Climate change is real. And it's coming to our backyards.
Many are used to see Global Warming as something distant, affecting the North Pole, perhaps making summer warmer than usual (colder regions might even perceive this positively), and overall, not bothering them directly. And in the worst case, there are Climate Change negationists going against every scientific evidence; they chalk it up to some conspiracy theory because it defies their political standpoint.
We are just landscapers, but Mother Nature is our raw material. We see it, we touch it bare handed. And it’s undeniable: the effects of Global Warming are coming closer and closer to us. Like for any deadly disease, it’s important to see the signs, acknowledge the issue, and act before it’s too late.
We are going to share what we found to be the signs that Nature close to home is suffering. We hope this will help someone acknowledge the problem.
Evidence of climate change in your own garden:
GROWING SEASON IS DISRUPTED:
Anyone with a smattering of gardening, knows that plants have a blooming season and a dormant season. Time or calendars obviously aren’t the main tools plants and trees use to follow this schedule. It’s environmental factors which are responsible for each season: namely, temperatures and precipitation patterns. When these factors have been abnormally altered due to the climate change, plants cycles have become somewhat unreliable.
NATIVE PLANTS MAY PERISHING OR SUFFERING:
Native plans and trees (those which would naturally be found in a certain geographical area), may no longer tolerate the natural environment. Drastic changes in temperatures can basically turn their native area into a completely different one. As we said earlier, climate is the only way the vegetable realm can recognize their settings.
POLLINATORS ARE NO LONGER ON SCHEDULE:
Pollinators are bees, insects, butterflies, breeding birds – these animals help pollination. That is, they help transfer pollen from the male anther to the female stigma. They are therefore called “pollinators”. Climate change is disrupting their schedule: they may arrive too early or too late, and not successfully pollinate the flowers they feed on. What you may see is an altered or suffering blooming season.
NEW TYPES OF WEEDS OR PESTS:
The range of invasive presence in our gardens is growing: warmer temperatures have paved the way for new types of weed and pests, unfortunately. While weeds may only represent an “aesthetic” issue, pests are a real issue, as they bring plant, trees and lawn diseases. They may prosper under the new environmental factors which have been brought by Global Warming.
If these signs seem trivial, please consider that they are only making you a first hand witness of the bigger changes happening on our planet. It’s our responsibility to take actions and avoid coming to an irreversible point.
What actions can we take to fight Climate change?
The first step is obviously understanding that Climate Change is real, and not some conspiracy theory. It’s essential to educate ourselves through scientific resources only. Science by definition will only assess factual evidence.
That said, as regular citizens of the world, or as green industry professionals, what can help? What can we do? Here are some recommendations.
REDUCE THE USE OF GAS POWERED TOOLS
Push mowers, hand clippers, rakes do not run on gas. As lawn care workers, so we know that seems impossible if you do that professionally. But we commit to using non-gasoline powered equipment whenever possible. We are also planning to switch to solar powered tools in the near future.
SAVE ENERGY. SAVE WATER.
This. It takes a little attention to save energy and water in hour household. Consider renewable sources: solar panels, reuse water for irrigation. This will not only help the planet, it will reflect positively in your bills.
AVOID USING CHEMICALS.
There are alternative solutions to chemicals (fertilizers and weed removal). Chemicals take an enormous amount of energy and water to be produced. We do not use them as a company. Organic remedies are a great solution to both weeds and pests. They may take longer to work, but they will. Remember that Mulching is a great way to stop weeds from appearing in your flower beds. We also recommend composting your kitchen waste: not only you will have a green fertilizer for your garden, but you will also help reduce carbon emissions which are produced in waste processing.
FIND MORE RECOMMENDATIONS AND GUIDELINES HERE: BACKYARD SOLUTIONS TO CLIMATE CHANGE.
We hope that this article helped you learn something new and connect with great resources. If we helped even just one person acknowledge Climate Change and helped them take action, we thank them for listening to us, and encourage them to share the message.