Habitat gardening is not working with pristine, untouched nature, but with the nature all around us within our developed landscapes.
This includes our yards, playgrounds, business parks, vacant patches of land, and patches of open space within our communities.
Habitat loss and degradation is the leading cause of species decline in the U.S. Given that so much of the American landscape is covered with lawn (40 million acres to be exact), we see this as an untapped resource of open space to re-create that lost habitat. We want to replace the 40 million acres of lawn with 40 million acres of habitat gardens.
The habitat garden is not the conventional garden of constant upkeep, such as fertilizing, pruning, and re-mulching, but a sustainable, less resource intensive garden that is more hands-off. It will require some weeding and watering, especially after it’s first planted, but the habitat garden is more self-sufficient, and is designed to mimic nature’s natural processes until it eventually takes off on its own.