Most animals are looking for reliable sources of water, high-energy foods, and places to take cover from winter weather and predators. Your winter garden can provide these needed habitat elements for such animals to stay active and healthy all winter. Here are a few ways that you can apply in winterizing your garden for the winter wildlife:
The best way to provide winter food for animals during winter is to plant vegetation that can produce nuts, seeds, and berries. Berry-producing shrubs and other small trees that produce fruits are great food sources for birds and other mammal species.
Place Bird Feeders
Bird feeders see the most activity in winter when food is scarce. Place feeders at strategic places where they will be protect from the wind and where you and your family will have easy viewing. Feeders will not only provide food for the birds, but for squirrel, mice, and other predators like owl and foxes that feed on small seed-eating animals.
Create a Brush Pile
By collecting yard debris like twigs, fallen branches, and leaves, you can create a cover for birds, and other small animals such as rabbits. You will also create hibernation places for insects, box turtles, and salamanders. Fallen leaves and branches can also be used for mulching to protect roots from freezing temperatures.
Water can be scarce for wildlife animals in winter as most of their natural sources are frozen. Keeping your birdbath clean and ice-free will help birds and other animals survive the winter. Heated birdbaths are even better as they keep water warm enough to keep the animals from freezing.
Create a secure Cover for animals
Planting evergreens such as fir, spruce, and cedar can provide vital cover for songbirds and other small mammals. Dead trees that don’t pose hazards to your family can also be left standing to provide safe cavities for raccoons, flying squirrels, and many other wildlife species. You can also install roosting boxes.
If you are avid backyard wildlife watcher, winter is the right time to brush up your identification skills. We provide resourceful ideas and tips on gardening. Follow us for more articles that keep your garden looking great.