Sustainability

Providing the four components of habitat - food, water, cover, and places to raise young - will create a wonderful wildlife-friendly garden. How you manage your garden is critically important too. Maintaining your landscape in a sustainable, environmentally-friendly way ensures that the soil, air, and water that native wildlife (and people) rely upon stay clean and healthy.

Swallowtail and CWH Sign, photo by Bernadette Banville

What sustainable gardening practices do I need to certify?

You should be doing two things to help manage your habitat in a sustainable way.

  • Soil and Water Conservation: Riparian Buffer • Capture Rain Water from Roof • Xeriscape (water-wise landscaping) • Drip or Soaker Hose for Irrigation • Limit Water Use • Reduce Erosion (i.e. ground cover, terraces) • Use Mulch • Rain Garden
  • Controlling Exotic Species: Practice Integrated Pest Management • Remove Non-Native Plants and Animals • Use Native Plants • Reduce Lawn Areas
  • Organic Practices: Eliminate Chemical Pesticides • Eliminate Chemical Fertilizers • Compost

Does your garden already have all the elements to become a Certified Wildlife Habitat®? Certify today!

CERTIFY YOUR GARDEN TODAY