Why Gardening with Native Plants is the Best
  1. NATIVE PLANTS REQUIRE LESS WATERING
  2. NATIVE PLANTS ARE BEST FOR LOCAL BEES AND BUTTERFLIES
  3. NATIVE PLANTS TRUMP INVASIVES
  4. NATIVE GARDENS ARE UNIQUE
  5. NATIVE PLANTS ARE HANDY
“So, how do you get started? Go for a walk and see what grows in nearby natural areas…”

read full article : Why gardening with native plants is the best (David Suzuki website)


AT HOME
Detergents + Soaps; In the Garden; Septic Systems; Pet Waste; Be Water Wise; Washing Vehicles


LIVING ON CULTUS LAKE
debris + bugs : cultus lake from Caring For Cultus Lake booklet
Less lawn makes for a better lakeside
With all the work you put into maintaining your lawn, you might be glad to learn that Cultus Lake would be better off with a shoreside buffer strip of native vegetation.

A natural shoreline makes a big difference to the amount of runoff. Less runoff means less silt and pollutants ending up in Cultus Lake.

Let it percolate
Rainfall and snowmelt make their way from the mountain peaks to the streams, and ultimately through lakeside properties into Cultus Lake. The water collects soil particles, organic debris, fertilizers, pesticides, gas and oil. If Cultus area residents make their land permeable, much of that can be filtered harmlessly into the soil.

Managing home runoff
Storm runoff collects litter, oil, gas, fertilizer, pesticides and anything else that will float or dissolve. If these untreated pollutants eventually flow directly into the lake, they may affect fish, insects, birds and other wildlife.

Controlling the slippery slope
It seems like new housing developments are springing up every day in the Fraser Valley. Often they make use of hillsides, as lower areas are already taken up with homes or farmland. The areas around Cultus Lake are no exception.

Dock talk
Docks can greatly alter the shoreline. They may cause erosion and silting by changing water flows. They can block sunlight from aquatic plants, leading to a loss in fish habitat. Pilings can damage shoreline vegetation and disturb soils.

Get to know your septic system
Septic tanks are a serious problem on many lakes. Tests show that Cultus Lake’s water quality is generally good – so far – but we need to keep our tanks pumped out and well-maintained to avoid seepage as population increases and equipment ages.

Beaches: natural is best
If you’re lucky enough to have a natural sandy beach, the temptation is to “clean it up” – remove rocks, pull out weeds and shrubs, and haul away the driftwood. However, if you stop to think about it, those are the things that are anchoring your sand.