ChangeHampton is launching a new project which aims to bring 1,000 healthy yards to the East End of Long Island. Inspired by a sister project in Bellport, LI we inaugurated this new initiative with a launch party at the Playhouse in East Hampton, on May 13, 2023. Have a look at the coverage in the Easthampton Star and our Newsletter:
See the short (10 min) video of our May, 2023 event!
WHAT IS A HEALTHY YARD?
Your yard is healthy when no pesticides, insecticides, fertilizers and other biocides are used. Your yard is healthy when your lawn has been reduced and/or replaced by clover or wild strawberry or other native ground covers that require much less or no watering.
Lawn irrigation uses 70% of our water usage in Suffolk County. This wasteful water usage is depleting our single source aquifer. Native plants require little or no water after they are established!
On Long Island we live on top of a single source aquifer which is our only source of drinking water. Whatever substances we put on our lawns, inevitably ends up in our bays as run off or goes straight down into the watershed and eventually our aquifer from which we draw our drinking water. Underground water moves both horizontally and vertically.
Your yard is healthy when you strive to plant at least 2/3 native and pollinator friendly plants. Pollination only occurs when bees, birds and butterflies can gather pollen pollinate from native plants, shrubs and trees and our vegetable gardens and orchards.
We encourage planting natives because they not only have evolved with our native birds, bees, butterflies and beneficial insects, but they also clean the toxins from our soils and ground water. They also sequester carbon and process nitrogen and phosphorous which are seriously affecting the health of our bays. Keystone native trees and plants host the most caterpillars and birds and insects. See our newsletter for information about Keystone plants and trees.
Graphic by Stephan Van Dam
Please join us! Become part of the 1000 Healthy Yards Community!
And send us photos with a brief description of what YOU are doing to make changes in your yard!
See a short video of one of our ChangeHampton team, Paul McIsaac who together with his wife, Ricki, tackled both his front and back yards…and learned many lessons in the process. We are all learning!