Convert Your Lawn to a Wildlife-Friendly
Homeowners tend to have a great sense of pride associated
with their lawns. They keep them cut short, use pesticides to
keep them weed-free, and water them during dry spells. It takes
a lot of work, but they feel that it's worth it to maintain a
neat and tidy appearance.
But a growing number of homeowners are deciding to forgo
mainstream lawn care practices and make their lawns more
wildlife-friendly. This requires some work, too – it's not as
easy as just ceasing to mow. A good wildlife garden has flowers
and plants that attract and feed native species. But for those
who enjoy watching nature up close, they are certainly worth
There are many advantages to turning your lawn into a
wildlife garden. Here are a few to think about.
* Wildlife gardens are easy to care for. There is some work
involved in getting them started, but once the plants are
growing, you don't have to do much in the way of maintenance.
You never have to mow, and watering requirements are minimal.
Even when the weather is dry, the long grasses and weeds will
retain more water than a manicured lawn.
* The native plants used in a wildlife garden are beautiful,
and they tend to do very well since they are in their natural
habitat. You don't have to worry much about them becoming
diseased or needing extra attention, because they are already
adapted to the weather and conditions in your area.
* A good wildlife garden attracts all types of species. Some
plants attract insects, which in turn attract birds and other
animals that feed on them. Other plants directly attract small
animals, which in turn attract larger animals that are their
* Wildlife gardens provide an unparalleled learning
experience for children. They learn about plants and animals in
school, but getting to see them up close and personal makes
much more of an impression than looking at pictures in books.
It also encourages them to ask questions and interact with
* Wildlife gardens are very environmentally friendly. Since
you won't be mowing, you will create much less air pollution.
And the absence of pesticides is not only good for the animals
that visit and live in your garden, it's also good for soil and
A wildlife garden is much more interesting than a stretch of
short, perfectly uniform grass. And it's also good for the
animals that inhabit your surroundings. It provides them with
food and shelter, and it provides you with a wealth of natural
beauty right in your own yard. It's truly a win-win