BEAUTIFY YOUR YARD and HELP THE ENVIRONMENT -- PLANT A BUTTERFLY GARDEN
September 22, 2020
In addition to being a beautiful addition to any yard, butterflies play a vital role for the environment as a whole and as plant pollinators. Sadly, however, changes in climate and weather, as well as the widespread use of pesticides and the constant, ongoing loss of their habitats due to urban spread have left the welfare of butterflies increasingly compromised. Luckily, individuals, families and communities can help to counteract the many threats facing these gorgeous and important creatures, while simultaneously protecting other beneficial insects, by planting butterfly gardens.
In a podcast recorded July 16, 2020, Steve Shoemaker, President, Ideal Homes, and Trish Morris, Community Development Project Manager, Ideal Homes, discussed how raw land can become a home for you and butterflies and the role compost can play in that endeavor.PLANNING YOUR GARDEN When creating a butterfly garden it’s important to not just create a place that will attract existing butterflies, but that will also entice them to stick around long enough to lay eggs, thereby encouraging them to procreate and produce even more butterflies. Three considerations should be kept in mind when selecting plants for a butterfly garden. You want them to include:
- Plants that are native to your area
- Plants that produce nectar and will, therefore, provide adult butterflies with energy; and
- Plants that will feed and shelter caterpillars