What You Should Plant to Help the Local Eco-System

 

NEW HAVEN, Conn. (WTNH) — There are many ways to make your yard attractive to wildlife, including birds and beneficial insects such as bees and butterflies. Donna Ellis Senior Extension Educator at UConn shares tips on what you should be planting.

Donna Ellis recommends you provide nectar and pollen for pollinators, grow shrubs and trees with berries, fruits, and seeds for birds and larger wildlife, and provide leaves and other vegetation (including herbs) for caterpillars that will develop into butterflies.  The right choice of plants in the garden can create season-long interest for you and provide sustainable resources for wildlife – food, shelter, and places to raise their young.

Donna Ellis is a Senior Extension Educator in the UConn Department of Plant Science and Landscape Architecture, where she has worked for 26 years.  She has a B.S. degree in Plant Science from the University of Rhode Island and an M.S. degree in Plant Science from UConn.  UConn is the state land-grant university, and many outreach educational programs for homeowners and the general public are presented by UConn Extension faculty and staff.

The Connecticut Invasive Plant Working Group (CIPWG) will present an invasive plant symposium on October 11, 2016 at UConn in Storrs, CT.  The previous symposium in 2014 sold out with 500 people attending.  More information is available on www.cipwg.uconn.edu

For more information, head to www.ipm.uconn.edu

 

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