For this week's Friday Fives post I thought I would share with you a few ideas that you can do in your garden to create a DIY Wildlife Habitat on your own!
- Provide places for wildlife to grow. Butterflies have certain plants that are host plants for their larvae. These plants provide food and shelter from predators and create an environment for the larvae to grow. Tall grasses provide great spots for young animals to hide while the parents bring back food. Give wildlife a place to hide from predators so that they can feel safe and secure.
- Find a place where the animals can get water. Ponds are awesome but a birdbath can do wonders. Birdbaths can range from a simple saucer laid on the ground to fancy and elaborate concrete fountains. Keep it shallow so the birds can stand or place rocks in it that give them a place to perch.
Made from a Fence Board
- Avoid the use of synthetic fertilizers, pesticides, and herbicides. I can't emphasize this enough, so I'll say it again. Avoid the use of synthetic fertilizers, pesticides, and herbicides! The chemicals in these synthetic concoctions can do a real number on wildlife. Think about that last one for a second. When you upset nature's balance by using chemicals you have to use more chemicals to maintain it. When you spray to kill off an insect and you also kill off the predator insect how are you doing any good? Also if you live near a lake, stream or other body of water you need to realize that everything you spray, spread, or use in your garden has the potential to end up in that body of water - then it can go anywhere.
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