Invite Nature’s Beauty Into Your Yard Or Garden

Invite Nature’s Beauty Into Your Yard Or Garden

By Statepoint

 

 

 

No matter where you live, there is always an opportunity to make your home more nature-friendly by inviting plant life, songbirds, and woodland creatures to your yard or garden. Creative additions can transform simple grass and flowers into a natural haven. Embellishments may include birdbaths, birdfeeders, and even cautionary decals to prevent songbirds from flying into your window glass. In no time, both your neighbors and wildlife will be stopping by for a visit. {{more}}Match Plants To Your Home Before you begin, make sure to speak with experts at your local garden center or search the Internet for advice on how to use plants to attract colorful birds and butterflies to your home. A variety of factors such as shading, erosion, and division of plant species should be considered when creating a vibrant haven. Just remember that putting the wrong plants close to your home can harm its foundation over time. Welcome Your Neighbors In what may feel like a welcome change of attitude, there is now an entire wildlife industry built around inviting nature’s gentle creatures to your outdoor space. Ready-made homes are available for butterflies, ladybugs, songbirds, and squirrels. Homes for bats and honeybees can be installed. Wild bird seed or even live mealworms will attract songbirds by the dozens. Don’t forget to include a few accessories for you and family members. Rain gauges, weather stations, and solar stick lights are entertaining. Wind chimes make a nap on the porch appealing, perhaps even for grandchildren. Be Creative But Cautious If you’re going to make additions to your yard, you’ll need to understand how songbirds and wildlife coexist with each other and your home. One issue often ignored is the 98 million birds killed annually from colliding with windows, according to Western EcoSystems Technology. With wild songbirds particularly prone to these accidents during their migration, some subtle and inexpensive window decals, such as those from WindowAlert, can prevent them from striking windows. These decals have a special coating that reflects ultraviolet sunlight. This light is invisible to humans, but birds see it as a brilliant glow. “Humans don’t notice our decals, but birds see a stoplight preventing them from hitting glass,” says company founder Spencer Schock. “To meet the demands of flight, birds have evolved such that their eyesight is remarkably keen — and our decals take advantage of this evolutionary characteristic. For you and I, the decals have a subtle, frosted appearance.” For more information, visit www.WindowAlert.com. Taken together, the right plants and adornments can turn an everyday yard into a vibrant and safe space benefiting every member of the family –as well as local wildlife.