Useful Websites

  • Midwest Invasive Plant Network
  • www.MIPN.org
    Puzzled about the identity of that new plant? Find out if it is an exotic invasive and learn how to deal with it. Participate in the early detection rapid response program.

  • Washtenaw County Conservation District
  • www.washtenawcd.org
    This is a local agency of the state government that assists Washtenaw County landowners and residents with the conservation and management of their natural resources. Also the source of the spring tree and native plant sale and rain barrels. Get carried away with the order form and you, too, can walk out with a bag containing 250 trees and shrubs (bareroot from the Holland, Mi area).

  • Washtenaw County Rain Garden Program
  • www.ewashtenaw.org/government/drain_commissioner/dc_webWaterQuality/rain-gardens
    Intercept water runoff by planting a rain garden which will also provide pollinator habitat with shrubs and plants which will also bring you joy.

  • USDA-NRCS: Natural Resources Conservation Service
  • plants.usda.gov
    This encyclopedic website is worth curling up with on a rainy day.

  • Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center
  • www.wildflower.org/plants
    Although this covers a range of plants outside our area, it has a wonderful search tool for discovering the identity of plants. This website and the gardens in Austin, Texas, are a wonderful legacy of the former first Lady.

  • Tree Identification using a Tree Leaf Key
  • forestry.about.com/od/treeidentification/tp/tree_key_id_start.htm
    Quick and Easy Way to Identify 50 Common North American Trees

  • Leafsnap
  • www.leafsnap.com
    Excellent close-up photos of tree leaves, flowers, and fruits. Originally covering the trees of Northeast US, it will soon grow to include trees of the entire continental US. (Downloadable app available for mobile phones.)

  • Erosion Control Products
  • www.erosioncontrol-products.com