If you want to watch birds, butterflies and other varieties of wildlife in your own backyard, then you will have to invite them to come over. Wildlife invitations require no postage and you won’t receive a formal RSVP, but if you plant it, they will come.
Serve a Buffet
Wildlife want food. That is what drives them minute by minute; a search for food. If you serve a buffet by planting plant specimens that provide the food your desired wildlife creatures enjoy eating, they will come. Choose native plants that provide a steady diet from spring through fall of seeds, nuts and nectar and plant a few berry bushes and conifers that will provide food and shelter for wildlife during the winter months. Add some store bought and homemade goodies to the growing mix of plant food and feathered and furry wildlife will homestead in your backyard year-round.
From the smallest to the largest, animals must have a fresh water supply to survive. Provide a water supply to go along with the buffet so wildlife won’t wander off in search of drinking water. A birdbath (refilled daily), a small pond or other water feature will provide drinking and bathing water for wildlife.
Shelter and Hideouts
Wildlife need places to live and places to dart into for a quick hideout. Plant a variety of shrubs, trees, tall grasses and flowers so critters can have materials for building shelter and natural objects to use as hideouts when a quick getaway from a predator is needed.
Birds need places to build nests and a safe place to lay their eggs. Roll out the welcome mat by placing a few birdhouses in your backyard. The houses can be as simple and inexpensive or as elaborate and costly as you desire, the birds really don’t care. All they want is a safe place to raise their young.
Keep it Natural
If you want wildlife to come back, you can’t use chemical pesticides in your landscape. A little bit of pesticide meant to kill tiny insects may not kill large animals or birds, but it will make them sick. If enough is ingested by the wildlife, the chemicals will kill them too. Keep it natural so the food chain won’t be broken and desired wildlife will not be made sick.