Offering tips and techniques for providing a gardening style that attracts wildlife, a guide lets readers match garden types to their own yards and customize the landscape for their favorite kinds of animals, birds, and butterflies.
How to Create a Beautiful Backyard Habitat for Birds, Butterflies, and Other Wildlife
Author: Craig Tufts,H. Peter Loewer
A backyard water feature is a feast for your senses! It surrounds you with sights, sounds, colors, and a constant source of movement that will never fail to inspire you. Both soothing and invigorating, water features come in every size, from simple bubblers for patio-sized gardens to more elaborate streams and waterfalls. You can create a water garden without spending a fourtune or all summer doing it and maintain it yourself. Water gardens offer but with no weeding, no mulching, no pruning and no watering. It sure beats mowing! Backyard water gardens answers your questions about designing, building, maintaining, planting, and even stocking fish. This is the place to get your feet wet on the road to successful water gardening. Inside you'll find plenty of how-to and step-by-step photos plus tips for: avoiding common mistakes, properly sitting and sizing your water feature (how big is too big?), keeping up on year-round maintenance, choosing the right equipment and selecting plants and fish -- P.  of cover.
How to Build, Plant & Maintain Ponds, Streams & Fountains
Author: Veronica L. Fowler
Publisher: Strange Chemistry
Author: Dave Bevan
Publisher: Ringpress Books
Category: Gardening to attract wildlife
• How to maintain environmental balance and attract wildlife • Applies to all backyard gardens, large and small with specific information on creating ponds and other water features • Accessible gardening tips for seniors and people with disabilities Many people approach gardening as a constant struggle with the outside world. They're perpetually at war with nature, investing in weed killers and fighting off deer and birds, all in an effort to preserve their garden as a pristine patch of earth. Marlene A. Condon proposes a radically different method: What if, instead of battling the natural world, we invite it into our backyards? The result is the nature-friendly garden, which attracts and meets the needs of common creatures--rabbits, toads, insects, squirrels, owls, and so on--while maintaining a thriving, varied landscape of flowers and plants. And as this thought-provoking guide demonstrates, coexisting with nature doesn't mean turning your yard into a bramble-infested wilderness. The sustainable, low-impact garden described in these pages is a model of environmental balance, fostering species diversity while keeping wildlife damage and invasive plant growth at an acceptable minimum. Best of all, it offers a privileged look at the workings of nature, and its advice on observing wildlife is sure to open up a new and fascinating world for even the most experienced gardener.
Creating a Backyard Haven for Animals, Plants, and People
Author: Marlene A. Condon
Publisher: Stackpole Books
In this revised and updated version of the classic How to Make a Wildlife Garden, professional environmentalist Chris Baines shows how you can transform your garden into a rich wildlife haven.
Author: Chris Baines
Publisher: Frances Lincoln Limited
Building Natural Ponds is the first book to walk through the steps required to design and build a natural pond without the need of pumps, filters, and nasty chemicals. Coverage includes pond ecosystems and natural algae control, planning, design, aesthetics, and siting, plus highly illustrated step-by-step construction guidance, plants and fish, maintenance and troubleshooting, and large ponds and pools.
Create a Clean, Algae-free Pond without Pumps, Filters, or Chemicals
Author: Robert Pavlis
Publisher: New Society Publishers
Promoting a holistic ecological view, Tammi Hartung encourages you to invite wildlife into your garden. You’ll be amazed at how a variety of natural pollinators, pest predators, and soil enrichers can promote vibrant and healthy vegetables. Discover how a slug problem disappears once you’ve introduced a pond housing bullfrogs, how wasps can take care of tomato hornworms, and why skunks aren’t so bad after all. Learn how to garden with animals, rather than against them, and reap your most bountiful harvest yet.
How to Grow Food in Harmony with Nature
Author: Tammi Hartung
Publisher: Storey Publishing
Wildlife is a more significant and mainstream issue for gardeners than when this best-selling book was published in 1985 as How to Make a Wildlife Garden. Fully revised, updated and freshly illustrated, this new edition brings RHS research and best practice to a multitude of controversial areas: from the use of pesticides to bird boxes, bird tables and planting for birds; whether tidiness in the garden is a good thing for wildlife; the planting of native species over introduced ones; the idea of habitat creation to preserve diversity; how to attract and sustain butterflies; pollinating insects and the crash in bee populations and how gardeners are involved. Wildlife forms an increasingly important part of a gardener's responsibility and that responsibility become integral to their decision-making processes. Future gardeners can use this volume to be better informed guardians of the planet's resources. Chris Baines is the UK's foremost wildlife gardening expert and Vice President of the Wildlife Trusts.
Author: Chris Baines
Publisher: Frances Lincoln
A forest garden is a food-producing garden, based on the model of a natural woodland or forest. It is made up of fruit and nut trees, fruit bushes, perennial vegetables and herbs. It can be tailored to fit any space, from a tiny urban back yard to a large rural garden. A close copy of a natural ecosystem, it is perhaps the most ecologically friendly way of gardening open to us. It is also a low-maintenance way of gardening. Once established there is none of the digging, sowing, planting out and hoeing of the conventional kitchen garden. The main task is picking up the produce! This highly practical, yet inspiring book gives you everything you need to know in order to create a beautiful and productive forest garden, including: Basic principles Layout How to choose plants Details of over one hundred plants, from apples to mushrooms the most comprehensive account of perennial and self-seeding vegetables in print A step-by-step guide to creating your garden Full details of an example garden, and pictures of many more Forest gardening is an important element of permaculture. This book explains in detail permaculture design for temperate climates and contains much of interest for anybody wanting to introduce sustainable practices into their garden.
Author: Patrick Whitefield
Publisher: Permanent Publications
Discusses the construction of ponds, streams, and waterfalls from natural materials and preformed liners, explores the necessary pumps and tubing, and suggests appropriate plantings for a water garden
Creating a Beautiful Water Garden
Author: Helen Nash
Publisher: Sterling Publishing Company, Inc.
How to be wildlife and nature friendly no matter what type of garden you have.
A Complete Guide to Nature-friendly Gardening
Author: Adrian Thomas
Publisher: A&C Black
Publisher: DIANE Publishing
Complemented by more than five hundred photographs, illustrations, and diagrams, this easy-to-follow how-to handbook introduces the fundamentals of rock and water gardening and includes a variety of projects, complete with step-by-step instructions and illustrations, shopping lists, plant directories, and dozens of helpful tips. Original. 12,000 first printing.
Author: Carlo A. Balistrieri,Bill Gutman
Explains how to transform backyard gardens into living ecosystems that are not only enjoyable retreats for humans, but also sanctuaries for wildlife.
How to Attract Bees, Butterflies, Birds, and Other Animals
Author: Nancy Bauer
Publisher: Univ of California Press
If you yearn to watch blackbirds feeding their young, and butterflies flitting amongst the flowers but you don't have the space for a meadow or want to give your whole garden over to nature, don't despair: with just a few clever tricks you can bring the countryside and its residents to your garden, even in the most urban of locations. Encouraging a little wildlife into your garden can bring a lot of benefits for the gardener. Having a wildlife-friendly garden isn't just about letting nature do its thing so that you can enjoy watching it from your window or the patio, it has a far more important contribution to make. Let nature do the hard work of gardening for you: ladybirds and blue tits will make short work of aphids, while birds, bats and hedgehogs will feast on larger insects. It's biological control at its best; leaving you more time to sit in your deck chair and listen to the dawn chorus of the birds, the croaking of frogs, and the nighttime grunting of visiting hedgehogs. If the natural look of a wildlife garden isn't your thing, you'll be pleased to know that even the most modern, minimalist garden can include features which will bring in wildlife without cramping your style. In this book, the team at Gardeners' World Magazine bring you tips and advice on simple ways in which you can create a haven for wildlife - whatever your garden style.
Projects and Tips to Bring Life to Your Garden
Author: Mick Lavelle
Publisher: Random House
In this eloquent plea for compassion and respect for all species, journalist and gardener Nancy Lawson describes why and how to welcome wildlife to our backyards. Through engaging anecdotes and inspired advice, profiles of home gardeners throughout the country, and interviews with scientists and horticulturalists, Lawson applies the broader lessons of ecology to our own outdoor spaces. Detailed chapters address planting for wildlife by choosing native species; providing habitats that shelter baby animals, as well as birds, bees, and butterflies; creating safe zones in the garden; cohabiting with creatures often regarded as pests; letting nature be your garden designer; and encouraging natural processes and evolution in the garden. The Humane Gardener fills a unique niche in describing simple principles for both attracting wildlife and peacefully resolving conflicts with all the creatures that share our world.
Nurturing a Backyard Habitat for Wildlife
Author: Nancy Lawson
Publisher: Chronicle Books
There is something uplifting about having butterflies in your flowerbeds, frogs in your water feature and birds in your bushes, and knowing they're there because of you. Rich in detail and accessible in style, Gardening for Wildlife is the crucial companion to novices and expert gardeners alike. Adrian Thomas dispels myths and offers new insights and ideas, helping everyone understand what to do so gardens, large or small, can become ideal homes for wildlife. Building on the success of the award-winning first edition, this expanded and updated edition reflects the latest research and developments in nature-friendly gardening. The book serves as an expert guide to the practical aspects of this rewarding pastime and educates readers about the ecological principles involved, while exploding commonly held misconceptions that often deter people from pursuing a kinder approach to gardening. Adrian Thomas provides a detailed guide to the many and varied species that can contribute to a natural and healthy garden. Practical sections help you create entire habitats, such as woodland and meadow gardens, in your garden. And the massively expanded catalogue of the top 500 best garden flowers, shrubs and trees for wildlife, now includes colour photos of every species. If you love wildlife and want to encourage more to visit your garden, this inspirational book will help you sow the seeds and reap the rewards.
Author: Adrian Thomas
Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing
Whether you are planting a yard from scratch or modifying an existing area, Landscaping for Wildlife in the Pacific Northwest will help you select, arrange, and maintain plants and other landscape elements that fulfill wildlife needs. Homeowners, property owners, professional wildlife managers, landscape architects, and garden designers will all find it invaluable. A wealth of information is provided on: --Wildlife habitat and landscaping basics --Birds, mammals, reptiles, amphibians, and insects likely to be attracted to your property --Specialty gardens for butterflies and hummingbirds --How to plant and maintain woodlands, grasslands, wetlands, and waterways --Feeders and nest boxes --Ponds and birdbaths --Potential problems --Wildlife viewing tips --Extensive plant lists
Author: Russell Link
Publisher: University of Washington Press