New Post on the Downside to Biodiversity

I have a new post up at Native Plants and Wildlife Gardens on the value of a less diverse array of plant species. ¬†You can read an excerpt below, or go straight to the blog: “Too Much Biodiversity is Bad News for Wildlife“.

Finding the optimal diversity of plant species will encourage more wildlife, including beneficial insects. Finding the optimal diversity of plant species will encourage more wildlife, including beneficial insects.

Native plants offer the gardener an overwhelming array of benefits, but they are not without controversy. Despite all the evidence that landscaping with more native plants is healthier for people and for wildlife, some gardeners seem intent on attacking the whole notion.

Mention the concept of “biodiversity“, on the other hand, and you will find nearly uniform support. Biodiversity is so obviously a good thing – like Mom and apple pie – that no one could possibly be opposed to it. Right?

While biodiversity can be a (very) good thing, like any good thing too much of it can be bad.

Click here to finish reading “Too Much Biodiversity is Bad News for Wildlife“.

Comments

  1. Irene Fedun says:

    Hello, I’m the editor of the North American Native Plant Society newsletter, the Blazing Star. I was intrigued by your article on too much biodiversity and I would like to reprint it in BS. (I also found it most helpful with my own garden – helped me to recognize that I was making things way too complicated both for myself and the wildlife.) I would be happy to send you back issues of our publication if you are not familiar with it.
    Look forward to hearing from you, Irene

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