Our backyard has become a much needed refuge while sheltering in place this Spring. So I thought this would be a good time to give an update on our wildlife habitat… which now includes our two orange tabbies, Ziggy D and Ollie Rockit. No worries, we keep a very close eye on them when they are in the backyard!
Last year we started planting micro-clover in our weed filled lawn. We found that it stays green all winter and spreads pretty slowly. So we planted several more rounds of seed this Spring, adding two pound bags of clover seed to five pounds of Miracle Gro garden soil. Mixing it with the soil added extra fertilizer plus made it easier to see where we planted those teeny tiny clover seeds!
Clover is eco-friendly because it needs less water and self-fertilizes by adding nitrogen to the soil. Once the clover was planted, we started to work on our various habitats. We carefully tidied up the insect condo where lots of bugs were happily nesting away. We created a bee bath by filling a shallow saucer with colorful pebbles and put a pottery butterfly puddler in the herb garden.
We cleaned and hung the butterfly and mason bee houses and hummingbird feeder. We also planted flowers to attract butterflies and hummingbirds to our outdoor haven. My favorite wildlife are the plentiful toads and we placed toad abodes all around the yard. It is simply an upside down pot propped up on two rocks with a saucer filled with water nearby to serve as their own private pond.
I’ve noticed lots of birds this year and maybe it’s just the lack of other noises but there is a cacophony of sounds. While we are living in these scary uncertain times, it is comforting to have fresh air and nature to enjoy. I would love to live in my backyard and plan to do just that when the weather gets a bit warmer!
Resources: Scott’s Turf Builder Clover Lawn (Amazon), Garden Soil, Saucers and Pots (Thomas Gardens), Butterfly Puddler and Mason Bee Houses (Etsy), Butterfly House and Hummingbird Feeder (Gardeners Supply), Inspiration Rocks, Scatter Garden Kits and Garden Sprinkles (Hollyhocks on Main).