December 18th, 2009
Bringing Nature Home: How You Can Sustain Wildlife With Native Plants
By Douglas W. Tallamy
This book explains better than any we’ve seen how native plants support a healthy local ecosystem, providing birds and insects with the best foods so that the entire natural chain of wildlife can thrive.
If you’ve ever wondered why some people make such a fuss about native plants, this is a book that will give you a macro, micro and mini-micro look at your backyard and help you see why. Tallamy, chair of the Department of Entomology and Wildlife Ecology at the University of Delaware is well informed but never preachy. He shows us how we’ve unwittingly turned our yards sterile, inhospitable places for birds, butterflies and wild life by following thoughtless suburban trends. We put in acres of foreign turf grasses that require chemicals to maintain and “decorate” the perimeter with non-contributing flowering bushes. We get what we think we want – a land without insects — but undermine the food chain, creating a system that requires constant care and propping up. Our yards become chemically dependent.