By Mary Philips, director, Garden for Wildlife Now is the time to make your yard or garden wildlife-friendly . Whether you’re a gardening novice with a small balcony or a gardening pro with a few acres, you can provide for local wildlife by planting with purpose. Wildlife gardens not only help butterflies, bees, and birds, but they are also a source of solace for you and a healthy solution for the planet! Native plants are the core of any habitat garden because local wildlife relies on native plants for survival. What Are Native Plants? A plant is native if it has grown naturally in a particular region, ecosystem, or habitat without human introduction. Such plants have formed symbiotic relationships with native wildlife over thousands of years, and therefore offer the most sustainable habitat for the planet. Native plants help the environment the most when planted in places that match their growing requirements. They will thrive in the soils, moisture, and weather of your region. That means less supplemental watering, which can be wasteful, and pest problems that require toxic chemicals. Native plants also assist in managing rainwater runoff and maintain healthy soil as their root systems are deep and […]

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