Your garden is a place where you go to relax and recharge, and you can make it even better when you create spaces for wildlife to flourish. Native wildlife is under constant attack. Climate changes, development and dwindling resources are having a negative effect on insects, birds and animals. With some simple changes, you can add garden wildlife at home and give beneficial insects and animals the things they need to thrive.
The bee population is dwindling around the world. One way to support the bees is to plant flowers and shrubs that they are attracted to. California poppies, sunflowers, zinnias, and asters are good choices. Bees also like hollyhocks, daisies, and dahlias. Try planting an apple tree or buddleia. Bees are also attracted to lavender.
Encouraging birds to spend time in your garden is easy if you provide the things they need. Birds need water and food. Set up a birdbath in your garden and be sure to change the water on a regular basis. You will also want to set up a bird feeder. If squirrels are a problem in your yard you can install squirrel-proof bird feeders to keep them out of the birdseed.
Butterflies are also suffering from drops in population, so making your garden a haven for butterflies will help to ensure their survival. Try to avoid using pesticides in your garden if you want to attract butterflies because they can be deadly to butterflies. Make sure that you grow native plants in your garden. Native plants will support local butterflies. Be sure to plant brightly colored flowers, as butterflies are attracted to bright colors.
Butterflies like to sun themselves, so you will want to consider adding a few flat rocks that they can sun themselves on. Adding a shallow pan of water and sand will provide the butterflies with a safe space to drink. Butterflies are beneficial insects and they are also beautiful to look at, so be sure to make space for them in your garden.
Water features not only look beautiful, but they provide water and shelter for many types of wildlife, including frogs and toads. If you have room in your yard, you will want to consider adding a pond. Ponds are highly attractive to many types of animals and insects and the gorgeous pond makes your garden more attractive as well.
Keeping your garden as organic as possible, while staying away from pesticides and other chemicals, will make your garden a safe and healthy space for many types of native wildlife. Incorporate spaces for shelter and let a small part of your garden grow wild so there are plenty of places for the wildlife to hide and get shade. You don’t want your garden to be too manicured.
When you learn how to add garden wildlife at home, you can create a fantastic space for insects and animals to get food, water, and shelter. Making room for wildlife benefits you and the animals as it makes your garden a more interesting place.