The Planting Season Is Here!

by Andrea Foster, Conservation Outreach Coordinator

It’s the most exciting time of the year! Spring is in full swing, the trillium are starting to bloom and the soil is ready for planting. When you start to make your plans for your yard, are you thinking about the types of plants you are putting in?

Now is the time to make those small choices that make big differences overall, and planting native plants is one of the best choices you can make for your yard! The Little Forks Conservancy proudly supports the use of native plants. We want to show you that planting natives can be easy, beautiful and beneficial to all.

cup plant crop

One of the ways we’re doing that is with our own gardens at the office. This year a new garden bed is being added to continue the transition to a complete Conservation@Home demonstration ground. With funding from the Wildflower Association of Michigan, the new garden will include 30 new bearberry plants that will serve as ground cover and wildlife habitat.

Other changes to the demonstration grounds of the office include increased wildlife habitat, such as the bird houses below. We’re also installing bat boxes this season!

bird box

Bird box install

What changes are you making to your yards this year? Feel free to share your journey with us by commenting below. To learn more about small changes you can make, visit the Conservation@Home page. For questions or to schedule your free site visit within Midland, Gladwin or Clare counties, email afoster@littleforks.org today!

If you would like to join volunteers and Little Forks’ Staff for our Spring Office Clean Up and Planting Day on May 23rd from 3-5 pm or 5-7 pm, call us at 989.835.4886!

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