St. Patrick’s Day is next week! And while you’re getting your green on and planning for this fun holiday, don’t forget to exercise your green thumb. Plants and shrubs could be looking a little overgrown by this time of year, so spend a little time sprucing things up.
Especially if you’re planning to list your home for sale, don’t underestimate the power of curb appeal. Sasha at Greenway Landscaping is a great resource if you’d like to invest in an expert opinion on how to cut back your plants. Or head to Ridgefield Hardware which has plenty of chemical-free products to choose from.
If you prefer a more natural approach to your lawn, you may enjoy this terrific piece in 068 Magazine about the “Pollinator Pathway”: https://068magazine.com/068-feature-benefits-of-a-natural-back-yard-march-april/
In this article, Sarah Breznen, Director of Education at the Woodcock Nature Center, stresses the importance of researching specific native plants. “The pollinator pathway is a great resource, and I would always urge everyone to go on there because they have a list of plants, what habitat they’re good for, when they bloom, what host species use them,” says Breznen. “So, they can kind of pick what would be most beneficial for their backyard.”
David McCarthy, Executive Director of the Wilton Land Conservation Trust, is another supporter of chemical-free yards. “An organic lawn is something that’s more sustainable over the long term,” explains McCarthy. “When you introduce things like pesticides, herbicides, and you’re spreading those around you are basically creating a dead zone.”
Also, don’t forget to clean your gutters out after the winter! Clogged gutters can be a major cause of spring flooding in homes, and it’s imperative to keep your basement dry.
Enjoy celebrating the return of the sun with some green beer and green lawns! Wishing everyone a very happy St. Patrick’s Day!