How-to Guides

Our decades of experience caring for our own nature preserves have given us a wealth of knowledge that we hope to share with other landowners like you.

Whether you are caring for one acre or 100 acres, we know you face land stewardship challenges. Below is a list of free how-to guides that can help.

 

Backyard Birding: Common Songbirds' Food and Feeder Preferences
Backyard Birding: Common Songbirds' Food and Feeder Preferences

Your neighborhood birds, plus the foods and feeder types that will make yours their favorite backyard.

Beneficial Pollinators: Attracting Butterflies
Beneficial Pollinators: Attracting Butterflies

A list of beautiful plants that can transform your garden into a haven for butterflies.

Bird Abodes: Bluebird Nesting Boxes
Bird Abodes: Bluebird Nesting Boxes

How to find the ideal spot for your Bluebird box and how to encourage nesting Bluebirds to foster many young.

Controlling Invasive Plants: Prioritization, Planning and Persistence
Controlling Invasive Plants: Prioritization, Planning and Persistence

Profiles of invasives in our region and techniques homeowners can use to manage invasives on their property.

Getting Started with Land Stewardship: Frequently Asked Questions
Getting Started with Land Stewardship: Frequently Asked Questions

What is land stewardship, and who benefits? Short answers: It’s as simple as weeding, and it benefits everyone.

Going Native: Alternatives to Invasive Plants
Going Native: Alternatives to Invasive Plants

A list of popular native plants by type and a directory of nurseries and other places to find them.

Meadows: Developing a Wilder Aesthetic
Meadows: Developing a Wilder Aesthetic

Learn what lives in a meadow, how to start one, how to maintain one, and how to help a meadow look its best.

Native Plant Materials We Love
Native Plant Materials We Love

Landowners can help minimize the impact of invasive plants by substituting native species for exotics.

Oh Deer!: White-tailed Deer Management Options
Oh Deer!: White-tailed Deer Management Options

A look at the harm caused by deer overpopulation and a review of methods of deer management.

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We Wrote the Book

The handbook, that is! Virtually everything we know about caring for natural areas in this region is captured in the Stewardship Handbook for Natural Lands in Southeastern Pennsylvania. From controlling invasives, planting meadows, and using native plants, to more advanced topics like controlled burns and developing stewardship plans… it’s all here.