- Top 4 Gardening Myths busted!
National Wildlife Federation (NWF)
Have you fallen for one of the top gardening myths? David Mizejewski a Naturalist with the National Wildlife Federation educate folks on wildlife gardening - and dispels the following myths:
Myth #1: Wildlife will destroy my food garden.
False. Use strategic fencing to protect special plants from deer, rabbits or groundhogs and netting to protect fruit from birds. Or just plant extra to share the bounty. Many vegetables actually require bees and other animal pollinators to produce.
Myth #2: You need a yard to garden for wildlife.
False. Many species, like birds and butterflies, are easy to attract since they are so mobile. If you have a smaller space, just think in smaller scale. For example, instead of a bird bath, simply fill a small dish with water.
Myth #3: Wildlife gardens are weedy and messy.
False. Many native plants are ornamental and commonly available in garden centers, including colorful flowers, trees, shrubs and grasses. Just a little simple maintenance can help you keep a very neat and tidy looking garden that attracts wildlife and contributes to the local ecosystem.
Myth #4: Providing water for wildlife creates a mosquito haven.
False. It takes a minimum of about a week for the metamorphosis from egg to winged adult mosquito to be
completed, so emptying your bird bath or other water source every few days eliminates the chance of creating a mosquito nursery.
For more information:
National Wildlife Federation
11100 Wildlife Center Drive, Reston VA 20190
- Posted: 5/22/12
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