Tiny Yard - Want Habitat!

emmi331(7)June 3, 2007

Hello, everyone - This is my first time posting to this particular forum, and I notice that some people here believe it's better to create an appropriate habitat than to put out bird feeders. I plead guilty to the last! I live on the outskirts of a small city in SW Virginia, on about 1/16 of an acre. So this is a tiny city yard, but I have done my best to make it animal friendly by having lots of shady areas and trying to create cover as best I can. I really do not have room for a pond. I put out plenty of water and seeds in feeders, and have quite a nice variety of birds (a few I could do without, but they should feel welcome, too!). I also have squirrels, chipmunks, and the occasional rabbit or possum. There are nandina bushes with berries, but I'm not sure birds eat these, as well as holly. I'm getting ready to plant some shrubs and bushes in front of the house - suggestions? I would be happy to do without the feeders, as they can be a nuisance, but I need some guidance. Can you help? Thanks!

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Dear emmi,

Welcome to Habitat Gardening! The size of your habitat doesn't matter at all. There are balcony gardens which have been certified as Backyard Wildlife Habitats.

What matters is your heart (and making sure that your landscape doesn't dwarf your home). The best thing you can do is pick plants which are native to your area. You want to provide food, water, cover and a place to raise young.

The link below gives the basics and some links.

Here are few more
Virgina "Habitat at Home" has plants lists

Loudoun Wildlife Conservancy

enature- Native Gardening

Best of luck

Texas Backyard Wildlife Habitat Sreward
National Wildlife Federation

Here is a link that might be useful: Virginia Cooperative Extension

    Bookmark   June 4, 2007 at 6:24AM
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terryr(z5a IL)

Here's another link to native plants of West Virginia.


Could give us some more insight into what your soil, lighting conditions, etc are?

    Bookmark   June 4, 2007 at 11:10PM
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