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How do I attract native species to my garden?

So, going native is always the preferred method. You want to boost your local biodiversity and improve that culture of plants and animals while minimizing the threat invasives pose on your local environment. A good first step would be to contact your local Audubon society to find out just some local birds that you want to see in the area. They might be able to help with identifying plants too. And, if they can help you with the birds, they can help you with which flowers the birds like, which will help you in your backyard.

Here’s a link to our “Backyard Biodiversity” page: http://www.tolmanguide.geog.pdx.edu/backyardbiodiversity.htm. Another nifty site to examine is this site on natives: http://enature.com/fieldguides/. Go to that site and enter your zip code and surf around. And, of course, go back to the U-W Extension site, http://clean-water.uwex.edu/pubs/home.htm, I sent last time. There is a Wisconsin Native Plant source, which I’m sure is similar to Escanaba. Additionally, scroll down and check out their whole backyard, “Rethinking Yard Care” series. It’s really helpful.

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What should I compost?

If you don’t want to tend to a compost pile, an easier way may be worms and Vermicomposting. You could start by calling your plant stores/nurseries and see if they have anything.

It was good timing then for the website! Check these sections out especially…

This is a nifty set of pamphlets the NRCS put together…

University of Wisconsin did these, here’s a link to all sections which are formulated for the Midwest, especially Wisconsin/Michigan along the lakeshore. You should be able to download all the info. They changed it slightly in the 2 years since I initially found it – but all the info should be there.