Birds, bees, butterflies and hummingbirds don’t only add to the beauty of your garden. These beautiful creatures are an essential part of your garden’s ecosystem, and your garden is essential to the health and sustainability of the wider ecosystem. Try some of these tricks for attracting wildlife to your garden this year!
Birds are attracted to birdbaths and birdfeeders especially during the morning and the evening, and especially during migration. If you want to attract birds that are a bit more uncommon, like bluebirds and goldfinches, a birdbath might be the way to go.
You can also attract hummingbirds with specifically designed birdfeeders. Hummingbirds are also attracted to certain plants: choose native flowers that are red or pink with long, tubular blooms for hummingbirds’ long beaks!
Place your birdbath far enough away from your house that they’ll want to use it, but close enough that you can see when they do. And make sure they’ll be able to spot predators while they enjoy their birdbath.
It’s important to keep the bath full of fresh water, and to clean it regularly.
Butterflies are one of the most beautiful and elegant forms of wildlife we find in our garden. They can sometimes be attracted by butterfly feeders, but the best way to ensure attracting butterflies to your garden is to plant the right plants.
Butterflies are especially attracted to aster, coneflower, nasturtium and lantana, among others. Again, it’s important to plant mostly native plants, as these will attract native wildlife.
Many of us have heard by now about the rapidly declining bee populations all over the world. Bees are essential for pollinating our food sources, like fruits and vegetables, so their endangerment should be troubling for everyone.
The good news is that gardeners can do a lot to contribute to bees’ habitats, because bees eat nectar and pollen. Native plants, again, are the best for attracting bees. Bees are partial to certain colours and actually have great eyesight when it comes to colours, and they prefer flowers that they can land on easily. Choose blue, purple, violet, white and yellow native flowers.
For more gardening ideas from Dirt Cheap in Kitchener, check out our tips for “greening” your garden!