Inspirational Landscape Design: The Birds & The Bees Edition!

By February 24, 2020 February 25th, 2020 Collections

What would a garden be without the birds and the bees, and some other wildlife, too? Boring, that’s what! And almost certainly not as healthy and vibrant.

The fact is, a thriving landscape needs a little bit of everything. Not just plants, trees and stone, but birds, bees, butterflies, and bunnies… and that’s just the beginning of the alphabet. Some critters pollinate, others keep pests away, and many will offer hours of beauty and enjoyment if you take a moment to sit still and watch.

Today we’ve collected five informative and fun resources that will get you started with wildlife. The more diverse your landscape, the healthier and more beautiful it will be.

How To Attract Wildlife To Your GardenHow To Attract Wildlife To Your Garden

What better place to get started than… well, with how to get started? Not just any old plant and flower will attract wildlife. If you truly want to experience the joy wildlife can bring then you’ll need to plan ahead.

Some flowers and shrubs will attract birds, others butterflies. Some will bring the bunnies and others the deer (more on those in a minute!) And it’s not just plantings – there are other ways to attract critters that have nothing to do with what you plant and everything to do with how welcome you make them feel. Intrigued? Learn more and get started this spring!

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How To Attract (The Right) Bugs To Your GardenHow To Attract (The Right) Bugs To Your Garden For A Thriving Landscape

Yes, bugs are wildlife, too. But you probably spend more time thinking about how to get rid of them than how to invite them in. The truth is, you *need* bugs. Your garden would be in a sorry state of affairs without bees to pollinate, and ladybugs to dine on some of the pestier pests.

There are other helpful bugs too, and they’re the ones you want more of. Find out what they are and how to get them to stay. Your plants and greenery will thank you.

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Want A Thriving Landscape? Respect Your Pollinators.Want A Thriving Landscape? Respect Your Pollinators.

While we’re on the subject of pollination… did you know that bees aren’t the only ones that preform this essential task? Any insect or animal that helps move seeds from one plant to another is a pollinator, and they’re vital to the existence of your garden.

Sadly, not everyone knows what these creatures are, let alone how to attract them to a garden. But you can count yourself among the lucky! Read more to find out which critters are great pollinators and how you can create an environment that helps them do their jobs.

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pond frog backA Pond Isn’t Just For Koi! 5 Delightful Critters To Add To The Mix.

So far we’ve talked about attracting wildlife. But some critters are anything but wild. They’re designed right into your landscape – or your waterscape, in this case. Most people imagine a koi pond but not everyone considers some of the other great additions to a pond.

These are some pond critters you can bring in for diversity and fun, and they all play nicely with koi, too.

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Got Deer? 12 Resistant Plants That Will Survive Hungry CrittersGot Deer? 12 Resistant Plants That Will Survive Hungry Critters

We said we’d get back to deer, and here we are. They’re kind of cute and sweet-looking but they can wreck havoc on your yard. Especially during the cooler months when other food sources may be scare. Doubly especially if you live near a wooded area.

So this time, instead of bringing wildlife in, we’re going to tell you how to keep it out. But more specifically, how to keep hungry deer from turning your lovely landscape into dinner. It’s not as hard as you may think.

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How To Keep Predators Out Of Your Pond And Protect Koi And Other CrittersHow To Keep Predators Out Of Your Pond And Protect Koi And Other Critters

One more for the koi lovers… and another way to deter wildlife rather than invite it for dinner. After all, you may enjoy the sight of beautiful birds, but you certainly don’t want them chowing down on your prized pond critters!

The good news is there’s a way to have both – lovely, diverse wildlife and safe, happy, live fish. It’s all in the tricks and techniques you use to discourage some wildlife from eating others. Choose the one that works best for you!

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With spring on the horizon, you’re going to be thinking about what to plant soon. These resources should give you some inspiration and help you plan for a beautiful and exciting new season. If you need help or want to talk about redoing your landscape to be more critter-friendly, get in touch for a consultation. We’ll bring the birds and the bees to you!