What makes a front yard more hospitable to wildlife? Getting rid of your lawn of course! Even if you have a small front yard, you can make a huge impact in your beautiful wildlife garden’s helpfulness by simply removing your grass and replacing with a garden. It’s been several years now since we ditched the grass in the front, and what a wonderful change it has been. Sure, it was hard work to begin with, but most of that was due to my visions of having a garden with many textures, paths and a lot of natural stone. I also wanted a stream bed to make use of the large amount of water that comes down our driveway during a storm. Was it worth it? You be the judge.
As you can see from the “before” picture there was a lot of work to be done to create what I wanted to see in the front of my house. I designed the stream bed so that all rain water collected on my property flows through this dry stream and waters the gardens all the way down the side of the house. Why does that matter for my wildlife friends? Well, the water from the sky has no chemicals, I don’t have to use so much water from the tap which saves resources, and my gardens learn how to use water more efficiently. My plants are then healthier and provide food for my wildlife friends.
Fall is always a great time of year to start thinking about what you can do to change your yard for your wildlife friends. Maybe my front yard transformation will inspire you to make a change and rip out a little of your lawn also. Just taking out a small amount of grass can make a huge difference.
Just and update: My weekly posts will be moving to Tuesdays! I hope you will join me and I look forward to your comments. Thank you so much, as I learn a lot from all of you!
© 2011, Kathy Green. All rights reserved. This article is the property of BeautifulWildlifeGarden.com If you are reading this at another site, please report that to us