Creating Havens for Wildlife

Low-maintenance gardens can surprisingly be wildlife friendly. There are many easy care plants that can attract bees and butterflies, and many shrubs and trees that have ornamental fruits that can attract birds to your yard and garden. Here are some different things that you should consider placing in your landscape are providing to help attract wildlife of all sorts.

"Choose Plants that Attract Wildlife"

Choose Plants that Attract Wildlife

A Watering hole can provide a safe vantage point for wildlife to drink and bathe. A centrally located birdbath can become a hive of activity for birds. Place it somewhere where it can easily be attended to. It will need to have water added regularly.

Make sure you place the birdbath in a place where cats and other predators cannot reach them while they are enjoying their watering hole. You can do this by planting low growing plants around the base of the bird bath. This will keep a little distance from the predators. You might also choose to put in a shallow-sided pebble pool that could attract amphibians and dragonflies.

"Add a Water Feature"

Add a Water Feature

A Carefree Meadow is one way that you can reduce your mowing area, while at the same time increasing your wildlife potential. You may choose to only select a small portion of your lawn and transform it into a wildflower meadow. If you have poor, sandy soil, you can establish a meadow using wildflower plugs and bulbs that are suitable for naturalizing. More reliable results can be achieved if you remove the sod with a sod-cutting machine and then re-sow with a perennial wildflower mix.

"Attract Honeybees"

Try to attract Honeybees

Insect Attractors are sure to entice an array of insects into your yard and garden. Beneficial hoverflies seek out single-flowered, hardy summer annuals, such as Eschscholzia and Limnanthes, and bees love blue flowers such as California bluebell (Phacelia campanularia). Verbena bonariensis are also magnets for bees and butterflies. To attract the first insects of the season, plant sunny raised beds or gravel beds with spring alpines such as alyssum, arabis, aubrietia, heathers, grape hyacinth (Muscari), and crocus.

Bird Cover is an essential for attracting birds to your property. Large evergreens and deciduous shrubs, dense hedges, and trees are vital for birds. They not only need safe nesting and night time roosting sites, but also places to have shelter during the weather and to escape airborne predators. Without cover nearby, birds are nervous about entering a garden, even ones with a bird feeder.

"Install a Birdbath"

Add a Simple Birdbath

Proved a Berry Banquet for your guests. Provide a wide range of fruiting and berrying types of plants, with some ripening in late summer and others ready for harvest well into winter. This long lasting buffet will cater to local birds as well as visiting migrants. Low ground-cover plants such as Cotoneaster salicifolius, wall shrubs like pyracantha, roses with large colorful hips, and small ornamental trees, such as rowans and crab apples are both ideal. You may find other great uses for the berries, such as placing them in vases and flower arrangements to make colorful fall and winter arrangements.

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