Wildlife Habitat Gardens
Beauty and function: the Joy of a Wildlife Habitat Garden
Enjoy the delights a wildlife habitat garden can bring to your yard! It’s true that naturally occurring wildlife habitats have become disconnected because of our modern human development, fires (that burn too hot), floods or pollution. But we can help mitigate our own negative impact with consciously designed space to restore these ecosystems.
Picture this: monarchs and swallowtails flitting through your backyard, hummingbirds darting from plant to plant, quail scurrying beneath native shrubs. Wildlife habitat gardens are like islands that provide connectivity to protected lands. You’re providing a micro-habitat for them – and serving as a stop-over for migrating critters!
When you consider that residential development is one third of the urban landscape (National Wildlife Foundation), it makes sense that our yards become part of a sustainable ecosystem that supports wildlife.
A Wildlife Habitat is a Happy Garden
Consider putting in a pollinator garden, to start. Varied flowering plants are a food source for all stages of pollinator development. When you attract good critters to healthy plants, you’re creating a symbiotic relationship that keeps everyone happy – including humans. Plus, you’ll love the activity it generates in your outdoor space!
Using native plants in wildlife habitat design helps mitigate negative environmental impacts, too. Native plants need less water, fertilizer and pesticides to stay healthy. They’re stronger, healthier and provide food and shelter to native animals and insects. Their roots run deep, creating a subterranean woven barrier that stabilizes both the plant and the soil, reducing erosion during the intense rainy season.
Creating a Wildlife Habitat Garden
Your wildlife habitat, its native plants and the wildlife they attract, are critical elements of a sustainable ecosystem. With an adaptive, resilient design, it will grow and endure for years to come.
Red Bark Design consults with you on what type of natural environment you want to create and what wildlife you’d like to attract. Darbi will meet with you to see how large or small you’d like to go with your wildlife habitat. Even a small area of the yard can be turned into a micro-habitat. She’ll also look at how it integrates with your existing landscape design. Of course, you’ll discuss budgets and details.
Get started on creating a beautiful wildlife habitat garden today. Just give Darbi a call: 520-247-2456.