Pollinator and Wildlife Gardens
Imagine bushes abuzz with bees, resplendent butterflies flashing about, and birdsong permeating the air – all right in your very own yard. By adding a few key elements to your garden or landscape, you can turn your landscape into a flourishing habitat and start witnessing sights fit for National Geographic!
Birds, Bees and Butterflies: Gardening for Wildlife
Let Water University help you build your backyard habitat. This comprehensive presentation is packed with tips for inviting wildlife. Discover which native plants entice specific pollinating insects and birds and how to round out your habitat with food and shelter sources.
Certified Wildlife Habitats
For a quick guide to the key building blocks of a successful Wildlife Habitat, check out National Wildlife Federation’s short 7 part video series. Start with the video below. Allow auto play to queue up each subsequent video and enjoy the entire series. Great to watch with the whole family. Have you installed all the components of a successful wildlife habitat? Register your Certified Wildlife Habitat here.
How to Plant a Pollinator Garden
Are you limited on space or not up for a whole backyard project? Here is a simple how-to video for creating a pollinator garden in a small sunny spot by Roger Cook of This Old House. Learn how to determine the proper location, prep soil, choose plants and add biodiversity through the addition of a water feature. Please note some plants suggested are localized and not native varieties.
Pollinating is important and thirsty work! Create a small oasis for butterflies and bees to sip from using tips in this video by Walter Reeves.
Get to know your new neighbors with these wildlife guides:
- Guide for Butterflies and Moths of the Houston area
- Native Bees and how to encourage them into your habitat
- Snakes Identification and safety
- Guide for Bats in the Houston area
- Did you spot a species you need help identifying? Upload a picture to iNaturalist to get help.
Register your pollinator garden with The Woodlands Township. Want to know how your garden can earn cash with the newest village challenge? Read more here.
Join us tomorrow for the final day of online programming as we explore How To Create a Healthy and Beautiful Lawn.