South Jersey: Pick Up Your Ready-to-Plant Pollinator Garden - Wild Roots
Why buy mom a bouquet when you can give her a whole garden? Hopefully you’re aware of the benefits of native plants and their value to pollinators already. But if your yard is lacking in those areas, it can feel daunting to start from scratch. That’s why we’ve put together two ready-to-plant kits, one for sunny spots and one for shady spots, to help you turn a patch of yard into a beautiful, sustainable wildlife habitat. Our kits have five species each that will form a beautiful, perennial plant community that attracts beneficial wildlife to your yard. They are made up of landscape plugs, which are an economical short-cut to establishing larger-scale plantings, and are usually harder to come by outside of the landscape trade. Our small kits will fill a 25 square foot (5′ by 5′) area, and the large will cover 50 (of course, you can order multiples if you’re feeling ambitious). Kits will come with a planting guide and sample layouts. Each kit includes four wildflower species and one grass or sedge selected for their beauty, their wildlife value, and their suitability to low-maintenance plantings in South Jersey. In other words, we chose these plants because they are native to this region?they’ve evolved to grow well here without much fuss. The kits also offer a succession of bloom times and plant forms so your garden will show off new beautiful elements all throughout the growing season. You’ll need to order by noon on Friday, May 5th, and kits can be picked up in Collingswood on Saturday, May 13th (Mother’s Day weekend).?Local delivery is also available, depending on your address. If you’ve been thinking about starting a pollinator garden or replacing part of your lawn with hardy native perennials, now’s a great time to do it. For those of you interested in Collingswood Community Habitat Project or the National Wildlife Federation Backyard Habitat Project, our kits would get you one or two steps closer to certification. Oh, and as your garden grows,? also consider adding your property to the Million Pollinator Garden Challenge map.