Natural gardening can include a weed garden, backyard garden, prairie gardens or meadow gardens. These (somewhat) interchangeable terms mean gardeners creating a casually free-flowing natural environment designed to mimic a mountainside or prairie. These also help sustain local wildlife, which includes butterflies.
With these unconventional garden types some feel environments should consist of one-hundred percent native plants and flowers.
The other extreme is fearful neighbors concerned about unmanicured weed growth.
It's actually somewhere between the two:
Native gardening with indigenous plants is able to resist pests and diseases. Manicured areas promote natural garden pesticides. Ornamental plants and garden decorations make it your own.
The goal is to create a system of communities where plants and animals are living together within the same environmental conditions. The communities of wildlife in natural gardening that develop can include welcoming:
The developing stages will require more work as with any conventional gardening. Once the garden becomes established work begins to taper off. This is needed so plants aren't over-growing and becoming matted possibly inviting unwanted guests.
Starting your garden for wildlife must include Food, Water and Shelter.
To provide these, depending on garden type,
vertical layering may be necessary.
How to Start a Garden - A simple review of location and resources.
Garden Tilling - Necessary for gardens, important for larger wildlife areas.
Planting Zones - Different USDA maps including the hardiness zone
map, rainfall map and frost map.
Traditional Garden Layouts - Understanding Ornamental and
Natural Landscape garden design layouts.
Types of Gardens:
Other animals that invite themselves into a any garden are deer. Depending on your location this could be good thing, or not. See the following pages:
Asclepias tuberosa - More commonly known as Butterfly Weed. Also a great hummingbird plant.
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Natural gardening includes different types of gardens. These garden types create a casual, natural envirionment and help sustain native wildlife which includes butterflies.