Saving the Sourlands, One Tree Kit at a Time
Do you feel you’re lacking a little biodiversity in your own backyard? Have you recently lost an ash tree or would simply like to see more birds, butterflies, and flowers? Well, consider the Sourland Conservancy’s new Biodiversity Tree Kit.
Each kit contains one back tree, two Carolina rose bushes, deer protection, and a new perennial bed design. This design was created by Pensive Weeds, a full service floral and landscape company located in Pennington. Conservancy members will also receive three little bluestem plants. These plants are ideal for replacing mowed lawn in a sunny, well-drained spot.
To help new gardeners, the Conservancy also filmed a short instructional video that illustrates an easy way to transform your lawn in a few simple steps. Robert Aluck and Eric Williams, the Conservancy’s stewardship director and coordinator respectively, suggest using cardboard and wood chips to make space for native plants. “Over time, these plants create more shade, sequester carbon, reduce pollution, reduce flooding, and attract bees, butterflies, and birds to your property,” says Williams. The plants shown in the video are all included in the kit.
Biodiversity tree kits are available for $30 each online through October 14 (while supplies last). Visit www.sourland.org to purchase or donate a kit. Pick up day is October 15 from 1 to 3 p.m. at the Sourland Conservancy office, 83 Princeton Avenue in Hopewell.