A “wildscape” is a landscape designed to provide habitat for wildlife, large and small. They can be created at any scale, as small as a few pots on a balcony. They can be in a park, a golf course, a farm, or a backyard. A wildscape is a healthy community based on natural relationships between plants, animals, soil, and climate. Wildscaping is a way of gardening and landscaping that makes a real contribution to the problem of habitat fragmentation, and will bring you the joy of watching biodiversity play out in you own back yard.
Wildscapes are as different as the gardeners and landscapers that create them, but they do share many basic design and maintenance principles:
- Create diverse layers and shelter
- Grow natural food
- Provide water for drinking and bathing
- Control invasive species
- Conserve: water, energy and reduce chemicals
The plant habitat can then be augmented with the installation of habitat elements or conditions that are more targeted to general or specific native species, or species groups. All animals need breeding, hiding, shelter, feeding, and hunting habitat to survive. In addition to Nature-Scaping, “structure” can be placed or changed on your landscape. These could include:
- Installation of water features: for frogs, salamanders, and insects.
- Decayed logs or stumps – for native amphibians, reptiles, and small mammals, and insects.
- Rock walls – for native reptiles.
- Native plantings for pollinators.
- Wildlife Tree enhancement and bird houses – Bird and bat houses designed for specific species.
Have a habitat assessment done by Richard on your landscape and find out the most effective wildscaping for your land. Ask us about native bee sanctuaries and bird houses. Turn your yard into an abundant ecological paradise.