Making It Easy for Kids to See the Wildlife

It's time to get the kids outside. Stop allowing them to sit in front of the screens and live in a virtual reality world and give them a place to explore nature.

This can be done right in your own back yard, even if you don't live anywhere near the woods.

Create your own little wildlife sanctuary if you will and attract nature to your home so your children can see what real life outdoors has to offer.

Here's how to bring wildlife to life in your own back yard for your kids.

1. Provide Food, Water and Shelter for Wildlife

Animals are not looking for the biggest square foot home they can find. They simply need a safe haven from other predators and a place that's abundant in food and water.

So bird feeders and bird baths with plenty of bright flowers with pollen and nectar for butterflies and birds is a great way to start - even with the smallest of habitats for what nature has to offer.

You can even use hanging plants and window boxes if you have to in order to get a glimpse of some of nature's wildlife in your own yard.

Some rocks and brush can provide shelter for many animals, or just putting up your own bird house.

With the right plants and source of water you might just attract a nice family of birds right into your own yard or porch with a simple bird house.

2. Native Plants Are the Way to Go

Not only will they like it better, but you have a better chance of keeping things alive that naturally do well in your area's climate and soil.

Remember, before there were cities there was land. So even if you are living in an apartment surrounded by concrete, you can still plant what's native to the area.

You might need to do a little research to discover the best plants to plant, but you can do it.

Using hanging plants and pots and window boxes instead of the ground is still going to attract native wildlife to your makeshift garden.

You might be surprised what you can see in even the busiest of cities when you bring a little of nature's natural habitat right to your own patio.

3. Say No to Chemicals

Of course you don't want all of your hard work to be for nothing and there are critters you just don't want eating up your garden and destroying what you have created.

But you also don't want to kill the wildlife you're trying to attract with your garden. That defeats the whole purpose.

So use more natural pesticides to get rid of the critters you don't want messing with your garden.

Natural fertilizers and compost not only do great things for your garden, but can also help deter unwanted critters.

Embrace mulch. This will help reduce your watering time and is good for the soil as well.

Most importantly when planting a garden, you want to make sure the kids are involved.

It will make them more excited about seeing that wildlife because they did something to make them come.

And if done right, then you'll be seeing plenty of wildlife right in the comfort of your own home.

Whether you have to be indoors because it's too cold or you're able to get outside and look up close and personal, you can achieve some pretty amazing things when you work together and plant the right things in your yard with your children.

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 Cheers, Helene Malmsio

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