Tips for Spring
by Susan Allport

  1. Do eradicate invasive plants when you first see them. It’s much easier to pull out a small seedling than a mature plant – and the chances of complete eradication are much greater before a plant has produced seed. 
  2. Do call or email a picture to TIP-PR if you’re not sure of a plant’s identity at TIP--PR will be able to confirm the identity and give you the best techniques for eradication.
  3. Do choose native shrubs and trees for planting whenever you can. Native plants are often much better adapted to our local climate – and resistant to our local herbivores. Plus they provide the food and shelter that our birds, and other animals, need.
  4. Do limit your use of chemical fertilizers. Although any individual lawn may seem small, runoff from all of our lawns put together is a major contributor to water pollution. Before applying fertilizer, do a soil test to determine what nutrients your lawn actually needs. Over fertilization not only leads to water pollution but also to population bursts of unwanted garden pests like Japanese beetles– and moles, the animals that eat them.
  5. Do choose gravel and other porous substances over blacktop. Blacktop contributes to runoff and storm surges while a porous substance allows rainwater to slowly seep into the ground. Gravel may involve more maintenance but it is much easier and less costly to repair.
  6. Do replace lawns with perennial beds and meadows whenever appropriate. Beds and meadows provide more food and habitat for animals, plus they are much less costly to maintain.
  7. Don’t forget to spend lots of time outside – appreciating the very beautiful part of the world in which we live.