The Book of Six © Six garden practices to be wildlife friendly

The Book of Six © Six garden practices to be wildlife friendly:

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To attract wildlife, provide the kinds of food wildlife need – either naturally or with supplements.  The more variety of food sources provided the greater variety of wildlife you’ll attract.  Various seeds, nuts, berries, fruits, nectar, sap, and pollen are all good food sources.   The use of regionally native plants is also recommended, providing 10 to 50 times more food to the wildlife’s likings.    Food can also be supplemented with feeders to hold seed, suet, and nectar.


A clean, reliable water source is a key part to creating a wildlife habitat.  Water is needed for drinking and bathing. Locating the water source within an easy view also makes it entertaining for the homeowner.  Providing water can be as simple as adding a birdbath.  Give multiple locations at varying heights to attract a variety of wildlife.  It is important to provide water year round, even in the winter and, of course, during times of drought.


Wildlife needs cover for protection against the elements and predators.  Having a place to escape the threat of pending danger attracts more to the garden.   A variety of plant life ranging in size, height and density with trees, shrubs, perennials, annuals and ornamental grasses, will increase your chances of attracting more kinds of wildlife.


The cover provided also gives your wildlife a safe place for reproduction and nurturing wildlife young.  In a backyard, dense shrubbery or birdhouses provide safe areas for birds to nest.  Different animals have different needs, including certain wildlife requiring water to raise their young such as salamanders, frogs, toads, and dragonflies.


Sustainable gardening practices will also benefit your wildlife habitat such as controlling non-native and invasive species, eliminating or reducing the use of pesticides and fertilizers, use of mulch and reducing lawn size.


Red for hummingbirds, yellow for bees, and purple for butterflies.  Color is a  surefire way to attract wildlife.  It doesn’t all have to come from flowers either.  Garden accents add never wavering color  Once in the garden, most colored flowers are game, but to draw them in, give them their favorite color!

October 23, 2008  Red Bed 014c

Helen Yoest

Gardening With Confidence



  1. tina said

    Do you know that until I moved to my current home I had no idea just how important and busy birdbaths were? I had never gardened with one before. It is very important indeed. All good tips!

  2. Janet said

    I want more birdbaths!

  3. Tina and Janet, I counted my birdbaths just to see how many I have – I counted 9! Some are flush to the ground, some standard height, others just above the ground. I think they are not only useful and necessary, they are also very attractive – or at least can be. Having a water source at various levels increase the diversity of wildlife. While known as a “birdbath”, a vessel holding water is really so much more. All life needs water. H.

  4. Racquel said

    More great tips Helen. I’ve been doing my best to keep those birdbaths clean & full of fresh water during this hot period. 🙂

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