Entice Wildlife to Your Backyard

Turning a backyard into a visual masterpiece…

…may be enough for most people, but many homeowners want something more.

An increasing number of people are discovering the benefits of attracting wildlife to their yards.

Bringing wildlife into your outdoor living space allows you to connect more with nature.

By arranging various elements around your yard, you can easily attract a large assortment of animals and birds.

Creating a Plan

Turning your backyard into a wildlife sanctuary can be overwhelming if you don’t plan ahead.

Even the best intentions can yield the most undesirable results.

Too much vegetation has the potential for attracting an overabundance of wildlife.

In order to avoid transforming your yard into an overcrowded zoo, survey the amount of land you have to work with.

Consider working with a landscaping team rather than attacking the project yourself.

Generally, larger yards attract a greater variety of animals, but you can find success with a small area as well. Even a balcony can be turned into an inviting home for some wildlife.

If your backyard is relatively small, maximize the space you have by using a variety of trees, shrubs and grasses.

Intermixing the sizes of vegetation will also produce optimal results. Avoid using unnecessary items like ornamental plants or artificial structures. 

Before you make any changes to your yard, draw up a plan. Determine what your budget is prior to purchasing any materials.

Once you have a plan in place, purchase all the necessary tools and materials before you tackle each task.

This will prevent you from running out of building materials in the middle of your bat house project. Planning ahead also gives you time to change your mind about various elements that may not work in your yard.

Supplying Shelter

Providing cover is an essential step in creating a wildlife refuge in your yard. Safe shelters allow animals to retreat from inclement weather, escape enemies, breed, raise their young, feed and rest.

Different types of birds and animals need different kinds of shelters. Depending on the type of habitat you create, you can attract a large variety of life including songbirds, butterflies, frogs, turtles, chipmunks or rabbits. 

If you are a bird lover, you can lure your feathered friends into your backyard by providing an inviting home for each species.

Many birds need to nest in dense, deciduous trees, but some species use evergreen trees or shrubs.

Planting trees that thrive all year will also provide winter shelter. Cedars, junipers, white pines and spruces are perfect for attracting birds year round. 

It’s also a good idea to keep dead trees in your yard. A number of animals and birds such as squirrels, owls, flying squirrels and woodpeckers use dead trees for nesting.

To bring bats to your yard, provide hollow trees for them to roost in. If your yard is void of mature trees, you can also build nest boxes or bat houses to attract bats and specific varieties of birds. 

Using a diverse assortment of shelters will bring in more wildlife. Build brush piles to entice cottontail rabbits, turtles, and certain varieties of mice into your yard.

If you long to see the furry white tail of a deer, provide a shrubby area that is secure and quiet.

Smaller critters such as chipmunks, snakes and lizards congregate in rock piles. Construct the piles with small branches on the top and big rocks at the bottom.

Providing Food and Water

Once you lure wildlife into your yard, it’s time to be a good host or hostess. Provide plenty of water for your new friends by adding a small pond, suspending a bird bath or laying a dripping hose where small animals can safely use it.

As far as feeding is concerned, each type of creature you attract will require a different food source. Plant a variety of flowering plants to attract butterflies, birds and animals that eat insects. Use a range of nectar-rich flowers as well. 

If you are a fan of synthetic turf, you can still provide natural vegetation for your local wildlife. Native plants work best to attract many animals.

Some species can survive only on native vegetation. Plant an assortment of shrubs and trees that produce different berries and nuts.

Be careful not to plant trees or shrubs that have poisonous berries on them. Consult a professional if you are unsure which plants are safe.

You can turn your backyard into a miniature refuge for wildlife by providing a fertile, verdant environment. Keeping in mind the needs of the wildlife is the key to success.

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