How to Attract Animals to Your Garden

Four Methods:Attracting BirdsAttracting ButterfliesAttracting Blue Tongue LizardsKeeping Wildlife Safe in Your Garden

Attracting an array of animals to your garden is about planning to have the right plants, creating shaded or sheltered areas, providing food plants or food sources and keeping the pets from hassling the wildlife.

Method 1
Attracting Birds

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    Place a bird bath in your garden. Birds like to get a bath and will often drink from the bath. Add some flat rocks to your bird bath, so butterflies have a place to light and get a drink as well.
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    Build a bird house or buy one and put it on your wall near the roof. This can also be used by Bats at night.
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    Hang an apple or two in your garden for the birds. Or make a peanut butter log to hang for woodpeckers and some of the larger birds. Your garden will become home to lots of different types of Birds if you do this.
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    Hang a regular bird feeder in your tree! Take pictures when their eating!
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    Use suet feeders, especially in the winter, the birds need the oils found in the suet to keep them health. You can even make you're own suet.

Method 2
Attracting Butterflies

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    Plant shrubs and bushes that butterflies like. Many birds and beneficial insects will likely enjoy the plants too.
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    Do not use chemical pesticides around areas where butterflies congregate. Pesticides will not only kill the bad bugs, they kill everything else as well.
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    Read How to attract butterflies for more details.

Method 3
Attracting Blue Tongue Lizards

Blue tongue lizards are native to Australia and find their way into many local gardens.

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    Put out fresh fruits, strawberries, apples etc. Blue tongues also like snails, so perhaps add a few plucked up from your gardening clean up.
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    Place bite size pieces along a trail.
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    Watch for the blue tongues.

Method 4
Keeping Wildlife Safe in Your Garden

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    Keep native animals safe by keeping cats and dogs away from them. Keep your cats in at night and prevent dogs from chasing or attacking visiting animals. Not only is this important for the safety of the wildlife but the cats and dogs will be protected from getting such things as bites, scratches, intestinal worms, germ transference, etc.
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    Consider fencing off areas to prevent pets and wildlife from interacting. How viable this is will depend on the type of yard and garden space you have.
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    Remove plants that are are unsafe for wildlife animals. Grow plants that shelter and feed them.

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