The most obvious to start with is to talk about flowers and plants. That's the small picture, however. The big picture comes first and that would be where to start digging and why.
Most areas in the United States wind prevails from the northwest.
So when understanding the preliminary set up of your butterfly garden it is important to have a windbreak.
These can be windbreak trees, a flowering hedge, privacy hedges and even a slope.
They can also be a house or different structures like a garden fence or fountain.
A garden windbreak will take the brunt of prevailing winds allowing:
Rule of thumb:
Slopes breaking the north-westerly winds can be very inviting to develop a butterfly garden.
If you live in a winter climate winds coming around the corners of a house, especially northwest winds can be relentless. While starting a garden in these area you need to protect newly planted vegetation. Black weed fabric will help these new plants survive by reducing exposure to the elements and even keep temperatures underneath warmer by a few degrees.
Black weed fabric is also used to suppress weeds, as the name implies. I place a lot of emphasis on weeds. As a beginner gardener I really liked some and not others. Understand how important they are to the butterfly is important and even more so, for the gardener to control.
Weeds - Think ahead and consider how they will be dealt with.
Weeds will especially be under control when understanding no space should be open and unoccupied. Exposed soil welcomes weeds.
The best butterfly gardens have both annuals and perennials.
The second gardening season your plants will begin to develop and take shape if they are perennials. You may find that moving plants around will benefit other areas of your garden.
By the third year your garden will really look full and you will have developed an understanding for planting for the future. This also will help understand how your monies are spent.
Along the way you may discover soil areas where plants will not cultivate. Mulch can be placed over the area but another creative idea is to use these areas as water sources for butterflies along with areas for them to bask, or perch.
Another thing when starting a garden is to consider the flowers, plants and butterflies that are local, or native, to your area.
Butterflies, flowers and plants are found all over the world. The butterfly species and plants native to a geographic area have evolved together for centuries and have adapted to local conditions.
Butterfly - Understanding why attracting the local common butterflies to
your butterfly garden is important. If you're not certain as to what butterflies
are common to your area, learning if you have a state butterfly is a great place
Butterfly - You will see other types of butterflies visiting your garden as
it becomes more established, even as soon as the second year. You many be
tempted to attract other butterflies to your garden that are not native to your
area. Understand why this isn't a good idea is important.
Butterfly Garden Plan - View their butterfly habitat as your butterfly sanctuary. Regardless of your space available with a butterfly garden plan there's a way to create a butterfly habitat that will work for both you and the butterflies.
How to Attract Butterflies - Arrangement of plantings can be very important with attracting butterflies to your garden.
Plants Grow? - If one is a beginner gardener this is a brief tutorial of
understanding plants, flowers and weeds and how they all grow.
What is a
Perennial Plant? - The two types of perennials and the common
characteristics they have.
What are Annual
Plants? - Similar characteristics as perennial flowers, but the big
difference is in the name "annual". There are two types of annuals.
Process - Plants can also grow through the pollination process, which
butterflies are a part of.
Growing Plants from Seed - This option is very inexpensive but can require practice. Sowing seeds can be done both indoors and out.
Buying Trees - Trees and plants come packaged differently. Understanding the pros and cons is good to know.
Deer Prevention - Understanding the patterns of deer and the types of plants they tend to eat. Also see:
Butterfly House - Also known as butterfly boxes. Garden decorations that help promote butterflies to your space include butterfly boxes for hibernating. These have also been called hibernation boxes.
Butterflies - This can be fun for you or with the kids. Raising butterflies
falls under two categories - At Home and Commercial Purposes.
How to Raise Butterflies - Successfully raising butterflies at home.
Consider this gardening advice when planning a garden attracting butterflies...
Both butterflies and plants local to a region
require less attention. This is good news -
native vegetation doesn't require excessive
fertilizing and water. This means you save $$$!!!
How to Kill Weeds - Understanding how to get rid of them.
Organic Mulch Types - Other weed suppressing options.
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