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Native Plants - Backyard Buffet!!

Hello! Angely here! ๐ŸคThis Tuesday we're discussing how to build a backyard buffet for native birds and each native Ohio plant lists what specific birds they attract!

Native Plants Featured:

Black Eyed Susan (๐˜™๐˜ถ๐˜ฅ๐˜ฃ๐˜ฆ๐˜ค๐˜ฌ๐˜ช๐˜ข ๐˜ฉ๐˜ช๐˜ณ๐˜ต๐˜ข)

Cup Plant (๐˜š๐˜ช๐˜ญ๐˜ฑ๐˜ฉ๐˜ช๐˜ถ๐˜ฎ ๐˜ฑ๐˜ฆ๐˜ณ๐˜ง๐˜ฐ๐˜ญ๐˜ช๐˜ข๐˜ต๐˜ถ๐˜ฎ)

American Plum (๐˜—๐˜ณ๐˜ถ๐˜ฏ๐˜ถ๐˜ด ๐˜ข๐˜ฎ๐˜ฆ๐˜ณ๐˜ช๐˜ค๐˜ข๐˜ฏ๐˜ข)

Wild Strawberry (๐˜๐˜ณ๐˜ข๐˜จ๐˜ข๐˜ณ๐˜ช๐˜ข ๐˜ท๐˜ช๐˜ณ๐˜จ๐˜ช๐˜ฏ๐˜ช๐˜ข๐˜ฏ๐˜ข)

Prairie Blazing Star (๐˜“๐˜ช๐˜ข๐˜ต๐˜ณ๐˜ช๐˜ด ๐˜ฑ๐˜บ๐˜ค๐˜ฏ๐˜ฐ๐˜ด๐˜ต๐˜ข๐˜ค๐˜ฉ๐˜บ๐˜ข)

Smooth Sumac (๐˜™๐˜ฉ๐˜ถ๐˜ด ๐˜จ๐˜ญ๐˜ข๐˜ฃ๐˜ณ๐˜ข)

Wild Bergamot (๐˜”๐˜ฐ๐˜ฏ๐˜ข๐˜ณ๐˜ฅ๐˜ข ๐˜ง๐˜ช๐˜ด๐˜ต๐˜ถ๐˜ญ๐˜ฐ๐˜ด๐˜ข)

Red Mulberry Tree (๐˜”๐˜ฐ๐˜ณ๐˜ถ๐˜ด ๐˜ณ๐˜ถ๐˜ฃ๐˜ณ๐˜ข)

Smooth Blue Aster (๐˜š๐˜บ๐˜ฎ๐˜ฑ๐˜ฉ๐˜บ๐˜ฐ๐˜ต๐˜ณ๐˜ช๐˜ค๐˜ฉ๐˜ถ๐˜ฎ ๐˜ญ๐˜ข๐˜ฆ๐˜ท๐˜ฆ)

And Don't Forget Other Needed Elements to Support Your Wildlife

Provide Water Sources

Wildlife needs water for drinking and bathing. You can include:

  • Birdbaths: Keep them clean and filled.

  • Small Ponds: Add a variety of aquatic plants and maybe a small pump for circulating water.

  • Water Features: Bubbling fountains or drip systems.

Create Shelter

Shelter is crucial for wildlife. Options include:

  • Brush Piles: Pile up sticks and branches to provide cover for small animals.

  • Rock Piles: Great for reptiles and amphibians.

  • Nest Boxes: For birds like bluebirds, chickadees, and owls.

  • Native Shrubs and Ground Cover: Dense plantings offer shelter and nesting sites.

Minimize Broad Spectrum Chemicals and Follow All Application Directions

Avoid using pesticides and herbicides that can harm unintended targets in your backyard wildlife. Use natural pest control methods like companion planting and introducing beneficial insects. And when using ANY chemicals, follow all instructions to minimize issues of concern, e.g. drift, damage, water & soil contamination, resistance, etc.

Leave Some Areas Natural

Let parts of your yard grow wild to provide a natural habitat. Avoid manicuring every part of your lawn, allowing for more biodiversity.

Create a Diversity of Habitats

Incorporate different elements to attract a variety of wildlife:

  • Meadow Areas: Plant a mix of wildflowers and grasses.

  • Woodland Edges: Blend trees and shrubs to create transition zones.

  • Wetlands: Even small, damp areas can attract frogs and insects.

Maintain a Healthy Ecosystem

Encourage a balanced ecosystem by:

  • Composting: Recycle organic matter to enrich the soil.

  • Plant Layering: Mimic natural forests with layers of vegetation.

  • Promote Pollinators: Create habitats specifically for bees, butterflies, and other pollinators.

Seasonal Considerations

Ensure there is something available year-round:

  • Spring: Early blooming flowers and fresh foliage.

  • Summer: Abundant flowers and fruits.

  • Fall: Late-season blooms and seed heads.

  • Winter: Evergreens, berries, and shelter.

Educational and Community Involvement

Engage with your local community:

  • Wildlife Workshops: Learn more about native species and their needs.

  • Wildlife Garden Tours: Visit other local wildlife-friendly gardens.

  • Volunteering: Participate in local conservation projects.

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