Like it or not, you’re not the only one living at your address. From songbirds to snakes, landscapes are also home to a variety of local wildlife. Here are tips to ensure you’re attracting the right kind of wildlife into your surroundings – and discouraging the kind that may be harmful.
How to Attract Birds
You can create a safe and inviting habitat for birds by providing food, water and shelter. Native plants provide the best food and shelter for native birds. Trees, shrubs, plants and grasses of varying heights provide a natural windbreak, temporary shelter or a safe nesting area for birds. You can also supplement the natural shelters within your landscape with bird houses.
A water feature will also attract a variety of birds and butterflies. The running water of a fountain or urn is much more appealing to the wildlife than the still water of a birdbath or pond. And while some birds call Georgia home throughout the year, others just pass through during migration. Here are handy tips on attracting bird to your landscape in Winter and Spring.
How to Attract Deer
Some people treasure seeing these gentle animals, while others view them as pests. If you’re amongst the former, and you live in an area that already has a local deer population, there are handy ways to create a safe haven within your property that includes food, water and shelter. For example, deer love apples, so you may consider planting apple or crab apple trees along the perimeter of your yard. Trees also help provide the cover that deer prefer, it will also bloom tender leaves and fruit throughout the late summer and fall months.
Water is also important, as a deer drinks an average of 1 1/2 quarts of water a day. They get some from vegetation, but are especially grateful for fresh clean water source during hot dry periods. Lastly, always remember to limit lights or sounds that will frighten the deer or discourage their visit into your yard.
How to Deter Snakes from your Landscape
On the other hand, there are certain types of wildlife homeowners want to keep out of their landscape, such as harmful varieties of snakes. The strategy to keep harmful pests away is to avoid creating habitats that would encourage snakes to call your landscape home.
Snakes like small, warm, dark places, and you can make your landscape less hospitable to snakes by keeping it clear of debris, such as piles of sticks and yard waste. A routine maintenance program that trims back bushes and plants will help keep your yard tidy and reduce the amount of places snakes like to occupy. Another favored spot for snakes are gaps under rocks or concrete. By identifying and filling in gaps between hard surfaces in your landscape, you will deter snakes from calling it home.
Keep in mind that not all snakes are harmful. Not only are some native snakes harmless, they provide benefits by controlling other common pests, such as rodents. You can empower yourself by learning to identify which snakes are harmful and helpful identify, and put your mind at ease and enjoy the outdoors.
Mosquitos are a universal nuisance that everyone wants to avoid, but there are effective ways to reduce the mosquitos presence in your landscape. Mosquitoes can breed in very small amounts of water anywhere within your landscape, including roof gutters, flower pots - even children’s toys. If you’re ready to proactively reduce the mosquito population in your landscape, our mosquito reduction treatment can quickly provide relief. We can also show you how to control the areas in your yard that attract mosquitoes. We’ll walk your property with you and point out your problem areas so you can do your part to keep mosquitoes away.