There are many purposes for growing a garden. As a hobby, as a way to save on your food bill, or even just to add appeal to your yard.
Did you ever think about growing a garden that attracts wildlife? Having a garden that attracts butterflies and birds can be a really great learning experience – a way to get to learn about plants and animals all at once. Plus, it does good to provide a habitat that’s suitable for wildlife, especially with the way development of the land has been eating up wildlife’s natural habitats. Here is what you will need to grow your wildlife garden.
It is important that you stick to plants, trees, and shrubs that are native to the area you live in. So you’ll need to do a little homework about what forestry is native to your area. Flowers with pollen will attract the birds and the bees. Some good flowers to plant would be crocus or daisy. This is what will provide the food and shelter for the wildlife that is native to your area. It will attract the animals and insects to your garden as they will be seeking shelter and food.
Wildlife needs water in their habitat as well. If you don’t have a natural water source flowing through your yard, then you’ll need to provide this in other ways. A shallow in-ground pool, a bird bath, or water barrel will provide the water needed to help sustain wildlife in your garden.
Leave a pile of dead wood in a shady area. This provides a habitat for many different creatures. Arrange them architecturally for more appeal. Partially burying some will help natural moss to grow.
Keeping a compost is not only helpful for growing your plants, but it will also attract wildlife. It makes for a good shelter for many small critters.
Don’t forget the bird feeder in your garden. What easier way to attract aviary wildlife to your garden than with a bird feeder? Keep it out year round because there will be critters foraging for food in the cold winter months.
Avoid pesticides which will be dangerous to wildlife. Using natural pesticides to protect your plants is the best way to go.
When planting you will want to keep a vertical layer. This means having many different layers of plants. Plants low to the ground, shrubs a little higher up, and trees including fruit trees. This will attract many different kinds of wildlife to your garden, and it will give many different homes for many different types of wildlife.
Grow a patch of your lawn longer than the rest to provide hibernation for many smaller animals. And remember, you don’t need to be too neat. Leaving some fallen fruit on the ground will help foraging woodland creatures find something to eat when they need it. Your garden can still look pretty with a few piles of dead leaves or fallen fruit on the ground.
Remember, if you build it they will come. If you build an animal habitat, then the animals will come to your yard. So get out your bird watching gear and your camera and be ready to snap some pictures of the beautiful wildlife that will be visiting your yard on a daily basis. Don’t forget to look closely for the smallest of wildlife that will be visiting your wildlife garden.