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Nature in it's glory

Nature in it's glory

Jan 3, 2010

Creating a backyard habitat for wildlife

Many people enjoy watching birds, butterflies and other wildlife.  Doing so can bring delight for small children and a kind of peace and relaxation for many adults.  Wouldn't it be great to have the opportunity for this kind of joy, peace and relaxation in your life every day and to have the source close by?  This is entirely possible.

If you wish to attract birds and other wildlife to your home, it is necessary to tempt them to visit.   You can do this easily  by creating a habitat friendly garden or backyard, which has the added benefit of helping the environment and it isn't even as difficult as you might think initially.  First you need to know what to plant.  Planting native flowers, shrubs and trees is the best way to get started. There are many websites to help you choose plants specific to your location.

Next you need to consider the basic needs of wildlife, which are food, shelter, and water.  You can add water quite simply by installing a bird bath or, if you feel ambitious, you can get creative and build a small, simple pond.  Go here to learn how:

Food sources for wildlife varies, but for birds there are specific types of fruit bearing trees that can be planted and specific types of birdseed and suet that can be placed in feeders or hung in the branches of trees, especially in winter.  Butterflies and humming birds have different requirements.  Depending on which type of wildlife you wish to attract and to find out what is needed you can easily search the web, but to get started go here:

The last thing you need to remember is to keep your newly created habitat chemical free.  There are alternative means to dealing with potential pests, other than the use of chemicals, which are harmful to both yourself and the wildlife you are attracting.  Just do a search on the web, or view my article on how to help migrating birds for more info.  As you can see there is plenty of information out there for those of you who wish to attract some wildlife to your home environment and to help preserve the environment.  Enjoy.

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  1. One useful way to avoid needing pesticides is to plant fruits, vegetables and flowers with the plants and herbs that repel pest insects. An example of this would be Marigolds to keep away vegetable eating insects ( including those darn little aphids) and mosquitoes; mint to repel ants and mice; Dandelion dead nettle and flax to repel potatoe beetle and cabbage worms. There are actually many botanical options such as this that can be suitable and compatible to any kind of garden it just takes a little research and before you know it you'll have you garden or crop pest free from the very start without ever needing pesticides.