Backyard Habitats

Landscaping for wildlife (naturescaping) is gardening at its very best. Native plants, when chosen, require the least amount of care, leaving more time for enjoying the garden. Birds play an important part in planting a natural habitat. The seeds that have been eaten are passed in excrement, landing where it will surly grow to produce fruit and nectar for the next generation. It is always a treat to see just what are feathered friends have planted with each new growing season. It is your choice to keep the new plants or treat them as weeds. For homeowners, the benefits include more leisure time and the joy of creating a more personal landscape. The use of native plants usually means reduced maintenance-less watering, less pruning, little or no fertilizer, and less weeding and mowing.

Native plant use is basic to naturescaping. The native plants have adapted over the millennia to the local climate as well as most of the locally-occurring pests and diseases. They are also familiar to local wildlife that will use them for food or cover. Using native plants is one of the very best things you can do for wildlife. The National Wildlife Federation has found that native plants support 10- 15 times more wildlife species than non-natives.

For more information on backyard habitat or naturescaping please visit www.nwf.org or www.backyard-habitat.com Wildflower Information www.westernpawildflowers.com Wildflowers of Pennsylvania, by Mary Joy Haywood and Phyllis Testal Monk (great pictures) Newcomb’s Wildflower Guide by Lawrence Newcomb A guide to plants, trees and flowers that are native to the Eastern United States

http://www.fairfaxcounty.gov/parks/gsgp/infosheets/nativeplantsforbirds.pdf