A+ Accommodations for Planting

In order to attract and keep insects, frogs, toads and birds in your yard, you need to create an ecosystem where they feel safe, and one that will provide shelter and food for them.

Frogs and toads tend to take up residence in the garden beds’ undergrowths. By setting up simple toad homes from clay pots supported on stones we have supported their existence. I lost count of the number of times I came across a little toad when I was sweeping up garden refuse. They blend seamlessly in with garden soil with brown and gray colored skin, so be mindful of their potential presence.

Add some bug-baths to your edible and perennial garden beds to keep the beneficial insects around. Bug baths may be made from plates constructed from ceramic or clay. Just add some larger stones and a little water, and within a couple of days, the bugs will make it a routine to pause for a cooling drink.

If your house is surrounded by a wooded forest, birds are drawn to the perennial garden with a simple bird bath. Birds will enjoy access to fresh water all year round, so if you live in a frosty environment, add a warmer fresh water in the winter to your bird bath. Think about creating a small pond or a heated water feature as you expand your perennial garden.

You may consider converting a part of your lawn into a hedgerow for those of you, who live without many trees. A hedgerow contains not only a flowering garden but also bushes, shrubs, and small trees. On the roadside, at the edge of the woods, or in the middle of your lawn, you can create a hedgerow.

If your yard area does not provide room for a adequately sized hedgerow or a heated pond, at least a few bird feeders, a small bird bath and some perches near the garden space are included. In the colder point of the year add some suet. Birds eat bugs, seeds, berries, and nuts — give them as many options as space in your garden makes.

Leave some seasonal foliage for winter cover during the winter months. Some shelter eggs of beneficial insects, or even the larvae. I am particularly skilled in letting dead brush, grass, and grass linger after the fall season in the garden.