GARDEN FOR WILDLIFE
NC state bird, butterfly, bee and critters
I purchased this home on 1.7 acres 3 yrs ago and started converting it to a native plant and wildlife habitat. The established gardens were replanted with native plants and the back side yard was allowed to grow except for twice a year mowing to controlled invasive weeds and tree saplings. Non-native trees were cut down and replaced with native trees. Special attention was paid to host plants- both trees and perennials- as caterpillars are an important part of the life cycle.
It has been wonderful seeing all the different pollinators visiting my flowers and the other wildlife finding homes on the property. I love to take photos of them and often use INaturalist to help identify them.
It is so important to use native plants to maintain the stability of the ecosystem. It is quite distressful to see all the non-native plants that have taken over the woods and parks. We all need to do our part and Garden for Wildlife!