We all have to eat, right? Well that goes for animals to. Anyone who has awoken to find their garbage cans knocked over and the telling signs of raccoon footprints knows that animals are pretty good at locating food to eat. So how do you help your backyard animals have more food available without the messy cleanup of that spilled garbage can?
Food can be provided in many ways. Some will be more labor intensive than others.
Direct feeding: Put out food for the animals. The most well known application of this method is probably a bird feeder. Some people like to put out corn for the squirrels or deer. This method is not without controversy and we will discuss it further in a later post.
Plantings: Trees or bushes that produce seeds, berries or fruits can be excellent sources of food for animals. Annual plants can also be planted and left for the animals. Anyone who has ever had a rabbit, groundhog or deer eat their garden knows what I am referring to.
Releasing: A technique known as releasing can be employed to improve vegetation that is already on your property. If for example you had an old apple tree in your yard that is shaded and no longer produces many apples you would release it by cutting back the trees that are shading the apple and also prune the apple tree to remove and unhealthy parts. If the tree is healthy enough it should begin to produce fruit again with the increased sunlight.
Look for more specifics about each of these techniques in future posts.
Thursday, April 24, 2008
As with many things my desire to get this website and FWC consulting going seems to come in fits and starts. So here I sit almost one year to the day from when I set this thing up - the spring weather always pushes me into action - ready with a plan to get this blog going. I think there is some real interest in creating wildlife friendly backyards and as I am starting this new part of my life in SE Massachusetts what better time than now. I have started a topic list and welcome topics of interest to you. So we will start with the basics and go from there. So in the next few days look for posts on 1. Food 2. Water 3. Cover. If only I had this brainstorm a year ago.
Posted by Amy May at 3:07 PM