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Building Natural Backyard Habitats - one click at a time:
New Online Resource Offers Advice and Products for
Creating Garden Ecosystems

Novato, CA - March 8 - New website, www.SuburbanHabitat.com offers the latest information, professional advice, and hand-picked products to help gardeners (or the more common weekend warrior) turn their backyards into ecosystems. The LLC, owned and run by Novato, California residents Mischa and Matt Buchholz, is dedicated to developing outdoor living spaces by providing the basic elements of life: Food, Water, and Shelter.
An integrated learning and shopping experience, the site offers information about backyard ecosystems, and then helps the average gardener create them with information, products and advice. Expert advice and answers to specific questions are available by email and phone.
According to owner/landscape designer Matt Buchholz, SuburbanHabitat.com offers a wide range of hand-picked, natural products and the best tools around. Birdfeeders and hand-crafted bird houses are available, as are beneficial insects, seeds, organic fertilizers and even wind chimes. "We answer people's practical questions, like how to attract butterflies and ladybugs to the garden, or give tips on installing a koi pond. Integrated pest management is a hot topic and we love to discuss it with our visitors."
The approach is fresh, new, and long overdue, according to website visitor Ali Pearson, owner of an organic apple farm in
Sebastopol, California. She had this response, "Wow, it is about time someone did this." Having recently reintroduced fence lizards on her own property, Ms. Pearson appreciates the natural and holistic approach offered on the site.
"There are hundreds of habitat building blocks that are innovative, natural and organic - but they are hard to find in one place," says owner Mischa Buchholz. "We have spent two years sourcing select products and developing an interactive website that is user friendly. Now the products, along with the advice, are easily-accessible spot to everyone in the country."
The site appeals to both experienced gardeners looking for natural and organic products and the novices looking for guidance and information. Site visitors will find information, professional advice, and top-notch products grouped conceptually into eight areas: Food, Water, Shelter, Biobalance, Harmony, Tools, Recycling and Habitat Development.
The owners hope people will use the site to learn how to explore and appreciate their own natural surroundings. "There are many ways to enhance the outdoor living experience," says Matt Buchholz. "Our goal is to provide the knowledge and resources needed for people to achieve their visions."

 

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