It is true. I made up a word. Re-Ecology. I used to dream of oceans of nature surrounding corporate buildings and parking lots in the suburban phenomenon called The Office Park. Park? If it is a Park, it must be healthy for birds, bees, and butterflies, right? Well, not so in the typical situation.
Really. The landscape contracting industry typically does things a certain way in these places, especially around the Chicago metro area. Regular fertilizer, weed killer, pre-emergent weed killer…. irrigation, mowing, blowing, shearing…. You get the picture. There is a lot of work going on. (And, by the way, you are paying for it!)
With all this work, one would think these spaces might support a healthy environment. Do they?
There are endless literature and studies and metrix on this topic, but the short answer is NO. Typically, these conventional landscapes are comprised overwhelmingly of non-native plants, a very limited palette of plants, and sustained with chemicals and irrigation. This is not conducive to all the ecological services we should be getting from our landscapes!
I do it differently. I know you know that because you are here, and it is likely you saw a video of the Monarchs or two….. So magical!
Anyways, there was no word for what I wanted to do. So, I made one up. Re-Ecology. Please take a look.