We have been talking about how to create a backyard wildlife habitat in your own back yard. We’ve already gone over assessing your yard or garden space and providing the four basic elements.
Today we are going to discuss practicing resource conservation in your own backyard. Conserving resources will not only help the wildlife in your own backyard but will help improve our community’s environment.
Here are some ideas for practicing resource conservation:
- Plant native plants suited to your region and don’t plant any invasive exotics (or in other words, non-native plants) if possible. I can see the logic here. Native plants are used to your drought, level of humidity, high temperatures and occasional floods. On the other hand “xeriscape” landscaping that I talk about below allows the use of exotics, if they are low maintenance.
- Establish a backyard wetland or drainage buffer area to filter storm water and limit runoff. It does happen.
- Capture roof water for use in planted areas. When it rained the other day, I wanted to collect the water sitting in the streets until I saw the birds swimming in it. I think I’ll get some buckets.