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A Sensory Garden Full of Life

With some additions, you can add character and share your garden with small friends of all types.

It is no surprise that we are paving over the ecosystems of many plants and animals. This leaves our wildlife friends fewer places to eat and live. We can provide places of food and shelter for these animals. It's a win-win. They have a chance to live their lives, and we get to watch them do so.

Invite wild fauna to your garden

Invite your new friends to the garden by doing a few simple things.

  • Create a variety of small habitat locations, if possible. Perhaps a place for birds, a small pond for amphibians, and some homes for squirrels.

  • Provide native plants when possible

  • Provide locations where small animals can overwinter (amphibians, small birds, reptiles)

  • Some tree species that birds can nest and spend time during times of cold and poor weather

  • Surround your garden with trees and shrubs, so your friends feel a sense of safety and seclusion

A place for the birds

An area specifically designed for birds is a great way to get a good view. For example, a bird feeding station with different types of structures and food will attract a variety of birds.

Don't forget to provide sources of food for the ever-favorite hummingbird. Some sugar water, a good feeder, and some patience will bring many new hovering friends to your garden.

Many habitats are best

If you want to see more than just the birds, add a pond or other water source. Dragonflies, frogs, and other amphibians could become permanent residents.

You may also want to provide a meadow area for other small animals along with other objects where they can hibernate during the winter months.

Good for all

Attracting wildlife to your garden is good for both you and the animals. Watching wildlife has been shown to calm your heart, spirit, and mind. Make your sensory garden a haven for you and for them.

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