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Backyard Habitat

  • To attract butterflies and other pollinators, simply plant flowers they love -- lots of them. The designs here feature blooms that are rich in color and nectar, ensuring that you will welcome dozens of beneficial insects -- especially butterflies.
  • Monarchs are in trouble because of the elimination of milkweed that used to grow in farm fields. Grow a patch of milkweed in your backyard, which will provide food for monarch caterpillars.
  • How butterflies, bees, hummingbirds and other animals insure our gardens and crops.
  • A guide to feeders, birdbaths and shelters.
  • Five ways gardeners can welcome pollinators; a list of plants that draw butterflies, hummingbirds and beneficial bees.
  • By planting wildlife-friendly gardens, backyard gardeners can help reverse the habitat destruction and species loss that has occurred over the last century.
  • There are more than two dozen North American bird species that prefer to nest in a natural cavity. These cavity-nesting birds will often adapt to nesting in a birdhouse (also known as an artificial nesting box).
  • Planting pollen- and nectar-rich flowers is a very important way to help counter the decline in pollinator populations. Most bees are attracted to flowers for their pollen as well as their nectar.
  • How to create a backyard habitat for wildlife, such as birds, frogs, pollinators and fish.
  • How to attract a variety of birds to your yard.
  • Choosing the trees, shrubs and perennials that birds like.
  • Gardeners have questions — and we have answers. You'll find some of the most frequently asked questions answered here.
  • With a some well-placed decor and a few nature-themed ideas, you can brighten a winter landscape.
  • Learn how to get your backyard certified by the National Wildlife Federation.
  • There are lots of great reasons to make your yard and garden more welcoming to birds. But here's one more: pest control!
  • Learn how to put mason bees to work, pollinating your garden.
  • Start by planting a tree. With this simple act, you celebrate the earth by increasing the leafy canopy. According to the U.S.Department of Agriculture, "One acre of forest absorbs six tons of carbon dioxide and puts out four tons of oxygen.
  • Though we seek black-and-white answers for gardening questions, the truth is often a gray area. Most answers begin with the words, "It depends …."
  • When you think about what to plant in your planters and windowboxes, consider making a few containers that are designed to attract birds and butterflies. The compositions in the slideshow are sure to inspire you.

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