Wednesday, June 24, 2009

Toads and Loads of Wildlife

Since moving into our new home we have spotted various creatures large and small on and around our property, and that makes me HAPPY because many of them are actually very beneficial to my garden and the environment as a whole. Recently, we had our backyard credentialed as a "Certified Wildlife Habitat" by The National Wildlife Federation, and definitely it meets the criteria of providing the "four basic habitat elements needed for wildlife to thrive." I have spotted chipmunks, rabbits, and even a large Yellow Tabby Cat from time to time, and we have a wide variety of birds and even some butterflies that like to hang out on occasion too! If you wish to attract more Wildlife to your garden, be proactive and make sure the following are widely available:

Food Sources - For example: Native plants, seeds, fruits, nuts, berries, nectar
Water Sources - For example: Birdbath, pond, water garden, stream
Places for Cover - For example: Thicket, rockpile, birdhouse
Places to Raise Young - For example: Dense shrubs, vegetation, nesting box, pond
Sustainable Gardening - For example: Mulch, compost, rain garden, chemical-free fertilizer

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