Landscaping Design Tip #12 – How to Attract Florida Wildlife

Would you like to know how to attract more Florida wildlife in your own backyard?

Landscaping Tips - How to Attract Florida Wildlife

This is the final tip in our series of 12 Landscaping Tips for a Florida-Friendly Yard, which can be downloaded from our free eBook library.

A beautiful, well-maintained landscape can be a gift not just to your family, but also to the many creatures that share our South Florida environment. Consider tailoring your yard to attract some of the many butterflies and birds that call this area home and you will have a miraculous site to share with your loved ones.

To attract local wildlife, plant trees, shrubs, and vines that these creatures seek out. Florida is home to more than 100 species of butterflies, and they are often attracted to brightly colored flowers that are large enough to permit easy landings. These universal nectar sources would make beautiful additions to your landscape:

  • Blue Porterweed
  • Zinnias
  • Salvia
  • Milkweed
  • Pintas
  • Black-eyed Susans
  • Mexican Sunflowers
  • Shrimp Plants

To keep many generations of butterflies in your yard it is also important to plant larval food sources—the specific plants where certain species of butterfly lay their eggs. These include:

  • Milkweed
  • Passion Vine
  • Dill
  • Parsley
  • Thistle
  • Purslane

To attract other wildlife, you may want to provide a water source such as a birdbath or small pond. Make sure to keep the water circulating or change it regularly to avoid mosquitoes. Creating shelter—a birdhouse, for example—will also make your landscape a hospitable place for wild creatures to visit. Select plants that provide fruit and berries for birds to feed on. Some excellent natives include

  • Mulberry
  • Red Cedar
  • Greenbriers
  • Wax Myrtle

Your family will be delighted by the wildlife in your own backyard!

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Thanks!

Keith

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