There are so many gardening ideas out there they could fill a whole library but when it comes to projects I think this is one of the tops. Building a backyard wildlife habitat is a great idea not only will you be providing food and shelter for a whole host of animals that are quickly be pushed and shoved by the development of their native habitats but you will be creating hours of enjoyment for yourself and your family. A backyard can be just that a backyard, or it can be a place of excitement and entertainment. By turning your yard into a wildlife habitat you are not only being a good steward of the land but will benefit yourself in education and enjoyment.
Now before you let your imagination get to wild here let me explain what I am talking about. There won’t be lions and tigers and bears that would be a bit extreme, more like bunnies and birds and butterflies. Really a backyard habitat is not that hard of a project and can be done at a very reasonable cost. The idea is to provideÃ‚ food and shelter for wildlife that is being slowly driven away due to loss of their natural habitat. A few adjustments here and a couple of tweaks there and you can be on your way toÃ‚ having a backyard wildlife habitat.
The easy way to provide shelter is to grow berry producing trees , shrubs, and vines which will attract birds. You may also setup feeding stations and bird houses.Ã‚ A source of water for bathing and drinking and your on your way to attracting birds to your habitat. Some plants that will attract birds are Virginia Creeper , Trumpet Vine, and Holly Bushes.
To attract butterflies native flowers are a key using plants that are native to the area will attract the most butterflies. Cone Flowers, Black Eyed Susan, Butterfly Bush and many more are available at local garden centers. Some garden centers even have displays setup with butterfly garden plant suggestions.
When you start to plan your habitat you may think about building a pond or water feature to attract wildlife as well. frogs, dragonflies and a host of other creatures will quickly start visiting your habitat. Of course how elaborate you want to get is up to you.Ã‚ There is a lot of resources and free information out there to help you with designing and building your habitat.Ã‚ The National WildlifeÃ‚ Federation as well as universities and your state department of natural resources are all excellent sources.Ã‚ The hours of entertainment and enjoyment wildlife will bring to your backyard are certainly worth the time and effort ofÃ‚ devoting a bit of your backyard to local wildlife.