Ecosystem Gardening

Ecosystem Gardening

We are pretty sure by now most of you already know that native plants form the backbone of your wildlife habitat garden because native plants support local food webs, which attract more insects, which attract more birds and other wildlife.

We are so blessed to have two amazing teams of passionate wildlife garden and native plant experts who have such a wealth of information to share, so please stop by and call us now (214-762-8728) because we’d like to get to know you better, and also to see what’s happening in your wildlife gardens.

You can start with Ecosystem Gardening: teaching you to garden sustainably, conserve natural resources, and create welcoming habitat for wildlife in your garden so that you will attract more birds, butterflies, pollinators, and other wildlife by giving a little back to wildlife in your garden.

Beautiful Wildlife Garden: A team of wildlife gardeners from around the country showing the beauty of nature and wildlife in our gardens.

Native Plants and Wildlife Gardens: A team of passionate environmental advocates from around the country sharing our knowledge and encouraging discussion of native plants, wildlife habitat gardens, ecological restoration, schoolyard habitats, green roofs and living walls, energy wise landscaping, and more.

What is Ecosystem Gardening?

What the heck is Ecosystem Gardening, you may ask? Ecosystem Gardening was a concept we developed while we were writing our thesis in grad school. It teaches you to conserve natural resources, garden sustainability, and create welcoming habitat for wildlife in your garden so that you will attract more birds, butterflies, pollinators, frogs and toads, dragonflies, and other wildlife.

Ecosystem Gardening is built around 5 core principles, that when you apply all of them in your garden, you will automatically begin to attract more wildlife:

• Sustainable Gardening
• Soil Health
• Use Water Wisely
• Remove Invasive Plants
• Add more Native Plants

Sustainable Gardening

Sustainability is one of the words like “natural,” “organic,” “green,” and others that have taken on a wide variety of definitions to suit the purposes of the person using them.

But we boil it down to just 3 simple concepts:

1) Take the wildlife gardener’s Hippocratic Oath.

2) Manage Your Inputs — You don’t need to bring home huge piles of bags of fertilizer, mulch, and other amendments. You don’t need to use gallons of fossil fuels purchasing stuff that has already been harvested, trucked to a distribution site, and then trucked to your local big box store. You also don’t need to use more fossil fuels “maintaining” your garden with mowers, blowers, whackers, trimmers, or clippers.

3) Manage Your Outputs — Yard waste, leaves, and other organic materials can be composted on site so that you’re not using more fossil fuels to have it hauled away to become landfill.

Be mindful of the environmental costs of what you’re bringing in as well as what you’re sending out, and do no harm.

Save Energy in Your Landscape

We will teach you, how to save energy in the landscape itself, which results in creating landscapes so they’re hardy, resilient, low-maintenance, self-sustaining, long lasting, and undemanding of outside resources.

Energy-Wise Landscape Design shows us how:

• Using native plants can save energy
• Putting plants in the right place saves labor and energy
• To use water efficiently and also to save water
• Designing with energy savings in mind so that there is less earth moving and disturbance in the landscape
• Every element fits together and functions well
• Think before you act