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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.
  • Meet the Pollinators
    Yes, honeybees are important pollinators. However, many species of butterflies, moths, birds, flies — even bats! — also pollinate flowers. This article introduces you to some common (and not-so-common) ones.
  • 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 attract 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 Birdhouse
    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.
  • 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.
  • Lawn, Reimagined
  • Pollinators 101: Who, What, Why, & How to Help Pollinators
    Pollinators play a massive role in our food systems, environment, and economy! Learn who they are, what they do, why they're struggling, and how we can all help them thrive.
  • 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.
  • Saving the Monarch Butterfly
    Monarch butterfly populations have been declining over the past decade, with sharp declines in the last few years. What can gardeners do to help ?
  • Pollinator Garden Bed Planting Plan for Butterflies
    Planting plan to attract butterflies all season. In spring, the orange milkweed foliage provides food for monarch butterfly larvae. Summer brings continuous blooms. And come autumn, fall-blooming aster helps monarch adults fuel up for their migration.
  • Pollinator Garden Bed Planting Plan for Bees
    This garden puts out the welcome mat for honey bees, native bees, and other beneficial insects. While the bees are sipping nectar and collecting pollen, you'll enjoy a beautiful raised bed garden that produces flowers in every season, spring through fall.
  • Pollinator Garden Bed Planting Plan for Hummingbirds
    Planting plan with bold flowers in brilliant hues to attract these winged wonders. Once hummingbirds discover this garden's buffet of blooms, they'll stick around all summer and return again each spring.
  • Instructions for the Mason Bee House
    Orchard mason bees are small bees native to North America and are very good pollinators for flowers and fruit trees. They visit as many a 1,000 blooms per day.
  • Fall Landscape Cleanup Dos and Don'ts
    Tidying up the garden in fall gives you a head start next spring. Here are tips for cleaning up — while also inviting pollinators and birds to your landscape through the autumn season.
  • Nominate a Pollinator Protector!