In honor of Earth Day, I updated this post to share how to rewild your yard!

Is it warming up where you live? As the temps creep up I spend more time in our yard. With spring in the air, I decided it was time to tackle the idea of how to rewild our backyards. Have you heard of this?

All the outdoorsy kids are talking about this concept of a rewild.

The concept of how to rewild your yard is to find ways to create mini habitats to encourage wildlife to enjoy our yards. It is like creating an extended Airbnb for birds, squirrels, rabbits, and owls.

Here is the more technical definition of the science behind a rewild.

how to rewild the yard, patio, deck or terrace

The squirrels were the first to join the backyard party.

I had several ideas on how to rewild my yard but decided to start small to see how my guests managed the property.


how to rewild the yard


  • I added flower pots and placed them in different areas and positions.
  • Some pots were on the patio and I had others on my DIY window ledge.

My flowers and boxwood provided shade and a pop of color.

I mean don’t all guests love fresh flowers?

Add mulch for ground cover and low-sitting pots. Mulch protects the soil and garden beds which means little guys that like to chill in the soil can take shelter and add their own nutrients.

I made these cement pavers to protect the soil around my mint.

Over time, the pavers and mulch became a place for tiny critters to nestle.

It was a two-for-one rewild event.

steps to rewild the yard or a patio

The only purchase I made was for the birdseed at Target. And I found this birdhouse for $5.00.

To add extra birdseed stations, I used one of my glass candle jars from this upcycle project.

I filled the jar with birdseed and tied it to a branch in a corner of our yard. It blends into the background.

I will wait for the squirrels to take a swing on my repurposed candle jar. Do any of you recognize this candle from Homegoods?

I bought those candles for the jars.


With plenty of birdseed, I went through my recyclables and found an empty egg carton. I added peanut butter to each egg section and covered it with birdseed.

What could possibly go wrong?

Well, I lodged the egg carton in an Aspen tree and somebody got to it and I found an empty egg carton on the flagstone the next morning.

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  1. I’ve never heard of this..we get plenty of critters and wildlife already though. I haven’t planted any flowers yet but a few veggies and herbs. The deer have enjoyed all of my hostas! I wonder what got into your birdseed peanut butter treats? I can’t put birdseed out, we have too many squirrels!

    1. I’m guessing the squirrels got into my birdseed, but I went back to Target and found that cute birdhouse!
      ANd, I bought more bird seed (essential)! xo laura

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