Spring is a season of renewal, and it’s a great time to start thinking about ways to help wildlife in your landscape. With the right strategies and a little bit of effort, you can make your yard a haven for birds, bees, butterflies, and other creatures. Here are some of the best ways to help wildlife in the landscape this spring:
Plant native species
One of the best ways to attract wildlife to your yard is by planting native species. Native plants provide food and habitat for local wildlife, and they’re often more resilient and low-maintenance than exotic species. Look for plants that are native to our region, and try to incorporate a variety of flowering and fruiting plants to provide a diverse range of food sources.
Provide water sources
All wildlife needs access to water, whether it’s for drinking or bathing. If you don’t have a natural water source in your landscape, consider adding a birdbath, pond, or small fountain. Make sure to keep the water fresh and clean, and provide shallow areas for small animals and insects to access.
Wildlife needs a place to live, so creating habitat in your garden is essential. This can include adding birdhouses, bat boxes, and insect hotels to provide shelter for different species. You can also create brush piles or leave fallen logs in your garden to provide a habitat for ground-dwelling creatures like toads and salamanders.
Avoid pesticides and herbicides
Pesticides and herbicides can be harmful to wildlife, so it’s best to avoid using them in your landscape. Instead, look for natural alternatives like neem oil or companion planting to keep pests under control. You can also encourage natural pest predators like birds and beneficial insects by providing habitat and food sources.
Reduce your impact
Finally, one of the best ways to help wildlife in your landscape is by reducing your impact on the environment. This can include using water-saving techniques like drip irrigation or rainwater harvesting, composting your yard waste and food scraps, and reducing your overall use of resources like electricity and gas.
By incorporating these strategies into your garden care routine, you can help create a healthy and thriving ecosystem in your backyard. With a little bit of effort, you can make a big difference in the lives of the wildlife that share your space.
If you are interested in providing habitat for wildlife around your property but are not fully sure how to help. Contact us for a consultation and landscape inspection report. Together, we can turn your yard into an eco-friendly retreat.