Tips and tricks to consider this Spring while working in the yard
The importance of native vegetation for native wildlife: Native plants in your yard means native wildlife. Because they are adapted to your area's soil and climate conditions, native plants are more sustainable in the long run and can support a diverse range of wildlife species with the food and shelter they need. Not only do they benefit wildlife, but because they are adapted to your environment, they are hardier and require little care which means you don't necessarily need to mow, water, and fertilize. It's also important to keep invasive plants under control, as they encroach on native plants. These aggressively take over native plant populations, and don't provide the same food qualities as native plants that wildlife need.
Put off pruning your trees: Many animals give birth to young between the months of March and August, and some are using trees in our yards for nursing and roosting during these months. Pruning trees in the Spring poses risk of injuring or orphaning wildlife, and damaging nests needed for protection and growing. Wait until Fall or Winter months when animals are no longer using the trees for nursing, or be sure to carefully check branches, trunks, and cavities for any nests before trimming.
Leave the leaves: Fallen leaves and yard debris provide habitat and food for butterflies, bees, beetles, butterflies, and more.Though it is a habit for many to rake up organic material, consider leaving it or moving it to another part of your yard instead of sending it to the landfill. Decomposing leaves will also improve your soil quality, improving structure and water retention. You can also combine leaves with sticks branches to create brush piles provides shelter and nursing habitat for native wildlife and native bees.
Bird Feeders 101: Not caring for your bird feeder properly means it may harbor bacteria, mold, and spread disease among bird populations. Fortunately, the solution is simple! Your bird feeder can be cleaned easily with warm water, dried completely, and refilled with fresh seed to prevent bacteria and mold from forming. If you notice sick birds near your feeder, up your cleaning regimen and use ten parts water to one part bleach to ensure that your feeder is not spreading any disease. To read more about caring for your bird feeder specifically based on it's structure and material, check out this helpful article from Wild Birds Unlimited.