Creating a backyard oasis with birds in mind is much easier than you think! By focusing on native species and diversity, you can design a beautiful yard for yourself all while catching a glimpse into the antics of the bird world.
There are countless benefits to enhancing biodiversity. LEAF’s naturalization planting events assist in recreating diverse, sustainable and resilient urban forests. Through increasing plant diversity, LEAF protects public lands and urban forests for future generations, while helping connect people to their local environments and to each other. These events are crucial to creating and sustaining healthy environments.
Fall is an excellent time of year to attract birds to your yard, and one of the best ways to do so is by planting fall food sources. Native fall-fruiting shrubs are great choices because they produce an abundance of nutritious fruit exactly when migrating and winter-residing birds need them.
The spookiest time of year is just around the corner! With its sinister silhouette, furrowed bark and wild, spreading branches, it’s no wonder the Kentucky coffeetree (Gymnocladus dioicus) is known as the Halloween tree. Standing nearly 45 feet tall, its bare, irregular crown makes for the perfect haunted house backdrop!
Newly planted trees and shrubs are vulnerable to many threats including invasive species and extreme weather conditions which impact the development of young plants. That’s why it’s so important for LEAF to return to our planting sites and provide much-needed care to our young trees and shrubs.