CoastLine: Climate-friendly yards can evolve in stages, forgo raking leaves, and more gardening wisdom with Barbara J. Sullivan

The planet is warming. We hear about it almost daily through national and international news and headlines:

China’s disastrous summer shows its climate adaptation plans still have a long way to go, Vox roars. The Washington Post reports Climate change fuels super hurricanesand the World Economic Forum recently published an analysis of beaver habitats and why they might be helpful in mitigating the effects of climate change.

But many Americans still don’t think it’s a big problem. And even more Americans say they’re not convinced it’s caused by human activity. 538 offers surveys this shows that 36 percent of Democrats and only 5 percent of Republicans rank climate change as a top issue.

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But wherever you fall on the belief spectrum, a local gardening expert teaches us how to adapt to the impact in the southeastern United States. In her latest book Climate Change Gardeners for the SouthBarbara J. Sullivan examines the effects of climate change on individual gardeners. She offers ideas for transforming private gardens to survive changing climates and ecosystems while transforming them into havens for birds, pollinators and other animals.

In her new book, she also challenges traditional garden wisdom. On this edition of coastLet’s examine some newer, more sustainable ideas for gardening, such as:

  • Take a step-by-step approach to sustainability. If a non-native plant dies, replace it with a native plant.
  • Consider reducing the size of your lawn by using other types of native groundcover or adding more trees and shrubs.
  • Plant more native trees.
  • Refrain from raking and discarding fallen leaves as they can become habitat for good insects while feeding the ecosystem.
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Barbara Sullivan could change your idea of ​​what makes a successful garden. Whether it’s a suburban yard, a strip in an urban setting, containers on a patio, or an open field, it’s possible to create a vibrant, healthy garden that is part of a larger solution to climate change.

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On Thursday, October 6, 2022, Barbara J. Sullivan will present at the The Bellamy mansion about eco-friendly solutions for thriving gardens. There will be a book signing after the lecture. The event starts at 6:30 p.m. and is free and open to the public. $10 per person suggested donation.

Resources:

Climate Change Gardeners for the South through

Barbara J. Sullivan, UNC Press

Native plant finder: https://www.nwf.org/nativeplantfinder/

USDA Plant Hardiness Zones

NC Cooperative Extension Brunswick County

NC Cooperative Extension New Hanover County

NC Cooperative Extension Pender County

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