Evangeline loves taking care of plants, flowers, and butterflies. She has a garden containing various kinds of plants for the past 20 years.
What great way to see more butterflies in your yard and garden than by creating a butterfly garden? Furthermore, having a butterfly garden is also one of the best ways to help butterflies since a lot of their natural habitats have been lost to human activities, including building roads, farms, and homes. Attracting butterflies to your garden is much the same as planning a garden party for family and friends.
You provide a comfortable environment and refreshments based on your family and friends’ preferences. How do you make your garden a haven for butterflies? Let’s explore.
6 Ways to Make Your Garden a Haven for Butterflies
- Choose a Garden Bed
The first thing that you have to do is choose a garden bed that gets full sunlight and protected from winds. It’s also important to provide some feeding for butterflies and larvae during spring and summer.
- Butterfly-friendly Plants
Since butterflies feed on nectar, a seamless way of encouraging more butterflies in your garden is to plant plenty of colorful flowers. Butterflies flock to flowers, which include lavender, bluebell, cornflower, red campion, clover, primrose, and so on. If you don’t have a garden bed, however, you can opt to plant them in a huge pot or a window box.
Holly, bramble, and hawthorn are some of the trees and shrubs that help butterflies. Furthermore, having thyme, rosemary, oregano, sage, and mint also helps in attracting more butterflies to your garden. While Nettles is not a garden favorite, stinging nettles, however, are an important food source for caterpillars of red admiral, peacock, small tortoiseshell, and plant lady among others. Put them in a quiet part of the garden away from where children play.
- Puddling Pool
Some butterflies converge on muddy ground patches or puddles to drink and feed on the earth’s nutrients. Create your own by using a shallow pan and mixing some soil with water. Put it in a shady part near the flower patch and make sure to keep it wet.
Butterflies also need a place to soak up the rays of the sun and rest, so put a big flat stone in a sunny area. Windbreakers around your garden could also protect your shrubs, plants, and trees from harsh winds. Stop using insecticides in your butterfly garden.
- Make a Butterfly Feeder
You can also help provide a sweet snack to butterflies and give them an energy boost by making a butterfly feeder. This is particularly helpful during autumn when most plants finish flowering and nectar is not readily available. To make a feeder, add a quarter cup of sugar to two cups of water and heat it in a saucepan until sugar is dissolved. Leave to cool for thirty minutes.
Soak a bright-colored cloth in the sugary water and put it near several flowers. Moreover, you can also put out overripe fruit in a sunny, warm spot. Butterflies love sweet and sticky foods; thus, mushy bananas are their huge favorites.
- Provide Butterfly Shelter Areas
Butterflies need houses that protect them from predators and bad weather. Outside, they also need shelter from wind and rain. You can pile some logs in one corner of the yard for butterflies to use as a shelter at night. They can creep between the spaces between logs and gaps in the bark. There are other ways to make shelter areas for butterflies and nature can provide the things needed.
- Use Pesticides Sparingly
Butterfly gardeners must be careful when it comes to pest control. Many pesticides are harmful to butterflies. Sometimes we think that organic pest control options such as insect soaps and neem oil are safe but they are also harmful because they can kill or disrupt their feeding and mating activities. How can we protect butterflies from the negative effects of pesticides? Shield the flowers from the spray to minimize pesticide effects. Use it only when necessary such as treating insect outbreaks. Search for other non-pesticide alternatives such as hand-picking large insects or using water to blast small insects away.
Having a butterfly garden could make you proud to have made a habitat for butterflies in your yard. You do not only get to enjoy watching butterflies fluttering around your garden, but you also help conserve the many species that are disappearing fast today.
This content is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge and is not meant to substitute for formal and individualized advice from a qualified professional.