Create your very own butterfly garden!

Building a butterfly garden can be a fun and rewarding experience. By following these easy steps you can feel proud that you have made a delightful habitat for our fluttery friends, which can help conserve certain species of butterflies and prevent them from becoming extinct. A butterfly garden can be simple or complex depending on how involved you would like to be. A simple garden can just consist of selecting a handful of nectar plants to attract several species of adult butterflies to an area of your yard or if you want to play host and maintain a habitual butterfly garden it then comes down to location, plant choice, water availability, and predators in the area. To get started, we first have to look at the natural areas in which butterflies live. They are cold blooded and need warmth, which they get primarily, from the sun so open locations are always a must. Butterflies like areas to perch in direct sunlight on cooler days. A tall flower like Joe-Pye, a rock, a low tree branch, or a shrub will work well. They like protection provided by shrubs, trees, or structures from strong winds. Also, having a small tree or large shrub in the area gives them a place to rest away from predators. So, the best location for the garden is in an open area with some protection by trees/large shrubs, little traffic, located in full sun, and out of strong winds. Moist woods, along river banks, bio-swales, and ditches are where butterflies would like to be since water is a must. If you do not have water in...
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