You’re not the only one who calls your home “home”. Your yard or garden may be home to wild animals. Before you prepare your yard for spring, make sure you aren’t disrupting any of the wild residents.
City Wildlife’s gardening tips:
- Before mowing your lawn, check your lawn for rabbits, turtles, frogs, and any other critters. Eastern cottontails nest in shallow holes in the ground. You may notice patches of dead grass in your yard that could be hiding a litter of bunnies. If you find an animal, do not move it. Simply mow around it and then go back to that area once the animal has left.
- When trimming bushes or plants around your home, make sure you aren’t disturbing any animals. Many birds can be found nesting in bushes, ivy, trees, or other plants. Some nests may be very small or well-hidden. Thoroughly check each plant before trimming.
- Many animals, including squirrels, nest in tree cavities. Do not remove a tree without making sure that it doesn’t house any residents.
- Plant native plants. They will make your wildlife visitors happier and healthier.