Gardening for Wildlife
Attract birds and butterflies to your yard.
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With its lilac-like flowers in shades of red, yellow, white, and purple, the butterfly bush brings beauty to your yard in late summer, and it's a magnet for butterflies.
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Many viburnums are native to the U.S., and so are a natural addition to any wildlife garden. In addition to providing cover for birds, viburnums produce fruit that is relished by birds.
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Dense, thorny shrubs like barberry give birds and small animals a safe place to rest. If these shrubs also provide food, in this case small berries, all the better.
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Birds and other wildlife need fresh, clean water. If you do add a birdbath to your garden, be sure to clean it out periodically.
Create a Pollinator-Friendly Garden
Learn simple steps you can take to provide a haven for birds, butterflies, bees and more.
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Birds that prefer to build their own nests often take up residence in shade trees like this 'Crimson Queen' Norway maple. Squirrels and a variety of other wildlife thrive in and around many popular shade trees.
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Dense ground covers, like this creeping juniper, provide protective cover for small birds and animals.
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The purple martins attracted by this "condo-style" birdhouse will entertain you with their graceful flight as they devour annoying insects.
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Feed the Birds
To attract the largest variety of wildlife to your yard, plan on providing different types of foods in several locations. For example, some birds prefer ground-level feeding locations; others would rather be several feet off the ground.
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Purple coneflower, a prairie native, is a favorite of butterflies and birds. In general, plants that are native to your area are a good bet for your wildlife garden. Often, they provide food or shelter for animals, and require little or no maintenance.