Attracting birds and other wildlife to your yard
Bird watching is a favorite pastime for many

So, you enjoy wildlife and everything about it. In fact, you love it so much you want to immerse yourself in it every chance you get and you’re searching for some tips on how to more easily attract it to your home. You’ve come to the right place, because there’s lots of ways you can make your outdoor space more inviting to the local fauna, even if you don’t live in a rural setting.

In fact, you can be a city dweller and still enjoy the sights and sounds nature has to offer with the right strategy. Depending on your space and circumstances, attracting birds, butterflies and other enchanting wildlife is actually easy.

How to Attract Birds to Your Yard

You’re a fan of our fine-feathered friends and you’d like nothing more than to while away the hours observing them from not too afar. Not a problem. If you haven’t already, do the obvious: locate a good spot for a bird feeder and hang one or two immediately.  If you mount it on a stick or pole you’ll have to spray it (stick/pole) with Pam or smear Vaseline on it occasionally to keep squirrels from climbing up and eating all the seed.

Hanging hummingbird feeders work, too, as well as certain flowering plants. Research what grows in your area that will provide the nectar they’re looking for. An equally enticing draw is birdbaths. If you keep them filled, you’ll be really surprised how many birds will come. They don’t have to be large.

attracting butterflies
Butterfly enjoying lantana

How To Attract Butterflies & Bees

One of the best ways to attract fauna is through the use of flora. And if you’re already worrying about space, stop. Creating a butterfly garden doesn’t require a big yard. Of course, the more you can plant and the more it blooms the better, but you can create a container garden on small patios, decks and balconies using fun, decorative pots that will still attract these beautiful insects and add a little color to your environment.

In the Southeast, a lot of gardeners use passion flower vines, Cuban buttercup, pentas and porterweed, among others, for luring them. You’ll also attract honeybees in the process, which is never a bad thing — unless you’re allergic. While bees are good, be aware that butterflies mean caterpillars, which can tear into and eat up the rest of your garden, if you have one.

attracting deer to your yard
Two young fawns

Attracting Deer to Your Yard

If you’re already out in a rural area you probably see deer from time to time on your land, and not everyone is pleased about it. Deer can be damaging to one’s property and downright destructive at times. If you have plants they like or a vegetable garden, they can become out and out pests.

Assuming that’s not you and/or you know what you’re letting yourself in for, you can attract deer with corn, peas, kale, soybeans, red clover, turnips, chicory, alfalfa and orchard grass along with various nuts like acorns. A lot of folks use corn, and you can create a crib of sort or throw it on the ground.

Attracting Wildlife

All of these tips are super easy and you may have already tried some of them with varying success. The thing you have to remember, though, is consistency. Don’t expect any of these creatures to show up on the first day or even the first week to take advantage of the bounty you have to offer. It can take weeks or months before it catches on sometimes.

And once you do attract them, then you have to keep up on it. That means filling the birdbath and the feeders and watering the plants that attract or feed them and so on and so forth. Be sure to place feeders in areas where animals are less likely to be startled but where you can still observe them inside or out.

Also, if you’re trying to attract deer, make sure you’re not attracting rats as well. That’s one of the big problems with raising chickens. Think it through, decide what you want, do the research for your area and create the outdoor environment you’ve always wanted.

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