You may have wondered why the neighbors get visitors from the animal kingdom, while the only things your yard hosts are pests. Deer, rabbits, and other critters can be fun to watch through the window as they feast in the yard. And that is the first key to attracting wildlife – feeding them. However, that is not the only way to lure them in; landscaping plays a significant role in attracting birds, butterflies, and wildlife to your yard, as well.
Tips to Attract Birds to Your Yard
To attract birds to your yard, it is a good idea to put up birdhouses and to make sure there is always water available to them. Place the birdhouse anywhere from six to fifteen feet, or more for woodpeckers, and consider purchasing a birdbath to keep near the birdhouse. Start feeding the birds in the fall and experiment with birdseed to see which birds you can attract. Do not feed breadcrumbs to the birds, as they are low in fat and can be harmful in the winter when birds need to consume high-energy foods.
Tips to Attract Butterflies to Your Yard
A butterfly house will create a nice touch in your yard; keep it in the sun to attract the butterflies, but it should be sheltered from the wind. They like to warm themselves on large, flat rocks in the mornings (they can’t fly when temperatures drop below fifty degrees, though). And don’t use pesticides, because they will not only get rid of pests, but they will kill the butterflies, too. Finally, plant flowers such as butterfly bush, sedum, verbena, and zinnias to attract butterflies to your yard.
Tips to Attract Other Wildlife to Your Yard
To attract wildlife to your yard, you don’t have to have neatly pruned bushes and a perfectly landscaped lawn. In fact, animals thrive in messier places, so there’s no need to slave over the yard daily. They will simply need a protected area with shade for resting, and a place to nest. Use organic gardening practices, if possible, to attract wildlife and keep them safe. And last, but not least, if you want to attract a variety of creatures, you will need to diversify the plants in your yard and garden.
You may have various reasons for attracting wildlife to your yard, from increasing property value to supporting the wildlife in your area. Perhaps you just want to be able to relax in a natural setting. Whatever the reason, it is most important that you provide food for the animals. Then you will want to consider using landscaping techniques to attract wildlife to your yard.
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