Animal Xing

Wildlife Materials

Best Varieties to try: 'Hoopsii" and 'Thompsen" are tall varieties with the bluest needles, 'Fat Albert' is dwarf blue spruce perfect for small yards and "Iseli Foxtail' is a recommended variety for the south. USDA Zones: 3-8 The berries of the Hawthorn are a favorite food source for many birds. This deciduous tree is also used for nesting or overnight shelter. The spring flowers are popular with butterflies. Hawthorns are members of the rose family and do have thorns up to 2 inches in length along the stems. There is a large number of Hawthorn species with native varieties being the best choice for wildlife.

Wildlife Technician

To get started, go to your favorite search engine and type in "Attracting Wildlife" plus the name of your state. If you live in Florida, you would type in "Attracting Wildlife in Florida. " This will give you a good idea of the types of wildlife in your area. You can also search with keyword phrases such as "Florida Birds" or "Florida Wildlife. " The next step involves creating a sketch of your design. It doesn't matter if you have no artistic ability. Just get your ideas down on paper and fine-tune later. Start by standing in your backyard and drawing a sketch of the elements that are already in place. Decide where you would like to place a water feature. Sketch in new trees, shrubs, and plants and experiment with various layouts that will suit your needs. Another option is to cut photos from a magazine or download images from the Internet.