Providing native alternatives gets to the root of the issue, Christensen said.
The Grand Traverse Conservation District promotes this on several fronts. Twenty nurseries signed on to the “Go Beyond Beauty” campaign last year, agreeing not to sell some of the biggest offenders — often at a commercial cost, Christensen said. Garfield Township also recently enacted planting guidelines, which encourage native plants and discourages common invasive plants.
The conservation district also hosts its own native tree and shrub seedling sale with ordering available now through March 28. Native annuals and herbaceous plants headline the district’s native plant sale with an open house April 16 and a sale May 17 at the Boardman Nature Center. Conservation district experts are happy to talk to green thumbs about which native plants will work with their their specific conditions.
Proactive positivity works better than finger-shaking, Christensen said.
“It’s better for the water, for the soil, for the birds, butterflies and wildlife that live here,” Purdy said. “Most people want that once they realize it.”
Visit natureiscalling.org for more information or call 231-941-0960.
Conservation District Sales Around the Region Benzie Conservation District The Benzie Conservation District's annual spring seedling sale catalog is available at www.benziecd.org/spring-seedling-sale-2014/ and the order deadline is Friday, April 11. Antrim Conservation District Tree sale catalogs are available for download on the ACD website or call 231-533-8363 for a catalog and order form by mail. April 1st is the deadline for order submissions. Order pick up is on April 25 from 8 a.m. - 5 p.m. and April 26 from 8 a.m.-1 p.m. at the Bellaire office. Kalkaska Conservation District Call 231- 258-3307 or email: firstname.lastname@example.org for more information. Leelanau Conservation District Catalogs are available online at the LCD website: www.leelanaucd.org. The seedling sale distribution is April 25 from 8 a.m. - 6 p.m. The native plant sale is June 6 from 1 - 4 p.m.