Wild spaces are increasingly in peril due to population expansion. More open space is being used to provide the infrastructure for the needs of all the new residents and more and more land is converted into blacktop, buildings and roads. The importance of trees can’t be measured but we know that their loss will have heavy implications for our environment locally as well as globally.
Some of the major benefits of trees in urban spaces directly affect our well being by improving our air, producing oxygen as a by-product of photosynthesis, as well as absorbing harmful gasses such as carbon monoxide therefore helping us prevent climate change. Their foliage filters dust and pollen. They reduce flooding by absorbing run off. Help us save energy by providing shade and shelter our homes from harmful winds.
Trees also increase biodiversity, they are crucial for many species of birds and small animals providing habitat, food and shelter. When a tree is in bloom it attracts many insects and pollinators to their nectar which in turn help birds feed their chicks during nesting season. We can help our environment and improve the ecology of our surrounding landscapes by incorporating trees around our homes.
“A nation that destroys its soils destroys itself. Forests are the lungs of our land, purifying the air and giving fresh strength to our people. ”
Posted in Biodiversity, Environment, Nature, Plants, Wildlife
Tagged Biodiversity, Carbon Monoxide, Climate Change, Nature, Preservation, Sustainability, Trees, Wildlife
Many of us ask ourselves this question at different points in our lives. But when, I ask myself, did I become passionate about plants? And at what point did that passion morph into a love affair with Nature and the environment?
I am passionate about plants. It started as a hobby, planting a few things here and there, keeping more and more house plants and then soon realizing that my happiest moments were outside, gardening. All this as I held a demanding full time job in retail management. And all of it in a span of thirty some years. So when I retired, eight years ago, I enrolled in a Master Gardeners program. I felt I wanted more, so I continued and earned a Certification in Horticulture and Landscape Design. I started my blog in April of 2009. I have posted close to ninety six blogs on all different subjects.
As to the Why I am here: The more I garden and write, the more I have come to realize that, as a gardener, I have also a duty, a responsibility to be mindful of the environment and of all the creatures that make this patch of land their home. I come across them all the time, toads and frogs, garter snakes, salamanders under rocks and a myriad of insects and birds that call my garden home. I have come to realize that my actions in the landscape affect their survival and the future of their progeny. It has become my mission to create a integrated pest control system in my landscape that nurtures not just the plants, but also all the creatures that are part of that habitat. It is also my duty to share all I have learned with those who are seeking the knowledge.
“We abuse the land because we regard it as a commodity belonging to us. When we see land as a community to which we belong, we may begin to use it with love and respect.”