Big City, Little Homestead

Living rural in the city.

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“Rewilding” your property converts it from the look of traditional landscaping to one of native landscaping. It uses limited paving to create artfully natural meadows and gardens. It uses shrubs, trees, and climbing vegetation for shade and cooling of the garden and the dwelling. Garden water features (ponds and fountains) attract wildlife. It also provides ways to retain water for the garden or drain water naturally away from the dwelling. It replaces asphalt driveways with limited paving and lawn. This retains water, cools the area, and provides beauty and habitat to pollinators and humans alike.
With greater attraction for birds, it makes sense to prevent them from striking your windows – so Rewilding does that, too. We use bird-saving devices on your windows and glass balconies to minimally interrupt human views, while saying loud and clear to birds “this isn’t sky, so don’t fly!”

Creating lawn habitat for the Rusty-Patched Bumblebee

Bumblebees are important pollinators of native and fruiting crops, and Rusty-patched Bumblebees have been decimated by 90% of earlier population counts. They have finally been granted Endangered status in the United States. This article gives you all the details on the bumblebee and its status. In one of the comments, a reader writes that people in the midwest can create habitat for the bees by ripping out their manicured lawns, and creating meadow replacements with water features.

An anecdote about the green driveway

Last night I saw something charming enough to post it on Facebook. I’m often confused about whether the birds are American Tree Sparrows or Chipping Sparrows, but the absence of the distinct call of the Tree Sparrow, with the presence of the distinct call of the Chipping in spring, persuades me which one it is. Since 2012, when I really started paying attention to the birds in  Little Burgundy (Montreal), this bird really is increasing in numbers. This is good – all cities need native habitat and the birds and animals that use it.

Make your chimney available to Chimney swifts

With the winter hearthfires put out until next autumn comes around, this article, how to make your chimney a home for chimney swifts, is an inspiration to an urban wildlife lover (click the link to read – about 6 minutes long). The key points are, if your chimney is not lined with a metal tube, you are in luck and you could host some chimney swifts. Their numbers have dwindled and habitat has declined, but with an open-sided chimney cap and a good cleaning of your chimney, you could take part in boosting their numbers now!

At Le Nichoir, where I have volunteered in the past, they have an aviary for rehab and a habitat for healthy chimney swifts. Continue reading

A green driveway conversion

Recently we posted about converting a standard residential parking space to a Green driveway. It is a pictorial, part of our Project portfolio. Click here to see our before, during, and after! Three months after completing the job (in mid-May), we are still pleased with the results.

Gardening for Wildlife: Free Backyard Certification

What Rewilding is about is making your architecture and garden hospitable to nature. We want to help you do that – and so we’ll offer you a free backyard certification to make sure it is wildlife-friendly ($10 for the certification itself with the Canadian Wildlife Federation, free for the Espace pour la vie). Our service will help give you great ideas to make your back yard as zen as can be (such as the pond pictured here), while welcoming wildlife and beneficial insects. The CWF will, for a low ($15) cost, send you a sturdy outdoor sign that you can hang to show your guests and neighbours – a well-earned right to brag!

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