Trees are an important element in a wildlife habitat. They provide shelter for a variety of wildlife species including birds and squirrels. Before planting trees it's best to conduct research or consult with a landscape specialist to determine which species are best suited for you
r yard. Shrubs are one of the most convenient elements to plant, as they require little maintenance and provide excellent shelter for a wide variety of wildlife that lives on or near the ground. In order to provide the highest level of shelter for your chosen wildlife, avoid the temptation to prune the lower branches. Doing so will expose your wildlife to predators, making them easy prey. How you arrange the plants, trees and shrubs is just as important as the species. In order to attract wildlife, you will want
to plant these elements around the edge of your yard. A good example of the perfect wildlife habitat is that found along the edges of a natural stream. There you will find a variety of plants, shrubs, and trees which are layered and follow the natural curves of the stream. If possible, plan a visit to a local stream and explore the area.