The Humane Gardener: Nurturing a Backyard Habitat for Wildlife

The Humane Gardener: Nurturing a Backyard Habitat for Wildlife

by Nancy Lawson


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The Humane Gardener: Nurturing a Backyard Habitat for Wildlife by Nancy Lawson

In this eloquent plea for compassion and respect for all species, journalist and gardener Nancy Lawson describes why and how to welcome wildlife to our backyards. Through engaging anecdotes and inspired advice, profiles of home gardeners throughout the country, and interviews with scientists and horticulturalists, Lawson applies the broader lessons of ecology to our own outdoor spaces.

Detailed chapters address planting for wildlife by choosing native species; providing habitats that shelter baby animals, as well as birds, bees, and butterflies; creating safe zones in the garden; cohabiting with creatures often regarded as pests; letting nature be your garden designer; and encouraging natural processes and evolution in the garden. The Humane Gardener fills a unique niche in describing simple principles for both attracting wildlife and peacefully resolving conflicts with all the creatures that share our world.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781616895549
Publisher: Princeton Architectural Press
Publication date: 04/18/2017
Pages: 224
Sales rank: 344,701
Product dimensions: 5.75(w) x 8.25(h) x 0.87(d)

About the Author

Nancy Lawson is a writer, editor, and naturalist, and the founder of Humane Gardener, an outreach initiative to help people live in harmony with the animals in their backyards. She writes the "Humane Backyard" column for All Animals magazine, published by the Humane Society of the United States. Prior to being a freelance writer and consultant, she worked for 15 years as an editor on Humane Society publications.

Table of Contents

Author's Note 9

Introduction 11

1 A New Kind of Dream Home: Plant Native Plants 19

More than mere decoration, plants are the foundation of any humane garden.

2 The Beauty of Letting Go: Let Nature Guide Your Garden 49

Partnering with plants and animals brings a world of discoveries.

3 Is Your Yard Family-Friendly? Provide Baby Food and Nesting Sites 73

Birds, bees, and butterflies require special habitat for their young.

4 Safety Zones: Create Sanctuary in a Treacherous World 113

Wild Animals face hidden hazards in our yards and gardens.

5 A Harvest for All: Share the Bounty Through Peaceful Coexistence 139

Animals aren't out to get us, but the "pest"-control industry would have us believe otherwise.

6 The Gift that Keeps On Giving: Encourage Life in the Decay 179

When trees die, the world springs anew-if you let it.

Getting Started 205

Plants Mentioned in This Book 211

Notes 216

Selected Bibliography 221

Acknowledgments 223

Image Credits 224

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