Backyard Habitat

  • Planters and Raised Beds for Butterflies
    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.
  • Create a Monarch Waystation
    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.
  • All About Pollinators
    How butterflies, bees, hummingbirds and other animals insure our gardens and crops.
  • How to Choose a Birdfeeder
    A guide to feeders, birdbaths and shelters.
  • Attracting Butterflies, Hummingbirds and Other Pollinators
    Five ways gardeners can welcome pollinators; a list of plants that draw butterflies, hummingbirds and beneficial bees.
  • The Role of Gardeners in Creating Wildlife Corridors
    By planting wildlife-friendly gardens, backyard gardeners can help reverse the habitat destruction and species loss that has occurred over the last century.
  • Choosing a Bird House
    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).
  • Attracting Beneficial Bees
    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.
  • Attracting Wildlife
    How to create a backyard habitat for wildlife, such as birds, frogs, pollinators and fish.
  • Attracting Birds
    How to attract a variety of birds to your yard.
  • Tip: Landscaping That's for the Birds
    Choosing the trees, shrubs and perennials that birds like.
  • Good Question!
    Gardeners have questions — and we have answers. You'll find some of the most frequently asked questions answered here.
  • Enliven the Garden in Winter
    With a some well-placed decor and a few nature-themed ideas, you can brighten a winter landscape.
  • How to Get Your Backyard Certified as a Wildlife Habitat
    Learn how to get your backyard certified by the National Wildlife Federation.
  • How to Attract Bug-Eating Birds
    There are lots of great reasons to make your yard and garden more welcoming to birds. But here's one more: pest control!
  • About Mason Bees
    Learn how to put mason bees to work, pollinating your garden.
  • 5 Ways to Celebrate Earth Day
    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.
  • Digging for Truth
    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 …."
  • Planters for Pollinators
    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.
  • A Front Yard that Handles Drought With Ease
    With tight water restrictions, traditional lawns are going from green to brown. What’s a homeowner to do? Get creative. Learn how one Los Angeles family created a front lawn that looks great, tolerates drought and welcomes pollinators – and neighbors.