Butterfly meadows also create communities within the system
of your natural gardening goals.
These are opposite of a forest garden where there are overhead canopies of trees and dense vegetation at the edges.
Meadows open up to a wealth of grasses and flowers, allowing one to see far away horizons. These are good for gardeners seeking openess.
Meadow areas have:
Overall when compared to other wildlife and native gardens, meadows tend to have shorter or low lying plants. More often these are biennials and annuals amongst grasses. When flowering, meadows are beautiful but once finished blooming, you'll have a grass field.
If any larger shrubs are added they shouldn't block sunlight for the blooming flowers. Let flowers and grasses grow high. Most wildlife prefer to move about under cover and keeping things high helps them and other garden insects move about safely.
Butterflies also need water. Having wildlife ponds provide water for the different communities in nature and butterflies can puddle as well. These can be as simple as a small hole or much larger depending on your natural gardening plan.
Overall butterflies need open, sunny areas and the flowers they feed on will get at least five hours of sun daily for nectar sources.
If property already has a large, open area, these can kick-start any meadow garden with native flowers and flowering weeds. Begin the weeding out process first to gain control of the 'neglected' look. Once this takes shape its time to start strategically tilling flower seeds that will help in attracting butterflies. See the page How to Attract Butterflies to understand how to place flowers for butterflies and why.
Another way to jump-start garden is by purchasing wildflower seeds that are in bags with different names like "butterfly meadow" or "annual mix", etc. These work but it is important to read instructions.
What's the difference in a prairie and meadow garden? For natural gardening purposes the terms are interchangeable, otherwise...
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