Had to share this great blog post by Genevieve @ North Coast Gardening: Buying Bee-Friendly Plants: Neonicotinoid-Free Nurseries, Growers, and Seed Sources. She compiled a list of growers, seed suppliers and nurseries that do not use bee-killing neonicotinoid pesticides. She also includes a few companies still using “neonics”, but gives them an opportunity to explain why and under what circumstances.
As someone who’s opening a small garden center that will focus on environmentally-friendly gardening products and practices, it’s great to see this kind of post and I appreciate the time Genevieve spent compiling this useful list! It’ll come in very handy with customers as well.
There’s an excellent new guide available from the Sacramento Stormwater Quality Partnership teaching river-friendly landscape practices. River-Friendly Landscape Guidelines goes beyond urging water efficiency by incorporating the following objectives:
Landscaping in harmony with the natural conditions of the Sacramento River watershed.
— Reducing waste and recycling materials.
— Nurturing healthy soils while reducing fertilizer use.
— Conserving water, energy and topsoil.
— Using integrated pest management to minimize chemical use.
— Reducing stormwater runoff.
— Creating wildlife habitat.
The guide includes river-friendly checklists, plant lists, photos, diagrams, quotes from local environmental and landscape leaders, and a wealth of printed and online resources. There’s even a guide for hiring a river-friendly landscaper. Don’t be dissuaded by the “… for the Landscape Professional” part of the title. If you do your own landscaping and landscape maintenance, this guide’s for you. If you don’t… make sure your landscaper has a copy or visits the website.
If you want your garden to become a healthy refuge for people and wildlife while reducing waste and eliminating pollutants, River-Friendly Landscape Guidelines will show you the steps you need to take.
Click HERE to order your free copy of River-Friendly Landscape Guidelines and Choosing a Landscape Professional.