The Wildlife Landscape

Critters. Some people love 'em; some people hate 'em. The truth is that you probably don't want to attract bears, wolves, or rattlesnakes to your backyard; they're better off in the wilds. But lots of other animals, birds, and insects are an important part of a sustainable landscape.

Maintaining a wildlife-friendly landscape isn't just about attracting beneficial insects like honeybees, which pollinate your food crops. Foraging animals, such as skunks and opossums, can help keep the pest population down. Provide food, shelter, and water for native critters, and the whole system benefits. For an example, see the Missouri Department of Conservation's "Landscaping for Backyard Wildlife" page at mdc.mo.gov/nathis/ backyard/backwild. Check out Figure A-4 to discover ways to attract wildlife to your yard.

Figure A-4:

The critter-friendly landscape.

Mixed coniferous and deciduous canopy for nesting, roosting, and food

Birdbath and butterfly garden

Diverse native plants for food and shelter

Mixed coniferous and deciduous canopy for nesting, roosting, and food

Birdbath and butterfly garden

Diverse native plants for food and shelter

Backyard pond

Bird houses and habitat garden, plants provide berries, nuts and seeds for birds

Large deciduous tree for nesting and roosting

Driveway

Backyard pond

Bird houses and habitat garden, plants provide berries, nuts and seeds for birds

Large deciduous tree for nesting and roosting

Driveway

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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