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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 explore how to rewild our backyards. Have you heard of this idea?

It is a thing. Here is wiki’s definition

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

WHAT DOES REWILD MEAN?

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, rabbits, owls and squirrels.

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

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FLOWERS ON THE PORCH TO ATTRACT WILDLIFE TO REWILD YOUR YARD

The squirrels were the first to join the backyard party.

ENCOURAGE BIRDS TO NEST IN YOUR YARD, PATIO OR DECK

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

HOW TO REWILD YOUR BACKYARD

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STEPS TO ENCOURAGE WILDLIFE POPULATION

FLOWERS

  • 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.

MULCH

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 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.

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BIRDSEED BUFFET

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. I bought those candles for the jars.

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With plenty of birdseed,

I bought these matching birdfeeder trays for different areas in our yard.

BIRDBATH

My bird bath was a Mother’s Day gift from this local nursery. It sits outside our dining room window. The squirrels frequent it like a hot tub (at an AirBnB). .

HUMMINGBIRD FEEDERS

Last year I added hummingbird feeders (a fancy one and one from the dollar store). Guess which one is always empty?

But for the bluebirds, I bought this one as a Mother’s Day gift to myself.

MY OUTDOOR FINDS The Kelly Clarson outdoor swivel and rocking chairs are the best outdoor find. We bought a 2nd set we loved them so much around the firepit. Cushions included!

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2 Comments

  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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