Ecology is about interactions among organisms and their environment. It is about the full scale of life and the relations between all these life forms. At this moment we are facing an ecological challenge. We are in the middle of what scientists call the sixth mass extinction. We are experiencing the worst species die-offs since the loss of the dinosaurs. Even more concerning is, that while we lose species, their voids are filled with more resilient and aggressive species like invasives. Not only is this noticeable in our yard, our yards are part of the cause. We lost about 70 % of our flying insects, and 30% of our amphibians and birds species are on the endangered list. Our lawns, our pesticides and our mechanical landscaping practices are partly to blame.
The best way to restore our natural habitat is by restoring the soil. In a healthy situation the soil is filled with organic matter and teaming with bacteria and insects. Such a soil provides growth and food for higher species. A healthy soil can also store carbon, which is essential in our fight against climate change.