Do a little less this fall when tidying up your yard while giving birds, pollinators and other animals a reliable food source and nesting sites through winter. A few tips from the Credit Valley Conservation:
- Skip raking and bagging leaves. Leaves make good mulch for your garden. You can also add them to your backyard compost (or save them for future compost balancing).
- Put away the pruners. Leave plant stems and grasses standing. Standing dry seed heads provide food for birds while stems and long grasses provide nesting sites for insects.
- Don’t till or turn soil. A layer of compost covered with mulch and leaves will help keep soil healthy for spring.
A few other bits of info on fall garden clean up with pollinators in mind from Almanac.com, as well as winterizing your garden with a permaculture perspective.
And as September 23rd is the Day for Climate Action, here are a few other things you can do to make even small but meaningful changes towards a better climate future:
- Green your home. As we head into winter, energy bills and heating our homes can start to come to the front of the mind. Cut a large amount of our biggest proportion of community emissions (45%), through some simple fixes like insulation, air sealing and more. Check out EnviroCentre’s Greening Your Home blog.
- Green your commute. Transportation accounts for 42% of community emissions! Find ways to reduce your transportation footprint here. Try winter cycling, switch to an Electric Vehicle, car pool and more.
- Green your yard habits & plant more trees! The tree canopy, among other native and diverse plants and animals, plays a huge role in many aspects of climate change big and small including greenhouse gas emissions, biodiversity and food production, storm and drought resilience, energy use, air quality and more.
- Consume less, waste less, enjoy life more. Check out:
Help raise awareness & our collective climate action by sharing or supporting these Canadian climate action artists here. Or start a Climate Conversation – check out Talk Climate To Me.
Join a local green group: For Our Kids Ottawa-Gatineau, CBLCA Enviro Subcommittee, Eco West Enders (share any other groups you follow or are a part of below in the comments)