Back Yard Landscaping for Wildlife
April 30 , 2005
When you consider attracting wildlife to your backyard, there are several basic habitat concept to remember. Habitat is defined as the proper food, water and cover that an animal needs to exist and reproduce, whether it lives in a woods in the country or a backyard in the shrubs. The richer the habitat, the more likely you are to attract wildlife to your property and get them to stay around for you to observe and enjoy.
Tip VI: Provide Bird/bat house and bird Feeders
Adding birdfeeders of different designs or with different seeds may increase the diversity of birds you see on you property. If you add a hummingbird feeder, be sure to change water often at least weekly during hot weather. Check it regularly to see if the solution becomes cloudy. If so, change it soon or it will make hummingbirds ill. Wash the feeders with just hot water and a little soap DO NOT use chlorine bleach when cleaning hummingbird feeders.
Wash all other birdfeeders and birdbaths regularly with soap
and water or a solution of 1 part chlorine bleach to 10 parts water. It is
recommended to clean with chlorine at least bi-monthly or when the feeders and
birdbaths are exceptionally dirty. Rinse well with warm water after cleaning.
Remember to clean old or wet seed out of the feeders or they will rot and male
birds sick. Several lethal diseases can be transmitted between birds at feeders
Making a birdhouse attractive to birds: which birds will use your birdhouse? This is determined by several factors, including
- the size of birdhouse (overall size, as well as dept)
- the size of the entry hole
- the height at which the birdhouse is mounted
- the amount of surrounding vegetation (lack of, presence of, size of etc.)
- the habitat adjacent to your yard, in your neighborhood.
When you know a bird species’ requirements, then you can look for suitable locations to mount the birdhouse, or nest box in your yard.
Tip Vll: Remove Invasive Exotic Plants
Some species of exotic (non-native) plants are highly
invasive and should not be planted. Invasive exotic plants aggressively take
over natural habitat- altering natural ecology of an area and sometimes
replacing all native vegetation.
Approximately 1.7 million acres of Florida’s remaining natural areas have been invaded by exotic plants species. In fact, invasive exotic pest plants destroy more natural habitat every year than development. These exotic plants invasions degrade and diminish what remains of Florida’s natural areas.
What we do in our individual yards can affect areas far beyond our yards. The seeds of non-native invasive plants are designed to be easily carried far away by wind, water, birds and other animals.
Endangered plants, animals and native ecosystems are being pushed closer to extinction by invasive exotic plants.