How To Make Your Yard More Wildlife Friendly
Do you have a beautiful garden or larger yard and still feel it’s missing something? Sometimes enjoying the outdoors is more than just being outside. If you want to liven up your yard, try making your garden more attractive to wildlife. Wildlife adds color and singing from birds in the springtime. Although wildlife is great to liven up your yard, it’s also important you have a controlled environment to make sure they don’t get in your home or into any other parts of your property that may be susceptible to damage. This article provides tips on how to make your yard more wildlife friendly without inviting them into your home.
Add Plants And Vegetation & Keep Up With the Maintenance
The best way to attract wildlife is to add plants and vegetation for them to eat, hide and play in. Animals want a place like their natural habitat where they feel comfortable and safe. Make sure you do a little research to make sure you are not planting anything that can be dangerous for wildlife or even dangerous to your own health. For example, Larkspur is a beautiful plant with bright purple pedals that are commonly planted in gardens because of their appeal. However, these plants can irritate the skin by touching them and if eaten respiratory paralysis, you’ll experience excitability, disorientation, muscle tremors, stiffness, weakness and seizures. For this reason, make sure the plants and flowers are not dangerous and will attract the type of wildlife you want in your yard.
It’s also important to keep up with the maintenance around your yard. Over hanging trees allow some wildlife such as squirrels to climb up and have access to your home or areas that you don’t want them in. Also, some weeds give wildlife a place to hide but can also attract the wrong type such as venomous snakes and even ticks. Maintaining your yard doesn’t mean you can’t have plants for wildlife to hide in or even a place for shelter but at least you’ll know where that is and have some control.
Install A Fence Around You Garden &Provide Access For Wildlife
A way to control where the animals will be is to fence the area you want them to stay in. Put a fence around your garden and add little access points around it for wildlife to get in. Each style fence offers something different. You can go with a high fence with very little to no openings only allowing birds and smaller creatures access to your yard or you can with a more open fence that allows bigger wildlife to come in such as raccoons.
Provide Food And Water
Providing food and water will also attract more wildlife to your yard but make sure the food and water was laid out for them. What you don’t want to do is attract wildlife by accident from leaving out pet food and water. This can lead to your pet and the wildlife fighting over food and your pet getting potentially getting bit. Additionally, don’t leave out trash bags as this will only lead to trash all over your garden and attract too many to your yard at one time. Place your trash in durable containers and leave the pet food inside where only your pets can get to it.
You can add bird feeders and birdbaths for a controlled way to give wildlife some food and water. For example, if you put the bird feeder higher only birds and squirrels will be able to get to it. This way you attract wildlife in your yard but you know only the wildlife who can feed will stay, which helps ensure there are not too many animals in your yard at the same time. With the water, make sure to regularly rinse out and refresh so they are getting the cleanest water to help them and your garden thrive.
Give Wildlife Shelter & Block Off Any Home Entry Ways
The main thing wildlife want is shelter. Especially to protect their young, wildlife want a place that’s quiet and secluded. You can build that or them in your yard by creating bird houses or even collecting twigs and pushing them off to the side allowing for the wildlife to make their own shelter. However, it’s also important to remember that you don’t want that shelter to be your attic or basement. To avoid this, make sure to go around your property and block or seal up any access points. Even the smallest of openings can give squirrels just enough leeway to squeeze through. Also, block off any access points so raccoons and squirrels can’t hide under your deck or patio.
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