Summer Tips for Wildlife
Creating A Welcoming And Safe Garden
Neighborhood Watering Hole: During droughts put a dish of drinking water out for the birds, squirrels, chipmunks and even the butterflies. Try keeping a log of all the creatures that visit your watering hole. You can even turn it into a great project for the kids. Have them paint a flower pot dish and then seal it with clear spray paint. Let it dry for a few days then fill it with water and watch to see who comes.
Invite Friends for Dinner: The Native Americans believed in planting a garden large enough for themselves and for those wild visitors who past through. Plant a garden for wildlife. Try including some parsley for the Cottontail Rabbits, sunflowers for the Yellow Finch, corn for the Chipmunks and Squirrels, and a raspberry or blueberry bush for the Cardinals and Blue Jays.
Take Care to Avoid Poisonous Plants: For the health of your family, pets, and wildlife research plants before introducing them to your environment.
Are Deer Eating All of your Flowers? Try planting these: Boxwood, Dusty Miller, Lilly of the Valley, Bleeding Hearts, Ferns, Forsythia, Baby’s Breath, Iris, Honeysuckle, any of the Mints, Daffodil, Oregano, Rosemary, Thyme, Sage, Lambs Ear, or Marigolds and Coneflowers (Hummingbirds love them). These are some deer resistant plants.