Leave the Leaves This Fall
Mulching is 100% beneficial for the lawn. Mulched leaves are decomposed by earthworms and microorganisms and turned into plant-usable organic matter. Please also rake leaves into your garden beds or under trees and clean up your garden in the spring. This will create habitat for overwintering. Larvae hide in pupae among the fallen leaves. Little sweat bees survive the winter in hollow flower stalks, and birds shelter between the branches. If you are interested in promoting biodiversity, don’t use leaf blowers in your yard and don’t clean everything up (later in spring is a better time to cut dead stalks, etc). These are all little things you can do to repair the world
Screening of Uninvited: The Spread of Invasive Species!
Town of New Castle Conservation Board and VINE SQUAD are hosting a screening of Uninvited: The Spread of Invasive Species!
This will be shown on Wednesday, November 10, at 7pm. We will have a panel discussion of conservation board and vine squad members who will be available to answer any questions. Click here for the Zoom registration/link.
We hope you find this film inspiring and empowering - you, too, can protect our environment and help prevent the spread of invasive species!
Uninvited is an informative documentary about the damage that invasive species are causing to New York’s natural environment, communities, and economy. But it isn’t all doom and gloom - the film also highlights some of the innovative ways New York State is combating these threats, including how our tail-wagging friends are helping out. Uninvited details the collaborative work of DEC and its partners including NYS Department of Agriculture and Markets, the eight Partnerships for Regional Invasive Species Management (PRISMs), New York State Invasive Species Research Institute (NYISRI). You can watch the YouTube trailer HERE.