Just like the perennials, Ohio Native Plant Month makes its return this spring. Ohio celebrated its first annual Ohio Native Plant Month in April of 2020. It was a huge success with lots of fun events, plant sales, and social media posts. April 2021 is just around the corner and may look a little different this year, but there are still lots of things to do.
What are you going to do to celebrate Native Plant Month this year? Not sure yet? You've come to the right place for ideas.
- Shrink your lawn or help a friend by planting native plant gardens. This will also help to improve your home's resale value, soil health, stormwater runoff, and provide pollinator and wildlife habitat.
- Visit a nursery that sells native plants.
- Buy native plants online. Cuyahoga SWCD sells seed packets, plant bundles, plant kits, and even trees! For our tree sale you will be directed to the Licking SWCD website, just put Cuyahoga SWCD as your pick up location. Some of the spring deadlines for ordering have already passed, but why not start planning for the fall planting season.
- Don't have a lot a lot of room or a yard at all? Try planting in containers and create a patio, balcony, or porch pollinator habitat. You can also read my follow-up blog which includes lessons learned in 2020, new tips, and new photos of my porch pollinator habitat.
- Create a riparian buffer or wildlife habitat.
- Take the Master Rain Gardener class.
- Take the Healthy Yard Pledge.
- And of course VOTE for your favorite native plant in the NPAA Native Plants Are Awesome - March Madness 2021 on Facebook or Instagram! A new match-up will be posted every Monday, Wednesday, and Friday at noon as well as the winner of the previous match-up.
Every little thing we do helps, it matters. Just as there is death by a thousand cuts, there is hope and life out of a thousand positive acts. It has a ripple effect. If we each do a small thing to help the environment and work together imagine what an amazing difference we can make, from our own backyard to the entire planet. We are all connected.
Blog Author: Kelly Parker, Stormwater Specialist II