Jun 23 2017
If you love color in your landscape, the odds are pretty good that you’ll enjoy having butterflies and birds visiting your lawn. Here in the Yarmouth area we are blessed to have a wide variety of colorful species that will brighten the landscape with only minimal encouragement. There are some choices you can make in your landscaping that will hep attract butterflies and birds.
Easy to grow and cheerful, marigolds and zinnias attract butterflies. If you have room from shrubbery, ask your landscape contractor to put in a butterfly bush: they grow really well in Yarmouth and have very attractive flowers. All flowers produce some kind of sweet nectar that pollinators appreciate. Hummingbirds will also feed from flowers, including front yard favorites like lilies, gladiolas and phlox.
Birds and butterflies alike need water to survive. Providing them with a place to drink can be as simple as putting a shallow dish of water on your patio railing. Your landscape contractor can help you install a bird bath, which provides birds a place to drink and bathe. Be aware that mosquitoes lay their eggs in standing water: address concerns about Zika and other diseases by ensuring the water in water features is changed daily.
Choose Organic Pest Control
Organic or all-natural pest control keeps your lawn weed free without the harsh chemicals that can be found in pesticide. Many families choose all natural pest control for their landscaping because they’re worried about the health of their children or pets who play on the grass. It’s also the best choice for encouraging birds and butterflies to visit your lawn.
Choose Native Plants, Shrubs and Trees
Whenever you choose to add a plant to your landscape, you have a choice: you can add a plant that grows natively in Western Massachusetts, or you can opt for a variety that originates somewhere else but can adapt to local growing conditions. To encourage butterflies and birds, you want to choose native species: they form a large part of these animals’ diet.