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The Backyard Naturalists podcasts is geared toward nature lovers of all kinds, from beginners to those with more experience. We have a very diverse lineup of topics planned for you, such as  what you can do in your own yard to enhance the habitat for the creatures who live there, participating in the Great Backyard Bird Count as a citizen scientist, using native plants, which snakes live in our area,  how to attract specific birds, common and uncommon raptors in the greater Charlotte region, spring and fall migration season for birds, plants for butterflies and much more!

Dec 4, 2021


Our tenth episode of The Backyard Naturalists featured tree expert, Ralph Ramsaur and there was so much to talk about, we felt we should continue the conversation in a second installment. 

You’ll remember, Ralph is an ISA Board Certified Master Arborist and currently serves as the Town of Matthews, NC Landscape Manager and Town Arborist. He’s also the staff liaison on the Town’s Appearance and Tree Advisory Committee and in his free time, maintains the Town’s “Tree City USA” program, which has been in place for over 21 years.

When it comes to planting trees, there are endless misconceptions, unintended consequences and quite honestly, things that homeowners do wrong while planting a tree. During their conversation with Ralph, Debbie and Laurie learn the correct way to plant trees and incorporate them into a natural wildlife habitat. They also review some of the basic benefits to having trees as a part of a home’s landscape like providing shade in the summer and preventing water runoff.

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