Creating Your Own Healthy Habitat

The traditionally landscaped yard, complete with a well-kept lawn, manicured flower beds, and sheared shrubs, hinders nature and wild creatures. But "landscaping" these days is redefining itself as more people garden with the goal of inviting wildlife into their yards.

The next few pages will help you start your own healthy habitat - a healthy, beautiful garden for your family, and valuable habitat for songbirds, butterflies, and dragonflies.

Gardening for wildlife can be as easy or ambitious as you want. Without planting even one plant, you can make a livelier, healthier, and more enjoyable garden by changing or stopping some common gardening practices. Adopting new methods can benefit endangered salmon and improve the water quality in your community. More ambitious gardeners will find abundant possibilities to provide shelter, space, food, and water for birds and other wildlife.

This chapter offers explanations for new approaches to gardening as well as practical tips about how to garden for wildlife. We hope that you will find it useful whether you are a low-exertion gardener or one with boundless energy.

We tried to keep this chapter brief. Chapter 4, Resources, contains more details on creating healthy habitat. It also includes references for information on building soil, preparing a site, buying native plants, getting bare-root and potted plants into the ground, sowing seed, removing weeds, building a pond, watering and much more.

"When we lose the common wildlife in our immediate surroundings, we run the risk of becoming inured to delight, and eventually, alienated from the land."

Robert Michael Pyle.

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Sketch by Carleen Zimmerman

Homeowners Guide To Landscaping

Homeowners Guide To Landscaping

How would you like to save a ton of money and increase the value of your home by as much as thirty percent! If your homes landscape is designed properly it will be a source of enjoyment for your entire family, it will enhance your community and add to the resale value of your property. Landscape design involves much more than placing trees, shrubs and other plants on the property. It is an art which deals with conscious arrangement or organization of outdoor space for human satisfaction and enjoyment.

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