Landscaping with native trees, shrubs, and plants in strategic parts of your yard (in partnership with your turf grass) adds beauty as well as conservation benefits.
Order pick-up is scheduled for Friday, May 20 between noon and 3:00 p.m. in the parking lot at Barrington Village Hall.
To get started with a home consultation, click here or contact our Conservation@Home coordinator Beth Adler at (847) 387-3149.
On the evening of December 2, Lake County Stormwater Management Commission honored BACT’s Conservation@Home program with their 2015 Education, Outreach, and Media Award.
The Conservation@Home program affects water quality in the Fox River Watershed by educating, assisting and recognizing landowners who strive to maintain their land using conservation practices that benefit wildlife, water quality, and the environment.
Michael D. Warner, Executive Director of Lake County Stormwater Management Commission commented that the “program’s success lies in providing landowners with feedback and guidance on ways to improve their properties to better manage stormwater runoff and provide healthy habitat”. He also commended BACT for “reaching out and educating other groups on conservation values”.
In his book, Bringing Nature Home, entomologist Doug Tallamy writes, “native plants support and produce more insects than alien plants and therefore more numbers and species of other animals (such as birds, amphibians, small mammals).” While it may seem undesirable to find sporadic holes in the leaves of your plants, the insects that made these holes are essential to the food web. “The self-sustaining balance we seek in garden communities is only achieved through complexity.” Continue reading