Garden for Wildlife Month
May is Garden for Wildlife Month making it the perfect time to turn your yard or garden wildlife friendly. Whether you’re a gardening beginner with a small space or gardening veteran, you can provide for local wildlife by planting with purpose. Celebrate with learning the basics on how you can use your yard and plant choices to provide a habitat to fascinating wildlife who need good homes in our neighborhoods.
Here are the secrets of attracting and providing for the kind of wildlife we love to see in our gardens:
Provide natural sources of food – this is done by planting California native plants. Natives are plant species naturally found in your region. They are adaptable to local soil, weather, and wildlife. Filling your garden with lots of native plants and shrubs will go a long way to provide a natural wildlife food source.
Provide a water source – use or build a bird bath. Any shallow dish would do to provide a habitat and reliable source of water. Making sure to dump out every two days to prevent mosquito breeding.
Provide a source of cover – native plants protect wildlife from bad weather and from predators. The same native plants that provide a food source are a place wildlife can find cover. Plant them densely as you would see in nature.
Provide places to raise young – wildlife need the resources to keep populations healthy. Birds and pollinators use natives to build nests and to build burrows underneath. You will be providing a great place to raise young wildlife.
Practice sustainable gardening – that's gardening in a natural way. Practicing organic gardening techniques, and transforming your lawn into a waterwise landscape.
Following these five tips allow you to create a garden space that is not only beautiful but supports the local ecosystem.