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habitat preservation

MAINTAIN NATIVE ECOLOGY

r e s o u r c e s:

  1. chesapeake bay foundation
  2. habitat loss implications (research paper)
  3. low impact development

a c t i o n s:

  1. calculate your ‘nitrogen’ footprint at Nprint

PLANT WILDLIFE GARDENS + TREES TO PRODUCE FAVORABLE MICROCLIMATE

r e s o u r c e s:

  1. education at irvine nature center

a c t i o n s:

  1. join the baltimore bird club
  2. plant native gardens, reduce ornamental turf areas

NO CHEMICAL PESTICIDES OR FERTILIZERS

r e s o u r c e s:

  1. “get your lawn off drugs”

a c t i o n s:

  1. try “grass-cycling”
  2. employ integrated pest management techniques
  3. make your own insecticide: liquid soap kills aphids, sawflies, spider mites, scale + whiteflies. mix 2 tablespoons of plant-based liquid soap with 1 gallon of water and spray.
  4. mow at the right height: when the grass is 1/3 higher than desired – for a 3 inch height, cut when grass in 4 inches. cutting too short allows more light to reach soil, damaging turf health while increasing weeds.

RESTRICTIONS ON DEVELOPMENT

r e s o u r c e s:

  1. smart growth online
  2. maryland smart growth
  3. urban land institute

a c t i o n s:

  1. be active in zoning hearings, contact your representatives to be heard
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