2012-03-15 / Pets

Encourage wildlife to visit your garden

Whether the garden is a source of food for the family, a way to beautify the home’s outdoor spaces, or a gathering place for parties, gardeners already know how beneficial their outdoor hobby can be.

But a garden needn’t only be a human habitat. With the right cultivation, gardeners can encourage wildlife to become regular visitors to their garden all season long.

Here are some tips to get started:

Plant native flowers, shrubs and trees to give local wildlife the proper sustenance they need to survive. Skip flowers bred strictly for size and color and opt for high-nectar yielding flowers instead.

Incorporate bird feeders into the garden. Not only will they look great, they are an excellent supplemental food source for feathered friends. Keep furry friends at bay with a squirrel-proof feeder.

By building a water source, they will come and stay. A pond or birdbath will help prevent birds from eating and going in search of water.

Birds need cover to protect themselves from predators. Planting densely with a mix of smaller trees, shrubs and beds of annuals and perennials will do the trick.

Avoid pesticides. These chemicals are potentially harmful to both humans and wildlife.

Also, by killing garden pests, gardeners will eliminate a primary source of protein for birds in search of nourishment for their migration ahead.

Once gardeners have invited all these creatures to share their garden, they’ll need to take some steps to make it safe for them.

While a garden might be a safe haven, a home can be a deathtrap. According to Wyoming based Western EcoSystems Technology, an estimated 98 million birds are killed annually in the U.S. from colliding with glass windows. That is one bird fatality per house.

Applying static-cling decals to the windows will prevent birds from mistaking the windows for thin air. And homeowners can apply such decals without affecting the appearance of their home.

People who spot an injured bird in the garden shouldn’t rescue it. If it’s young, its parents are likely to be nearby.

To take action, call the wildlife office for information on licensed rehabilitators.

With a few tweaks to a garden, gardeners can create an eco-friendly habitat for the birds and the bees and everything in between.

Courtesy State Point Media.

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