Digging Deeper

This is the page where we will dig a little deeper into a variety of subjects as we tackle new challenges or learn new things. We will try to provide the details from our amateur perspective.  Perhaps others will find it useful as they begin their own projects.  This is the type of information that we wish we had found when we were doing research.  If you have a question about the details of Native Suburbia, please contact us. We are happy to respond and perhaps the answers will inspire a new section on this page.


Lawn Begone

Every journey begins with the first step and for the Native Suburbia project that was the elimination of the most common non-native plants in our yard, which are collectively known as "lawn".  More...


That's Not Garbage, That's Compost!

From the beginning of the project in 2004, we decided that we wanted to limit the amount of natural materials that leave Native Suburbia.  One corner of our relatively small backyard is dedicated to composting.  Some people think it looks ugly, but we feel that the benefits outweight any negative aspects.  Composting is a good way to recycle leaves and other yard or kitchen waste. Instead of paying to haul it away in a big gas burning truck, we are allowing nature to help with the disposal.  More...


Reduce, Reuse, Then Consider Recycle

Ever since Native Suburbia was conceived, Don and I have become ever more aware of the need to help keep the balance of nature in check. We are always looking for ways to reverse the disturbing trends of pollution, climate change, species extinction, and resource shortages. The basic principle that has become almost second nature to us is to "Reduce, Reuse, and Recycle" as much as possible. These three R's are key to minimizing pollution and landfill use, and hopefully to helping Earth survive the human invasion. "Reduce" is about using less and minimizing waste and has the most impact on keeping the planet healthy. More...