gets more interesting.
The Ten Commitments
4. Getting Good Professional Help:
5. Track your Progress (and get to know your birds and insects at the same time):
6. Learn the language:
Familiarize yourself with the words of the initiated in our Glossary
"If you do not know the names of things, the knowledge of them is lost, too."
Speak Botanical Latin - it isn't as hard as it may seem.
Latin names are daunting for many, but a cozy club for the initiated. They are both descriptive and poetic. For instance: Viburnum dentatum The first word is the Genus, the second is the species. There are many different Viburnums, a type of flowering shrub. The species name is generally descriptive, and helpful in recognizing which is which. In this case, dentatum is the Viburnum species with the dentate (toothed) leaf edges.
Don't be afraid to just dive in and start using them, and saying them out loud. Pronunciation is highly subjective and only needs to be delivered with confidence to be accepted, but you generally can't miss if you put the accent on the second syllable. The hero of all this is Carl Linnaeus, who invented the system, which is based on sex. He also had a great eye: he papered his bedroom walls with botanical prints...in the 1700's.
Read the Classics:
Sand County Almanac, Aldo Leopold
Silent Spring, Rachel Carson
Noah's Garden, Sara Stein
Pilgrim at Tinker Creek, Annie Dillard
Braiding Sweetgrass, Robin Wall Kimmerer
Bringing Nature Home and Nature's Best Hope, Doug Tallamy
Planting in a Post Wild World, Claudia West and Thomas Rainer
The Living Landscape: Designing for Beauty and Biodiversity in the Home Garden, Douglas W. Tallamy and Rick Darke
7. Follow Complicated Conversations
8. Keep a Journal
You are making a commitment to an easy action with visible positive environmental impact: planting two native plants for every three and swearing off pesticides.
You are joining a community of others who are helping each other to explore ever more effective, and fun, paths to success.
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