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[ How to Garden for Wildlife this Fall! ]

NWFImagine a serene garden on a crisp, sunny autumn day-a beautiful cardinal snacks on berries, a tiny hummingbird stops by for a drink and a cheerful chickadee alights on a nearby branch. 

This peaceful scene can be your yard this season!

The National Wildlife Federation offers these tips to help you create your very own autumn oasis: 

  • Welcome migrating monarchs and other butterflies.  These graceful beauties will love to visit late-blooming native plants like coneflowers, asters and goldenrods.
  • Leave the leaves. Rake fallen leaves into beds to create natural mulch that will protect your plants through the winter, conserve water and enhance the soil.
  • Provide a cozy abode for wildlife looking for a winter home. Create a brush pile with branches and other vegetation to attract all types of animals looking for shelter.
  • Berries provide color to your yard and food for birds. In late summer and fall, many trees and shrubs produce berries that are essential fuel for migratory wildlife fattening up for hibernation or to survive winter temperatures.

You don’t have to wait until spring to begin enjoying a beautiful, colorful garden teeming with wildlife.

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