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Wildlife gardens create a sustainable haven for surrounding wildlife. These gardens can contain a variety of habitats that cater to plants, birds, reptiles, insects, and mammals. Creating a wildlife garden can play an essential role in biological pest control and promote biodiversity.
Lure butterflies, hummingbirds, and pollinators to your garden, deck or patio with bird feeding stations, houses, bird baths or ponds and plants that provide nectar and color. A small pond will offer refreshment and a hiding place for frogs and other water-loving wildlife. Trees can offer nectar in the spring, a nesting place in the summer, and berries or nuts in the fall and winter. Butterflies prefer flowers with clustered blooms that face upwards for a landing pad, such as coneflower, asters, and zinnia. Hummingbirds like to sip from tubular, bell, and funnel shaped flowers such as coral bells, honeysuckle, trumpet vine, and penstemon. Planting a range of plant types will serve varied species within the garden. Put out a buffet of seeds to get a close-up view of the neighborhood animals and birds.
Cultivate a wildflower meadow. These are virtually maintenance-free once established. For success, it is very important that time is invested in planning and preparation, and expect to provide management for the first 2-3 years.
Provide foliage cover, logs, brush and rock piles, preferably in shaded areas, as sanctuary for insects, amphibians, reptiles, and spiders. The structures are used for shelter from the elements and predators, and as breeding grounds.
Get the whole family involved! Creating a wildlife habitat will be a lot more fun if you involve everyone. Discuss why you want to do this and what it means. A great program that is available is the Certified Backyard Wildlife Habitat, a program of the National Wildlife Federation. This program encourages homeowners to manage their yards as a wildlife garden with the goal of maintaining healthy and diverse animal habitats and ecosystems. To be a certified Backyard Wildlife Habitat, any outdoor space must offer food, water, shelter, and a place for raising young beneficial insects or animals. Follow the link to certify your garden today!
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