There is just something amazing about spending time outdoors and enjoying the nature around you. To this end, many people are upgrading their outdoor living space to be more wildlife-friendly (within reason) so that they can experience a little more of the daily lives of the beautiful creatures that live around them. These upgrades are often very simple, and they support local wildlife populations by providing shelter, food, and water supplies that these critters need to thrive. Maintaining a wildlife-friendly backyard can be a very rewarding and joyous experience—it’s a great way to see more of the nature around you while supporting local wildlife. It’s a win-win!
One of the easiest ways to enjoy wildlife around your home is with a bird feeder. It’s not just birds that frequent these spots, either—many people have enjoyed watching a persistent squirrel or two make their attempt at these little bird buffets.
Thankfully, you can also add hummingbird feeders, squirrel feeders, and various other methods of feeding for various local wildlife. Be very careful about which wildlife you’re feeding and how you’re doing it, though. You don’t want to upset the balance too much, and you don’t want to invite unintended guests that may damage your property or harm the very animals you’re trying to help. Do some research on safe wildlife practices to ensure the best results.
Native flowers, shrubs, and trees are all excellent additions to any property. They don’t need as much care since they’re made for the climate you’re in, and they tend to provide food and shelter for pollinators, insects, and many small animals.
Chemicals such as fertilizers, herbicides, and pesticides are all potentially harmful to the wildlife around you. There are some great “green” methods for lawn and garden management that won’t expose them, your kids, or your pets to these harmful chemicals. You might be surprised at just how well nature can maintain itself with a little bit of smart gardening!
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