Backyard Wildlife Habitat Requirements
Traditional backyards, with their non native lawn grasses, and non native landscape plants have a few problems. There is now a trend which replaces these with native plants, and less grassy lawn area.
Backyard wildlife habitats can soften the environmental impact of the backyard, and can soften the economic impact to your wallet.
Backyard habitat savings
- Save on lawncare cost
- Are environmentally friendly
- Save water
- Save on pest control costs
To establish a wildlife friendly wildlife habitat project, there are 3 main components:
Backyard wildlife habitat water
All life needs water. Without it survival is impossible. To be able to attract wildlife to your backyard wildlife habitat there will need to be an ample supply on hand and available for the animals you are trying to attract. This can be attained in a number of ways, through naturally occurring sources such as streams, and by less natural means such as rainwater containment, and even by supplying, or supplementing with water from a water supply such as your city supply, or rural coop.
Backyard wildlife habitat food
The species you want in your wildlife habitat will want to eat. Otherwise, they will not stick around. The best method of providing food, is to have an ample supply of plants native to your area. Non native plants usually destroy the balance in the food chain, while native plants provide food in sufficient quantities for the animals native to your area. In some cases, alternative feeding may be needed, but the best method is native plants in a native habitat.
Backyard wildlife habitat cover
Animals need cover, to hide from predators, to nest and protect their young, and for periods of rest. The best cover is natural cover provided by plants native to the area. If it is not possible to provide such a thick dense growth in your habitat, other means can be constructed.
Structures for backyard wildlife habitat cover
A native, natural setting is always preferred, but due to size limitations, or other considerations in residential areas, this may not always be completely possible. In such cases, the use of the most natural, least invasive method is always the best means.
Stone and wood structures can help to supplement your cover for your backyard wildlife habitat. Bird houses, bat houses, butterfly houses and even owl houses can be built or bought.