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Add Native Plants to My Garden

The best way to help pollinators is to provide more of the food that they need to survive. Native plants can support hundreds more species of pollinators than non-native ornamentals, so as much as possible, incorporate native plants into your garden and landscaping.

Add Native Plants to My Garden
Identify My Special Places

Make sure your forester and logger know your expectations for your favorite spots on your woodlot, like a special trail or view.

Identify My Special Places
Landscape with Native Plants

Many invasive plants were brought here intentionally for use in landscaping. One of the best ways to prevent new invasive infestations is to use only native plants in your landscaping. These plants can also be attractive and benefit wildlife like pollinators.

Landscape with Native Plants
Learn to Identify Common Invasive Plants

To locate invasive plants on your land, you first need to know what to look for. It would be overwhelming to learn every invasive plant, so focus on common ones to help you spot these invaders sooner.

Learn to Identify Common Invasive Plants
Limit Pesticide Use

Overuse of pesticides, particularly insecticides called neonicotinoids, is a major cause of pollinator decline. Limiting or stopping your use of these chemicals can help keep more pollinators alive.

Limit Pesticide Use
Maintain Christmas Trees

Christmas trees need annual maintenance both to help them survive and to gain that classic, cone-shaped Christmas tree form.

Maintain Christmas Trees
Maintain My Rain Garden

Once you install your rain garden, you aren’t done. Maintenance plays an important role in ensuring the garden’s long-term health and usefulness.

Maintain My Rain Garden
Maintain Planted Trees

Even with protection, newly planted trees need your tender loving care to help them survive. Use the information in this activity to help give your trees the best chance for long-term success.

Maintain Planted Trees
Make a Wildlife Food Plot

Food plots are an excellent way to attract animals to your property. Not just for hunters, food plots increase wildlife viewing opportunities and make animals healthier.

Make a Wildlife Food Plot
Nurture My Beautiful Plants

Which plants on your woodlot most catch your eye? Create a list and take pictures of the flowers, bushes, or trees you enjoy the most. You can encourage, showcase, and add more of these plants over time.

Nurture My Beautiful Plants
Plant a Buffer of Trees

When you're at your home or cabin in the woods, you don't want to be reminded of civilization. Planting trees between your home and roads or neighbors can give your property a more secluded feel.

Plant a Buffer of Trees
Protect Native Plants with a Deer Fence

Overabundant deer often contribute to invasive plant spread by eating the native plants. Installing a deer fence to keep deer out of an area where you removed invasives can sometimes be enough to get native plants growing back all on their own.

Protect Native Plants with a Deer Fence
Remove Invasive Plants Mechanically

When dealing with small infestations, mechanical control techniques like hand-pulling, cutting, or brush hogging can be effective. These techniques require more work, especially for long-term control, but they can reduce or eliminate the need for herbicide.

Remove Invasive Plants Mechanically
Replant with Native Plants

In the long term, the only way to keep invasive plants at bay is to make sure you have healthy native plants growing. If you’ve just controlled invasive plants in an area, planting some natives from a nursery can help them get a jumpstart on resprouting invasives.

Replant with Native Plants
Take Easy Steps to Keep Away Invasives

Even small measures can make a big difference in keeping invasives off your land. Try to incorporate these simple steps into daily life on your woodlot.

Take Easy Steps to Keep Away Invasives
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