The Book of Six © Six garden practices to be wildlife friendly:
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.
PLACES TO RAISE YOUNG
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
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.
ADD COLOR TO ATTRACT WILDLIFE
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!