What Is A Wildlife Garden?
Possibly Not What You Think
The term "Wildlife Garden" may conjure up all kinds of images in your head. These images could be as simple as a furry bunny hopping through your grass or could be as crazy as picturing a herd of elephants trampling your roses. We agree that the term "Wildlife" has a broad meaning. Many people have not stopped to think about the potential impact of a Wildlife Garden. With our designs, we strive to expand the way people see Wildlife Gardens.
Expanding The Definition Of A Wildlife Garden
Here at LaField Lawn & Landscape, we believe that a Wildlife Garden is much more than something that will attract beautiful creatures. A true wildlife garden will become a little taste of heaven right in your own front or back yard. Consider these thoughts as you think about a Wildlife Garden in your own yard:
- A properly designed garden becomes a magnet for cultivating community. Do you remember the days when neighbors would sit outside on the front porch and chat the evening away? You don't have to have a big front porch swing anymore to create an inviting atmostphere.
- Life may be fast paced, but a garden is not. The sustaining beauty of a healthy garden invites you to slow down and enjoy God's creation. You may even be tempted to "sit and soak". A wildlife garden is a great place to sit for awhile and soak in the beauty. A heart that soaks in beauty will give beauty in return!
A beautifully designed wildlife garden will become a "welcome mat" for wildlife if it is planned considering the following principles:
1. Food- Plant native flowering plants in rich colors of red, orange, yellow, pink, and purple. Plant
for a continuous bloom. Use host plants for butterflies and berrying plants for birds.
2. Water- Provide bird baths and streams that form rainfall puddles.
3. Shelter- Provide bird houses and resting places.
4. Nesting- Select appropriate shrubbery, nesting boxes, and other vegetation.
5. Growing Green- Avoid insecticides, herbicides, and pesticides while practicing
sustainable gardening methods