One of the best things that you can do to improve your home and garden, increase your property values, and make your home an environmental success is to build a garden that hosts native species. While this may sound like a big project, it can actually be an easy way to totally transform your space. The good news is that native species already want to be in your yard. You don’t have to spend a lot of money buying exotic or expensive plants or other equipment. You just have to set your yard up in such a way that it attracts the animals that already belong there.
The biggest change you’ll need to make in your yard is to add a water feature. This step is absolutely essential since all animals need access to fresh water at all times. Luckily, it’s easy to install a very simple pond, birdbath, or other aquatic feature. If you don’t want to do it yourself, look for a qualified local professional to help guide you through the process. For example, if you need advice on pond aerators and fountains, talk to a company like Lake Doctors. These experts can help you find the perfect water source for your yard.
Next, make sure that you have native plants throughout your yard. This will attract the insects, birds, and wildlife that are native to your area. For example, if you’re trying to attract the native monarch butterflies to your garden, you will need to plant the appropriate milkweed for your area. Talk to an expert at your local garden center, or read up on native plants at your local library. Most towns and counties also have a nonprofit group in the area that can give you advice on choosing the perfect native plants for your ecosystem. Don’t be afraid to ask for help from experts in your area.
Finally, remove items from your yard that will discourage wildlife from stopping by. That means discouraging your dog or cat from roaming freely in the native area, as most larger wildlife will avoid spots that are home to domestic animals. It also means minimizing loud distractions such as idling cars, stereos, and screaming children. If you can’t get rid of these distractions, move them away from the native plant area. Soon, your yard will be full of life.