There are many beneficial wildlife helpers in the garden. From natural predators that feed on pests and good garden bugs that pollinate plants to other garden friends likes frogs and birds, learning how to make your garden an inviting spot for them can help your garden flourish. In the following pages, you can find useful information on how to create garden friendly areas for beneficial insects and other garden friends. So keep reading to learn more about these wildlife helpers in the garden and how to take advantage of the benefits they offer.
From bluebirds to finches, encouraging colorful feathered friends into the yard can be achieved in a variety of ways, most especially by providing berries birds love. If you’re a bird lover and want more in the backyard, click here for info on planting berries for birds.
By learning more about lightning bugs and about their lifecycle, home gardeners are able to feel more confident about the benefits of fireflies and their ability to encourage more frequent visits from this insect. Learn about fireflies as pest control in this article.
You may have never considered this, but attracting lizards to your garden can be beneficial. So why should modern day gardeners take an interest in these scaly remnants from the age of the dinosaurs, and how are lizards good for gardens? Learn more here.
By Becca Badgett, Co-author of How to Grow an EMERGENCY Garden
If you have ducks living in your backyard or around your pond, you may be concerned with their diet. Keeping plants poisonous to ducks away from them is desired. But which plants are unsafe? Click this article to learn about plants harmful to ducks.
Watching birds is an enjoyable hobby for many homeowners. As with any endeavor, there are a few tips and tricks that can help to determine how many and which types will visit your backyard. Among the most common are American robins. Learn more in this article.
How much do you know about a cocoon vs. chrysalis and other butterfly facts? These two words are often used interchangeably but are not the same. Enlighten your friends and family with the fun facts found in this article. Click here for more information.
More gardeners need good squash bee information because these honey bee look-alikes are critically important for vegetable gardening. Learn how to identify squash bees, why you want them in your yard, and how to attract and keep them there in this article.
Bees collect pollen and nectar from flowers for food to feed the colony, right? Not always. How about oil collecting bees? Never heard of bees that collect oil? The following article contains information about the little known relationship between bees and flower oil.
The United States is home to approximately 70 species of digger bees, primarily in the western states. Around the world, there are an estimated 400 species of these interesting creatures. So, what’s the dirt on bees that dig? Learn about identifying digger bees here.
Many gardeners prefer organic options for pest control. The use of beneficial insects is one which has shown to be especially popular for growers wishing to take a more natural, hands-off approach. But how do you get these garden friendly bugs into your garden? Find out here.
Gardeners can hardly avoid insects, and while you may view most of them as pests, many are either beneficial or just fun to watch and enjoy. Damselflies and dragonflies fall into the latter categories. This article focuses on the damselfly in gardens.
Many aid hummingbirds by hanging out feeders filled with sugar-water. But insects on hummer feeders can compete with the beautiful birds for this treat, and there are predators out there that see the hummers as lunch. Learn more in this article.
Raising chickens can be worthwhile, but chicken food ain’t cheap! That’s where DIY chicken feed comes in. Yes, you can grow your own chicken feed. Click on the following article to find out how to grow your own natural, homegrown chicken feed.
If you pick up a pesticide these days, you may find bee hazard labels on the bottle. That’s to warn about pesticides that harm bees, American’s number one pollinator insect, and to inform consumers of how to protect bees. Click this article for more information.
While much light has been shed on the plight of honeybees, very little is said about the struggle of our native pollinating bees, like mining bees. Click this article for some additional mining bee info and learn more about these important ground dwelling bees.
By Becca Badgett, Co-author of How to Grow an EMERGENCY Garden
Much of our food supply depends on pollinators. It is important that gardeners provide what these valuable insects need to multiply and visit our gardens. So why not plant succulents for pollinators to keep them interested? Learn more in this article.
While it is common practice to grow flowers from seed or to add annuals to the landscape, the addition of flowering bulbs can take pollinator gardens to the next level. Learn more about planting bee-friendly bulbs in this article.
A garden has its own inherent pleasures, but for gardeners who love wildlife and beautiful music, it can be used to attract songbirds. Attracting songbirds can be the main focus of your garden or just a small part of it. This article will help get you started.
Bees are so important to growing food because of the pollination services they provide. Many of our favorite nuts and fruits would be impossible without bees. But did you know there are several common bee varieties? Learn about them here.
Did you know that thrips spread more than just disease? That?s right - they do have a redeeming quality! Thrips are actually helpful too, as pollinating thrips can help spread pollen. Learn more about thrips and pollination in this article.
Due to the wide diversity between species, in-depth rove beetle identification is beyond the scope of this article. However, there are a few common identifying factors to watch for, and this article aims to help with that.
Honeybee decline has made many headlines in the past few years, but bumblebee populations are declining too. Learn how you can help by making a home for bumblebees. Click on the following article for additional information.
Gardeners have lots of good reasons to try to lure beneficial insects for a garden. But how to do it? Calling them or whistling softly rarely works. You?ll want to use insect friendly garden plants to start creating bug gardens. This article will help get you started.
You may shudder to hear that spined soldier bugs live in gardens around your home. But actually this is great news, not bad news. These predators are more effective than you are at reducing pests on your plants. Click here for more information.
Attracting hedgehogs to the garden starts with access, but there are also a few dangers to eliminate and things you can do to make them feel more invited. What will attract hedgehogs? Use the information in this article to attract hedgehogs to the garden.
Very little attention is paid to the declining moth populations. However, moth populations have been declining drastically here since the 1950s. Click this article to learn how you can help by attracting moths to your garden and providing them with safe habitats.
Because you want to encourage ladybugs in the garden, it?s good to know what ladybug eggs look like as well as familiarize yourself with ladybug larvae identification so you don?t accidently do away with one. This article can help.
If you love watching butterflies, it is important to know what to plant for migrating butterflies. Having plants for migrating butterflies attracts them, fueling them for their journey and gives you a glimpse into their fascinating life cycle. Learn more here.
Native waterfowl are an indicator of a healthy environment and their migratory activities ensure different species at different times of the year. If you wish to know how to attract ducks to your garden, look no further - click here for some tips and tricks.
With the fate of many pollinators hanging in the balance these days, it may be time to reconsider the pure grass, well-trimmed lawn and start creating pollinator friendly lawns instead. This article will help with how to create a bee-friendly yard.
With organic and chemical free gardening such a big trend these days, Neem oil seems to be the perfect solution to everything that could go wrong in the garden. Neem oil repels and kills many garden pests, but what about beneficials like ladybugs? Learn more here.
Attracting lightning bugs to your garden is definitely a good thing to do. These beneficial insects don?t bite, aren?t poisonous, and they carry no diseases. Even better, most species are predatory, feeding on the larvae of insect pests. Click here to learn more.
How do you help pollinators do their job if you have mostly shade in your yard? With the right plants, you can attract pollinators to shade and part shade flower beds. Click the article that follows to learn more.
Bats are important pollinators for many plants; yet, they don?t get a lot of credit for their hard work. Are you curious about plants that are pollinated by bats? Learn more about the types of plants bats pollinate in this article.
Parasitic wasps parasitize different garden pests depending on species. To attract these garden good guys, it helps to know how to identify them and their eggs or larvae. Learn more about these beneficial insects in this article.
Soldier beetles, in their colorful little ?uniforms,? are easy to identify. Gardeners celebrate when they find them in the garden. Click this article to discover out why and how to identify soldier beetle larvae in gardens.
Pirate bugs in gardens are a gift, since the tiny insects eat bugs you?d rather not have around. This article provides some tips about creating pirate bug habitats to attract these garden helpers. Click here to learn more.
Many gardeners buy aphid midge eggs specifically to fight aphid populations. Find information in this article about the aphid midge life cycle and how to identify aphid midge young. Click here to learn more.
Hoverflies, are beneficial insect predators that are a boon to gardeners dealing with aphid infestations. Proper identification will help promote hoverfly egg laying. The following article will help you to identify and encourage syrphid fly eggs and hoverfly larvae.
Recognizing assassin bugs as a good garden helper rather than a potentially scary threat to you puts a natural perspective on the normal cycle of life in your landscape. Learn more about assassin bug eggs and nymphs in this article.
Lacewing larvae in gardens are a natural knock out for undesirable insects. They are voracious eaters of many soft-bodied insects that attack plants. For non-toxic pest control, create a lacewing larvae habitat. This article will help.
While the sudden discovery of a scurrying ground beetle may be a little unnerving, it is actually a valuable ally to the gardener. Learn more about the ground beetle life cycle, including its larva and eggs, in the article that follows.
Gardeners all over the world are creating safe habitats for butterflies. With the right plants, you can create your own butterfly garden. Learn more about the best plants for attracting butterflies and butterfly host plants in this article.
Many pollinators have disappeared and others are endangered. Read on to learn about a few of the many pollinator friendly plants. Click this article for more information on plants that attract pollinators to the garden.
With some creative discouragement in some places and encouragement in others, squirrels can live harmoniously in your backyard. Learn more about creating squirrel friendly gardens in this article so you can enjoy their antics.
Looking for earth friendlier options when grooming our landscapes? A cute and safe alternative to many of our fueled and chemical treatments is using goats for weed control. This article has more information.
Butterflies are a welcome sight in any garden. They will naturally come to feed on many flowering plants, but you can make a butterfly container garden to attract them too. Learn about creating butterfly container gardens in this article.
Praying mantis in the garden provide a safe, biological weapon to combat pesky insects. What do praying mantis egg sacs look like and when do they hatch? Click this article to learn how to find and care for these amazing insect eggs.
When you first start researching backyard garden chickens, it will seem overwhelming. Don?t let this stop you. Raising chickens in your garden is easy and entertaining. This article will help get you started in chicken keeping for beginners.
Keeping bees in the backyard is a natural extension of gardening, and means ready pollination for your flowers and plants, as well as a generous honey supply. Read this article to learn about backyard beekeeping basics.
While most people give it little thought, the bird lover in the rest of us know that part of attracting birds to our gardens means providing them a suitable home in addition to feeding them. So what types of birdhouses are available? Find out here.
Butterflies are fascinating creatures that bring grace and color to the garden. They are also effective pollinators. A successful butterfly garden requires an understanding of butterfly garden feeding, including water sources. This article will help with that.
Using caution when purchasing wild bird seed will help avoid excess waste, allelopathic effects and unwanted pests. Read this article to prevent problems with bird seeds and ensure a trouble free ornithologist experience. Click here for more info.
Some common owl species are ferocious predators of mice and other rodent pests, so it makes sense to invite them into the neighborhood by installing an owl house. Read this article for tips on owl house design.
Ever wonder if a rove beetle is good or bad? Rove beetles are predatory insects that can become your partner in controlling pest insects in the garden. You can find rove beetle facts and information in this article.
Bumble bees are extremely important insects that pollinate many plants. All home gardeners should use strategies that maintain and encourage the presence of these beneficial insects. This article should help with that.
Honeybees are valuable plant pollinators, but each year we lose one-third of the honeybee colonies in the U.S. to colony collapse disorder. This article explains how to attract and use alternative pollinators to bees.
Millipedes and centipedes are two of the most popular insects to be confused with one another. Learn more about these insects in this article. You may be amazed to find how beneficial they are to gardens.
Birds of prey in the garden are not common, but they may show up when their food source is so easily available and can be valuable as pest control. Lean more in this article and how to take advantage of these birds.
Aphid midges are one of the good garden bugs. Chances are that if you have aphids, aphid midges will find their way to your garden. Learn more about using aphid midge insects for pest control right here.
Hover flies are helicopters of the insect world, often seen hovering in the air. These beneficial insects are valuable tools in the garden. Learn more about them in this article. Click here for information.
Smart gardeners who learn what soldier beetles are soon learn to attract these garden friends instead of trying to keep them away. Read this article for more information on how soldier beetles help the garden.
Few recognize green lacewings in the garden, although they provide just as much help to a gardener seeking a chemical-free solution to insect pests. Learn more about these helpful insects in the following article.
Dragonflies can be an asset to the garden, keeping menacing insects to a minimum. Read this article to learn what plants attract dragonflies so you can invite these helpful insects to your garden area.
Wasps! If just the mention of them sends you running for cover, then it's time you met the parasitic wasp. Using parasitic wasps in gardens is an effective way to control insect pests. Learn more here.
Hummingbirds are a delight to watch as they dart and dash around the garden. To attract hummingbirds to the garden, consider planting a perennial garden for hummingbirds using the tips in this article.
They may seem scary at first, but most of the time finding a snake in a garden is a good thing. Read here to learn more about how to attract snakes to your garden and take advantage of what they can offer.
All plants require pollination in order to make seeds and fruit, but sometimes other factors can prevent plants that need pollinators from getting the pollination that they need. Learn more in this article.
Attracting toads is the dream of many gardeners. Having toads in the garden is very beneficial, as they naturally prey on insects, slugs and snails. Learn more about attracting toads to the garden in this article.
If you love butterflies, then this article will help lure them your way. Next summer, don't forget to plant these flowers and enjoy the hoards of butterflies that won't be able to resist your flower garden.