Creating native habitat can be done in a few simple steps that are good for the environment and have curb appeal. You can start by planting several native plants each year, pulling out the invasive plants and strategically placing a tree in order to capture water.
Benefits of Natives Trees & Plants
Critical to pollinators (birds, bees & other insects)
More adaptable to area
Requires less water for maintenance
Absorption of water increases
Keeps pollutants and sediment out of the water
Increases wildlife habitat
Increases air quality
Native plants are at the heart of a pollinator-friendly garden providing food and host plant benefits beyond what most non-native plants can offer in any landscape. There are over 2,100 PA native plants of many colors, shapes and sizes attracting a variety of pollinators like bees, butterflies, beetles, and moths to perform their essential pollination services.
Pollinators play a critical role in the reproduction of 90% of all flowering plants, and are involved in the production of about one out of every three bites of food that humans eat.
Saturday, June 1st. Streamside Care Workday
Herbal Springs Farmstead
Tuesday, June 4th Rain Garden Design Workshop
Wednesday, June 5th Native Plant Conference
Thursday, June 6th Falmouth Forest Garden Workday
Native Plant Landscape Lecture
Friday, June 8th Native Plant Sale
Community Wildlife Habitat Initative
The Lancaster County Conservancy is excited to announce a partnership with the National Wildlife Federation to form a Community Wildlife Habitat Initiative. Our mission is to work with local property owners, schools and communities to encourage the planting of native plants and trees as well as gardens that reduce stormwater runoff while providing habitat that will benefit wildlife and attract pollinators.
Train with our PA Master Naturalist to volunteer to others to create native habitat. A 24-hour training course covering topics such as the relationship between wildlife and plants, exceptional habitat feature, site analysis, sustainable practices and invasive plants.
Common Invasive Plants To Avoid
Invasive plants are those that
Are not native to an area
Little to no pollinator value
Cause economic/environmental harm,or harm to human health
Native Shade Loving Plants
Native Sun Loving Plants
Rain gardens are simple solutions to capture and retain stormwater close to the source, preventing polluted runoff. The average quarter acre lot (with a 2,500 square foot home) can contribute over 5,000 gallons of polluted runoff in a single 1 inch rainfall event.