Volume 1 2015

Wisconsin Water Library

Spring Into (Greener) Gardening!

Even while you are gardening in your very own backyard, you can make a big difference in the health of our water ecosystems. Fertilizers and other chemicals used in conventional gardening are washed into watersheds where they can harm aquatic life. Check out these books for some ideas to kick-start you on the way to greener gardening.

Good Bug, Bad Bug: Who’s Who, What They Do, And How To Manage Them Organically: All You Need To Know About The Insects In Your Garden.
By Jessica Walliser. Pittsburgh: St. Lynn’s Press, 2008.
Lets you quickly identify the most common invasive and beneficial insects (and other tiny critters) in your garden, and gives the best organic advice on how to attract the good guys and manage the bad guys without reaching for the toxic chemicals.

Landscaping With Native Plants of Wisconsin
By Lynn M. Steiner. St. Paul, Minn.: MBI Pub. Co., 2007.
Aimed at beginners and veteran gardeners alike, this book is designed to help Wisconsin gardeners find, plant and maintain the best native species for their specific sites, however modest or lavish.

The Natural Habitat Garden
By Kenneth Druse. Portland, Or. : Timber Press, 2004.
The use of native plants and natural habitats is a simple and effective way to establish and keep a low-maintenance and environmentally sound lawn or garden. Druse’s photographs and descriptions of natural habitat gardens will inspire readers to adopt this approach in their own yards!

Natural Landscaping: Designing With Native Plant Communities
By John Diekelmann. Madison, Wis: University of Wisconsin Press, 2002.
This work is unique in its focus on plant communities—approaching landscape design as the establishment of natural ecosystems rather than mere planting of specimens. It is filled with great advice, plenty of illustrations and a thorough discussion of issues.

Your Eco-Friendly Yard: Sustainable Ideas To Save You Time, Money And The Earth
By Tom Girolamo. Iola, Wis.: Krause; Newton Abbot: David & Charles [distributor], 2009.
Shows you how to plan and create a personalized ecosystem in your own yard with 20 projects, such as selecting appropriate native plants for your region, practicing water efficiency and conservation, and proper placement of trees and vegetation, plus tips and expert advice for saving the Earth, as well as time and money.

If you wish to see more books on this topic, visit our recommended reading list: go.wisc.edu/02mln6

Anyone in Wisconsin can borrow these books. Just email askwater@aqua.wisc.edu.











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